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.
Also, quickly to note, it seems as though the entire experience is becoming more realistic, besides the graphics. The teaser trailer shows exterior of stadiums as well as a peak into what could be a fantastic career “story” mode from EA to the Madden franchise.
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New Ways to Play
As with any new installment in a franchise, you expect new ways of playing the game, right? Well Madden NFL 18 is no different as the player will now have the availability of three new playing styles at their disposal.
The first new style is an arcade. Yes, it is what you are thinking. If you want to just relax and take a bit of realism off of your plate, then this is a great way to play while relaxing. This mode also has limited penalties, which of course can result in some pretty epic games. This also means crazy plays may not be too far-fetched as in other modes.
The second style added to Madden this year is Simulation. Again, exactly how it sounds. This mode will allow players to stay true to the Madden roots with official rules, penalties, and team roster/ratings. So, if you are looking for that authentic Madden experience, this is it.
Last but not least is competitive style. This style is very much risk and reward. Stick control will play a larger factor, and if it pays off, can result in huge, game-changing results, or a large penalty that could be the last nail in the coffin. It should be noted that at the moment, it is not exactly 100% clear if this will be the official e-Sports mode, or if simulation will be, or possibly all three as alternatives… Who knows.
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.
Touched on a bit before, this new mode is fresh to the Madden series. Many people may get this mixed up with career mode. However, there are a few significant differences already seen from the teaser trailer. First off, it seems that cutscenes and actual storyline (obviously) are in order. This adds another whole dimension to the game as well.
I’m a fan of a great sports story, and I’m hoping that it is told well in Madden’s first attempt at it. It seems like yet another good step in the right direction for the series. However, let’s not hold our breath too much, as sometimes new installments to Madden 18 can be easily forgotten and not return.
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!