Archive for the ‘Football’ Category
  • Only one new rule for next season will affect Madden NFL 17
    Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 1:15 pm 23 Comments »
    Last year the NFL instituted a new rule that moved the extra point kicks back to the 15 yard line. It should have made the most boring waste-of-time play in Madden something more interesting and strategic. Unfortunately it wasn't the case as kicking from that distance remained practically automatic in Madden NFL 16. Throughout the NFL season the impact of the change proved significant. Extra points were successful 94% of the time down from 99% the season prior. 71 were missed in the 2015...
  • The O’Bannon lawsuit now moving towards possible Supreme Court hearing
    Posted March 15th, 2016 at 2:00 pm 6 Comments »
    An appeals ruling last September in the Ed O'Bannon vs NCAA class action lawsuit complicated the potential return of college sports video games. District judge Claudia Wilken had initially ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, finding that the NCAA violated antitrust laws and that college athletes should be able to receive up to $5,000 a year in deferred payments. The District Court ruling had made it possible for the likes of EA Sports to pay into a trust that would have been dispersed to pl...
  • Madden NFL 16 patch tackles some exploits
    Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 9:45 am 5 Comments »
    It's unusual for a patch to go out following the end of a season, but a fifth one for Madden NFL 16 - which won the 2015 award for Best Post-Release Support - went out earlier today. Unlike the past updates, which addressed issues, game balancing, and added features, this one is primarily focused on eliminating exploits. It's probably not a coincidence it comes a few weeks after the Madden Challenge concluded where many questionable tactics were on display. The full list of areas affe...
  • Madden NFL 16’s biggest ratings risers and fallers for the complete season
    Posted February 17th, 2016 at 3:15 pm 2 Comments »
    Who were the most improved and most disappointing players during the 2015-16 NFL season? Based on the ratings movement in Madden NFL 16, which was updated gradually with weekly attribute changes, those players can be identified by comparing the opening day ratings to the final ones that went out following the Super Bowl. Leading the way in gains were Thomas Rawls and Richie Incognito, followed by the likes of Doug Martin, David Amerson, Carson Palmer, Kawann Short, and Eric Berry. Among t...
  • Final roster update for Madden NFL 16
    Posted February 11th, 2016 at 3:00 pm 10 Comments »
    The roster update following the Super Bowl for Madden NFL 16 is now available to download on all platforms and is the last the game will recieve. It includes only a few ratings changes affecting the Broncos and Panthers, but resets the depth charts for all 32 teams. Super Bowl MVP Von Miller was already rated 99 Overall, but still got increases in two attribute categories. Cam Newton did drop in some attributes but remains at 98 Overall. Among the other ratings movers in the update are K...
  • $20 digital Madden NFL 16 Super Bowl Edition available for one week; includes $20 worth of Madden Points for Ultimate Team
    Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 2:00 pm 23 Comments »
    Madden NFL 16 was added to the EA Access Vault on Xbox One today, but for those on PlayStation 4, or who would rather not subscribe to the service on XB1, there's a new deal of interest to consider. EA Sports has once again released a "Super Bowl Edition" of the game to the digital stores on PS4 and XB1. For PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold members it can be purchased for $19.80. This special edition of the game is only available starting today through February 9. The Super Bowl Ed...
  • Madden NFL 16 added to the EA Access Vault
    Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 11:30 am 6 Comments »
    The first of last year's sports games has reached the Vault in EA Access. Madden NFL 16 has just been added, 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. 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 16 now includes 2014's sports titles plus Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Titanfall, a...
  • Madden NFL 16 roster update heading into the Super Bowl
    Posted January 29th, 2016 at 9:00 am 21 Comments »
    The roster update following Conference Championship weekend is now available in Madden NFL 16. It is by far the smallest update of the season, affecting only 21 players, with 18 of them being from the four teams that were just in action. The NFC Champion Carolina Panthers get six players who's ratings move up and for the AFC Champion Denver Broncos it's five. Check out all the details in the spreadsheet here. Luke Kuechly has joined the ultra-elite in being rated 99 Overall, Cam Newton is...
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