I only got one game in last night, since I had classes this morning and thus had to get up early. Anyway, I still gathered a few things from the full retail game. I booted up a franchise with the Jacksonville Jaguars to check out all the new features they included this year while still neglecting online franchise. Here are some of my brief thoughts. 1. I don't like the new menu for offline franchise. All it is now is a small menu you scroll down in the middle of the screen. It feels cramped having all these different options from coaching, settings, games, etc. all in a small area on the screen that you have to scroll through. Why not use the rest of the screen space? Might just be personal preference, but it is annoying the HELL out of me. 2. Frame rate is a little strange during team introductions, freezing or stuttering slightly. Kind of annoying but not really a big deal. 3. Graphics are gorgeous, although the stadiums really don't feel as lively as NCAA. 4. Gameplay is smooth. Had a lot of fun playing my one game I did. 5. All-Madden is tough, but beatable. Jags game #1 is against the Titans, and Matt Hasselbeck looked like Tom Brady to start this game. Marched right down the field with swing passes to Chris Johnson and a nice deep ball to Kenny Britt. My defense held at the goaline and forced them to kick a field goal. However, besides this first drive by the AI, it really felt fair and fun against All-Madden. I got some pressure on Hasselbeck, contained Chris Johnson (as much as you can, he still had 120 yards on 20 carries) and forced a ton of 3 and outs. I ended up winning 17-10 on a late touchdown drive which consisted of Gabbert hitting Mercedes Lewis in the middle of the field and MJD breaking a few nice runs. Overall a very challenging game that was very fun. Not at any time during the game did I feel the computer had an unfair advantage over me. I would prefer CPU games to be on All-Madden for HK. 6. My secondary AI played great and the defender intelligence in zone situations looked very improved. No more just standing around in their zone doing nothing. 7. Game speed felt FAST. Not sure if I like it or not yet, but this is definitely a faster game than NCAA. 8. Because of this game speed, along with a hideous and annoying HIGHLIGHT headline above it, uploaded highlights will be pretty useless and bad in this years game. Also, we still are unable to take in-game screen shots like NCAA...which is disappointing because this is the best looking Madden game yet. That is it for now, and I will dig in deeper tonight and tomorrow. Post what you guys think.