Archive for the ‘Madden’ Category
  • Another Madden eSports champion has been sanctioned, this time in cheating scheme
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    Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 12:30 pm 9 Comments »
    On the heels of one ugly situation that saw the Madden Bowl champion penalized due to conduct on social media now EA Sports has announced findings of an investigation and it involves the winner of the Madden Classic. 'SpotMePlzzz' has been disqualified from the Madden Challenge and penalized 125 Madden Championship Series points. Another participant, 'Mr. Hollywood,' has lost 125 MCS points and had his future invite status downgraded. All of this is due to account sharing where an indivi...
  • Madden NFL 17 added to the EA Access Vault
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    Posted February 23rd, 2017 at 1:30 pm 2 Comments »
    The second EA Sports game from 2016 has now reached the Vault in EA Access. Madden NFL 17 was added today making it available in full to all subscribers. EA Access is currently exclusive to Xbox One with Sony declining to offer the service on PS4 despite its remarkable value. For $30 a year or $5 month-to-month, members get unlimited access to the back library of EA games on the console which in addition to Madden 17 now includes EA Sports UFC 2 and all earlier XB1 sports titles plus the ...
  • The season’s biggest winners and losers in Madden NFL 17 player ratings
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    Posted February 16th, 2017 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment »
    With the season over we can look back at the entire campaign rather than the week-to-week and identify who improved and regressed most through the Madden NFL 17 player ratings. Make sure to check out the full lists of players on the rise and those who declined sharply. Matt Ryan saw his rating soar over the course of his MVP season, taking him from 13th in quarterbacks to trailing only Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Rookies like Dak Prescott, Jordan Howard, Michael Thomas, Tyreek Hill, a...
  • New patch for Madden NFL 17 is heavy on gameplay improvements
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    Posted February 14th, 2017 at 7:30 am 22 Comments »
    The sixth post-release patch for Madden NFL 17 went out today and it's a substantial one. Not only is it somewhat unusual to get a patch after a NFL season has ended, it's especially so considering gameplay is the focus of the update. Some of the biggest changes include addressing RAC catches, a fix for CPU defenders being offsides in no-huddle situations, improvements to zone coverage in handling C routes, and an increase to the chance of fumbles when diving over the top of players, a fi...
  • Madden NFL 17 final roster update details
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    Posted February 9th, 2017 at 5:15 pm 7 Comments »
    The roster update which follows Super Bowl LI is now available to download in Madden NFL 17. Expected to be the final update of the season it delivers some ratings changes mostly affecting the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons while freeing up any remaining injured players. Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady has moved up a point to 96 Overall for his peak rating of the season. He now stands alone as the second highest rated quarterback in the game trailing only Aaron Rodgers. The other big ...
  • EA Sports responds to controversy over social media conduct from eSports competitors
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    Posted February 9th, 2017 at 7:30 am 9 Comments »
    Rather than being about the series of entertaining Madden NFL 17 games in an eSports setting where viewership numbers are slowly on the rise, the big story coming out of the Madden Bowl late last week related to the conduct of the winner on social media. The situation has been problematic for EA Sports which is still trying to find its way in the competitive scene and has now faced a number of growing pains along the way. The circumstances necessitated a response from the company which wa...
  • Post-Super Bowl LI commentary update is out now in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted February 8th, 2017 at 1:00 pm 4 Comments »
    The 23rd and possibly final commentary update for Madden NFL 17 has gone out with the broadcast team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis reflecting on the events that took place and storylines that emerged out of a dramatic Super Bowl 51. Madden received these real-world commentary updates regularly throughout the year which apply to Play Now and Online games. The duo also recorded additional audio for Franchise and Ultimate Team. The updates won the 2016 Community Award for Best New F...
  • Madden Bowl winner represents latest black eye for EA Sports and eSports
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    Posted February 3rd, 2017 at 9:00 pm 22 Comments »
    EA Sports is hoping to build Madden into a popular eSport. In terms of viewership they've been gradually climbing despite some inherent challenges. However they've had their share of growing pains with Madden NFL 17 as the entertaining games haven't proven to be the story. The Madden Classic held in early December had its championship game determined in part by a QB freeze bug that resulted in a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. That specific bug was fixed 10 days later with a pa...
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