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    by Published on 08-10-2017 11:00 AM
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    EA SPORTS has shared details on Play Now Live and Franchise Mode improvements coming to Madden NFL 18.

    Play Now Live allows users to jump into the season at any point with rosters and stats accurate to that point. Simple Season allows users to continue the year and decide how in-depth they want to be with team management. Users can also begin their franchise at any point in this season.

    Franchise Mode does not sport any singular major addition or significant area of focus, but rather a bevy of community requested or smaller improvements. Some of these improvements/additions include a customizable draft board, improved franchise commentary, and significant tuning in numerous areas.

    Continue on to read the blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 07-28-2017 11:00 AM
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    Coaching Adjustments, a popular feature from the NCAA Football franchise, will be coming to Madden NFL 18. The feature will be very similar, but with some additions and updates since we saw it last.

    One of the bigger additions is another highly requested community request, Cornerback Matchups. Users now have the ability to select from one of five ways for their CBs to be assigned to WRs: By Overall, By Speed, By Height, By Route Running, or By Depth Chart.

    In addition, the CPU will also utilize the Coaching Adjustments feature in specific situations.

    Continue on to read the blog from EA SPORTS on the new Coaching Adjustments feature. ...
    by Published on 07-28-2017 10:00 AM
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    Madden NFL Designer and former NFL offensive lineman Clint Oldenburg has authored a new blog on some of the new features and highlights coming to blocking in Madden NFL 18.

    Some of the new features include ID the Mike, Offensive Line Unit Awareness, and a bevy of tuning and improvements to blocking logic.

    ID the Mike is a risk/reward mechanic that allows users to identify the Mike linebacker or who the fifth target of the offensive line should be. Offensive Line Unit Awareness will see your O-Line play above their ratings in recognizing and picking up blitzes, led by the awareness rating of your center.

    Continue on to read full details on the blocking improvements coming to Madden NFL 18 in the blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 07-27-2017 10:11 AM
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    EA SPORTS has posted a new Madden NFL 18 blog detailing some of the top community requests from M17 and how they addressed them for M18.

    Some of the highlights include: injuries away from the ball (including linemen), 'Ballhawk' now a timing-based skill, elimination of the 'Swerve' technique, improved fumble recoveries, size & weight more important in determining Hit Stick and impact block outcomes, and slower players less likely to catch faster players, among other numerous improvements.

    This blog is one of the best and most-welcome for Madden NFL 18 thus far in the pre-release cycle and ALL sports games should do something similar. Sometimes the biggest improvement(s) to the game for many in the community is just improving and addressing concerns and issues from the previous iteration, so learning about these changes now should only bolster and boost community anticipation for the title.

    Continue on to see the lengthy blog from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 07-21-2017 06:00 PM
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    EA SPORTS has posted the first gameplay trailer for Madden NFL 18 and three blogs detailing specific areas of gameplay imrpovement coming to the title: the new target passing mechanic, new WR/DB interactions, and three selectable gameplay style options (arcade, sim, and competitive).

    The new target passing mechanic adds an additional level of control by letting players see exactly where the pass will go and lead/deliver it with precision. The new WR/DB interactions essentially incorporate a new mini-game within gameplay featuring a bevy of new mechanics and options, and the three gameplay style options to let users select what type of experience they aim for when playing a game of Madden NFL 18.

    Click the following links to read the specific gameplay blogs for the new target passing mechanic, new WR/DB interactions, and gameplay style options.

    Continue on to see the first gameplay trailer for Madden NFL 18. ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 02:00 PM
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    During EA Play 2017, Madden NFL 18 revealed "Longshot", the first story mode to be a part of the Madden NFL franchise.

    Longshot is led by an impressive cast: J.R. Lemon (The Night Shift) as Devin Wade, Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, House of Cards, Moonlight) as his father Cutter Wade, Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) as his friend Colt Cruse, and Dan Marino (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) who will serve as Devin's mentor. It also includes Chad Ochocinco and NFL coaches & players.

    In development for the last four years, the mode will play out as an interactive movie with influence from the Telltale Games series. There is no hub or in-mode interface for users, but rather the player will go straight from cutscene(s) to gameplay. Users will play high school, college, combine, 7v7, et al. but will not play as Wade in an NFL game. Once the mode ends, users will receive rewards and content for use in Madden Ultimate Team.

    Worth noting in the trailer is the inclusion of college football teams, namely the Oregon Ducks and Texas Longhorns. As of this time, it is unknown if additional college teams will be the mode and if the user will be able to spend significant time playing as either.

    (Sidenote: How or why did EA pick these two schools? Neither the Longhorns or Ducks are represented by the Collegiate Licensing Company. Texas left the CLC in 2005 and signed a ten-year deal with 289c Apparel as their official master licensee for retail needs. Oregon signed a seven-year partnership with Fermata Partners to serve as the University’s first-ever trademark licensing agency in 2014. This leads to a series of questions of which we may never know the answer: Did part of the NCAA Football settlement restrict deals between EA & the CLC? Is it easier to reach a deal with schools not part of the CLC? Is there bad blood between EA and the CLC? Does this begin the road towards the return of NCAA Football and college gaming?)

    Continue on to see the Longshot trailer and cast descriptions. ...
    by Published on 05-12-2017 10:30 AM
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    EA SPORTS has announced that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be the cover athlete for the standard and G.O.A.T. editions of Madden NFL 18, set to launch in late August. The G.O.A.T. Edition will allow users to play the game three days early and will also include a bevy of Madden Ultimate Teams perks and bonuses.

    Brady also addressed the much-discussed 'Madden Curse,' in not one, but two videos on his Facebook account.

    Continue on to read the official press release from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 05-12-2017 08:00 AM
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    Amazon's product listing for Madden NFL 18 provides the community's first information regarding the game.

    The standard version of the game will release on August 25, with those who pre-order the 'g.o.a.t.' Edition able to play on August 25.

    Among the early game info/features revealed: M18 will be powered by the Frostbite Engine and Play Now Live will allow users to play that week's NFL match-ups.

    Gameplay improvements include target passing, three play style options (Arcade, Simulation, Competitive), coverage assignment options, and coach adjustments.

    Continue on to see the official game info and description courtesy Amazon. ...
    by Published on 03-23-2017 03:00 PM
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    EA Play 2017 will take place June 10-12 from Hollywood, California. At this event, fans will learn about upcoming titles such as Star Wars Battlefront II, the next Need for Speed title, Madden NFL 18, EA SPORTS FIFA 18, and NBA LIVE 18.

    EA Play began in 2016 when the company, Electronic Arts, decided to hold their own event around the same timeframe as the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). This change allowed them to standout from the gluttony of gaming news that emerged at once, while also giving them more freedom (or control, depending on your point of view) for presentations, media & public access, etc.

    If you plan on being in the area, tickets will be available beginning April 20. EA plans to announce details on the ticketing process relatively soon. As an aside, E3 takes place just days later, June 13-15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    Continue on to read the first information on EA Play straight from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 03-15-2017 09:00 AM
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    Game update 1.11 is now available for Madden NFL 17. This update addresses issues in gameplay, Ultimate Team, and also some stability issues.

    The most noteworthy fix addresses a bug where the offensive tackle would play a blocking animation without actually engaging a defender.

    Continue on to see the patch notes courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 02-14-2017 11:00 AM
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    Game update 1.10 is now available for Madden NFL 17. This update focuses primarily on addressing gameplay issues, but also includes some stability & CFM fixes.

    Among the most significant improvements:

    - OL/DL interaction tuned to make sure that an elite (or definitively superior) line will be more effective versus their counterparts. [TGT Take: This will help make building a roster in MUT, Draft Champions, & Salary Cap more challenging as now users cannot - for example - compete against a highly rated defensive line with a low rated, patchwork OL.]

    - All game modes now run at the same game speed.

    - Blocking: Improved pass block targeting, fixed 'players freezing' issue coming out of blocking interactions,and free O-lineman will no longer ignore nearby defender who just beat a block.

    The update comes in at just 441.2 MB on PS4, making it a relatively quick download. Continue on to read the patch notes courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 02-01-2017 11:00 AM
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    The official EA SPORTS Madden NFL 17 Super Bowl LI Game Simulation predicts that the New England Patriots will rally to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 27-24 in Sunday's match-up.

    In a battle going down to the wire, the sim has Tom Brady connecting on a 4th & 4 touchdown pass to Julian Edelman to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

    Do you think the game will play out like the simulation? How do you see the game playing out?

    Continue on to see the simulation and to read the game recap from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-31-2017 04:00 PM
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    Available this week only (Jan. 31 - Feb. 7) is the Madden NFL 17 Super Bowl LI Edition. For just $20, this digital download provides purchasers with the full game of Madden NFL 17 plus 5 All-Pro Packs for Madden Ultimate Team. This digital download is only available on Xbox Live & PlayStation Network.

    Continue on to see the official press release on the Madden NFL 17 Super Bowl LI Edition courtesy EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 01-26-2017 10:30 AM
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    Game update 1.09 is now available for Madden NFL 17. While light on gameplay improvements, it does address an exploit that allowed users to have a high rate of success blocking field goals.

    The primary area of focus for this patch is Madden Ultimate Team and more specifically, MUT Seasons. Season progress, playoff presentation, night games, and also a bug fix in this game update all help to improve this mode within MUT.

    Continue on to read the patch notes straight from EA SPORTS.

    Also, this weekend (Thu-Sat) is Madden Bowl from Orlando, site of the Pro Bowl. The competition will be streamed on YouTube. ...
    by Published on 01-17-2017 05:00 PM
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    Madden NFL Mobile has received a new January update including updating the digital cover athlete to Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown after previously highlighting Rob Gronkowski and then Von Miller in previous updates.

    The primary focus of this update includes changes to Defensive Gameplans to help alleviate the severity and harshness of some counters. Other additions within this update include social media sharing, quick selling coin collectibles from the pack opening screen (ala NBA LIVE Mobile), as well as stability fixes.

    Continue on to read the blog from developer Danny Doeberling. ...
    by Published on 12-13-2016 10:00 AM
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    The newest Madden NFL 17 game update is small in size (just 88.81 MB on PS4), but alleviates issues that arose during the game's most recent eSports event, the Madden NFL 17 Classic.

    This update also prepares Madden Ultimate Team for the upcoming Holiday Freeze event.

    Continue on to read the full list of announced patch improvements. ...
    by Published on 12-02-2016 07:00 PM
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    After being highly desired by the community and a lengthy wait, the Madden Companion App is now available.

    Included among features of the app are Franchise Mode management, access to Madden Messenger, MUT Rewards status and statistics, user-generated content, and developer blogs.

    The app can be located in both the Google Play Store and App Store by searching 'Madden Companion.'

    After checking out the app, let the community know your thoughts and what you would like to see added to it in the future. Continue on to see the official app decription. ...
    by Published on 11-30-2016 10:00 AM
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    A new title update is now available for Madden NFL 17. This update includes numerous improvements across gameplay, presentation, and Madden Ultimate Team.

    A bevy of gameplay improvements/changes come just days before the Madden NFL 17 Classic in Burbank, CA. It will be worth monitoring if the competitive eSports event uses this new build or the previous one that competitors had become accustomed in tourney competition and preparation.

    This update adds Head-to-Head Season to MUT, which will utilize contracts and not tickets. New commentary has been added for various game scenarios as well as additional names and tuning changes.

    Continue on to read the list of changes/improvements included with this update. ...
    by Published on 10-04-2016 10:00 AM
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    Game update 1.05 is now available for Madden NFL 17.

    This significant update - considered title update #2 - includes a number of improvements and fixes to gameplay, Franchise Mode, and Ultimate Team. Among the gameplay changes are: wide open passes will no longer be dropped by WRs as frequently, auto-broken tackles will be less frequent, defensive tuning v. stretch/outside zone runs, and kick-meter Accuracy Range increased on All-Pro & All-Madden difficulties.

    Continue on to read the full list of announced improvements in game update 1.05. ...
    by Published on 09-13-2016 09:00 AM
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    Shortly after the NFL unveiled this year's Color Rush uniforms for Thursday Night Football, EA SPORTS confirmed those same uniforms will be coming to Madden NFL 17 later this week.

    UPDATE - The Color Rush uniforms are now part of Madden NFL 17 included in game update 1.04.

    The first NFL Color Rush game is this Thursday night between the Bills and Jets. Continue on to see some of the 2016 Color Rush uniforms in Madden NFL 17. ...
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