Archive for the ‘Madden’ Category
  • More details on the Special Teams improvements in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 27th, 2016 at 12:45 pm No Comments »
    Despite the importance of special teams in football it has never received the attention it deserved in the Madden series. That looks to finally be changing with Madden NFL 17Ā and further details have been released onĀ what to expect. While unfortunately it looks like surprise onside kicks have been left out yet again, and the return blocking hasn't been worked on, there's a lot to be excited about for what had been largely mundane waste-of-time plays in the video games havingĀ failed to rep...
  • Details on the improvements to zone defense in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 26th, 2016 at 6:30 pm 10 Comments »
    EA Sports has released a new Madden NFL 17 developer blog and this one goes over in great detail the work that has been done to zone defense. The zones which had been independent of one another will now operateĀ in sync within a global scheme and new types of zones and coverage logic have been added.Ā  (more…)...
  • Quick look at the new juke and hurdle moves in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 26th, 2016 at 6:00 pm 5 Comments »
    One of the main areas of gameplay improvement for Madden NFL 17 has been identified by EA Sports as the new ball-carrier moves. The company has posted two examples of that already - besides what was seen in the cover announcement trailer - to better define what to expect starting with jukes and hurdles. On the surface they don't really look unlike those seen in past Madden games, but in comparing side-by-side differences can be spotted. Besides the poor running animations it's worth notic...
  • Press Row Podcast: Madden NFL 17’s first details
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    Posted May 23rd, 2016 at 3:15 pm 2 Comments »
    With EA Play and E3 nearing the promotional cycle for the next Madden has gotten underway. There's a lot to be excited about already for Madden NFL 17 including long-overdue work to Special Teams, a new defensive AI system, special moves for ball-carriers, and a "renewed focus on Franchise mode." In this episode of the Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass, Bryan Wiedey, Rich Grisham, and Kat Bailey discuss all the news, the concern over "Tackle Battles", and what is being hoped for...
  • Extensive detail on the advancements to defensive AI in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 18th, 2016 at 3:30 pm 23 Comments »
    The secondĀ of two developer blogs for Madden NFL 17 today - the first looked at the ball-carrier controls and abilities that have been added - is a more technical look at improvements that have been made to the defensive side of the ball. A new defensive AI system was promised along with the first features announced for the game. Considerable advancements have been made to the AI based on alignments, assignments, techniques, as well as theĀ blocking from the offense to keep things balanc...
  • Much more on the new special moves for ball carriers in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 18th, 2016 at 3:00 pm 14 Comments »
    Though much of the initial reaction towards Madden NFL 17 has been positive based on the first stated features - Franchise mode as a focus, defensive AI enhancements, and work done to special teams, the one area that hasn't generated a rousing reaction is the new ball-carrier controls. Madden has been instituting visual aids to various areas of Madden for years now (defensive line, WR/DB, tackle cone) to mostly forgettable results and this is the latest. EA Sports released additional deta...
  • Press Row Podcast: Track and Field
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    Posted May 14th, 2016 at 10:15 am 1 Comment »
    The current state of sports games - on console, PC, and mobile devices - is ever-changing and evolving at a rapid pace. Former creative director of the Madden NFL series Ian Cummings returns to the Press Row Podcast joining me and friend of the show Rich Grisham to discuss his own mobile game as well as the "bigger picture." For starters, Ian describes his mobile game Photo Finish Horse Racing that is gaining steam on iOS and Android, the evolution of it from a one-man side project to a f...
  • Major new gameplay features are being introduced with Madden NFL 17
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    Posted May 12th, 2016 at 3:45 pm 39 Comments »
    The first vague details on Madden NFL 17 leaked overnight and now EA Sports has followed up with some detail on what the new features will mean to the game. All three phases of football have been addressed, including long-overdue attention to special teams, new ball-carrier controls, and a new defensive AI system. The "renewed focus on Franchise mode" will be explained at a later date. (more…)...
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