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oaklandhater
07-11-2005, 09:25 AM
http://www.maddennation.com/forums/...ead.php?t=30251

MN's look at Superstar Mode

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Madden NFL 06: Superstar Mode



Very few people know what itís like to live the life of an elite NFL player. From waiting for your name to be called on draft day to making Pro Bowls and winning championships, only a select group of athletes experience what itís like to fill those shoes. But this year EA Sports and Madden NFL 06 will give you a glimpse of all that comes with being an NFL big shot in a new game play mode called NFL Superstar. Combining Madden game play and certain RPG elements, Superstar mode may be the most revolutionary feature put in to Madden in a long time.

Superstar mode allows you to import your Race to the Heisman player from NCAA, your NFL Street 2 created player, or create a player from scratch where you actually select two parents with different characteristics in order to build your playerís personality profile. Much like NCAA 2006ís Race For The Heisman, Superstar mode focuses in on one specific player and begins by dropping you right into game play. You begin with a critical situation at a college All Star game. How you perform during that important play may affect certain elements of your NFL future. After you complete the brief All Star game intro, you must then fill out an NFL combine registration form, take the Wonderlic test, and hire an agent. Based on your performance thus far you will get a projected round in the NFL draft and will then be drafted with this yearís current class with guys like Alex Smith & Braylon Edwards. You then get set up in your new home which starts out pretty modest and becomes much nicer as your career progresses (if youíre not a draft bust that is).


Getting Around

Now that youíre in the NFL you will have a lot of responsibilities that can be handled in the following group of intricate menus:


Communication Device: Think Blackberry. Your communication device is one of your means of getting in touch with the important people in your life. You will be able to maintain email contact with your agent, coach, mentor, and a handful of other people in order to stay up to date with whatís going on.

Schedule: This is a calendar with an itinerary of various important events. Games, practices, etc. will be kept track of in this menu.

My Web: This is your official fan site where you can look at all of your accolades and accomplishments and track your career for up to 20 years if you end up being a Darrell Green or Jerry Rice type.

World Map: The world map is a mini virtual version of the actual city you play in. There are a number of locales you can visit such as the barber shop, tattoo parlor, and your agentís office.

Agentís Office: Your NFL agent is a big part of getting you whatever it is you want out of your career. You can demand a trade, complain about coaches, and just about anything else that you can bicker to an agent about can be done here.



Events & Responsibilities

NFL players have a lot of different responsibilities that take up their time. Here are a few things youíll be able to do in Super Star Mode:


Interviews: Press conferences & interviews are nothing new to NFL players. Youíll choose from a list of answers and how you respond will affect how you are viewed by fans and treated by the media. You can become a media sweetheart like Donovan McNabb or the next big controversy like TO.

Movie Roles: One option for advancing your career is taking roles in various films. Your agent will pitch you a role and you have to decide whether or not itís the right flick to elevate you to iconic status. You must then memorize a script and perform in each scene without making mistakes.

The Madden Bowl: You can enter the Madden Bowl tournament that takes place at the Super Bowl each year and show other top players how to work the sticks. You will play actual games of Madden in order to advance from round to round.

Madden Cover Athlete Selection: Only the best of the best are offered the opportunity to be on the cover of Madden. If made an offer will you accept the honor or shy away from fear of the curse?


What Else Is Involved?

Now you know how to get around, but how exactly does all of this play together? By now youíve got the idea that your goal is to become a successful NFL player with a solid reputation. You have to play well, say the right things, and make a number of career choices that will determine your status. Each Superstar Mode player will have a player persona that will depend on where they are in their career. You can be a draft bust, a has been or hack, media darling, or you can develop into one of the all time greats. Itís up to you.

Aside from all of the extra curricular activities and menus is the actual game play. You will play the games on your schedule in the same manner your normally would by controlling all of the players, so itís not a situation where you are only able to use your Superstar and nobody else. What you donít have control of is the coaches and team management. If youíre a wide receiver you could very well end up on a team that refuses to give you a decent quarterback and keeps drafting bonehead players from year to year. These are the type of real life situations that NFL players deal with all the time. We are often quick to criticize and say a player should do this or that, so now itís your chance to make the call. Will you live up to your potential? Make nice with your team and the media? Or will you become the next team cancer? Come August the choice is yours.

Saulbadguy
07-11-2005, 09:27 AM
Great, more fluff i'm not interested in.

Rain Man
07-11-2005, 09:31 AM
Great, more fluff i'm not interested in.


Yeah, they should spend a little more time on making sure that QBs don't throw 20 interceptions in a game and RBs average more than 1.2 yards per carry.

(Note: I only play in coach mode, since I don't like the video game part of it.)

Count Zarth
07-11-2005, 09:33 AM
Great, more fluff i'm not interested in.

I know. Fix the gameplay. :shake:

Count Zarth
07-11-2005, 09:33 AM
Yeah, they should spend a little more time on making sure that QBs don't throw 20 interceptions in a game and RBs average more than 1.2 yards per carry.

(Note: I only play in coach mode, since I don't like the video game part of it.)

You play Madden? You truly are a renaissance man.

Rain Man
07-11-2005, 09:36 AM
You play Madden? You truly are a renaissance man.

Some, not a lot. I like the franchise-building part of it, and I'll occasionally play a game where I call the signals and let the computer run the play. I never play the part where I control a player, though, because I think that ruins the realism.

oaklandhater
07-11-2005, 09:36 AM
I know. Fix the gameplay. :shake:



asking EA to fix the gameplay is like asking gocheifs to stop makeing fun of religion :)

Count Zarth
07-11-2005, 09:39 AM
asking EA to fix the gameplay is like asking gochiefs to stop makeing fun of religion :)

You pay me enough money and I'll do anything you ask.... :D

Adept Havelock
07-11-2005, 09:40 AM
Instead of this crap, how about a little more focus on making the game more realistic for those of us who prefer the strategy/coaching modes.

Not everyone has the time, patience, or non-arthritic hands needed to play "twitch" games like maddens on the field component.

Hope the upgrades to owner mode are as dramatic as the last bunch was, though. :)

Count Zarth
07-11-2005, 09:41 AM
Some, not a lot. I like the franchise-building part of it, and I'll occasionally play a game where I call the signals and let the computer run the play. I never play the part where I control a player, though, because I think that ruins the realism.

I couldn't do that. I love being the QB or the RB or the blitzing linebacker.

Count Zarth
07-11-2005, 09:48 AM
Not everyone has the time, patience, or non-arthritic hands needed to play "twitch" games like maddens on the field component.

Heck that's part of the problem. They need to make it so when you get too good at the twitch part of the game, it's still challenging.

TRR
07-11-2005, 09:48 AM
There are a lot of new features in Madden 2006. But if your wanting more realistic gameplay, and better graphics, you'll have to wait till Madden 2007 for PS3. EA is putting all their efforts into that.

UKMike
07-11-2005, 10:33 AM
Some, not a lot. I like the franchise-building part of it, and I'll occasionally play a game where I call the signals and let the computer run the play. I never play the part where I control a player, though, because I think that ruins the realism.

How do you make it so you can call plays without having to control the play?

Count Zarth
07-11-2005, 10:33 AM
How do you make it so you can call plays without having to control the play?

I haven't done it in years, but I think there's a coach mode option. Just call the play and let the computer run it.

Count Zarth
07-11-2005, 10:35 AM
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