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Old 01-03-2018, 03:39 PM   #1
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Playoff tiebreakers screwed up in Madden 18

With the playoffs upon us I decided to sim through a season, while fixing the results to get the exact same records as in real life.

I finally get through the sim and bring up the playoff matchups and low and behold they have the Ravens in the final AFC wildcard spot instead of the Bills.

Both same records at 9-7, so itís obvious that Madden doesnít recognize the real life tiebreakers of the NFL. Itís really irritating when EA canít get the simplest things right in this game. Anyone else try this and run into this issue?


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Old 01-03-2018, 04:04 PM   #2
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With the playoffs upon us I decided to sim through a season, while fixing the results to get the exact same records as in real life.

I finally get through the sim and bring up the playoff matchups and low and behold they have the Ravens in the final AFC wildcard spot instead of the Bills.

Both same records at 9-7, so itís obvious that Madden doesnít recognize the real life tiebreakers of the NFL. Itís really irritating when EA canít get the simplest things right in this game. Anyone else try this and run into this issue?


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When you say fixed the results you mean that you had the correct winner and loser or did you take it a step further and simulate until you got the correct final score as well?

Scoring and touchdowns are part of the tiebreakers for separating wildcard spots. In real life, scoring and consequently, combined scoring rank among common opponents would be different- thus rendering your result different.


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Old 01-03-2018, 04:08 PM   #3
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In real life it came down to a strength of victory tiebreaker after conference record and record vs. common opponents was the same. Iím not completely surprised that the game doesnít have the strength of victory tiebreaker programmed in. I would guess that takes a lot more coding than just head to head or conference record. Iím not saying it couldnít be done but Iím not that upset they didnít spend the time on something that hasnít come into play in real life since 2010. I am curious what tiebreaker it used to put Baltimore in over Buffalo though.
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In real life it came down to a strength of victory tiebreaker after conference record and record vs. common opponents was the same. Iím not completely surprised that the game doesnít have the strength of victory tiebreaker programmed in. I would guess that takes a lot more coding than just head to head or conference record. Iím not saying it couldnít be done but Iím not that upset they didnít spend the time on something that hasnít come into play in real life since 2010. I am curious what tiebreaker it used to put Baltimore in over Buffalo though.


Strength of victory is based on opponentís win/loss percentage to my knowledge. I would think that it would be correct in Madden as well. Unless Iím mistaken on that last point.


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Old 01-03-2018, 04:34 PM   #5
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They havenít had the right tie-breakers for years.

Each year around this time there is always a post or two when people discover this for the first time.

I donít think itís possible to get the seeding right.
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Strength of victory is based on opponentís win/loss percentage to my knowledge. I would think that it would be correct in Madden as well. Unless Iím mistaken on that last point.


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Just the correct wins and losses. So the scores werenít the same as real life. I did read somewhere else that Madden uses points allowed as a tiebreaker. If thatís the case, thatís extremely lazy for a game that claims itís supposed to be a representation of what we see on Sunday.




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its simple maths as with nearly anything non field related, in the past ties were worse than losing for example. they do not take care in what they do and its obvious
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Just the correct wins and losses. So the scores werenít the same as real life. I did read somewhere else that Madden uses points allowed as a tiebreaker. If thatís the case, thatís extremely lazy for a game that claims itís supposed to be a representation of what we see on Sunday.




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I truly believe Sim A Win needs to be more advanced in what we can determine other than who takes the W and who takes the L. Being allowed to set our own scores before simulating would be the next step to make Sim A Win better. That also would allow us to better deal with ties as we could set the score to finish in a tie. Then once we choose the score, the game would simulate stats based on the score we put in.

I think that would deal with the issue of the amount of points scored being taken into account as a tiebreaker into Madden.
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