Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Madden 16 Review


Madden 16 has finally embraced the way in which American football has needed to be captured in a simulation game. Madden is no longer just an incremental update to the previous years game where I would feel like all I've gotten for $60 was a big roster update and some handsome faces. By all accounts this is Madden and in it's own right this is the NFL playable at your fingertips.

Madden 16 has added new features to the receiving game, passing game, and defensive game by allowing the user to have more control than ever when playing against opponents or the computer. Quarterbacks like in the far past were able to use precision passing, but now it's tweaked to where you can through the ball high for big and tall receivers or low for more precise routes. The receivers can now go up for the ball with a press of a button every time if you like, or go for a more secure and shall I say safer route by a press of the button for sure handed catches. Now I'm actually learning the hard way because I like the spectacular catches but I'm finding out that the risk versus the reward is not in the favor of the receiver at all. Playing defense from a defensive back perspective has also been tweaked for the better as well. Just like a receiver can go up for a highlight type catch, the DB can make a big hit to force the ball out and or knock the ball up and out of the receivers hands which often causes an interception for a teammate. Hopefully EA tweaks this a little because I think interceptions occur way to often in this game when trying to go up for the ball, but again risk versus reward.

Madden 16 has also brought on a new game mode called Draft Champions which is really a fancy way of saying Fantasy Football just reworked but now allows you to play with this team online against real life opponents or go into a franchise mode. It's a mixture between Madden Ultimate Team and Fantasy Football.

Connected Franchise mode returns with some changes that I have to talk about because if you are anything like me, I like to take full control of my team(choosing owner) and take them to the top. One of the major changes that I absolutely adore is the way in which you scout players for the upcoming draft and what is now shown after you spend your scouting points to see what the potential player will be like on your team. You can now see how they did at the combine and wither the player is an early round talent or late round talent and or just a combine freak(football talk I know).

Madden Ultimate team has returned to be honest it seems like it's the future from EA's point of view because like many other games out, it brings back micro-transactions(sigh). MUT is very lucrative to EA because you can buy packs of cards as if you are going to buy baseball cards from a store. The packs have players in them, some good, some not so good, but then every once in a while you get an impact player like say a Bo Jackson that you can add to your squad and develop him into the stud that he is and play against other players online. MUT has turned to be lucrative for the player as well because I see a lot of people selling off the players or trading for the players in packs, and some occasionally give away players as well. Personally I don't get into MUT be it seems that there is a growing fan base for this mode.

Graphically Madden 16 looks better than ever, with new animations, celebrations and shall I say taunting as well. Capturing the feel of football in general seems to be a lot closer now than it was before, but I still would like a challenger to step in the ring to push EA on making a better game, buying the rights to the NFL surely has to have an expiration date coming soon.

I've been enjoying Madden football ever since it was released on a Apple II back in 88 by EA and I still enjoy playing it, in all Madden 16 is a football simulation, the only football simulation on the market, and dare I say it captures the intrigue of the NFL and how it plays pretty nicely. It's been a long time coming for EA to bring a simulation like this to gamers, and although I feel there is a lot of room to grow in the franchise, this seasons Madden did a really good job.

Overall: 8.75/10
Sound: 8.5/10
Graphics: 8.5/10
Gameplay: 8.0/10
Multiplayer: 10/10

Arthur Davis

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