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Madden NFL 15 shows off upgraded ‘trench warfare’ and a new Gauntlet mode

Posted on July 11, 2014 AT 11:55am

A pair of new trailers revolving around everyone’s favorite annual football franchise detail upgrades to defensive line play and unveil a new mode called Gauntlet.

The first trailer (embedded above) sees Rex Dickson, Madden’s creative director of gameplay, talk about the redesigned defensive line play to counter the AI boost offensive linemen got in Madden 25. Now, defensive tackles and ends can get a small boost off the line if they can guess the proper snap count to help them get towards to the quarterback. If the jump is mistimed, however, they may jump offsides or fall right into a pancake block and be taken out of the play altogether.

Defensive linemen can now also guide offensive linemen to help shore up holes in the line up, spin off blocks, and performing power or finesse moves to get to the QB are now easier than ever before.

The second trailer (embedded below) teases a new mode in the Skills Trainer section of Madden NFL 15 called Gauntlet mode. Players will be tasked with trying to complete 40 different training challenges of increasing difficulty with a “boss encounter” being given every five levels, such as kicking a 110 yard field goal in 220 mile per hour winds.

Madden NFL 15 will be available on August 26 on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PS3.

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