by Jake Hayes
Every year since 1988, EA sports has dished out this virtual football game featuring new roster updates and game modes.Twenty-seven years later, Madden 16 offers a fresh take on offense. The power of the game is truly in the hands of the user this year, allowing for multiple weapons to be added to the player’s arsenal.
The user on offense can now choose how the wide receivers and tight ends catch the ball to ensure a successful pass. Say your wide receiver breaks ahead of the cornerback and is wide open. By tapping the square button, the user is allowing for the wide receiver to RAC (Run After Catch). This option is perfect for players who are completely open and are looking for major yard gains. Another new option is the aggressive catch, which can be used by clicking the triangle button. This comes in handy when trying to catch the ball under double coverage. The final addition to Madden 16’s offensive is the possession catch. This is the route to take if you’re looking for a first down and trying to play it safe.
At first glance, all these options sound perfect, but with each option comes its own Achilles heel. RAC can often give the safety the opportunity to intercept the ball. Aggressive catches allow the player to jump straight into the air to get the ball, but it can open the player up to injuries. The only negative side to possession passes is that the player typically catches the ball standing still.
One small, but important feature would be a new skill available to running backs. By holding the L1 button, players are now able to squeeze between defenders. This is extremely useful, whether it’s third and short or trying to run down the clock. I’ve never been very good at running the ball in past years, but this is different. Being able to squeeze between the line allows for even someone of my skill level to make major plays.
One feature that Madden 16 can improve upon for next year is its commentary. Phil Simms has been the same repetitive voice over the years. This doesn’t necessarily ruin the game for me, but it deserves to be mentioned because no game is perfect. Another feature that could be better is the graphics of the game. This being my first Madden on ps4, I expected better graphics than what was delivered.
Madden 16, in general, is a terrific game overall and a great addition to my Madden collection. If I had to choose between a new commentator and graphics or the new mechanics, mechanics would win every time.The offense now has all sorts of new ways to surprise the defense and bring the ball in for a touchdown.
+Reimagined offense -Repetitive commentary
+More make-it-or-break-it moments -Same graphics
+Running backs 8.9/10