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The Dose: Release your inner fan in ‘Madden 16’

The Dose: Release your inner fan in ‘Madden 16’

The Dose: Release your inner fan in ‘Madden 16’
September 01
15:22 2015

Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer


Platform: Xbox One

Release Date: August 25, 2015

Developer: EA Sports

Price: $59.99 or $69.99 for “Ultimate Team” Edition.

Typically, I’m not one to get too excited over new sports games. After all, some of them are just new discs with roster updates. *cough* MLB 2K. Albeit, they don’t make that series anymore.

Not Madden 16. EA Sports promised cutting edge graphics, realistic football strategy and smooth gameplay. They delivered.


Madden 16 builds on last year’s updated hit-stick and precision passing by bringing more user control to the game. You’re able to throw four different kinds of passes to your receivers: bullet, lob, touch, and low. In the past, the user only had the option of bullet or lob.

These new controls put more emphasis than ever before on the quarterback position, which we all know dominates the NFL. Now, with new passing controls, we’re going to need some new receiving controls.

For the first time, Madden lets the player control what kind of catch the receiver performs upon actually catching the ball. Gone are the days of screaming “Why didn’t you just catch that and go to the ground?” No, no. In Madden 16, the player can control his receiver to do three different kinds of catches: aggressive, run after the catch, and possession catch.

These allow the player to pick up big yards through the air, going over the top of undersized defensive backs with the likes of Dez Bryant to pull in the pass or make a catch in traffic.

Madden 16 also has a fantastic new game mode called Draft Champions, which fantasy football geeks everywhere will adore. Draft Champions starts as a 15-round draft in which the player gets to choose their head coach and 15 different players to go along with a base roster.

After some poor commentary by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter (sorry, he is just terrible) the player gets into the draft hub and is able to customize his depth chart before hitting the field against thousands of other gamers.

The goal is simple: win as many games without losing. The reward? Ultimate Team packs and special cards to help transform your Ultimate Team to a dynasty. Which brings me to my next point…


While “old school” Madden players will tell you the only real reason to play the game is for regular online head-to-head gameplay, many others have raved over the new game mode Madden Ultimate Team.

The premise is clear: build the best team possible out of random, virtual card packs. This very addicting game mode combines the knowledge of fantasy football with the skill of playing Madden, a marriage that has only sweetened over the years.

With crystal clear current-gen graphics, Madden 16 is a pretty spectacular game. It is far and away the best Madden to date in a series with more than 25 entries.

There are a few issues, though. At times, taller receivers simply overpower defensive backs. Even dropping five or six guys into coverage doesn’t fix the problem. There are also multiple money plays that are impossible to defend against.

But aside from these issues, Madden 16 is the football game we have all been waiting for. It has its flaws, it has its moments, but any video game does. It has multiple game modes to keep even the modest gamer entertained for days on end.

Pick it up for hours of fun that will be sure to distract you from your work and drop your GPA.

Featured Photos | EA Sports

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