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Maximum Football Free Open Beta Now Available on Steam

Posted on 6/10/24 at 3:46 pm
Posted by finchmeister08
Member since Mar 2011
36205 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 3:46 pm
it's no longer being developed by Canuck Play, that developer up in Canada. Doug Flutie sold the rights or something and this new developer took it over and completely overhauled it.

it'll have fake college and pro teams/rules. i expect the modding community to take it over if the gameplay is worth a damn.

small gameplay is shown at the 1:28 mark

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1691280/Maximum_Football/

cinematics look to be on par with CFB/Madden.




This post was edited on 6/10/24 at 3:52 pm
Posted by VinegarStrokes
Georgia
Member since Oct 2015
13484 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 4:12 pm to
lol the visuals and cinematics actually look really damned good. If they could have gotten a finished product out a year or 2 before NCAA finally returned then maybe they'd have been on to something, but now it's probably too late for them to make a dent into the market.

I'd need to be able to see what the offensive playbooks look like, as that is probably the biggest factor for me alongside the collegiate uniforms, stadiums, mascots, traditions, fight songs, etc.
Posted by finchmeister08
Member since Mar 2011
36205 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 4:18 pm to
i just played about a qtr and half. i still feel like it's lacking.

the ball floats in the carriers hands
receivers hands are like magnets
kicking animation seems like the kicker is stiff
all animations seem to have a split second delay between action and reaction

it's definitely better than the previous iterations. visually, it's on par with Madden.
Posted by bad93ex
Walnut Cove
Member since Sep 2018
27856 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 4:30 pm to
Is there a road to glory mode?
Posted by BCLA
Bossier City
Member since Mar 2005
8240 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 6:45 pm to
Not gonna lie, I love the Space Coast Orbiters name lol.


And this looks x100 times better than the Flutie stuff. It's a shame they're a couple years too late.
Posted by finchmeister08
Member since Mar 2011
36205 posts
Posted on 6/13/24 at 12:54 am to
any PC guys here take a chance at this?
Posted by Cuthbert13
Member since Apr 2024
33 posts
Posted on 6/13/24 at 4:51 am to
I did on pc, was not impressed with the game. Still in beta but its just not the EA killer people hoped itll be. Gameplay feel jittery. All tackles are shoulder tackles, so attempting to dive to get the feet of the runner doesnt work. Visuals are great. Passing is god awful. The camera alone i didnt even know where the ball was. Defense is bad, dbs watch the ball float over there heads with no attempt to swat it. I played the first half and quit. I was looking forward to the game, but not anymore. From my experience
Posted by BulldogXero
Member since Oct 2011
9808 posts
Posted on 6/13/24 at 12:44 pm to
quote:

I did on pc, was not impressed with the game. Still in beta but its just not the EA killer people hoped itll be. Gameplay feel jittery. All tackles are shoulder tackles, so attempting to dive to get the feet of the runner doesnt work. Visuals are great. Passing is god awful. The camera alone i didnt even know where the ball was. Defense is bad, dbs watch the ball float over there heads with no attempt to swat it. I played the first half and quit. I was looking forward to the game, but not anymore. From my experience


I just don't see any indy developers creating anything remotely resembling an "EA killer." What they can do is get the gameplay tightened up to where it's in a good enough state to at least be passable and then focus on making the menu-based gamplay options such as Dynasty or Franchise deeper than Madden/CFB.

Even if the gameplay was exactly the same as NFL Gameday 2004 (PS2), it would be good enough, but we're not even there yet with any of these indy football games

I like this more than Axis football. Just get the commentators from that game to do commentary in this one.
This post was edited on 6/13/24 at 12:47 pm
Posted by Richleau
Member since Dec 2018
2486 posts
Posted on 6/17/24 at 2:09 am to
They should just open it up to modders and let that community take over the game. Then it will be fun and up to snuff. They've been working on this for years and this is the best they have come up with. The gameplay is essential. The rest is just window dressing.
Posted by finchmeister08
Member since Mar 2011
36205 posts
Posted on 6/17/24 at 12:21 pm to
they had a beta update and plan on keeping the beta open for one more week.


https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1691280/view/6361977949045212905


Patch Notes

Crash fixes:
Fixed a crash that occurred after being tackled during an opening-kickoff return
Fixed a crash where setting the defense to "Press" and "Forward" pre-snap crashes the game
Fixed a crash when a TD is scored on the last play


Animation fixes (although some may be affected by the speed increase!):
Fixed a player animation changing midway after getting dive tackled by the opponent
Fixed when players teleport before making tackle attempt
Fixed a bug where the player abruptly stands up without animation after a diving tackle
Fixed a bug where the player unexpectedly bounces back after catching the football after an interception
Fixed a bug where a player's head appears out of place during the replays
Fixed an issue where the ball appeared to return to the QB unusually when the player had passed the ball before getting tackled
Fixed a bug where after a pitch, the ball floats near the HB and teleports back to the QB


AI fixes:
Fixed post routes that caused catches or interceptions to clip through the ball
Fixed receiver out-routes that were inaccurate and resulted in many incompletions
Fixed an issue where receivers stood still and made no attempt to catch the ball on curl routes
Fixed a bug where defenders would glide on a dive in a curving motion to block a field goal


Gameplay fixes
Fixed a bug where If the user stands up right before the snap the player won't have any momentum/speed
Fixed a bug where the ball hit the fork but got counted as a successful kick
Fixed an issue where after the snap the Center turns 90 degree
Fixed inaccurate ball trajectory when the Center passes the ball to the QB during a running play
Fixed bugs where receivers wouldn't react on pass thrown their way
Fixed a bug where user-controlled players would stop moving after switching players if you were holding sprint
Fixed an issue where the ball teleported back to the QB on "Goal Line - Lead Pitch Weak"
Fixed Coach suggests where winning teams go for 2-pt conversions
Fixed Defensive Coach suggestions to account for short yardage situations
Fixed Defensive Line and Linebackers spreading when adjusted to pinch, and vice versa
Fixed player switching not working on defense when the ball is in midair
Fixed a bug where receivers stopped at the end of their route when using hot routes to change from a hitch
Fixed a bug where safeties on deep zone coverage line up past the end zone
Fixed throws being inaccurate when the QB throws as a receiver hits a sharp break in their route
Fixed players instantly standing straight upwards after the play ends
Fixed Wide Receivers not running their routes to completion


Game design fixes
Fixed a bug where the ball returning to the player after performing a hand-off during a running play
Fixed the in-game Commentary slider to enabled in the demo build
Fixed a bug where the Incorrect team is selected in the exhibition match
Fixed a bug where control was taken away from the user for too long on HB Lead Blast Weak
Fixed a bug where incorrect procedure for a delay of game penalty on a field goal attempt
Fixed an issue where the QB stops abruptly near the End Zone during a defensive formation
Fixed a bug where the defending team kicks twice: once at the start and again after halftime


VFX and General fixes
Fixed a bug where the power and direction arrow appear blurred during the kick-off
Fixed a QB movement bug on 2-point conversions
Fixed an AI possible safety situation bug
Fixed a bug where eyes are very visible through the visors
Fixed a bug where an out of bounds catch causes a Touchback
Fixed a throwing while moving bug
Posted by Scoob
Near Exxon
Member since Jun 2009
20647 posts
Posted on 6/17/24 at 12:26 pm to
I'm older, in my 50's. I used to play the shite out of football games, back from the old stuff like Atari 2600 and computer sims, up through the PS3/360 games. I got away from gaming about then, just getting back into it now. Got a refurbished Steam Deck and put a 2TB drive in it.

I just downloaded this and tried it out on the deck, it's in need of fine tuning but it's playable. I watched this review


and they're right. You don't get away from tackles etc. When the defender homes in on you, you're going down. Runs were a bit iffy because of that, you need good blocking or a hole, because it's entirely up to having room to run. Got a nice FB dive offtackle to the left for 4 yds, tried a toss sweep and lost 2 yds. Runs basically look like rugby scrums, no moves or jukes.

Passing was ok. Threw a bullet on a slant for 8-10 yds, a deep ball up the left sideline for a big gain, incompletion on a crossing route (looked like a disaster and should have been picked), and a nice fade route for a TD. In a better sim, the deep ball should be a TD, because the safety ran him down pretty quick on what appeared to be 3 yds past the defense.

Understanding that I played Madden all the way back to the original (which was sideline view with Red vs Blue teams, but still 11 on 11 with actual playbook), and I've have taken even that:
this is very playable. You get the basics, with decent graphics. As I understand it will remain free once released; if that's so and it allows you to change color schemes and names, it will be plenty enough for me. I don't need to play multiple season mode, I just want functional pickup games. For that, it's great.
Posted by finchmeister08
Member since Mar 2011
36205 posts
Posted on 7/1/24 at 3:14 pm to
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