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Madden's online feature set the past few years has been filled with controversy, from ranked invites to the lackluster Online Franchise mode. While EA has already said that it isn't improving Online Franchise mode apart from some behind-the-scenes tweaks, it certainly hasn't given up on trying to improve the head-to-head and Online Team Play (OTP) experiences. We talked to Madden designer Anthony DiMento about Madden NFL 12's online features.COMMUNITIESCommunities is EA Tiburon's way of addressing users' frequent complaints that there aren't enough "good" players to play online because of chronic quitters and griefers spoiling the fun for others. Players can create and join Communities based on whatever custom game sliders and options that the Community wants – whether that's six minute quarters or the honor system promise to stick to "sim-football" conventions like punting on fourth down or not running the same play every time. "Play who you want, and play them the way you want to play," says DiMento. Gamers who band together in Communities will play each other in head-to-head (H2H) games as well as against other Communities in three-on-three co-op squad OTP matches (complete with leaderboards for both).Some Community features include:
The Community Description box is your chance to advertise what kind of players you're looking for
All the normal game options and AI sliders can be tweaked for your Community
Continue on for info on OTP and head-to-head play, as well as a highlight trailer
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Madden is to sports (football) as CoD is to the FPS. That a bad thing btw.
Is the gameplay as awful as it was last year?
Madden hasn't been good since the glory days of the ps2...man those were good times.
They haven't said anything about improving the connection time when 6 people are playing so that you don't run past the receiver by accident and he goes for a touchdown from the 2 yard line. And why can't you contact a group you want to be a part of if it is invite only? Online Franchise is still going to be worthless if they aren't changing it.
I'm not getting this game despite what the reviews are...from anyone. All-Pro Football 2K12!
Online sucks unless you play in a league with friends, way too many quitters.
Wow... thank god they fixed the OTP camera. The ONLY good part of Madden in the past 5 years was OTP but the camera made it horrible.