It’s almost season! As we get our pre-season grind in on Madden 17, we patiently wait for the up and coming new edition of Madden.
As we wait for what has been dubbed by EA as the most innovative “Madden” games in over 10 years, we are seeing just exactly how many new features we are getting. We know this will be most likely the best-looking Madden title yet, as well as countless new ways to play.
If you already are not familiar with the new engine that EA is giving to Madden this year, then you should know it will be running on DICE’s popular “Frostbite” engine. This engine has been used heavily in EA and DICE’s “Battlefield” series, and as sports titles, it was recently adopted by the “FIFA” franchise. This is a great step in building a better Madden.
Personally though, I don’t think that the visual side of Madden has been its biggest issues, but it has definitely had its times. We’ve seen a semi-steady increase in the graphics over the years, but the progression has been rather slow. By now, we should have seen certain issues be fixed years ago, but somehow, gets by every installment.
A few downsides always in each installment seems to be the stadiums themselves and the AI audience. With the teaser trailer, we see that the stadium issue is fixed with flying colors and it seems that the audience will explode with realism as well. All in all, this well help the playing experience.
The Coaching Factor
While little is known about the subject, we have been teased about certain coaching options may change/enhance the playing experience as well. Adding new coaching options to the game increase the depth of the title as well. This will most likely give new options for players regarding their squad on the field, substitution changes, and on-the-fly thinking.
Target Passing System
Finally! No longer do you have to pass to the open receiver, as now Madden has added a new target passing system. This will give the player much more control over what happens, such as risking difficult passes for big rewards, or slowing things down and making the simple pass. It’s all up to you with this new system, which should have been implemented three+ years ago.
Passing was one of the biggest issues I’ve had with Madden. There needs to be a fine balance between passing and running the ball, and Madden hasn’t seemed to hit that yet. Hopefully, with the new installment will come a better balance than before. One can only hope that EA finally synchronizes the two and the new passing system is a giant step forward.
If playing AI, story mode, or career mode isn’t your thing, then you are probably wondering what’s going to be new to the multiplayer? Well, it’s seeming like it’s not all too much. Of course, one of EA’s most popular mode, Ultimate Team will be making a reappearance. Now, one thing is for sure to be new is the roster, and additions of the G.O.A.T players, coinciding alongside the special edition of this year’s title. Another popular mode, franchise mode, will be coming back as well.
All in all, this year’s Madden is shaping up to be the best. It will officially release on August 25th for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, sorry Nintendo. However, currently, it does not mean that these will be the only platforms supporting the title as E3 will surely give us answers and more info on Madden NFL 18, until then stay tuned!