Madden NFL 15 Cover Prominently Features Equipment Not in the Game

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Posted June 20th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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The official cover art for Madden NFL 15 made its way to retailers yesterday. Putting aside that the cover art is awful – hopefully the petition and lobbying from Sherman to get the entire LOB on the cover will lead to a change – it features front and center Vapor Jet gloves and shoes that still have not been added to the series. Nike took over the license two years ago yet those items have yet to replace the old Reebok equipment. Screenshots and videos have shown that they aren’t included this year and EA Sports has refused comment on why that is the case.

It’s one thing for the latest equipment to not to be included in the game even after two years. While that affects authenticity the majority of consumers may not notice or really care. However one would think Nike and the NFL would be on EA about taking care of it, especially when they’ve been placed on the cover in a manner which attracts attention to them. While not as embarrassing as having an intro video that features a crucial surprise onside kick in a Super Bowl, and not having surprise onside kicks in the game, it certainly still reflects poorly on them.

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  • The Black Halo

    Honestly, my only real issue with the cover is Richard Sherman.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    And the SENSELESS HATE&CRITICISM of Madden 15 begins way to kick it off Pasta #TYPICALEAHATER

    • Wematanye

      If it’s in the game it’s in the game…

    • Darrell Kilpatrick

      So telling the truth makes you a hater.

  • big joe

    What doesn’t make sense is that NCAA had the Nike gloves.

    • SwagRat

      Another reason why NCAA is better.

      • Electradivine

        Way better

  • Ruben Verdugo Jr.

    :)

  • PMORVA

    looks like he’s telling me NOT to buy the game…..

  • Wematanye

    Vintage EA

  • Tazdevil20

    At this point, is there really anything else you can do other than laugh?

  • KeithSweatin

    Yeah, that’s a bad cover.

    • Iown You

      Yeah, that cover does suck. Kind of a foreshadowing of the game to come…

    • Thatdude1994

      Yeah it looks half ass lol

  • Thomas

    Pasta I like you buddy I’ve been listening and reading your stuff for a while now but it seem that you always have a negative outlook on everything you need to cheer up some and try look to the good instead of always to the bad

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      I hear ya, but I have to hold these companies accountable. I don’t worry about it being something negative or positive to be honest. I’ll talk on the podcast and write about things that are positives as well! The problem is these companies screw up or harm consumers more often than they go above and beyond with quality of product. And they think they can get away with it.

      Something like this for example is inexcusable. Is it really that important no, but you have games like The Show and NBA 2K which excel at trying to provide authenticity in every area of the game. If no one speaks out about Madden’s lack of authenticity, they have no reason to change. Many, many individual people have pointed out the lack of gloves, shoes, mouthguards for Madden in the past two years and the company has chosen to ignore it.

      • Khadeem

        I agreed with you until the 2nd paragraph. I cant speak on The Show, but NBA 2k has been lackadaisical with many aspects of the last few products that they have put out. The rosters updates(ratings included) have been horrible. MY GM was a horrible idea. VC has taken away from the game experience. My player has been stagnant with the exception of the cut scenes. Please dont get me started with the gameplay. Oh LAAAAAWWWWWDDDDD. The passing is still horrible, shot success logic is broken, they limited defensive adjustments, big men still recover like guards on the perimeter, rebounding is still broken, players ignore lose balls, charge/blocking foul logic is till broken, and im not done. I’ve been playing NBA 2k since NBA 2k2 and basketball games since in NBA live 97. The progress in the NBA 2k basketball series has been dissapointing. Also you speak on the gear. 2k has been known for being underwhelming in the arena of accessories.

      • chris

        mike florio on profootballtalk.com bashed the EA Madden football series as roster updates and called the NFL on the carpet for ending competition by giving EA exclusive rights to the NFL.

      • Details

        Not only is it ironic that they still don’t have updated equipment, but you would think that by them going with a DB on the cover this would be the year they finally add DB/WR interactions. EA just can’t get out of their own way sometimes smh. I guess next year they’ll put a QB on the cover but the focus will be on running animations & DB/WR interactions lol. Gotta love EA Sports!

  • Brian Chapman

    Thank you for putting EA on notice! This is such a glaring oversight especially as this is their second iteration on next gen consoles. This is even a bigger problem when their recently deceased little brother (NCAA 14) had a lot more equipment options from gloves to uni’s with 120 teams. I wasn’t the biggest fan of some of NCAA’s lack of equipment like the Revo speed 2bar that just about every QB in college wore but at least they tried to keep up with the growing trend of uni’s. The Madden team just seems lazy and don’t care about every consumer… SMDH!

  • ScottD413

    For Christ sake dude, who the hell cares about shoes and gloves and cover art?! You’re all focusing on the wrong stuff… just fix the way the game plays!!!

    • SwagRat

      Some people (like me) care about realism as well as gameplay.

    • Thatdude1994

      I mean I’ts been years since the new equipment came out and EA is too lazy. It’s something you should not have to ask for by now, if they can’t add a tiny part of the game what makes you think they will fix the game play?

  • Rebel

    Nike and the NFL actually let EA get away with this, as brand-conscious as they both are? The NFL would fine a player for using someone else’s equipment in a game.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      That’s what surprises me more than just EA not bothering to update them.

      • Iown You

        After 10 seasons, we can concretely conclude that Tiburon just doesn’t give a shit.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Pasta you want to complain and nitpick about the fact that Madden 15 don’t have those Nike gimmick team gloves or cleats but yet you ain’t say nothing about NBA 2K14 not having players wear warmups sitting on the bench such a hypocrite you are

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Are there bench players wearing warmups on the cover of NBA 2K14?

      Most sports games need to improve on authenticity from top to bottom. Not all of them promote missing aspects in their actual marketing campaigns.

  • Twelve(One)

    Been saying this since Madden 13 when they had Calvin Johnson and those same gloves on the cover, typical Tiburon shit here.

  • Jese Hall

    Where is his mouth piece?

  • clubsteve

    pasta, thansk for holding ea accountable….they have the exclusive license, there is no excuse. maybe they should change to “if it’s in the game, it’s not in the game”….smh.

  • PancakePatterson

    Why is Sherman stiff-arming the air?

  • MCJedi1

    I download Madden off the PSN I haven’t bought a hard copy since M12. I got a tip from a radio engineer that disc are one of the culprits for lag, He said that when you play for a long period of time, the heat from the unit will warp the disc, which makes the blu-ray eye skip over the data its reading (or slows down) and that’s why sometimes you get kicked out for “grieving”. EA can put Sherman in nylon hose for all I care, I’ll never see it. I agree with ScottD413….”just fix the way the game plays”usfix the way the game plays!!!

  • Thatdude1994

    So did madden 13 I really thought they would have the new equipment by now, I wonder if they have the new pro bowl uniforms probably not until madden 20.

  • Thuggen Jones

    Signature Gloves and Shoes are not the only things missing from madden for the last few years…. EA SPORTS “ITS IN THE GAME” really means EA SPORTS Prepare yourself for 22% of what you see in real life. NBA 2k has sooo much content in its game… Oakland stadium isnt even accurate the last few years. EA just cant deliver or doesnt try… They cant even get long hair to look right haha

  • smsixx

    **Waits for Richard Sherman to start singing…”Stop in the name of love”**

  • SlickLiving

    madden curse !!! he will give up a TD in playoff game and team will lose

  • Jay (The Truth)

    First thing I noticed when I saw the new cover art (I’m big on aesthetic accuracy on player equipment). No one arm sleeves, no Nike gear short of a few cleats. Very frustrating. That’s one of the few areas I dont mind giving 2K credit. Over the years, the detailed equipment has been accurate/well designed. Padded sleeves, under shirts, knee pads and sleeves, etc. Puzzling (As you eluded to) as to why this is still the case with a Nike/NFL partnership. Just not given attention during development or what?

  • JS0078

    The only thing EA gets right is Soccer. Every other EA sports game sucks. Live, Madden, UFC….EA is content with just getting by and having a playable game. Clearly they don’t care about reviews or the consumers. How they got soccer right, I have no idea.

    • The Black Halo

      Dont forget NHL. NHL and Fifa are usually the staples from EA. Sometimes i wonder how this company is structured. Do they have separate divisions for each game, but they have no communication with each other whatsoever? I just dont understand how in the same year NHL can literally sign on and adopt the NBC Broadcast crew & presentation. Yet Madden gets an “NFL Films director” and look-a-like CBS broadcast, even to the point that have Simms and Nantz…but CBS isnt on board? Madden seems to be the redheaded stepchild of the EA sports world. They always get the leftovers, or just close but never enough. The difference in depth and detail between Fifa/NHL and Madden really makes me feel like its 2 different companies putting out these games.

    • Trey Warner

      They’re content because Madden sells…plain and simple. Sure there are a lot of people online that say it sucks but for every hater there is a Madden fan because while the game always has problems every year it’s still fun to play online and with friends.

  • Ugo

    I don’t like Sherman but i would love to see the entire LOB on the cover though. That would be dope.

  • PRIDE_1190NOWGOD

    If San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick had his tattoos be approved by tattoo artists to be on Madden NFL 15 like I said before Questions why should other players suffer when they have that same right and Also, Why not have Nike and NFL negotiate to have the Front and Center Vapor Jet gloves with the team logo on it and the shoes? If Nike took over the license two years ago and have not replace Reebok’s equipment and Hopefully UnderArmour will introduce the Tampa Bay Buccaneers New Logos, Uniforms, and the design of the numbers on the jersey that means that The NFL was not bothered after Nike took over the license for two years. I THINK THAT THE NFL, NIKE, & EASPORTS SHOULD TRY TO NEGOTIATE A DEAL WHERE NIKE SHOULD REPLACE REEBOK TO MAKE MADDEN NFL 15 LOOK MORE REALISTIC, AUTHENTIC, AND GRAPHIC.

  • kenbroux

    So why is Nike not doing anything about this? Reebok has there product in Madden still. Goes to show that ea is definitely not in the game.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      That’s what surprises me the most. Less so than EA just not bothering, is the NFL/Nike not putting pressure on them.

  • Dan

    Mike Florio was on 670 The Score in Chicago this morning absolutely ripping the Madden franchise. Hopefully people like him and Pasta continue to hold these incompetent scam artists accountable in a public fashion. Keep it up Pasta. You’re the man.

  • Big Driff

    Guess what its the same because madden will be the same with new rosters and default slider adjustment the core game hasn’t changed since 2005… but since i have no other choice for football i’ll be buying again…

  • PRIDE_1190NOWGOD

    YOU KNOW WHAT DAN MIKE FLORIO NEEDS TO STOP RIPPING THE MADDEN FRANCHISE. FIRST OF ALL, HE PROBABLY HAS NOT PLAYED MADDEN EVER, SECONDLY, HE’S JUST JEALOUS BECAUSE AT TIMES MAYBE HE THINKS IT’S ALL ABOUT HIM. GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING THAT WE SAY, DO, HEAR, AND TASTE, AND SMELL IN HEAVEN SO IF MIKE FLORIO STILL WANTS TO KEEP HIS JOB HE NEEDS TO WATCH WHAT HE SAYS BEFORE HE SAYS IT AND THINK ABOUT WHAT HE DOES BEFORE HE DOES IT. HE BETTER COME TO GOD BECAUSE IT SAYS IN MARK 10:27, AND JESUS LOOKING UPON THEM SAITH, WITH MEN IT IS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT NOT WITH GOD, FOR WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. FOR GOODNESS SAKES MIKE FLORIO HAVE SOME TYPE OF CONSCIENCE AND DIGNITY TO AT LEAST PLAY MADDEN NFL 15 FOR ANY CONSOLE BEFORE YOU START BEING JUDGMENTAL!!!!!!!!!!

  • PRIDE_1190NOWGOD

    MIKE FLORIO DOES NOT KNOW THAT THERE ARE 4 THINGS SECOND COMING, JUDGMENT, HEAVEN, AND HELL; HE BETTER WATCH IT. ( 7 DEADLY SINS, 14 STATIONS OF THE CROSS, 10 COMMANDMENTS, 2 GREATEST COMMANDMENTS 1: LOVE GOD WITH YOUR HEART, SOUL, AND MIND AND 2: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. SO ON AND SO FORTH!!!!

  • WakeUp_YoureDreaming

    Bravo. Thank you for this. I couldn’t agree with you more. I am huge on detail and authenticity when it comes to accurately representing the NFL game. It’s good to see someone speaking up for consumers like myself who would love to see updated player equipment. Another thing I noticed is the NBA style arm sleeve that Sherman is also wearing on the cover. Which is missing from the game as well. Seeing as how there are at least a handful of players on each team who wear them, they would be a welcome, and quite frankly overdue addition to Madden. Great job with this though, keep it up.

  • Jet’s fan forever

    EA’s been really stingy with Madden the past few years where it’s almost unbearable. They nixed the soundtrack for that NFL Films garbage music that keeps playing and drives me insane. They have Jim Nantz and Phil Simms do commentary with a scoreboard that looks sort of like CBS’s. I’d like to see what EA did in NCAA Basketball 10 where they had Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery covering games with the CBS branding and Dicky V covering games with the ESPN branding. I know the other EA games: FIFA, NCAA Football and Basketball, NHL, and MVP College Baseball 2006 had some form of ESPN, CBS, or NBC branding. I really want to see them add the arm sleeves to players like Geno Smith, Leveon Bell, Darrelle Revis, D’Anthony Barr, and all of the other players who wear them, and allow for that to be added to any player. You have Kap as the only player with tats and RGIII as the only player with the sleeve. NIKE WHO BOUGHT THE RIGHTS 2 YEARS AGO, AND STILL ISN’T IN IT?? It’s ridiculous, I hope the NFL revokes the exclusive deal and see if 2k can try to break into the market. Pasta keep up the good work and hold EA Tiburon accountable. They don’t seem to have the sense of innovation that all of the other EA Sports dev teams have.

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