Sunday, May 16, 2010

Drew Brees to Grace Cover of Madden NFL 11

Drew Brees to Grace Cover of Madden NFL 11

The 11th game in the Madden NFL series of games will be in stores on August 10, 2010, and this year, the game franchise is allow fans to make the call on a number of features. One of the biggest being which NFL star graces the cover of the game. Recently, Electronic Arts announced that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had been voted on by fans in the Doritos "Change the Game" program. According to the press release, this is just the first pairing of Doritos and EA that will allow ans to shape the future of the Madden franchise.

Said Drew Brees about the selection, “The Madden NFL franchise holds a special place in popular culture and the cover is a coveted position for players all over the league. I’m honored to be the first cover athlete chosen by Madden NFL fans and it’s a great way to cap off an amazing year for the Saints and the city of New Orleans.” The Saints won the Super Bowl this year, with Brees leading the way.

Fans had the choice of Brees, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, and could vote at from February 4 through March 15. Each voter was also entered into a drawing for a chance to win a trip to the NFL draft. During the voting period, NFL greats Eddie George, Marshall Faulk, and Shaun Alexander were featured on bags of Doritos in an effort to help get out the vote.

Brees was the Super Bowl MVP this year. Not only has he had an exceptional career on the field since joining the Saints in 1995, but he has been big part of rebuilding the New Orleans community after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. He has been in four Prow Bowls and won three NFC Offensive Player of the Year awards, among other various awards. He's created the charity, the Brees Dream Foundation, which helps raise money for various charitable causes and academic institutions in San Diego, New Orleans, and West Lafayette/Purdue, Indiana.

In addition to choosing the cover, fans of the Madden franchise had the opportunity to vote for three match-ups from March 31 through April 26, and to decide which teams would be featured in the game's demo. Fans will also have the opportunity to rate rookies and influence the player's ratings in the game.

As for the game itself, Madden 11, is said to have a "Simpler, Quicker, Deeper experience." Simpler, because you can "Call plays like an NFL coach with ease using an all-new play-calling system, GameFlow, which executes an authentic, situational game plan for you." Quicker because "The new play-calling system will enable players to spend more time on the field and less in the playbook - completing games in half of the time." And Deeper because "Madden NFL 11 is feature-rich, with improved animations and control options, enhanced online functionality, and new broadcast and audio presentation that delivers the NFL experience fans have come to expect."

The game will be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 2 & 3, Wii, PSP, and for download on iPhone, iPod Touch, and other mobile phones.

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