THE WORST MADDEN EVER!!!

Hello, my name is Anthony Payton. If you have seen my articles, then you know that I am huge Madden fan. I basically grew up with the franchise by Madden 99 being the first Madden I played. Even thought I love the series, I admit there are bad Madden games since EA Sports won the exclusive rights from the NFL, making them the only video game to have NFL players and teams. Since that, Madden has been getting the image as lazy, greedy, and non innovated. Even now, Madden is still getting negative criticisms but I think the new Madden games are better now than they were ten years ago. The game that has started this trend is Madden NFL 06 on the Xbox 360.

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I know that this game got positive reviews when it first came out, but trust me it’s far from great or even good. The Xbox 360 version of this game was released two months after the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube versions. The reason  I mention those versions because I’m going to compare them to each other.

Graphics:

The graphics on the Xbox 360 is pretty interesting at first compared to the last generation versions. However, the visuals are not that impressive because every player looked like they on steroids. Seriously every quarterback and kicker is greatly buffed  with their shoulders.

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Gameplay:

The gameplay is not good compared to the PlayStation 2 version. The movement feels stiff, pre-play adjustments takes longer and confusing to execute. Passing game is atrocious because receivers can’t do diving catches or pass their defender after a deep throw. Dropping catches almost never happen. Even using the hit stick after a catch doesn’t affect the outcome.

Game Modes:

Madden NFL 06  is really lackluster on the  game modes on the Xbox 360 version. The only game mode that is available other than play now is franchise mode. It doesn’t even have a practice mode. That sucks because the game gets easily boring after the first couple of games. Where the other versions have mini-camp, two-minute drill, and the new superstar mode. It’s just terrible that they didn’t even try to give their customers a game that is worth sixty dollars.

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Conclusion:

Madden NFL 06 on the Xbox 360 is a really bad game that started the trend of Madden seems to be lazy to developing a game. After 06, EA Sports released multiple mediocre games. I think that if Madden 06 got more of a honest review, the Madden series would have been more successful in the late 2000s.

Rating: 4/10

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Madden NFL 18 (Review)

Football is back and we all know that means is that Madden is back. Madden NFL 18 is the first installment that have the Frostbite Engine inside the game. Also, this is included “Longshot”, the first story mode in Madden. With all that said, is Madden 18 good? Yes, it is and it’s better than Madden 17.

Positives

  • Presentation is life-like

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Frostbite Engine has improved the graphics in a incredible fashion. From stadiums to field, everything is looking fantastic than ever. B

  • Running game is improved

Last year in Madden 17, elusive running backs were kind of useless because jukes and spins were hard

  • Open-field blocking awareness is better

Finally, open-field blocking is fixed. Now, on runs and screens, wide receivers has better intelligence when blocking instead of running past the defenders to allow the tackle.

  • Longshot story mode is fun

I really enjoy the Longshot story mode. At first, I didn’t know how to feel about because the story doesn’t carry into the NFL. However, this story is really good.

  • Addition of in-game adjustments

 

  • Different game styles

In this year, Madden introduce different game styles: Arcade, Simulation, Competitive. I discussed about this in my article. With my experience, I enjoy all of them. My favorite is competitive because I feel that it rewards you for your user skills.

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Negatives

  • MUT Draft

MUT Draft or “Draft Champions” is still fun. Now with five extra rounds, it’s more enjoyable than ever. However, my complaint is that there is no unranked mode anymore. This is probably not a problem for some people but I don’t like the idea to buy tickets to play MUT Draft. The game mode is still fun and I recommend to try it.

  • Lack of gameplay in “Longshot”

As I like said, I enjoy the “Longshot” story mode but my problem is the lack of gameplay in some scenes. For example, I wish we could have more gameplay in the combine such as participating in the 40 yard-dash and other drills. I do love some of the drills they have. I just wish there were more.

  • Target Passing

I feel that “Target Passing” is a waste of a feature. At first, I was really to try this out. After I tried it, I don’t like it at all. The controls are confusing for to use and it takes too long to execute it. By the time I figure it out where to throw the ball, I get sacked or the defender there to deflect the pass. I feel that they should bring back “QB Vision” instead of this feature. Maybe somebody find a way to use it but I can’t do it.

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  • Minor glitches

Like every video game, Madden 18 have plenty of glitches that are either small or game-breaking. For me, I have my game crashed a couple times. I say that this need to be fix in the next patch.

Conclusion

All in all, Madden NFL 18 is better than Madden 17. EA Sports actually listen to the community and did a good job with this.

Rating: 8.5/10

2017 NFL Season Predictions

MVP: Tom Brady

Coach of the Year: Jack Del Rio

Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Mack

Rookie of the Year: Myles Garnett

Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers

Divisional Leaders:

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys (11-5)

NFC West: Arizona Cardinals (12-4)

NFC North: Green Bay Packers (12-4)

NFC South: Atlanta Falcons (13-3)

AFC East: New England Patriots (15-1)

AFC West: Oakland Raiders (11-5)

AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

AFC South:  Houston Texans (10-6)

Bold Predictions:

  1. Cam Newton will have a MVP-Caliber Year

2. Ezekiel Elliott will have a 2,000 yard season

3. Cleveland Browns will make to the playoffs

Top Five Players in the NFL in each position

Hello, my name is Anthony Payton and here’s my Top Five players in the NFL in specific position. My list is based on stats and impact the players have on the team and the league.

QB

5. Drew Brees, Saints

4. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

3. Matt Ryan, Falcons

2. Tom Brady, Patriots

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Honorable Mentions: Dak Prescott, Derek Carr, Cam Newton

RB

T-5: Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys) and Jordan Howard (Bears)

4. Devonta Freeman, Falcons

3. David Johnson, Cardinals

2. LeSean McCoy, Bills

1. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers

Honorable Mentions: Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Thomas Rawls

WRs

5. Deandre Hopkins, Texans

4. Jordy Nelson, Packers

3. A.J. Green, Bengals

2. Antonio Brown, Steelers

1. Julio Jones, Falcons

Honorable Mentions: Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham, Jr., Amari Cooper

TEs

5. Jason Witten, Cowboys

4. Martellus Bennett, Packers

3. Jimmy Graham, Seahawks

2. Delanie Walker, Titans

1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

Honorable Mentions: Anthony Fasano, Tyler Eifert, Jordan Reed

DEs

5. Jadeveon Clowney, Texans

4. Cameron Wake, Dolphins

3. Oliver Vernon, Giants

2. Khalil Mack, Raiders

1. J.J. Watt, Texans

Honorable Mentions: Cliff Avril, Danielle Hunter, Joey Bosa

DTs

5. Fletcher Cox, Eagles

4. Damon Harrison, Giants

3.  Kawann Short, Panthers

2. Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers

1. Aaron Donald, Rams

Honorable Mentions: Calais Campbell, Ndamukong Suh, Geno Atkins

OLBs

5. Chandler Jones, Cardinals

4. Bruce Irvin, Raiders

3. Vic Beasley, Jr., Falcons

2. Sean Lee, Cowboys

1. Von Miller, Broncos

Honorable Mentions: Anthony Barr, Brian Orakpo, Clay Matthews

MLBs

5. Ryan Shazier, Steelers

4. Thomas Davis, Panthers

3. Jordan Hicks, Eagles

2. Luke Kuechly, Panthers

1. Bobby Wagner, Seahawks

Honorable Mentions: Alec Ogletree, Kwon Alexander, Paul Posluszny

CBs

5. Patrick Peterson, Cardinals

4. Marcus Peters, Chiefs

3. Brent Grimes, Buccaneers

2. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Giants

1. Malcolm Butler, Patriots

Honorable Mentions: Richard Sherman, Janoris Jenkins, Darius Slay, Xavier Rhodes

FSs

5. Reggie Nelson, Texans

4. Harrison Smith, Vikings

3. Eric Weddle, Ravens

2. Earl Thomas, Seahawks

1. Eric Berry, Chiefs

Honorable Mentions: Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Byron Jones, Darrien Stewart

SSs

5. Rashad Jones, Dolphins

4. Quintin Demps, Bears

3. Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles

2. Kam Chancellor, Seahawks

1. Landon Collins, Giants

Honorable Mentions: Morgan Burnett, T. J Ward, Barry Church