That can be said for just about any football game of the last decade or so, too.
Even with the additions of things like hot routes and formation shifts, the basic act still entailed snapping the ball, looking for an open receiver, and then pressing the button that corresponded to said receiver. But this year, the developer has completely changed the ebb and flow of how you pass the ball in a football game.
Bloomberg is reporting that EA's John Ricitiello is displeased with the sales performance of Madden this year (via Joystiq).
For years now, the one aspect of Madden's gameplay that's barely seen an ounce of alteration is the passing game.
Just in time for NFL training camp is the latest edition of EA Sports' football juggernaut, Madden NFL 06.
With last year's Madden NFL 2005 focusing heavily on improving the defensive game and overall presentation of the series, while not necessarily adding any grand, new game modes to the package, 06 shifts the other way, going out of its way to specifically work on the offensive side of the ball by debuting all-new passing controls.
On paper, all the additions and changes sound like fine improvements, but the end result isn't nearly as impressive as it seems like it ought to have been.
In fact, Madden 06 comes off as a somewhat unfocused and unpolished piece of work, which is sort of a shocking revelation for a brand that's ridden high on its level of quality for so many years.