Madden 16: 7 Things EA Needs to Fix
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Madden 16: 7 Things EA Needs to Fix



The Madden 16 release is coming in August, and EA Sports is teasing some new features. After successfully fixing some of our biggest complaints last year, we are hopeful that the new features and upgraded gameplay will solve our biggest complaints.

EA promises a new focus on passing and on the playmakers in the game, as we see in the latest Madden 16 trailer. This is great and we cannot wait to see all the new Madden 16 features. We have a short list of Madden 16 features we want EA to add to the game and things that they really need to fix this year.

Read: New Madden 16 Features Confirmed at E3

The Madden 16 release date is set for August 25th and with EA Access we expect to play Madden early the week before the release even if there isn’t a demo. EA Sports does not reveal all the new features at once, so while there is promising information about some of these items we don’t know exactly what all EA has planned for the new Madden game.

EA once again offers two versions of the game The Madden 16 Deluxe Edition is $69.99 and includes, “36 Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs featuring NFL super stars of the past and present plus the pre-order exclusive Playmaker Pack.” The regular version of Madden 16 is $59.99. EA Sports plans to release Madden 16 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Here are seven things we want EA to add to Madden 16 or features that are overdue for a fix in the Madden 16 release.

Madden 16: 7 Things EA Needs to Fix

Interceptions & Turnovers

Interceptions & Turnovers

EA Sports needs to deliver a better mix of turnovers and interceptions in Madden 16. While playing hours of Madden 15 the number of unexplainable interceptions and other turnovers was too high. Some games it was impossible to make a single throw without an interception while playing. We also ran into our fair share of fumbles where the player literally turned and tossed the ball back and away with no one around.

There is hope that EA heard our complaints and plans to fix this in Madden 16. With a combination of Touch Control Passing and new receiver and defender Controls we are hopeful that EA fixed the randomness of interceptions, and adds some skill to both sides of the passing game.

We know that interceptions happen and that we will fumble at key moments, but Madden 16 can do a better job of normalizing the occurrence of turnovers and putting more control in the hands of the player.



  1. Brent

    05/24/2015 at 9:04 pm

    Great list josh! I would add: online gameplay should look like it does offline (like fifa) , special teams blocking is atrocious as your kick returner rarely makes it past the 25 yrd line, physics for player contact should be more like fifa (like when the RB is moving around his OL etc), DT can still somehow run down cam newton from 5 yrds behind, you mentioned environment already but im saying ..if it doesn’t look good, simply don’t show it! Like certain camera angles in the crowd etc.. show crowd from far away so we don’t have our experience ruined by close up of cloned mannequins sitting next to each other! Ea needs better quality control. If it looks weird.. Don’t show it at all. Simple concept

  2. Sean

    05/25/2015 at 5:42 pm

    Don’t forget the dull connected franchise. They need to seriously enhance the career mode. In needs to be more interactive like nba 2k’s my career mode.

  3. Andrew

    05/25/2015 at 7:31 pm

    I would also add more equipment custimizations

  4. Baboosa

    05/25/2015 at 9:20 pm

    It’s SO aggravating that the game has the same graphical “style” as Madden 09. I don’t mean the graphics aren’t better, but the body shapes, pads, equipment like gloves, wristbands, and the way the shirt fits is EXACTLY the same. I’ve supported Madden since 2001, and bought every single one from that time on. But seriously ever since Madden hopped over to PS3&Xbox 360, it’s been crap. Connected Franchise seems neglected, superstar mode is horrible, and Madden 17 will likely be a patch for this game.

    Look at the jump from NBA 2k13 to NBA 2K14, new console, new graphic style, new presentation. Here we are, 2 Madden games into the newer consoles, and the graphic style is the same as Madden 09 and the presentation similar to Madden 13. 1 finger salute to the Madden team who make us pay 60 bucks for a patch just because theres no damn competition. Get your shift together NFL and share the license or give it to 2k sports.

  5. Alex

    05/25/2015 at 11:48 pm

    I feel like every Madden, EA just try and jam some new feature in, which is poorly implemented, only just to strip it out and put something in the next madden…

    I understand they wan’t to make money, and need new features to draw people in, however, I think they would be far better off building on the current system and making it better i.e. confidence, regression/progression system.

    I feel like M15 has had the least floors in terms of gameplay, but I think the stuff players do when they ‘aren’t playing’ i.e. team building (confidence/regression + progression)/training/roster management/drafting needs work.

    My prediction, based on previous maddens, is that ea will strip the confidence system out and replace it with something else that is no where near polished based on the community backlash. Confidence is actually good idea if implemented properly, and should stay.

    Following would be my list of requests, in order, for Madden 16:

    1. Fix and fine tune Confidence/Progression/Regression
    2. Make training available so we can practice with our CFM squads… whether this be online friendlies where we can import custom squads, vs CPU or the like.. Obviously no xp would be earned.
    3. Implement a draft board + draft from CFM Website
    4. Set/save players for different formations… i.e. 3-4 OLB at 4-3 DE etc etc…
    5. CFM Website… Currently we have to pay a 3rd party site ( in order to manage our rosters/league etc because the CFM site is so clunky and bad. I would happily pay extra $$ if ea had a subscription based solution (including drafting online as per step 4). This would need to include full: Trading, Depth Chart, Free Agency (including off season bidding), Xp Spending + earning. People spend almost 100% of the cost of other games on download content (i.e. battlefield, COD, FIFA Coint, MUT Coins, etc), I’m sure they wouldn’t mind subscribing to use the CFM website for $30 or so a year.
    6. Actual explanations of traits including measurable.. eg. clutch boostd qb accuracy by 10 in final 2 min of half or something. It’s all just guess work atm with several theories floating around based on what some ea developers have eluded to..

    I really feel they can leave the gameplay and graphics alone, and focus on this other important stuff! If the reason they keep just putting new unpolished stuff is $, here are some further ideas: CFM online is free to start, however if you want to play for >1 season then you have to subscribe $10 – $15… Putting 49ers Jarryd Hayne on the cover of Australian versions of the game will almost certain result in record sales in Aus… Every NRL/Rugby fan will be purchasing a copy. Even if you have to make him a freak in the game..

  6. formerredskinsfan

    06/02/2015 at 9:26 am

    The biggest trouble is not on this list. There remains a long-standing issue with the so-called “pause glitch” which allows cheaters to pause the game for an endless timeout.

    HOW LONG will it take for EA to fix this? Allowing it to continue spoils the game for honest players.

  7. luscious

    06/07/2015 at 7:06 pm

    Need to fix A I angles in pursuit. They have the angle till they get within a yard and then they square off and out of position

  8. Bill's Says

    06/15/2015 at 2:09 pm

    They need to fix how O-line reacts to to pass rushers or players who blitz.

    They need to work on the Pass Interference calls.

    Foot work against the sidelines or catches along the sidelines

    Yes, I do agree that they need work on the commentators because sometimes they do get annoying and repetitive

    In general, EA needs to fix quiet a few more things than just those 7 listed above.

  9. Dillon

    06/15/2015 at 2:37 pm

    There are far more pressing issues with this game than the crowd and weather. The Connected Careers on Madden 15 was incredibly dodgy, the amount of times I’ve been playing as a QB and I’m running down the clock in FG range, only to have the coach pull me out and no one calls a timeout or even bothers to attempt to kick the FG at all, it’s just ridiculous. And the time it takes for super-simmed plays to take place is Chip Kelly-tier, it doesn’t take into account the amount of time it takes between plays and I’ll often see them manage a drive of 12-odd plays in 2 and a half minutes when they’re not even going no huddle and have no reason to rush. Even when I’m playing on D, sometimes the QB will kneel on the 1st 3 downs and only take off 5-10 seconds each down, then they’ll elect to punt it when the other team was out of timeouts and they could have just ended the game right there. I’m shocked that a sports game in this day and age, especially one as popular as Madden, can be this fundamentally broken. These weren’t issues in the older games, so how have EA allowed their games to regress like that?

  10. Ervin Rome

    06/20/2015 at 12:12 pm

    You guys want change then FORCE IT! STOP Buying this TURD OF A GAME because of the obvious issues stated above. ONCE EA starts losing money then THEY WILL LISTEN & TAKE HEED!

  11. Jake

    06/27/2015 at 8:21 pm

    Don’t forget about the packs

  12. Guy

    07/09/2015 at 10:14 am

    While in connected franchise mode, should be able to play game with opponent in league on same console.

  13. orlando

    08/27/2015 at 11:33 am

    Just got madden guys also need to fix this major problem in the franchise mode when the players are running with the ball the arm with the ball is not moving.

  14. orlando

    08/27/2015 at 11:39 am

    in Broadcast camera view sometimes the controller starts going in the direction of a different camera view..and players are running with the ball holding it without moving their arm looks like a girl running.

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