With the NFL Pre-Season officially underway (even if the Hall of Fame game was cancelled due to the wrong paint being used and turning the field to muck), that means Madden season is just around the corner. In anticipation of this year’s release, we’ve compiled 10 reasons why Madden NFL 17 may be the best Madden ever. And don?t worry?the paint from Tom Benson Stadium isn’t included.
New ground game
After refining the air attack last year, Madden NFL 17 wanted to get down and dirty in the trenches and bolster the ground game. With so many vibrant running backs in the NFL, more dynamic jukes and tougher stiff arms were necessary to help capture the biggest playmakers in the game today. And the new tackle battle system ensures that you can fight for every extra yard.
Ball carrier prompts
It’s great that Madden is focusing on the ground game this year, but what good is adding all these new moves if you can’t use them? A brand new user-interface while running the ball will make it much easier for veteran and rookie players alike to know when to start trucking with your bruising back, or spin move away from a closing safety with your agile scat back.
Running the ball isn’t all about style over substance, though. A lot of times just knowing where to go means you can save those flashy moves?and stamina?for when you really need them. A brand new path assist option will help teach runners where to go to get the maximize distance out of each time they touch the ball and keep the chains moving.
It might not be as glamorous a job as throwing or running the pigskin, but kickers and punters are people, too, and their job is vital to winning football games. Recent rule changes have made their jobs harder, though, with longer extra point attempts, and no longer is the point after touchdown an automatic. Therefore, it’s not automatic in Madden anymore either. A new kick meter, new trick plays, and even new blocking mechanics make the third phase of the game anything but automatic anymore.
Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have long been a black eye on the Madden franchise with inane, repetitive commentary. A big focus this year was to record more lines than ever before and bring in fresh voices to keep you from playing the game on mute. Brandon Gaudin, the voice of Georgia Tech football, has taken over play-by-play and NFL Network analyst Charles Davis is providing analysis and insight.
It?s not just the voices you hear in game that have changed. Madden has compiled its most expansive playlist of songs ever, with over three dozen tracks. Music from 2 Chainz, Flume, Steve Aoki, and more will serve as the soundtrack to your championship dynasty, whether offline in Franchise, or online in Ultimate Team to get you ready for some football!
New music and voices is great and all, but they are called video games for a reason, and Madden NFL 17 has pulled out all the stops to make this the most realistic looking Madden yet. New camera angles that focus more on the player, authentic replay angles, and a brand new graphics package make it so it looks like you?re playing in a real NFL game.
Madden 365 is a brand new feature that will allow EA Tiburon to bring fresh content to the game on a weekly basis. If it happens in the NFL, players will have a chance to re-create it themselves on the digital gridiron for rewards. Whether it?s an insane two-minute drive to win the game, a four-touchdown comeback, or a record setting performance, Madden will be sure to have it, because if it’s in the game, it’s in the game.
Madden’s premiere offline mode has been rebuilt from the ground up. Whether its minor additions like an in-game ticker for scores around the league, or brand new features like “Big Decisions,” where your franchise can turn on its head depending on the choice placed before you, no stone has been left unturned when it came to revamping this classic game mode.
Everyone’s favorite online mode is back, and it’s also seen a serious facelift. Solo challenges now have both dynamic start and end conditions, meaning the challenge can end instantly if you can fulfill the objectives and move onto the next one. Chemistry has also returned to replace last year?s Style feature, offering more nuance to how you build your team before taking them into head-to-head competition.