Originally posted by Some guy on Operation Sports
"I'm scanning through it now and hear this. Madden and Al Michaels will no the commentators for the 360 version. They say the no name announcer not announcers will call the game like he works for the teams local radio station. Saying he'll sound more emotional when you make a great play. But the ask madden feature is still in the game.
They also have a small section saying "why next gen madden ain't all that." It will not have owner or superstar mode. No classic teams and no create a player.
Some other stuff while scanning through. If you have surround sound you can hear a defender's footsteps and his heavy breathing behind you. I'll post more later when i get home as i'm getting ready to leave work."
"ok i'm home now. I read the whole thing. No i don't not have a subscription but i live in NYC and we tend to get things b4 a lot of other places. I got my copy from the newstand in the west 4th street train station. Sorry i do not have a scanner so i can't scan the article. There isn't much said as most of it is in little boxes and they dont' say much about the gameplay.
The screenshots suck and are blown up ala next gen mag style if any of you older gamers can remember that magazine from the 90's so they make everything look jagged and ugly. There is a part talkin about the stadiums how they even have the sun worn seats that have faded due to the sun being on them all the time. The staduims mow lines will be correct. Pittsburgh's grass degrades faster than other staduims.
They talk about the sidelines how the players and coaches react on a big play when you run down your sideline and they start jumping up and down. There are about 4,000 animations in this version which is about double what we get on current gen. Each team will have 2 or 3 players with specific animations. Ball spikes you see ya lineman rushing to the line. Recievers crying for pass interference calls and you can finally jump over the pile.
Ea went to NASA for weather data so now we should get exact shadows and where they fall in the staduim and there should be no excuse why the shadows are wrong. The parts of the field that get the most work will degrade more then the rest.
They now have access to the nfl films vault so players now sound like themselves. Peyton sounds like Peyton when he calls out audibles. Ray Lewis sounds lime himself calling out defensive checks. Does say how many players voices will make the cut though. Blocking should sound like real blocking now and tackles sounds like tackles.
200 key players heads were scanned. There will be about 200 accessories for players but no hand warmer pouches. EA says "next year"
One last thing they say they say you may not be blown away by the screenshots(which i'm not) but they say it's much prettier in motion. After playing next gen they said it's hard to go back."
So basically for the first game they have concentrated on the Visuals and the Gameplay, and will be adding the Franchise Mode when the PS3 comes out for Madden 2007. No mention on ESPN, although I suppose technically Madden 360 is still part of the 06 line of games, and EA dont get their hands on it until the 07 line up.