Wednesday, May 31, 2017
10:00 AM - May 31, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Guest Post
Hey Madden Fans!
My name is Jake Stein, a Producer on Madden Ultimate Team, and I have the privilege of writing the first developer blog of the Madden NFL 18 season. Itís such an exciting time as both a developer and a fan of Madden. From the developer side, we can finally see the finish line as all the planning, long hours, and polish are starting to translate into a fun, cohesive game. From the fans side, itís your time to start getting drops of information about the new game and imagine what your experience will be, come launch night.
Itís also a time where fans love to analyze any officially released information, tweets, or videos in order to predict what Madden might be teasing.
So letís talk a little bit about what was found by a few internet sleuths Ė ď2-6 Online Competitive Multiplayer.Ē
Read More - Madden NFL 18 MUT Squads Brings Back Online Team Play
Thursday, May 18, 2017
10:55 AM - May 18, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Daniel Owens
Sixteen of the top Madden 17 players locked up in Burbank, CA this past weekend for their shot at $150,000, a title belt that would make The Rock blush and the right to call themselves Madden 17 Champion. Before the weekend was over, a total of $500,000 would be given away to the top-32 players.
Read More - Madden NFL 17 Championship Recap (Written by: Daniel Owens)
Saturday, May 13, 2017
11:46 AM - May 13, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
All aboard the Madden hype train!
We've officially started the slow ramp up to a new season of Madden NFL, as the first details (and footage) of Madden NFL 18 hit the wild yesterday. The inclusion of Tom Brady as the cover athlete is a bold move -- but ultimately cover athlete's importance is probably waning quite a bit.
What is important are the details which were revealed about the game. Here's my quick breakdown:
- Target Passing, who knows? This could be a major, major thing or a gimmicky feature like the passing cone. My question is how much is it forced upon players? My second question is, regardless, how good and effective is it going to be? I'm full wait and see on this one.
- Frostbite Engine looks good. If nothing else, the trailer really sells that Madden is taking a pretty solid step ahead visually. The lighting and stadiums are a solid step ahead. It seems like some details weren't included in the trailer (did you notice the barren sidelines?). Animations and players look similar, but overall the game will likely look a bit better this year versus prior years.
- The Play Styles Totally Are for eSports. I mean, there's no confirmation of this, but its pretty clear the Madden team is wanting to grow that segment of the audience and a play style fully focused on 'Competitive' will do that. Most OS'ers are looking at Simulation and hoping for the best. So am I.
- Franchise mode isn't getting anything big. The description adds nothing new and is an overview of the mode as we know it. I have a feeling the Frostbite upgrade took a lot of time and resources and the actual enhancements to modes, etc. is going to be focused on the card and competitive modes. I know, I don't like it either but it is what it is.
- Coverage Assignments, maybe it'll be fun to be a CB or S? There's been a lot of work in previous years to make Madden fun on both sides of the ball. The area that still lacks is playing pass coverage. Hopefully these will help with playing a DB in Madden.
- Coaching Adjustments: I'm on full wait and see. The details don't sound like anything that I'm not already doing myself during games. But I am guessing something about this will enhance the strategic side of the game, maybe?
The big leap with Madden this year is going to be the Frostbite engine. FIFA last year went through the same transition with no huge areas of progress. It's likely the upgrade took a lot of time and resources and big back of the box additions probably were hard to come by. Regardless, the Frostbite engine was instantly noticeable as an upgrade in environmental visuals -- I'm excited to see gameplay to see how it all ties together when the game is actually running in a way we will actually experience it.
What did you think of yesterday's Madden reveals?
Friday, May 12, 2017
GameStop has revealed some more Madden NFL 18 features. Check them out below.
Madden NFL 18 takes a significant visual leap with the power of the Frostbite engine. See stunning new stadium exteriors surrounded by vast cityscapes and watch the spectacle of NFL gameday come to life in the most photorealistic game to date. Play each matchup to your specifications by selecting from three new Play Styles or play the best real world match ups each week in Play Now Live! With the introduction of even more ways to play, coupled with your favorite modes, Madden Ultimate Team and Franchise, this is Madden like you've never seen before.
New Ways to Play
POWERED BY FROSTBITE Madden Like You've Never Seen Before. See stunning new stadium exteriors surrounded by vast cityscapes and watch the spectacle of NFL game day come to life in our most photorealistic game to date. All-new firework displays, player run-outs and stunning weather elements deliver Madden like you've never seen before. MORE TO COME
PLAY NOW LIVE! Play the best real-world NFL match ups each week! Take the field with your favorite team or play the best weekly matchup using live updates containing the latest rosters, custom commentary and up-to-date stats from NFL.com then continue your season all the way to the Super Bowl from Play Now.
- Target Passing: For the first time ever, no longer are you tied to throwing at your open wide receiver. Throw to who you want, in the exact spot on the field with all-new Target Passing, giving you, ultimate control over where the ball is thrown.
- Play Styles: Play the game you want by selecting from three new and unique play-styles catering each matchup to your specifications:
- Arcade - Action packed excitement filled with spectacular plays and scoring with limited penalties.
- Simulation - True to player and team ratings using authentic NFL rules and gameplay.
- Competitive - Your stick skills are key, earn big rewards for your skill or receive bigger penalties.
- Coverage Assignment: Know your job in pass coverage with an on-screen, real-time UI system informing you of your coverage assignment in pass defense.
- Coach Adjustments: Customize the AI to fit your game plan and make situational changes to your strategy on the fly as the game demands it.
MUT - Build, play, and win with your ultimate team of todays' NFL stars and legends. Madden Ultimate Team (MUT) is the complete NFL team-building mode using your favorite NFL players from the past and present. Play games, collect rewards and upgrade your team with daily, fun and engaging content updates including legendary NFL players exclusively found in MUT. Continuously craft your squad to elite status on the road to building your Ultimate Team dynasty. MORE TO COME
FRANCHISE - Create your Dynasty. Play weekly full game matchups or get through a season quickly by playing as just the offense, defense, or key moments from the game. Grab the reins and control your teams' operations from signing free agents and making trades, to scouting and drafting players, your decisions build your dynasty. Join up with other players and battle through the season in a fully connected league experience. Choose to play and manage your Franchise from your smart phone using the Madden Companion App.
05:15 PM - May 12, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Check out Heinz Field in Madden NFL 18. The image was found on the Xbox One game page.
01:04 PM - May 12, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The trial version of Madden NFL 18 is scheduled to arrive on August 17. For those of you that might still be unaware, EA Access is an Xbox One exclusive, allowing members to try upcoming EA games, for up to 10 hours, prior to release, offering 10% off all EA digital purchases and more. It also gives users access to The Vault, which houses a growing library of EA games subscribers can play as much as they want. Users can subscribe to EA Access for $4.99 per month, or $29.99 for a full year.
10:37 AM - May 12, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
The Madden NFL 18 Creative Director, Rex Dickson has posted an image on Twitter with a brief description of each game style in the game. As noted earlier this morning, Madden NFL 18 will have 3 new game styles, Arcade, Simulation and Competitive. We should hear more details about these game styles as EA Play gets closer.
09:55 AM - May 12, 2017. Posted by Toupal. Written by Steve Noah
EA Sports has revealed Tom Brady as the Madden NFL 18 cover athlete. The standard edition of Madden NFL 18 will release on August 25 ($59.99), while the G.O.A.T. edition releases 3 days earlier, on August 22 ($79.99).
The team has also released their first Madden NFL 18 trailer. The end of the trailer shows a sneak peek at Story Mode. More details as they come in.
06:11 AM - May 12, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Amazon has revealed some of the Madden NFL 18 features, as we get closer to an official announcement from EA Sports. Not only does it look like we will see new target passing, but it also mentions coverage assignments. Maybe we can finally assign the best corner vs. best receiver? EA is also giving users different play styles, ranging from Arcade, Simulation and Competitive.
Amazon also notes, Madden NFL 18 releases on August 25 for the Standard Edition ($59.99), but fans that pre-order the Madden NFL 18 G.O.A.T. Edition ($79.99), can get the game 3 days earlier, on August 22.
More details should be released soon.
- Powered by Frostbite Madden Like You've Never Seen Before
- Play Now Live
- Play the best real world NFL match ups each week
- Target passing
- Play Styles - Arcade/Simulation/Competitive
- Coverage Assignment
- Coach Adjustments
- Favorite Ways To Play MUT and Franchise
Pre-order today and receive up to $50 in additional value including three days early, full game access to Madden NFL 18: G.O.A.T. Edition. Start building your dynasty on day one with one of five Elite G.O.A.T. players, an Elite Player from your favorite NFL team, 12 Squad Packs, 2500 contracts and one uniform pack in Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team, the complete NFL team-building mode where you build, play and win with your ultimate team of today's nfl superstars and legends.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
08:22 PM - May 10, 2017. Posted by Millennium. Written by Steve Noah
Madden NFL 18 news is coming soon, according to the latest tweet from the official account. Last year the team revealed the release date, cover athlete, first look trailer, pre-order info and more, at around this time.
What are you hoping to hear about?
05:57 PM - May 10, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Josh Houtz
The NFL Draft was a little over a week ago, and the future of all 32 NFL franchises has changed drastically. Whether your favorite team drafted their quarterback of the future, or a pass-rushing defensive lineman, the roster will be significantly different than in last yearís Madden. Here is a look at each teamís key additions in the NFC, and the role they will play in Madden 18. If you missed the AFC, click here.
Read More - How the 2017 NFL Draft Changes Each Team in Madden: NFC (Written by: Josh Houtz)
Monday, May 8, 2017
05:16 PM - May 8, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Josh Houtz
The NFL Draft was a little over a week ago, and the future of all 32 NFL franchises has changed drastically. Whether your favorite team drafted their quarterback of the future, or a pass-rushing defensive lineman, the roster will be significantly different than in last yearís Madden. Here is a look at each teamís key additions, and the role they will play in Madden 18.
Read More - How the 2017 NFL Draft Changes Each Team in Madden: AFC
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
01:38 PM - May 2, 2017. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner
The beautiful thing about a new Madden in August is that the rosters for all 32 teams will look at least slightly different -- if only because the draft brings in a crop of new talent each and every year.
Because of that, teams do feel different and new approaches are developed by Madden players to take advantage of the tweaked rosters. With that said, this year's NFL Draft First Round didn't actually feature a ton of players you'd label as Madden game changers.
In fact, many of the picks were players who's importance in Madden has never been as high as a good RB, WR, or QB. I purposefully limited myself to five picks and because of that if you are an offensive lineman in any way you just had no chance to make this list. Ditto for most defensive players sans a good edge rusher.
So with that said, here's the five players I think will change Madden the most in Madden NFL 18...
Read More - The Five Rookies from the First Round Who Will Change Madden the Most
Thursday, April 6, 2017
06:05 PM - April 6, 2017. Posted by Millennium. Written by Millennium
There have been a few community members that are prominent in the Madden Ultimate Team world asking their Twitter followers for constructive feedback on what they would like to see changed gameplay wise in Madden NFL 18. I'm here asking the same thing, but to the OS crowd.
Two rules - keep it constructive (and in a positive nature) and respect other's feedback (even if they differ from your own).
Other than that no opinion or idea is too big or too small.
Have at it.
Friday, March 24, 2017
09:00 AM - March 24, 2017. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah
Canadian Football 2017 is scheduled to arrive in June for Xbox One for around $15. PS4 and PC release is scheduled at a later date. During a recent interview with 3DownNation, Canuck Play confirmed the game will only come with a quick play mode. Career mode and other features would require more development time.
The game will feature 9 teams, but unfortunately, will not have the CFL license, which means the game will not feature official CFL teams, stadiums, player names, etc. PC players will be able to edit those details, but Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players will not.
Check out the gameplay section of the interview below and read the full interview here.
3DownNation: Tell me a bit more about the gameplay itself.
Canuck Play: Passing is touched based. Like other football games, each receiver is assigned a button and the longer you hold the button down, the harder the throw to that receiver will be. When you play the game, youíll have the option to tap a button to lob a pass and put more air under it (for a fly route), or press and hold the button for a bullet pass (for a slant over the middle).
On-field players have basic juke moves like side steps and spins and itís worth mentioning that players become fatigued the more you use them. Thereís actually a fatigue meter under the ball carrier that indicates how tired that player is. You can run the ball with the same player several times in a row, but youíre going to wear him out and heíll start to slow down and eventually become more likely to fumble the ball. Our fatigue meter adds an extra layer of strategy to the game as youíll really need to spread the ball around.
Kicking is fairly traditional, aim with the right thumb-stick, then pull back and push forward with the left one to put the ball in motion. Given the short play clock, you get very little time to aim and kick. As for punting, we have included the uniquely Canadian quirk that allows a kick returner to punt the ball back out of the end zone to avoid giving up a rouge. Thereís also the possibility to recover your punts with an onside kick, another feature that you wonít find in other football titles.
I also want to emphasize that Canuck Play has aimed to create a game that anyone can pick up and enjoy. Some titles (like Madden) are simply too intimidating to a lot of people. Thatís why weíve put a lot of effort into simplifying things and making our game extremely accessible by allowing players do do things such as adjusting the play clock (to give you more time to pick plays), to turn off the waggle (so that the ball is always automatically snapped at the right time) and so on.