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  • Tuning update for Madden NFL 16 addresses aggressive catch success rates
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    Posted September 4th, 2015 at 9:30 am 16 Comments »
    A tuning update for Madden NFL 16 went out today, the primary purpose of which appears to be adjusting the risk/reward aspect of deep passes. Tuners allow EA to push out tweaks to the way the game plays without going through the lengthy patch process. While some have felt the balance proved close to fair between pass-catchers and defenders, there have definitely been some head-shaking situations where catches were pulled in that probably shouldn't have been - and those not being limited t...
  • Madden NFL 16 stands alone as the highest rated sports game since 2013
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    Posted September 3rd, 2015 at 12:45 pm 27 Comments »
    As many Madden NFL 16 owners continue wait on starting their Franchise (on the advice of many including EA themselves) and the fixing of other detrimental bugs, the game has cruised to a very good score of 84 on Metacritic. Reviewers as a whole are rewarding the game with a score that has jumped significantly from Madden 15 (81) and Madden 25 (74). In fact, Madden 16 now rates out as the highest rated traditional sports game since 2013. The community seems more vocal about this year's ed...
  • The downside to Draft Champions
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    Posted August 31st, 2015 at 2:00 pm 24 Comments »
    Draft Champions mode in Madden NFL 16 has earned near universal praise. It's a compelling concept involving the selection of players and construction of a team without the necessity of a long-term commitment or investment of money. Unfortunately what has become apparent in recent days is that the lack of stakes affects how people play the games online.  (more…)...
  • The NFL’s 28 clutch players according to Madden NFL 16
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    Posted August 28th, 2015 at 12:15 pm 21 Comments »
    There are some new "Traits" that have been added for Madden NFL 16. One of them affects the frequency penalties are called on each particular player, and the others relate to the new types of catches (aggressive, possession, run after catch) implemented in the game. The concept of "Clutch" though remains one of the more hotly debated things in sports and Madden continues to offer up a trait related to that. Players designated clutch get a ratings boost in late-game high pressure situatio...
  • Patch being worked on to address many Madden NFL 16 bugs
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    Posted August 25th, 2015 at 4:45 pm 112 Comments »
    While there's a lot to like about Madden NFL 16, it's also arguably the buggiest release for the series in recent memory. At the top of the list is the encroachment bug during gameplay, as well as several that are extremely detrimental to Connected Franchise. It's probably wise to wait on starting up a franchise until a patch has been delivered that fixes the known issues. [Update] Even EA is now publicly stating to wait on starting a franchise until a patch goes out. There may not be...
  • Review: Madden NFL 16
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    Posted August 24th, 2015 at 8:30 am 65 Comments »
    Madden NFL 16 offers up some intriguing additions and improvements on the field, with new receiver-defender interactions and controls, inaccuracy from quarterbacks, and more realistic penalties - plus the introduction of the brand new Draft Champions Mode. How are those things reconciled with what appears to be an especially buggy release for the series and disappointment with general presentation and Connected Franchise? All of that is examined and more in my reviews of the game which ha...
  • Madden NFL 16 impressions discussion video
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    Posted August 21st, 2015 at 9:45 am 23 Comments »
    Madden NFL 16 has been out through EA Access since Wednesday, supplying ample time to have formed base impressions of the new game. After about 12 hours of play (over two different accounts) Rich Grisham joins me to discuss our thoughts on the game to this point. Areas covered include gameplay, penalties, Draft Champions, online play, the prologue, and bugs. This show will also be put out in podcast form later today and will be posted tomorrow! ...
  • Full online game of Madden NFL 16 with impressions commentary
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    Posted August 20th, 2015 at 12:45 pm 12 Comments »
    While those with an Xbox One have the ability to check out Madden NFL 16 prior to release, everyone else is left on the outside looking in. Thanks to the widespread presence of streams though at the very least people are able to assess the game based on footage and the impressions of those who have been able to play through EA Access. In this first complete game video, played online, my Seahawks take on Rich Grisham's Eagles. During the game we discuss early impressions and react to the e...
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