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Old 07-21-2019, 07:10 PM   #1
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Madden NFL 20 Beta Feedback and Gameplay Adjustments: Our Analysis



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Old 07-21-2019, 07:27 PM   #2
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Madden NFL 20 Beta Feedback and Gameplay Adjustments: Our Analysis

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  • Defensive Line adjustments are now Left D-Pad (which previously were on LB/L1)
  • Linebacker adjustments are now Right D-Pad (which previously were on RB/R1)
Just as a minor footnote to the control changes: these two are already in Madden 19 as secondary button mappings, so you can start reprogramming your muscle memory now. They’re actually holdovers from the Strategy Pad introduced way back in Madden 11.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:22 AM   #3
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I originally swore off this Madden, which would have been the first time ever, but the feedback from the beta was pretty damn good plus EA coming out afterwards saying the things that were great are not going to be changed. Loved a lot of what I heard so I am back on the Madden train and will be trading in my barely played 19 this weekend.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:39 AM   #4
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Re: Madden NFL 20 Beta Feedback and Gameplay Adjustments: Our Analysis

The author claims that "Man coverage was tuned to help DB's be more effective on man beaters. This is very promising for the future of the Madden franchise."

This is not a complete reflection of what was released in EA's blog which stated the following:

Made some very surgical updates to man coverage: tuned the WR cut-moves to be more effective on post and corner routes (man-beaters) for Post & Corner specialist abilities. Made man coverage defenders respect the receiver cut immediately following a press (man beater routes like an ‘out’)

The above shows that, while DB's will be more aware in certain situations, skilled wide receivers will be able to be more effective on routes and concepts designed to beat man coverage.
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Re: Madden NFL 20 Beta Feedback and Gameplay Adjustments: Our Analysis

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Just as a minor footnote to the control changes: these two are already in Madden 19 as secondary button mappings, so you can start reprogramming your muscle memory now. They’re actually holdovers from the Strategy Pad introduced way back in Madden 11.


I mentioned this in a comment on an Eric Rayweather video. He seemed to make it sound like a ‘new addition’ as well. I’ve always used the D-pad. I didn’t like the shoulder buttons, which I believe they added because they mapped ‘up’ and ‘down’ to the camera system introduced in M16, I believe. ‘Up’ used to be the coverage audibles, of course. I always liked the ‘convenience’ of those options on the D-pad. But, I also like the quick change camera system, so it’s all good.


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Old 07-22-2019, 09:07 AM   #6
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EA's comment regarding "we know this will cause friction among our players" and "be sure to get 100 reps before bed each night" had me laughing. In other words, before you whine about the new controls, play the game a few times first.

Everyone wants to whine that it is "the same old game" but then when something is changed... something as simple as controls... we are going to complain that we want it the way it used to be.
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The author claims that "Man coverage was tuned to help DB's be more effective on man beaters. This is very promising for the future of the Madden franchise."

This is not a complete reflection of what was released in EA's blog which stated the following:

Made some very surgical updates to man coverage: tuned the WR cut-moves to be more effective on post and corner routes (man-beaters) for Post & Corner specialist abilities. Made man coverage defenders respect the receiver cut immediately following a press (man beater routes like an ‘out’)

The above shows that, while DB's will be more aware in certain situations, skilled wide receivers will be able to be more effective on routes and concepts designed to beat man coverage.
I find this information to be very important. I have always disliked the way certain routes were man-beaters in Madden, as in always successful against man coverage, because it just doesn't work that way.

I am happy that Madden finally broke up route running by area of short, medium, deep; but that is just a part of the route running abilities of a receiver.

Receivers all have routes they run better or worse, and this can help dictate Man coverages and what the defender will look for, along with other pre-snap setups. Most receivers have "tells" as they leave the line - are they shuffling their feet or driving hard? A skilled Man coverage player can pick up on what is going on and challenge so-called man-beater routes.

Then we get into pattern-matching which is zone/man. Which I hope M20 has continued to adjust from the knowledge gained in M19 where Cover 4 really suffered, along with other coverage concepts involving pattern-matching.
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I'm usually on the "They shouldn't change their new addition, get used to it" train, but I have to say I'm disappointed they aren't nerfing the illegal man downfield penalties.

On RPOs, I'd hit the pass button immediately and very frequently still get a penalty. I think it needs to be tweaked, and it isn't a matter of whether or not I'm good enough at RPOs.
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