Online Dynasty Disaster

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Posted July 21st, 2008 at 8:50 am

Online Dynasty in NCAA Football 09 was shaping up to be to be one of, if not the best new feature in a sports game in years. It had a true next-gen feel to it and into just the first week of the feature it had rejuvenated my interest in playing games against the CPU. The ability to have most of the games against the CPU offered the flexibility to progress a dynasty smoothly (unlike online leagues) while keeping the interactivity of having other users involved made it an exciting proposition.

Unfortunately the biggest feature for the game doesn’t appear to work right, as numerous reports of different things happening to wreck dynasties have been reported. That is the case with the Pastapadre Online Dynasty, which before week one could even be completed has seen an early death. I can no longer load into the dynasty as it just bumps me back to the main menu, and looking at the settings from the outside shows completely inaccurate settings and sliders.

Needless to say this is one of the most frustrating developments I’ve ever experienced when it comes to sports gaming. Previous years have brought terrible online performance though that was corrected with 09. Now the most anticipated and hyped feature doesn’t function correctly. And for those that haven’t had problems yet they’ll have to face anxiety each time they load it up. Not exactly the experience that was promised.

Along with the Online Dynasty problems there are a few other areas of concern, though minor in comparison. The Weather Channel feature hasn’t seemed to function since day one and the uploading of screenshots lately have not been working (though videos remain fine for whatever reason).

At this point even a patch can’t salvage the damage that has been done. I have little interest in restarting a dynasty from scratch. A few days ago I stated how enjoyable the game and new features were and how that would keep me playing through the release of Madden 09. Now it looks as though that won’t be happening.

I’m truely crushed by this development. I’m not sure where to go from here.

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  • http://turdferguson SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pathetic EA, just pathetic. I swear they must not test ANYTHING!

  • tpcatsawgrass17

    suck a dick ea. i’m done with you.

  • tpcatsawgrass17

    suck a dick ea. i’m done with you.

  • http://umfleague.com/ Bradkaz96

    [quote comment="29573"][quote comment="29562"]Pasta

    You may remember me from MN way back in the day. If you do you know I have been a commissioner of leagues as far back as I can remember with Madden. I got a group of guys together from my Madden league to take part in this and I have to say I am dissapointed once again. Here is the issues we currently face (PS3):

    Almost half of the scores from the first week changed when advancing to the 2nd week, in one case a user team that lost actually got the win in the game. We havent had any lockout problems but something needs to be done. I fought and fought with EA over the Merge error fix for 3 years straight and they never fixed that feature. This is early enough that something may be able to do about it. We as a community of Gamers need to get an Email address or phone number of someone in Power over at EA and make it a point to bombard them with complaints about this until the issue is resolved. Enough people (especially people on this site and other online sites) have enough interest in the OD feature and for the money we all shell out every year to support this company they owe it to us to fix this in a timely manner. A patch may not even be needed to resolve this issue since the main issue is related to their servers. Perhaps an edit to the server can resolve this. But lets get together and make something happen here instead of just complaining to one another.

    Got any info Pasta?[/quote]

    Yeah absoutely I remember you from back then man. So the latest is that an engineer from the NCAA team contacted me about it, got some info and such, and is looking into the issue. It sounds to me as if there is some sort of unnatural merging going on, which could explain both the problem with my dynasty and the problem with those that are having scores show up wrong. I’m not sure what (if anything) will come of it, but they are actively trying to get this figured out.[/quote]

    Pasta, Thansk for the info and I see our bickering and your contacts got some people in EA involved already. That is good news and I just wanted to thank you for your time and effort in the matter. Now we need to get your forums hopin’ and this place will be a flashback to the old MN days.

    Thanks again bro

  • http://umfleague.com Bradkaz96

    [quote comment="29573"][quote comment="29562"]Pasta

    You may remember me from MN way back in the day. If you do you know I have been a commissioner of leagues as far back as I can remember with Madden. I got a group of guys together from my Madden league to take part in this and I have to say I am dissapointed once again. Here is the issues we currently face (PS3):

    Almost half of the scores from the first week changed when advancing to the 2nd week, in one case a user team that lost actually got the win in the game. We havent had any lockout problems but something needs to be done. I fought and fought with EA over the Merge error fix for 3 years straight and they never fixed that feature. This is early enough that something may be able to do about it. We as a community of Gamers need to get an Email address or phone number of someone in Power over at EA and make it a point to bombard them with complaints about this until the issue is resolved. Enough people (especially people on this site and other online sites) have enough interest in the OD feature and for the money we all shell out every year to support this company they owe it to us to fix this in a timely manner. A patch may not even be needed to resolve this issue since the main issue is related to their servers. Perhaps an edit to the server can resolve this. But lets get together and make something happen here instead of just complaining to one another.

    Got any info Pasta?[/quote]

    Yeah absoutely I remember you from back then man. So the latest is that an engineer from the NCAA team contacted me about it, got some info and such, and is looking into the issue. It sounds to me as if there is some sort of unnatural merging going on, which could explain both the problem with my dynasty and the problem with those that are having scores show up wrong. I’m not sure what (if anything) will come of it, but they are actively trying to get this figured out.[/quote]

    Pasta, Thansk for the info and I see our bickering and your contacts got some people in EA involved already. That is good news and I just wanted to thank you for your time and effort in the matter. Now we need to get your forums hopin’ and this place will be a flashback to the old MN days.

    Thanks again bro

  • Josh

    [quote comment="29576"][quote comment="29575"]In a way I’m kind of glad that this feature is a failure. Maybe this will teach EA a lesson not to focus all their time on Online features & focus on other things such as interactive improved sidelines, refs, chaingangs, presentation, etc…I’m sure a lot of people love online dynasty & this is no knock to you but a lot of people don’t play online. So how about EA focusing on having everything that a real life football game has in it before adding anymore features. On a side note, I bought ESPN NFL 2K5 yesterday from Gamespot for $1. I REPEAT $1! I was blown away on how detailed that game was & how far ahead of it’s time it was with presentation. That game is still better that Madden 08 on Next Gen & it came out in 04! The game is backwards compatable so you can play it on your 360. I felt like I was watching a real life televised football game. EA has yet to come close to the level of realism, detail, and presentation. Oh & I’m not a 2K fanboy, I’ve been loyal to EA since the early 90′s.[/quote]

    I disagree…I’d rather they focus on the gameplay. Just imagine if they would have focused on all the things you want. The online stuff would be more F’d up then it is now.[/quote]

    Personally I don’t care about online featues. It’s cool to have as an extra feature but I’m more concerned with playing a true NFL sim. Madden is a good game but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t basic aspects of an NFL game that are still left out. I’ve been playing Madden since ’92 & I just want EA to prioritize better that’s all. Once they master presentation & adding everything that a real NFL game has in it then they should master online features.

  • Josh

    [quote comment="29576"][quote comment="29575"]In a way I’m kind of glad that this feature is a failure. Maybe this will teach EA a lesson not to focus all their time on Online features & focus on other things such as interactive improved sidelines, refs, chaingangs, presentation, etc…I’m sure a lot of people love online dynasty & this is no knock to you but a lot of people don’t play online. So how about EA focusing on having everything that a real life football game has in it before adding anymore features. On a side note, I bought ESPN NFL 2K5 yesterday from Gamespot for $1. I REPEAT $1! I was blown away on how detailed that game was & how far ahead of it’s time it was with presentation. That game is still better that Madden 08 on Next Gen & it came out in 04! The game is backwards compatable so you can play it on your 360. I felt like I was watching a real life televised football game. EA has yet to come close to the level of realism, detail, and presentation. Oh & I’m not a 2K fanboy, I’ve been loyal to EA since the early 90′s.[/quote]

    I disagree…I’d rather they focus on the gameplay. Just imagine if they would have focused on all the things you want. The online stuff would be more F’d up then it is now.[/quote]

    Personally I don’t care about online featues. It’s cool to have as an extra feature but I’m more concerned with playing a true NFL sim. Madden is a good game but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t basic aspects of an NFL game that are still left out. I’ve been playing Madden since ’92 & I just want EA to prioritize better that’s all. Once they master presentation & adding everything that a real NFL game has in it then they should master online features.

  • Josh

    [quote comment="29634"]I’m going to check my online dynasty. We are still in the preseason, but whatever. I still want to see if it is working fine.

    I’m going to get NFL 2K5 tomorrow. I’ve got the 23rd to the 30th off, so I’m going to buy some old games and relive the days when video game companies cared about the customer.

    I am crushed that there will not be a College Hoops 2K9. 2K knows how to make a game. Maybe my standards are just to high. Ah well.[/quote]

    Dude you can get NFL 2K5 from Gamestop for $1. I got it the other day for the same reason you want to get it. The funny thing is that I never really appreciated 2K5 when it came out but after a few years of disappointing ‘Next Gen” football games it made me realize how far ahead of it’s time this game was. I’ve never bought a 2K football game before buying this one & I regret it. I can honestly say that 2K5 is better than Madden 08 on ‘Next Gen” & I’ve been one of the biggest Madden fans since ’92 so I’m not bias in anyway.

  • Josh

    [quote comment="29634"]I’m going to check my online dynasty. We are still in the preseason, but whatever. I still want to see if it is working fine.

    I’m going to get NFL 2K5 tomorrow. I’ve got the 23rd to the 30th off, so I’m going to buy some old games and relive the days when video game companies cared about the customer.

    I am crushed that there will not be a College Hoops 2K9. 2K knows how to make a game. Maybe my standards are just to high. Ah well.[/quote]

    Dude you can get NFL 2K5 from Gamestop for $1. I got it the other day for the same reason you want to get it. The funny thing is that I never really appreciated 2K5 when it came out but after a few years of disappointing ‘Next Gen” football games it made me realize how far ahead of it’s time this game was. I’ve never bought a 2K football game before buying this one & I regret it. I can honestly say that 2K5 is better than Madden 08 on ‘Next Gen” & I’ve been one of the biggest Madden fans since ’92 so I’m not bias in anyway.

  • UnkMike

    MY bro and I were in our 4th season online. Just before our yearly meeting it crashed. In season two and three I had two instances where my stats were doubled for a game and I got two extra wins on my record. Somehow I finished 13-2 ??? Pretty disappointing.. Should we save our OD incase this gets resolved?

  • UnkMike

    MY bro and I were in our 4th season online. Just before our yearly meeting it crashed. In season two and three I had two instances where my stats were doubled for a game and I got two extra wins on my record. Somehow I finished 13-2 ??? Pretty disappointing.. Should we save our OD incase this gets resolved?

  • ChaunceyNJJ

    Finished first season in online dynasty with only one other team.

    Ran into multiple problems with off-season schedule, including: failure to record and save recruiting from one week to next (second week of recruiting reflected none of the work/time spent during the first week), lack of recruiting minutes (began week five w/ZERO minutes available to recruit), transferred players were not signed and added to roster, players leaving early left despite convincing them otherwise. Due to the multiple errors my team signed only 14 players in the off-season, and dropped in overall talent despite finishing #9 in the country.

    This is NOT an issue of too many teams (my league only has two).

  • ChaunceyNJJ

    Finished first season in online dynasty with only one other team.

    Ran into multiple problems with off-season schedule, including: failure to record and save recruiting from one week to next (second week of recruiting reflected none of the work/time spent during the first week), lack of recruiting minutes (began week five w/ZERO minutes available to recruit), transferred players were not signed and added to roster, players leaving early left despite convincing them otherwise. Due to the multiple errors my team signed only 14 players in the off-season, and dropped in overall talent despite finishing #9 in the country.

    This is NOT an issue of too many teams (my league only has two).

  • Ron Bailey

    For the 3rd time in our current dynasty the game has failed to record wins or losses,I and my dynasty members have had to replay 3 different games and we are only 4 games into the season.This has become such a screwed up mess that we are going to scrap a 2 year dynasty.Thanks a lot Ea,Ya managed to screw us one more time.At 60bucks a pop we expect the damn game to work as advertised,I keep saying every year I will never buy another ea game but this time that's it. Ea does not worry about putting out a quality game because they have no competition,They know that when it comes to football they are the only game in town.EA can go to HELL!!!!

  • Ron Bailey

    For the 3rd time in our current dynasty the game has failed to record wins or losses,I and my dynasty members have had to replay 3 different games and we are only 4 games into the season.This has become such a screwed up mess that we are going to scrap a 2 year dynasty.Thanks a lot Ea,Ya managed to screw us one more time.At 60bucks a pop we expect the damn game to work as advertised,I keep saying every year I will never buy another ea game but this time that's it. Ea does not worry about putting out a quality game because they have no competition,They know that when it comes to football they are the only game in town.EA can go to HELL!!!!

  • Pat

    I am having a problem with advancing from recruiting week 1 to week 2 in the online dynasty. Is anyone else having this problem?

  • Pat

    I am having a problem with advancing from recruiting week 1 to week 2 in the online dynasty. Is anyone else having this problem?

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