If this doesn't get the madden gamers hype then nothing will. Game sounds like its going to be off the chain!
Revisionist history and crude business tactics want people to believe Madden never changes. I don't know what anyone is saying when they make claims like, "it's only graphics updates and new rosters."
I don't play online, but I notice the subtle changes. The little "graphics" things people mention are huge towards realism. The updated animations, stadium actions, and all that are great to me.
Yeah, I miss the little things from franchise mode with the newspaper, emails, player awards, etc. And I don't see anything with player morale ever being relevant. But I see significant changes every year that make the game a bit more exciting.
Last year's Madden IQ was a great touch. My IQ topped out at 787 last week, and went back down to 747 because I got lit up through the air by the Chargers. Played the Super Bowl next, shut down Jeff Garcia, 3 sacks, 2 INTs and my IQ is now at 758 or so.. can't remember.
That 2K5 presentation was the business though. ESPN Highlights in franchise mode, dances to the endzone after burning a DB, and smooth animations, etc.
What bothers me about Madden is that they have the ESPN license and don't even use it.