The latest Madden NFL 15 gameplay highlights major changes to the series’ Connected Franchise mode.
The biggest change comes in the lead-up to every given game with the new “Game Prep” system. Whereas before, players were subject to a “hot/cold” system, this year the new Confidence aspect of this system adds 100 points of nuance to how a player’s performance could impact them in future weeks. If your team is in the doldrums, watching game tape could get them back on track and keep them from being too heavily affected.
If your team is flying high, however, you can also train your players to earn extra XP—replacing the old Practice mode—to help them permanently increase their stats. Finding the perfect balance between building confidence and developing your overall talent will be key in turning your team into a perennial Super Bowl contender.
Other changes seen in this year’s version of Connected Franchise Mode include allowing players to simulate multiple years, fire coaches mid-season, and a revamped free agency system that now focuses on team needs and playing scheme as well as money when making decisions whether to sign with your team.
Along with the new trailer, the last of the team ratings for the game were released this week.
Madden NFL 15 will be available for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PS3, on August 26.