Monday, March 21, 2011

The NFL Lockout May Screw Gamers Too

As many of you know, The 2011-2012 NFL season is in serious jeopardy. While this many not matter to most gamers, it should matter to anyone planning on buying Madden NFL '12. The last time there was a strike/lockout in sports, EA Sports was readying NBA Live 99, but when the NBA endured a strike shortened season, the glaring flaws of NBA Live 99 were made even more apparent, and the game sold horribly. This football season is as of now on hold, and Madden may have the luxury of being the only NFL licensed football game on the market, but that doesn't mean that the long running football juggernaut can deal with the spectre of its source material shutting down for a year. Take for instance those roster updates you guys are used to getting during the week based on how well your team does...yep, they aren't happening. That over hyped rookie that's going to be a bust that your hated rival drafted? He'll kick your tail all over the field during games and his ratings can't be adjusted because there's no parameter to make said adjustments. Who knows, EA Tiburon might say to hell with it and just change the year on the menu screens a sell you the same game. There are a lot of "What ifs" gamers have to consider with the NFL season in danger of screwing up their yearly $60 buy. Then again, anybody who buys madden yearly will buy it like always and whine about the stuff not in the game. I would seriously like to pose a suggestion to anyone who buys Madden yearly. instead of lining up to get it on day 1, do some research and make sure the lockout and lack of football won't have a major impact on the game. I know many will read this and say, "I can't watch football and I need my fix", but $60 is a lot of money to spend on something that may potentially suck.

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