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What to expect from Madden 15

A look at the newest stadium in the NFL and its rendition in Madden 15.
A look at the newest stadium in the NFL and its rendition in Madden 15.

Due for an August 26 release, the new next-gen focused Madden game showcases a multitude of new features among them are revamped blocking mechanics, improved AI, and a more dynamic tackling feature.

After releasing multiple game trailers throughout the month of July, EA has given a very clear picture of what players can expect from the installment. While the game at its core doesn’t show much change, there are still plenty of behind the scenes upgrades to like.

The updates to the franchise focus on some of the game’s most struggling characteristics. With promises of more aware safety play and more realistic passing pockets, the typical hailmary plays and deep passes over the middle are sure to be much more difficult for the offense.

Along with the improvements to safety play, a new tackling mechanic will create a very different defensive experience. In previous Madden games tackles were relatively straightforward and simple to execute. Madden 15 adds a “tackle cone” to help visualize the best time to take down the ball carrier. The new mechanic will help new players quickly acclimate to the game and help those new to the franchise improve quicker than they would have in past games.

And even players do struggle to understand the more complex gameplay Madden 15 will also include a new gamemode — “Gauntlet.” Gauntlet takes the traditional practice mode of former Madden games, but adds a mini-game feel to it. With challenges and score tracking the gamemode puts players on the fast-track as it teaches them what they need to know to be competitive in-game.

Defensive play continues with new improvements as EA includes a new camera angle and intuitive defensive line play. Now players will be able to time the snap, execute the fitting move for their controlled player, and elude a block to take down the ball carrier.

All these additions to the game will make playing defense in general a much more exciting and attractive element of Madden 15 and hopefully it creates a more balanced game overall.

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