To the company's credit, it's already set up a dedicated status page on all Madden issues, and it's been working feverishly to start fixing things.
Again, these are all little issues, and little issues happen in sports games these days; it's hard to get it all right.
So don't let these steer you away from an otherwise solid football game, from a Madden that I actually like.
Truth is, the franchise has improved by leaps and bounds over the years, and while we nitpick and mock a few little issues, the Madden series has seen overall improvement in recent years.
THE FLYING PLAYER (see video): This one has to be the best one, and you have to watch it to grasp its full nutsiness.
Out of nowhere, our buddy here goes flying through the air, sky high, as if he's jumped off an exploding trampoline.
I've seen this one multiple times on the web, although I've never experienced it.
I'm actually dying to see it happen in a playthrough.
THE PHANTOM "TRAP CATCH" CHALLENGE: I've experienced this one at least four times.
You score a touchdown on a catch-and-run, an obvious TD. But then, out of nowhere, there's a booth challenge, and it's for a "trap catch." In theory, this is because the ball almost hit the ground, and the ref wants to be sure of that, right?
But the Madden replay shows that, clearly, the ball didn't come within three feet of the ground, and, obviously, the play shouldn't have even needed to be challenged. It's pointless comic relief and nothing more; I've yet to have a TD reversed. But boy is it continually annoying, when Phil Simms and Jim Nantz spout nonsense.
My personal favorite waste-of-time line comes when they compliment the arm strength of my quarterback, who apparently has the strength to "gun it in there" Except it's Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs, and he just floated a screen pass to Jamaal Charles.