In the near future, 3 major football games are being released. (By the way, that means real football, not that thing with Beckham.)
You've got your old warhorse, Madden NFL 08. We all know what to expect...decent gameplay, nice presentation, and it'll sell a fuckzillion copies. New this year is the focus on "weapons," which sounds like it should be part of some next-gen reincarnation of Mutant League Football and, by the way, why hasn't that happened yet? Rise up, gamers, and demand the return of Reggie Fright!
Ahem. "Weapons" is basically Madden-speak for star players, which will be the centerpiece of the changes. This looks like it has potential as a way to seperate the Tom Bradys and Shawn Alexanders from whoever plays for the Browns. Of course, it's EA, so the weapons will be represented by little icons which won't look at all realistic and will probably be more of a bother than anything else.
Then, you've got NCAA Football 08, featuring a new recruiting system that looks like it'll make it much easier to find the right prospect. A revamped Campus Legend mode (now in the 360 version) will allow you to take on the role of a player, balancing academics, athletics, and ethics violations.
NCAA also features My Shrine, which can save video clips of highlights (which could be really cool). Both EA games are also supposed to feature smoother play and animations, but it's EA, so who the hell knows.
Finally, the return of the upstart 2K series with All-Pro Football. Who needs the NF|L? Here, you can make your own team from an impressive list of legends...Peyton, Montana, Rice, Butkus, and so on, each with special abilities and traits that individualize them. Your QB, for example, might have "Rocket Arm" for huge pass distance, and/or "Laser Arm" for pinpoint accuracy. This game promises the return of what made the 2K series so renowned...gameplay. Plus, it'll just be cool having Elway passing to Jerry Rice.
So, my fellow gridiron gurus, whatcha got? I'm strongly leaning toward All-Pro, though I'd definitely like a demo. The NCAA demo didn't impress me, especially with the new play-calling screen. I've vowed not to get Madden this year, but I may give in to the temptation to play as my Patriots.