Archive for the ‘Madden’ Category
  • Improvements to blocking in Madden NFL 18
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    Posted July 28th, 2017 at 8:00 am 10 Comments »
    One notable absence from the extensive list of community requests addressed for Madden NFL 18 was anything to do with blocking, an area of the series that has been criticized heavily over the years. EA Sports ended up holding that back for its own developer blog, citing new features like ID The Mike and an emphasis on the Awareness rating of an entire offensive line in recognizing and picking up blitzes.  (more…)...
  • Many big community requests have been tackled for Madden NFL 18
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    Posted July 27th, 2017 at 8:30 am 12 Comments »
    While they may not receive the publicity of a story mode or new gameplay mechanic, a number of key improvements are being delivered for Madden NFL 18 based on community feedback. Among them are the addition of off-ball injuries, the elimination of the "Swerve" exploit, improved fumble recoveries, the fixing of drops related to RAC catches, greater importance to size and weight for hit outcomes, more inaccuracy from lower-rated QBs, and faster players no longer getting caught by slower ones o...
  • The top rated players in Madden NFL 18
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    Posted July 26th, 2017 at 6:00 pm 5 Comments »
    Only three players will start Madden NFL 18 rated at 99 Overall. Cover athlete and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady is joined at the top by Von Miller and Aaron Donald. The group at 98 Overall features Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones, Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt, and Luke Keuchly. That's a drop out of the 99s they finished at in Madden NFL 17 for Gronk, Watt and Keuchly while Rodgers has jumped up and Jones remains the same. Coming in with 97 Overall are two Steelers - Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown - a...
  • Madden NFL 18 Rookie Ratings
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    Posted July 26th, 2017 at 9:15 am 10 Comments »
    The reveal of ratings for Madden NFL 18 begins today with a look at all the rookies that were selected in the first round. As always, certain positions have an advantage when entering the league, and you'll see positions on the offensive and defensive lines and running back trend higher than those like quarterback. #1 pick Myles Garrett leads the way at 83 Overall. He's the highest rated rookie since Jadeveon Clowney got an 83 in Madden NFL 15. Second is tight end O.J. Howard who has the ...
  • More on the central gameplay improvements coming with Madden NFL 18
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    Posted July 21st, 2017 at 6:15 pm 10 Comments »
    Earlier today EA Sports released a trailer teasing various new features related to gameplay for Madden NFL 18. Those features included Target Passing, Play Styles, and new WR/DB mechanics. The publisher quickly followed that up with developer blogs that go into far greater detail than had previously been revealed on each.  (more…)...
  • First gameplay trailer for Madden NFL 18
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    Posted July 21st, 2017 at 10:30 am 18 Comments »
    There hasn't been much promotion for Madden NFL 18 since its appearance at EA Play in mid-June. Then the new story mode took center stage with it being used as the main selling point in an effort to reach more casual consumers. Today things have finally shifted towards gameplay with new features and improvements put on display in the first gameplay trailer. Though the trailer flashes glimpses at features like the Target Passing it does nothing to explain at all their significance or how ...
  • Press Row Podcast: EA Play 2017 News
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    Posted June 11th, 2017 at 9:15 am 3 Comments »
    Sports games always take center stage at Electronic Arts' annual mid-June press briefing. Those previously linked with E3 instead now represent the kickoff to their own event EA Play. Given the leading soccer, football, and basketball titles are always among the top selling games in both North America and worldwide their high-profile presence should come as no surprise. Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18, and NBA Live 18 all were prominently featured in this weekend's EA Play press briefing. Madden h...
  • Madden NFL 18 “Long Shot” Trailer
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    Posted June 10th, 2017 at 12:45 pm 9 Comments »
    While several features for Madden NFL 18 were detailed earlier the introduction of the Story Mode had only been teased. Today out of EA Play it received a proper reveal. Going with the title of "Long Shot" the mode will include time both in high school and college. Some licensed universities will even be featured* with the trailer showing both Texas and Oregon. Dan Marino appears as a character, and other actors involved include Scott Porter and Mahershala Ali. After three years away from ...
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