Friday, August 15, 2008

Madden 09 messes with downtown geography

What's wrong with this picture? The real question is: what's right? The release of Madden 09 came with a hi-def version of Cleveland that has some seriously screwed up geography. If you really stood in front of the stadium (as the tailgaters in this pic, who are partying in a parking lot that doesn't really exist either) and look out to the west, you would see Lake Erie, not the downtown skyline.

Let's say, for the sake of argument, the perspective is actually from the other side of the stadium: Key Tower and Terminal Tower would be obscured by the stadium, not off to the east.

The verdict: an obvious cut-and-paste job by game designers (stadium - check; highway - check; downtown skyline - check). we're sure the glitches exist in the depictions of the other cityscapes too, as the general set up of each landscape looks remarkably similar save for the iconic buildings plugged in to each one. The game's designers probably thought no one would notice. We did.

P.S. Look where they put the Great Lakes Science Center in this thing, too (that's it, across the water in the distance).

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