Archive for the ‘Football’ Category
  • Breaking down the new player ratings spread for Madden NFL 20
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    Posted June 30th, 2019 at 7:00 am No Comments
    Spreading out the player ratings is something many fans of sports games including myself have advocated for over the years. Doing so would help differentiate the superstars from the solid contributors, from the replacement-level players and especially those that rarely see action. Beyond that though it would also add considerable intrigue into the team-building process in Franchise Mode. This has actually been attempted a few times in the past however developers have quickly reverted to a...
  • Madden NFL 20 – EA Play Presentation
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    Posted June 8th, 2019 at 1:30 pm No Comments
    Electronic Arts this year chose to forgo a traditional press briefing in favor of segmented live stream presentations for just a few upcoming games. Madden NFL 20 didn't reveal anything necessarily new today, however EA Sports expanded on what was already known and included the first, but limited, look at gameplay examples. The EA Play 2019 stream for Madden NFL 20 focused on areas such as Face of the Franchise career mode, Superstar X-Factor abilities, updates to playbooks, and new gamep...
  • How the new RPOs work in Madden NFL 20
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    Posted May 24th, 2019 at 6:15 am No Comments
    Two weeks ago EA Sports went into detail on a variety of gameplay improvements for Madden NFL 20. Now the developers have laid out the work done to playbooks and specifically centered that on the introduction of RPOs. (more…)...
  • More on Madden NFL 20’s Superstar Abilities and various gameplay improvements
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    Posted May 9th, 2019 at 8:00 pm No Comments
    Madden NFL 20 recently kicked off its promotional cycle with the reveal of its new Career Mode and also the introduction of a new element to gameplay intended to better differentiate the superstars of the league from everyone else. That's the biggest gameplay-specific initiative, at least on the surface and in terms of marketing, known as 'Superstar X-Factors.' The just-released developer blog is comprehensive on how these special abilities are distributed, how they play a role in Franchi...
  • More details on Madden NFL 20’s Franchise and Career Modes
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    Posted May 2nd, 2019 at 4:00 pm No Comments
    Last week EA Sports kicked off the promotional cycle for Madden NFL 20 with announcements focused on Patrick Mahomes and a rebooted Career Mode that includes a college football element. Now they've followed up with far more detail on what to expect out of Face of the Franchise: QB1 along with additions and improvements made to Franchise Mode. (more…)...
  • Press Row Podcast: First News on Madden NFL 20
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    Posted April 30th, 2019 at 9:00 am No Comments
    Big news on Madden NFL 20 has brought Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham back together for discussion on the just-revealed rebooted career mode that includes a college football element - what that means for the series, the genre as a whole, and more. Other topics include Madden NFL 20's abnormally early release date and special superstar abilities to differentiate player performance which leads back to the pure skill vs realism/fun factor debate. Also more thoughts on MLB The Show 19's March to O...
  • Madden NFL 20 Superstar Mode will include 10 licensed colleges and the Playoff
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    Posted April 25th, 2019 at 4:00 pm No Comments
    Patrick Mahomes was predictably announced today as the cover athlete for Madden NFL 20 but the bigger news is the reveal of new features including one that he represents in the reboot of Superstar Mode and the return of a college presence. Face of the Franchise: QB1 – New single-player, career campaign mode that allows fans to create their own quarterback and experience the journey of an NFL Superstar at the College Football Playoffs, the NFL Combine, the NFL Draft and ultimately playing...
  • Proposed legislation would assist in the return of college sports video games
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    Posted March 19th, 2019 at 7:15 am No Comments
    It has been nearly six years since the release of NCAA Football 14. That game was the last of its kind - a college sports video game featuring all of the necessary licensed properties along with fully editable and shareable rosters. All these years later and there remains no imminent return of a college football game from EA Sports or any other publisher/developer. The Ed O'Bannon case ended in favor of active and retired athletes but with nothing resolved on the front of being able to co...