Weekend Confirmed 180 - Madden NFL 25, Saints Row IV

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 30, 2013 11:00am PDT

While the gaming world turns its eyes to PAX Prime in Seattle, Weekend Confirmed holds down the home front. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia to sort out this week's Nintendo announcements, including trying to make heads or tails of what the company was thinking with that 2DS design. After that, it's time to dive into games, as the team discusses Madden NFL 25, Saints Row IV, Killer Is Dead, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Hearthstone (Or is it Hurthstone?), and Shelter. The show ends with a new round of Finishing Moves and a few Super Bowl predictions, because the NFL kicks off in just six days!

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 180: 8/30/2013

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:35 - 00:36:03

    Round 2 - 00:36:53 - 01:14:13

    Round 3 - 01:14:52 - 01:45:54

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:46:34 - 02:22:15

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  • I hope the NFL opens up the football licence again this coming gen. I'm not a diehard Madden of football fan but enough that I like to pick up Madden once or twice a gen.

    I don't know if it's just rose tinted memory but I remember the first Madden for PS2 being a showcase type game. My friends and I would mess with the replays and though they were amazing. At the 360/PS3 launch Madden looked good but not the step up from the PS2 launch. As this gen went on it seems Madden has stayed the same while most other top games have past it by graphically and presentation wise.
    I also wonder how many people actually use all the extra controls that have been added over the years. I may pick up on one or two things but for the most part I ignore all the real fine passing and route controls. Same with most of the defensive moves. At this point I'm not sure if Madden is trying to be a simulation or a complicated arcade game with special moves and combos.
    What I would like is for them to get the controls back to basics running/passing/tackling and really work on the flow and strategy of the game. Work on realistic AI and get the player to read defenses and offences. There was nothing worse in Madden than calling an audible and watching the defense audible right back to defend your play.
    I'm a pretty casual madden player so some serious player probably have a different opinion but that's my take from someone who just likes to sit back and play a game of football here and there.

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