|System: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360|
|Dev: EA Sports|
|Pub: EA Sports|
|Release: August 25, 2015|
|Players: 1-4 offline, 2-4 online, remote play|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i||Content is generally suitable for all ages.|
Once you have your team, you can face off against either the CPU or other players with it. These games are much shorter than usual, which is genius. It allows you to see the results of your draft immediately, without being attached to them for too long. Winning earns you coins, which opens up more draft picks. Then you get to draft all over again, pick a totally different and hopefully better team, and continue the process. It’s a quick gameplay mode that shotguns content down your throat - which is the exact opposite of what long, drawn out football seasons are usually like in Madden games.
Madden 16 is one of the best looking Maddens yet. Player models, while still sometimes diving into the uncanny valley during cutscenes, animate incredibly on the field. Bodies bounce off each other in ways that feel real, and each tackle has an incredible impact. The game does a great job making the experience of football come alive, from the stats overlayed on the action to the announcers. This is one category where Madden simply continues to outperform itself year after year.
As I have reviewed every Madden game these last few years, I saw systems get more and more complex, making the game feel like it was out of my reach. Madden 16 feels like it is geared around simplicity. None of the systems from other Madden games were taken out, but the core of the game has been shifted toward simple mechanics interacting with other simple mechanics. This is a breath of fresh air to me. It makes Madden NFL 16 a fantastic place to start playing Madden, as well as being different enough to warrant a follow up buy after 15.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Senior Contributing Writer
Date: August 26, 2015