Madden 11 Online Team Play Video

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Posted June 12th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

IGN has released a video interview regarding the 3v3 Online Team Play mode that is debuting in Madden 11. Online Team Play was made official last night even though we’ve known about it since April. The video includes talk about the mode and gameplay footage, along with that a decent opportunity to hear the new commentary with Gus Johnson in the booth.

Given that Online Franchise is not being improved on my hopes turned to OTP but after watching this my expectations have dropped significantly. Nothing was said about the mode having any gravity to it. I don’t see what about it, without some sort of competitive edge through tracking rankings and records, what the motivation for playing the mode beyond just initial curiosity. As stated in the past if they were to be just one-off games interest will be lost quickly. This clearly isn’t along the lines of the EASHL in the NHL series.

I also don’t like the decision to lock users into certain positions. Being able to change positions pre-play was one of the few things about the online co-op that was implemented well last year. This is especially the case on offense where users could switch based on the play that was being called in order to have more active duties. (Update) Apparently the IGN article was wrong and “any” can be selected even on offense, however the incentives would not factor in when “any” is chosen.

What do you think of the Online Team Play details? How about the commentary that is found in the video? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Sdot

    DAM ONLY 3 on 3 WUTZ DA HOL UP WIT DAT 5 on 5

    IF UR NOT 1ST UR LAST

  • Alexsde90

    hey pasta.. do you know if you can play with 2 friends on the same system online vs 3 other ppl….like i have 2 bros and they would love to jump in rather than watch me play online..is that possible?

  • jusmegamer

    Is the defense fixed yet?

  • Alex

    3 on 3 is fine. Better then going higher and having it not work (NBA 2K). But it obviously is not going to be as good as NHL and FIFA OTP.

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  • Sdot

    1ST LEAV 2K OUTTA DIS & FOCUS ON EA

    LIVE HAS HAD 5 on 5 FOR 3 YRS NOW

    & MADDEN EA's CASH COW IS JUS NOW GETN TP & ITZ ONLY 3 on 3 SO I ASK AGAIN WUTZ DA HOL UP

  • Ben

    I still think it sounds pretty cool. I won't play much cuz i'm not a big online guy when it comes to sport games, but I think it sounds fun.

  • at23steelers

    Sounds fun, I just really hated the commentary.

  • Alex

    Ironic for you to say leave 2K out of it when you always bring it up in Live threads or vice versa.

    Football is not basketball. No one is going to play as offensive lineman for example.

  • Kzone

    So EA spent all their time working on the stupid Game Flow and this online team play that no one is going to play. Brilliant!

  • Sdot

    @ ALEX NOT TRU I RUN WIT GROUP OF DUDES FROM LIVE & 2K DAT WOULDN'T MIND PLAYN AS LINEMAN

    ALSO DA REASON I SED LEAV 2K OUTTA IT WAS B/c EA HAS ALREADY DUn 5 on 5

    WIT LIVE NHL & FIFA IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN BUT MADDEN IS STIL ONLY DOIN 3 on3

  • Sdot

    ALSO IT SEEMS DEER LEAVIN OUT DA OPT 2 B TE's & FB's WHICH IS L-A-M-E ESPECIALLT IF U CAN'T B A TE

  • http://GoMadden.com GoMadden

    Just to clarify a bit, players won't be locked into specific positions if they don't want to. They can choose the “any” class from what I understand, which allows them to change freely to any player on the fly. The advantage to choosing a subset however, is that you can earn perks to improve at the specific position.

    I think this is a good compromise and, honestly, a very smart way to provide incentive for players to not only play, but to invoke new strategies. I give the Tiburon guys kudos on this one. At first I was concerned, but after hearing more of it it sounds well thought out.

  • http://thesportsgeeks.com Brian P.

    Not a serious online gamer, again, so the announcement of this mode doesn't make me any more or less excited for Madden NFL 11. Sounds like something I might try a couple times to see if I get any enjoyment out of it; it could potentially be entertaining, but a lot of that will depend upon the game's online community and how games play out.

    Makes me wonder if the team's long-term goal is to eventually allow players to do full-on 11 vs. 11 gameplay, with human players controlling all of the athletes on the virtual field. Take 3 vs. 3 maximum this year and see how it works out, and if there's interest and the servers can support it, expand it in coming years. Sure, playing OL or DL might be boring for people if that's all they do over the course of a full Online Franchise, but some people might be willing to get very hardcore into it.

    Is this mode going to be a game-seller? Probably not, though it will interest some. Don't understand the issue with with the mode being promoted though. If nobody buys into it, then it'll just go away. Seems a likely result based on early reactions. All the same, if the team wasn't trying anything new, people would be jumping down their throats for rehashing the same thing every year. Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

  • Jake

    looks archaic. disgusting, repetitive animations

  • The Real Joe

    I'd honestly rather be able to trade draft picks va the console in Online Franchise.

  • http://twitter.com/Erik_Wood Erik Wood

    It seriously looks repetitive. The animations seem the same. It makes me question what the hell they did the entire year…

    “generated 8000 new players for draft classes”

    WHO CARES.

  • CLEfan23

    this game looks fuckin horrible, same shit as last year, same tackle animations, and fast players r to good again. that last run by AP would never take place in a real game, this isnt sim football its arcade bullshit

  • Hawkeye4077

    I don't like the “specific squad” deal. Why the hell does EA always insist on restricting the user? This goes as far back as only offering 1 camera angle on the first few games on current gen. I think the specific squad deal is just plain stupid. Should have just given players the option to tuggle through different positions to be able to adjust to the opponent trying to exploit the cpu controlled players ai, or lack there of.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniele-Weisberg/791190424 Daniele Weisberg

    I understand how difficult and time-consuming it would be to do, but having the play-by-play commentator continually refer to the players as “he” and “they” harshly knocks on the immersion. It would really boost the presentation to hear “Rodgers takes the snap,” “Peyton connects with Clark” or “Peterson runs it to the outside.”

  • vln13

    Hey, the way I look at this is that it is completely harmless. This, for me, is obviously a step in the arcade direction, or at least a less hardcore audience. With the purchasable items and its lack of serious incentives, it seems like something for the general audience to hook onto online play. A lot of gamers probably already get turned off from the feast or famine sharp learning curve environment of online head to head and aren’t invested enough to try online franchise. This is a casual, uncompetitive cooperational online mode that just might get these types of gamers hooked to online. Tough hardcore guys might just pick it up once and laugh, leave a few tings in consideration: 1. You never know till you try it. Madden as a long history of giving the wrong impression, for better and for worse. 2. It doesn’t seem like the A team in development did the bulk of the work on this mode. 3. This is a work in progress. It seems like with the way the game will be headed in Madden 12 that the modes will all get a huge overhaul. 4. Maybe this kind of a mode will give people a different perspective on the game of football itself (tough doubtful.) Look – don’t panic. It’s ok. If this is truly a fundamental change for the better, then great! If it’s a flop, it doesn’t mean much. BTW – the audio effects, music, crowd, and of course Gus are really an improvement! The commentary still as gaps, but it might not be completely done.

  • Joe

    This video makes me sick. Not only does it visually look exactly like Madden 10, but Gus Johnson sounds awful. Everything he is saying is completely generic and lacks any flow. This is horrible EA.

  • http://GoMadden.com GoMadden

    You can.

  • iceboxNZ

    Rubbish…again

  • Joshtree14

    these guys should be car salesmen

  • DER

    I feel that when i read your posts it makes me dumber. 'wutz' and 'sed' and 'dun'. are you fucking kidding me?? anyone who ends words with a 'z' is a retard. you sir are a class A retard.

  • Marcus Mae Juno

    Looks freakin' awesome…!!!

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  • Jackoff

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  • Akryden

    i dont know why everyone is so mad, this 3-3 sounds tight. as far as the new functions im sure as allways you can adjust most of them. i like to look at the little stuff, graphics, smooth movements (like it promises), crazy catches / hits, on point commentary. if it can deliver like it did last year on those points ill be darn happy. as an ex football player (not pro) i like it to feel real. from what ive heard and read it sounds like thats exactly what they did and i for one am ready to get it come 12:00am.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Adkins/1362870736 Nick Adkins

    You have incentive to play FIFA 10 with your created player to level him up in the 10 vs. 10 team play. Since there isn't any incentive to play this, it will be just like the co-op last year for me. I will play it once or twice and never touch it again.

  • Sdot

    ASK ME I GIV A F__ BOUT WUT U TH!NK IS RETARDED LMAO @ SHORTY

    COOL IT MA

  • CLEfan23

    oh im a fuckin lil prick who talk shit to ppl online oh what a fuckin badass u fuckin toolshed get a life smh. only reason your salt right now is cuz you know im exactly right about this garbage of a game.

  • CLEfan23

    exactly right, this game is nothing but a scam, not even gunna by this crap, NCAA 11 for the win

  • CLEfan23

    dude u obviously have the low of lows when it comes to standards. what your saying here is just like saying a chick that is a 2 on a scale of 10 is hot as fuck and that you would tear that pussy up, literally. open your eyes and look at what your calling awesome, u must be wearin some beer goggles bro.

  • Bobbby83

    i love it when somone uses the word kudos!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kendrick420

    Who Would Want 2 Play on da O-line dis is football not basketball

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