By Madden NFL 16 Creative Director Rex Dickson
We’ve touched on all the improvements made to the passing game with all-new Air Supremacy, so it’s time to show the defense some love.
Here are some of the improvements made to the defensive side of the ball in Madden NFL 16.
PLAY BALL (BALL HAWK)
Play Ball (Ball Hawk) is back and has been heavily revised to ensure the most aggressive path possible to the ball. As with past years, the user plays the ball by holding the Y/Triangle button as soon as the pass is released.
Play Ball is the best way to challenge the receiver for the catch, but comes at the risk of triggering a catch animation behind the receiver and giving up a big play.
PLAY RECEIVER (NEW)
New this year is the Play Receiver DB mechanic. Hold the A/X button once the pass is thrown to play the receiver. This drives you towards the receiver as opposed to driving you to a catch point.
Hit receiver can be used to dislodge the ball during the catch, but comes at the expense of not being able to trigger interceptions.
ORGANIC GANG TACKLES
Forget everything you remember about Pro-Tak. Madden NFL 16 delivers the most dramatic tackles in franchise history with a fully organic, physics-based gang tackling system. We now have fully realized momentum-based organic interactions on tackles that support a limitless number of defenders attaching to the ball carrier.
The system is complemented by new dynamic gang tackle animations that can “go organic” based on additional defenders in proximity.
We also worked on the stat-tracking side – Assisted Tackles and Half-sacks are now being tracked appropriately in the stats screen. It all adds up to the most authentic tackles ever seen in Madden NFL. Gang tackling is back!
OTHER TACKLING IMPROVEMENTS
While most players raved about the changes to tackling in Madden NFL 15, some users complained about feeling too much “suction” in the conservative tackle system. The team took this feedback to heart and tuned both the tackle cone and match distance to eliminate warping (or suction) from the tackling system without sacrificing control or responsiveness.
Aggressive tackles were also improved so that defenders always dive towards the ball carrier instead of just at his facing direction.
Defensive quick adjustments give users the ability to adjust any of their defenders on the field without having to manually switch to the defender. Simply select the group (DL, LB, DB), choose individual adjustment, select the defender and set the assignment.
This addresses a long-standing legacy issue that put the defense at a disadvantage when it came to pre-play adjustments.
Madden NFL 16 also includes a few key defensive improvements demanded by the community. A few of the highlights include:
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