From the outside looking in, it may be hard to determine how meaningful the changes are to a yearly franchise, especially those in the sports genre. But the folks at EA Tiburon are always hard at work to improve the game of American football. This year’s focus on receiving and even the versatility of a quarterback’s throw, makes Madden NFL 16 another fantastic entry that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a flagship series that doesn’t allow itself to get stale from year to year, and Madden NFL 16 is no exception.
EA SPORTS today announced the full EA Trax soundtrack for Madden NFL 16, showcasing new music from a multi-genre roster of superstar acts and up-and-coming bands. In addition to new songs from The Weeknd, Yelawolf and Blackberry Smoke, the soundtrack also features world-premieres from new artists Brooke Candy, Jimi Charles Moody, LunchMoney Lewis, Robert DeLong and Youngblood Hawke.
Football fans, rejoice: The Xbox One bundle you’ve been waiting for is here, just in time for football season. Featuring an Xbox One console with a 1TB hard drive, giving you tons of space for games, a full download of Madden NFL 16 to play when the game launches on Aug. 25, plus a one-year subscription to EA Access, the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle is built for sports fans.
♪ Defense, defense / we want the ball / we want the ball hey ♫ This year’s Madden is where defense comes to play. After some harsh criticism for what was supposed to be not only the next-generation debut of the series on new consoles, but a celebration of 25 years of Madden, Madden NFL 25 was met with disappointment. Madden NFL 15 is a redo of sorts, with a heavier focus on development for what is now current-generation systems and major changes to the tried-and-true, the results are overwhelmingly positive and a reinvigoration for the series.
Today, in partnership with EA SPORTS, Microsoft announced plans to celebrate “Madden NFL 15” with a special Xbox One console bundle, which launches at select US retailers such as Microsoft retail stores on Aug. 26 for $399, and includes a copy of the game at no additional cost.
As the launch of Madden NFL 25 on next-gen consoles nears, today EA SPORTS released details on how the game will bring the excitement and emotion of Sunday into the game.
Madden NFL 25 breathes new life into stadiums, as players, crowds and announcers react intelligently and dynamically to the in-game action. Players demonstrate more awareness and emotion than ever before. For instance, when a ball-carrier runs out of bounds after a big play, his teammates standing on the sidelines will encourage him, while in a similar situation, players on the opposing sideline will scatter. Fans also react to big moments in the game. For example, the crowd will stand in anticipation during a long pass downfield or erupt after a game-changing touchdown. Commentary adds additional layers of realism as Jim Nantz and Phil Simms reference past performances, demonstrating awareness of what’s happening in your Madden NFL universe.
Last year I enjoyed Madden 12 quite a bit. I thought there were some issues with the difficulty and thought that presentation was lacking a little. However, the game was much better than previous years and a little more accessible too. Madden 13 polishes the things that I liked about last year’s game, adds some incredible new features, but also makes some sideways moves in some areas.
I’m a casual football fan at best, one who actually learned the rules of football by playing Madden. Therefore, I’m not a hardcore Madden fan despite considering myself a sports gamer. Last year, Madden 11, was actually the first Madden I completely skipped out on in many years after not having a great experience with the demo. I was turned off by the Gameflow automated play calling system they introduced to make the game more accessible. When I’m playing defense, I usually don’t control any players, so by Gameflow taking control of the play calling out of my hand, it basically took the whole defensive side of the game out of my hand.