With the release of Madden NFL 25 coming up what better way to celebrate in May than by this awesome video of the Evolution of Madden. I also wanted to take a look at my Top 5 Favorite Features of all time
#1. Playmaker – Introduced in Madden 04 playmaker controlled allowed offensive minded players to harness their inner quarterback and make plays on the run. Who doesn’t remember playing with Mike Vick and the Falcons? Better question, who didn’t love it?
#2. Hitstick – While gamers loved the offensive playmaker controlled introduced in Madden 04 they felt that the feature gave the offense an unfair advantage. A year later EA listened to fan feedback and introduced the Hitstick and changed the way we play defense forever. It leveled the playing field and allowed you to actually be a defensive minded player.
#1. Ring Building – I remember firing up Madden 08 and always being asked to buy a ring. Never knew what it was. Never really cared. Did anyone ever buy this ring? Give me details.
#2. Madden 09 Rewinds – Sorta cool if you were playing your little brother. Just rewind every time you threw a pick and watch him complain. Nothing he can really do about it anyways because he’s your little brother. Outside of that there was no real use for this feature.
#3. Fight for Fumble – This brought back my inner Tecmo Super Bowl, but it just felt out of place when you actually fought for the fumble. I lost way to many battery packs in the proccess. #RIP Fight For Fumble.
What are some of your favorite features? Let us know below!
Cody Ballard is back again to deliver his Madden 13 scheme of the week.
Ok Madden Tips nation hope to spread some light on another great scheme. Today we will be going over the Arizona Cardinals Playbook offensively and the 3-4 playbook defensively.
These two playbooks are optimal for the packers roster. We will dive into the playbook breakdowns and the depth chart in a minute, but first I want to shed some light on why the Shotgun Spread is so effective in this game.
The spread is so easy this year because of the way we can attack every area of the field and read the defense so easily. One concept I just recently read about was post-snap reads. This year my offenses have been based on progression reads, but I never really understood why it was effective until now. The reason these plays are so effective is because of how we can attack a defense based on what they do so essentially we set up route combos that beat every coverage.
The article talked about reading the safety’s post snap to easily determine the basic coverage the defense is in. So essentially if the safety’s go 2 deep or one deep we now know basically what everyone else is doing. Hope you guys caught something this week that can help and make sure to enjoy the scheme and leave your feedback!
For your browsers sake I have only posted ONE of Cody’s video in this post. The rest of the links are below!
For fans unable to receive DIRECTV service, each Madden NFL 25 Anniversary Edition will include a unique code to access the 2013 regular season (17 weeks) trial of NFL SUNDAY TICKET on computers, tablets, and mobile devices- including access to DIRECTV’s award-winning RED ZONE CHANNEL®.
ZFarls had this last year and he would flaunt around every Sunday with his iPad saying how dumb I was for not hopping on this deal. This year I fully plan to take advantage of my iPad Mini and rock this. I won’t need the game though so I will most likely do a giveaway.
EA SPORTS just released it’s latest playbook which details new Defensive Control in Madden 25.
From the looks of this video it appears that defense will be a major point of emphasis this season. This is great news for defensive minded players as they have had to take on the onslaught of the NFL becoming an offensive minded league.
A few highlights of the video
- Improved Pursuit Angles
- Heat Seeker Tackling
- New Dive and Lunge Tackles
- Force Impact
- Revamped Hit Stick
What do you think of the new trailer? Will you be hit sticking or heat seeking in Madden 25? Let us know in the comments below!
I have been salivating over Justin Hunter for the past week, about his potential in Madden NFL 25. I typically don’t dive into measurements, but because of the obsession with Hunter I have started poking around. His hands are 9 3/8 inches long. At first I had no idea if that was big or not, and then I looked down at my little hands and figured it out fairly quickly. The next shocking thing is that the average foot size of a man is 9 (43). Now, I don’t know if that means 9 inches and I’m completely lost on what the 43 represents.
Knowing all this about Hunter—does this not get you excited about the guy? How do you not want him on your team?
D.J. Hayden is the classic Raiders draft pick, and he will be a great Madden NFL 25 player. Speed for days and he will fit in nicely with a team that needs to improve its defense (what a difference a couple of years makes).
There is no doubt that Hayden will be a special addition to the Raiders this season, but what scares you is whether he will be around in future games. Thankfully, Madden is a very “what have you done lately for me” type of game. For the next year you will reap the benefits of this young man’s skills. He will lock up top receivers in Madden NFL 25.
Fact Not Opinion: Give me DeMarcus Van Dyke over D.J. Hayden in Madden NFL 25. All. Day. Long.
OVR: 73 SPD: 96 ACC: 92 AGI: 93 CIT: 77 CTH: 75 JMP: 88
Patterson is a big-time sexy pick in this year’s draft. He has the size, speed, and great leaping ability that wow scouts this time of year. The hardest part is projecting if he will become the next Demaryius Thomas or Charles Rogers. He is a receiver who could have an immediate impact heading into Madden NFL 25. Think WR Stephen Hill (New York Jets)
Projected Pick: St. Louis Rams
With the loss of Danny Amendola to the Patriots this off season it would make sense for the Rams to target a WR in the draft. Time is running out on Sam Bradford; he has shown flashes of brilliance, but with an improving NFC West things won’t be getting any easier. Bradford and Patterson could mesh perfectly together.
Fact Not Opinion: Tennessee teammate Jason Hunter will be a better Madden NFL 25 receiver.
Eddie Lacy might have the best overall spin move in Madden NFL 25. Why? Because my man @JasonDirtyBurt has told me for the past two years that this man can spin out of a cardboard box. Give me Eddie Lacy and cover boy Barry Sanders in a spinning competition and I would take Lacy all day and all night. #RollTide
Lacy was one of the most exciting running backs in all of college football last season. He led his team to another national title and put on an impressive display of speed and power on the game’s brightest stage. Lacy doesn’t have breakaway speed, but I think he will be a bit faster than former teammate Trent Richardson (90 SPD—can I get a check on that?). Overall he will be a slightly upgraded Richardson in Madden NFL 25. I legitimately think that his spin move should be a 100. That is how well Dirty Burt has marketed this man to me over the past two seasons. I see one spin move and I hit the floor. Lacy over Barry in the spin move department!
Projected Pick: Cincinnati Bengals
I love this pick by the Bengals. Assuming it happens. Moving forward they would have three studs at the key offensive positions that would make them a powerhouse for the coming years. QB Andy Dalton, WR AJ Green, and HB Eddie Lacy would round out a young and talented offensive team. Mix in the Bengals’ defense and you have a team that I’m very excited about heading into Madden NFL 25.
Fact Not Opinion: Lacy isn’t the sexiest of picks. Like Trent Richardson, he just won’t wow you once you play with him on the virtual gridiron. He will be solid, he will be reliable, but he won’t be the dominant player you want him to be.