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Old 11-20-2017, 11:45 PM   #105
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Played a few games and QBs started sliding again. Had to bump the Fumbles slide up, though. Good to see Tannehill scramble and turn a busted play into a decent one.

I will say, though, the statue QBs arenít totally eliminated from the game. Iíll get them once, maybe twice a quarter, which is a huge difference between 1-2 a drive. Overall, the patch is pretty good, but it feels like they left something out. Canít quite put my finger on it.


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Sorry, I thought I heard him say Joe Greene in the video a few times.

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he was using his mut team...

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Old 11-21-2017, 01:25 AM   #107
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Enough, keep this thread about the patch final warning.
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It's hard for me to fathom that anyone could play even one quarter and not see that the CPU QB A.I. has been improved exponentially. There are still some weaknesses, e.g., the QB when trying to scramble up the middle will occasionally crash into the HB or an olineman and on some outside scrambles will still try and throw across the field instead of scrambling for a short gain.

On All-Pro Sim, in the one game that I played I saw zero "statue" plays where the QB just stood there and took a sack. There were several scrambles for modest gains with the QB sliding down each time. There were scrambles outside the pocket with ropes thrown to to receivers on the sideline. There were throwaways while being chased and pressured. There were passes to sideline, down the seam, and check downs that came after the QB stepped up in the pocket. The CPU's ability to climb the pocket and make throws may be the best improvement.

This was an 82 OVR QB playing better than any QB has played against me in a long time. I have an 85 Bears like defense, so I got some sacks and some picks, but the QB made some plays and was competent.

What is interesting is that the Throw on the Run rating will be much more important now for the CPU, because they will make a lot more throws while on the move. This QB probably had 5 or 6 bad throws that were a direct result of his TOR rating not being that great. He missed another 2 or 3 throws that were just off-target. The movement stuff is clearly improved for the QB, but I feel like their they've improved their decision making also in terms of who they target in the passing game. More games will give me a better read on this.

Some other stuff has been tuned up as well. The game is of course still Madden, so if you don't like the core gameplay it's not going to be better for you, but this is finally a good get for the User-CPU crowd, IMO. I'm not going to do it because I need to go to sleep, but I really want to play another game right now.
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It's hard for me to fathom that anyone could play even one quarter and not see that the CPU QB A.I. has been improved exponentially. There are still some weaknesses, e.g., the QB when trying to scramble up the middle will occasionally crash into the HB or an olineman and on some outside scrambles will still try and throw across the field instead of scrambling for a short gain.

On All-Pro Sim, in the one game that I played I saw zero "statue" plays where the QB just stood there and took a sack. There were several scrambles for modest gains with the QB sliding down each time. There were scrambles outside the pocket with ropes thrown to to receivers on the sideline. There were throwaways while being chased and pressured. There were passes to sideline, down the seam, and check downs that came after the QB stepped up in the pocket. The CPU's ability to climb the pocket and make throws may be the best improvement.

This was an 82 OVR QB playing better than any QB has played against me in a long time. I have an 85 Bears like defense, so I got some sacks and some picks, but the QB made some plays and was competent.

What is interesting is that the Throw on the Run rating will be much more important now for the CPU, because they will make a lot more throws while on the move. This QB probably had 5 or 6 bad throws that were a direct result of his TOR rating not being that great. He missed another 2 or 3 throws that were just off-target. The movement stuff is clearly improved for the QB, but I feel like their they've improved their decision making also in terms of who they target in the passing game. More games will give me a better read on this.

Some other stuff has been tuned up as well. The game is of course still Madden, so if you don't like the core gameplay it's not going to be better for you, but this is finally a good get for the User-CPU crowd, IMO. I'm not going to do it because I need to go to sleep, but I really want to play another game right now.
I'll second everything here....it's a huge improvement...honestly, I didn't expect that EA would pull it off this well.

Yeah, there are some oddities with scrambling logic at times, but I also suspect ratings/traits (like BCV) play some role in them.

I'm really pleased with how this turned-out....the rest of my gaming collection is going to be gathering dust for quite a while.
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I'll second everything here....it's a huge improvement...honestly, I didn't expect that EA would pull it off this well.

Yeah, there are some oddities with scrambling logic at times, but I also suspect ratings/traits (like BCV) play some role in them.

I'm really pleased with how this turned-out....the rest of my gaming collection is going to be gathering dust for quite a while.


I'm glad that you reminded me about the BCV rating, upping that for the appropriate QBs should improve things even more.
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I'm glad that you reminded me about the BCV rating, upping that for the appropriate QBs should improve things even more.
From what I've seen, it definitely should. I've seen instances where higher BCV QBs navigate the middle much better than lower-rated guys.
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