Madden NFL 18 has already buffed many of the franchise’s gameplay mechanics, including the new Target Pass system and a deeply overhauled blocking system. And it looks like EA Sports is taking the same approach to Madden 18‘s modes, particularly when it comes to the new Play Now Live mode.
Play Now Live is like the standard Play Now exhibition mode, with one major twist: The match-ups will follow the NFL’s regular and post-season schedule. Rosters, stats, and commentary will be updated each week to fit with what’s actually happening in the real world.
Play Now Live also lets you continue your team’s season if you want. At the end of each Play Now Live game, you can decide to continue with a simple season that will let you play each game as fast as you want, or you can play a normal, full-control season that will let you manage your team if you want, with options to manage weekly training, trades, free agent, manage injuries, and more.
On top of adding this new mode, EA Sports also revealed some of the new changes to Franchise mode. One of the main changes is that you can start your Franchise from any point in the season now. Known as Starting Points, this new feature will let you jump right into a particular week without having to simulate any trades or injuries.
Drafting has received a decent amount of attention as well, with a new draft board and updated draft logic that will assure your team gets the players you actually need. Trading and free agent acquirement has also received some fine-tuning, assuring more realistic roster adjustments.
Player progression and regression have also been adjusted so that you have a reason to actually train your players and play pre-season games. Player regression will utilize less harsh penalties as well, so you’ll have more time to use and then to think about replacing your aging players. On top of that, retirement has been adjusted, especially for quarterbacks, who generally have longer careers than other players in the NFL. No more early, unexpected retirement for your favorite QB.
Madden NFL 18 seems like it’s shaping up to be a true step forward for the series when it’s released for Xbox One and PS4 on August 25th.
Source: EA Sports