Season 2 Madden 16 recap

Since I haven't posted here in awhile, I thought I would share some notes from Season 2 of my Franchise in Madden 16. -- I went undefeated, mostly through beating teams into submission with my West Coast offense and Isaiah Crowell, who arguably had the greatest season of any running back in the history of…

On defense in Madden NFL 16

I talked about offense yesterday. What about defense? I've added little in the way of personnel to the original Browns defense. In my draft, I took RT, QB, TE with my first three picks. My first fourth rounder (from trading John Del Greco) was a running back, basically a much dumber but slightly more athletic…

On offense in Madden NFL 16

With a full season, two preseasons, and an absolute jolly stomping of the Ravens in game 1 of Season 2 (71-10 -- and the score shouldn't have even been that close), I wanted to add a little more about the passing game and the offense I run with Cleveland. The new passing mechanics make it…

Season 1 of Madden finished

I have completed my first full franchise season in Madden. It was a roaring success, going 13-3 and winning the Super Bowl. I eventually progressed to 12 minute quarters with the accelerated clock burning off 25 seconds. Game pace feels about right, stats look more realistic, etc. Gameplay wise, now that I've played about 30…

Scouting in Madden 16

As we all know, EA has a compulsion to tweak scouting every season. This year, it's finally solid, I think. It's simple: you get 175 points every week, starting in Week 2 (maybe Week 3). For a total of 30 points (5/10/15) you unlock their top three skills. Once you get those, the game tells…

Early thoughts on Franchise mode

I already gave you general impressions of the game, now let's talk Franchise Mode. -- The drive goals aren't always sensible, but they do evolve over time. In my first regular season game against the Jets (which, I don't mind saying, I ragequit), I originally had goals like "throw a touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe"…

News on Madden

I found this gem of an article that highlights some of the major gameplay changes in Madden 16.  QB inaccuracy and more penalties are two that leap out at me as important and useful; it also sounds like wide receivers will play defensive backs more intelligently. The news is equally good for Franchise mode, although it…

Ranking the Star Wars games I’ve played

As an ode to the wonderful guide provided by PC Gamer, here is a ranked list of all of the Star Wars games I played. Dishonorable mention: Force Commander. I played it for about five minutes because the camera controls are wretchedly terrible. It's an RTS -- the camera should be the least complicated part of…

Meet the 2015 class of the Video Game Hall of Fame

I wrote about the Video Game Hall of Fame and its inaugural class a few weeks ago. Here are your results. I was right on four of them, the four I thought were slam dunks: Tetris, Pac-Man, Pong, and Super Mario Bros. I assumed there'd be five winners; my #5 pick was the Sims, based on…