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Madden 16 Patch Fixes Major Madden 16 Problems



The first Madden 16 patch is finally here and it fixes some of the biggest Madden 16 problems including a game-busting bug that prevented players from using the Connected Franchise Mode.

Arriving yesterday, the first Madden 16 update is now live on Xbox One and PS4. There is no sign of an update for the maligned PS3 and Xbox 360 Madden 16 game that does not offer the same features.

Gamers can connect to Xbox Live and PSN to download the free Madden 16 updates that are just over 700MB. The new Madden 16 patch comes just a few days before the first Madden 16 roster update.

Here’s what the Madden 16 patch fixes, what you need to know about Connected Franchise Mode and the first Madden 16m roster update.

The Madden 16 tuning update arrived, and now a Madden 16 update is here to fix problems.

The Madden 16 tuning update arrived, and now a Madden 16 update is here to fix problems.

This is different from the Madden 16 tuning update that arrived last week and changed the power of the Aggressive Catch feature.

If you’ve played any no-huddle gameplay in Madden 16 you’ve likely run into a weird encroachment issue that would cause a 5-yard penalty when a defender bumped into an offensive player on the way back to the line. Another fix prevents players from being called down when no one touches them and a fix for QB gameplay issues.

After the Madden 16 release EA warned players not to play Connected Franchise Mode due to a number of problems. EA lists six specific fixes for Madden 16 CFM problems that arrive with this Madden 16 patch.

  1. Addressed issue where players could receive over 100 confidence resulting in a short-term attribute boost
  2. Improved regression tuning for offensive linemen
  3. Tuned rookie deep accuracy rating
  4. Tuned supersim stats where pocket quarterbacks were generating too many rushing attempts
  5. Addressed issue where team could sign elite free agents for a low amount
  6. Addressed issue where some free agents would disappear from the free agent pool
Here are the Madden 16 problems that the Madden 16 update fixes on Xbox One and PS4. Here are the Madden 16 problems that the Madden 16 update fixes on Xbox One and PS4.

Here are the Madden 16 problems that the Madden 16 update fixes on Xbox One and PS4.

EA also includes fixes for missing images in Madden Ultimate Team and other fixes for the game. These additional fixes for Madden 16 problems include a quarterback injury bug that repeated presentation and commentary and;

  • Addressed a crash that could occur when using multiple controllers
  • Addressed a crash that could occur when exiting a game and the background video would continue to loop
  • Addressed general bugs and stability issues

While the Madden 16 update release notes do not specifically call out the Madden 16 freezes that stopped games in the middle of play, but it may be part of the stability fixes.

EA also delivered a player likeness update today to deliver a more realistic look for 180 players in Madden 16. The free update includes all these players and is live now. Check out the gallery below to see many of these new Madden 16 player likeness updates.

EA Sports plans the first Madden 16 roster update Friday September 11th. This will bring players and rosters in line with the current NFL teams.

Rex Dickson, Creative Director of EA Sports Madden NFL confirmed the arrival on Twitter, but did not announce a specific release time.

Madden 16 vs Madden 15: 10 Key Differences

Madden 16 Catch Upgrades

Madden 16 Catch Upgrades

In Madden 15 catching the ball is a one choice option that either happens or doesn't -- and if you are lucky when you catch it you can still pick up some yards. The receiver doesn't play very differently from one situation to another. 

In Madden 16 you can choose to catch the ball with an Aggressive Catch, a Run After Catch or a Possession Catch. This allows you to pick the right catch for the situation. 

If it's a long bomb where you need to go high, you can control the receiver and go up to grab that ball for a spectacular to watch catch. Unfortunately if you are near the sideline you might end up out-of-bounds and the odds are good you won't pick up any more yards if you use this in the middle of the field. 

The RAC option positions the receiver to add to the yards by catching with a focus on picking up more yards. This is perfect when throwing to a receiver that needs to pick up three or more yards after the catch to get the first down. 

Other times you just need to make a catch so that you can get the first down or keep the clock running. The Possession catch option delivers a catch that you are more likely to hold on to, but you might not get any added yards and if there is a lot of pressure you may miss out.

You can control all of these after the throw and it actually works really well.  



  1. Michael

    09/14/2015 at 4:56 am

    It would be nice if the updated player likenesses would show up in franchise mode.

  2. Paul

    09/15/2015 at 1:18 pm

    Just got the game today. As soon as I entered offline franchise, it froze. Awesome.

  3. Dustin

    09/23/2015 at 1:05 pm

    Mine freezes every time it goes to a loading screen for anything. Whether it be Play Now, Franchise or even the Skills Trainer

    • Carter

      12/01/2015 at 5:00 pm

      Same I’m pissed because I bought a 50 dollar game that doesn’t even work…

  4. Aaron

    10/07/2015 at 2:08 pm

    Just got the game like 3 days ago and it keeps freezing after every game. I then have to reset my saved data and completely start the game over.

  5. Mark Elrod

    10/19/2015 at 1:59 pm

    October 19 & this game is still a piece of crap!

    The servers are HORRIBLE! If you play H2H it is exremely lag-laden

    If you play MUT & do solo challenges against the computer, the server FREQUENTLY disconnects (5 times yesterday, which is about the “norm” EVERY DAY) & you lose the player contracts.

    The game will freeze while loading, again, causing you to lose contracts.

    When playing a QB career, you can’t put recievers in motion.

    All in all, this game is NOT worth $70.

    Save your money. Don’t buy it.

    EA has NOT done enough to fix the plethora of issues, which is typical of that company.

  6. Mark Elrod

    11/06/2015 at 12:58 pm


    It is November 6 & the freeze issues are still not fixed. I cannot play the game AT ALL. The Madden 16 application freezes in EVERY MODE when I try to launch a game (even “Play Now” mode.)

    I contacted EA support & they don’t know how to fix it. They just told me to delete my files, delete the game & download it again. (The game is 21.57 GB, by the way. It puts a load on my monthly Internet quotas.)

    But, I deleted the game & re-downloaded it 5 times. After the 6th time, it worked for three days & then started freezing again.

    So, I contacted them again, told them I did EVERYTHING they suggested & it didn’t work. What did I get? 15 minutes of chat silence, then disconnected & transferred to another EA advisor, who asked me too explain the problem AGAIN.

    Another 10 minutes, or so of chat silence & they disconnected & transferred me to a THIRD EA advisor, who asked me to explain the problem AGAIN! (Mind you, this was an open case with an assigned case number that they could have easily accessed to get all the pertinent information.)

    After explaining to him, I got another 10 minutes of chat silence & then the sessions was terminated!

    I complained on the EA Sports forums. The response I got? They banned me from the forums permanently!

    So, you cannot get help from EA help (they still have a post up stating they are investigating the problem. They keep reposting the same response every few weeks.), I cannot voice my frustrations & complain, because they ban people who do that.

    EA is a HORRIBLE corporation.

    Written into the terms of service for EA games is a waiver of rights to participate in class-action lawsuits. By agreeing to the terms, you waive those rights & you agree to not hold EA accountable for anything & acknowledge that EA will NOT refund money.

    So, all you can do is file an individual lawsuit & try to take on a gaming giant by yourself, basically David versus Goliath, big money corporation against a single consumer. (You know how that will end.)

    So, this is my last year buy ANY EA products. I may not be able to play American football (which I can’t anyway, the game is unplayable) or NHL hockey, however, there are PLENTY of non-EA produced games that I will spend my money on. (For instance, Konami is a great company which puts out great games & has good customer service. I wish DICE would get out of bed with EA. DICE is a good company, but chose to partner with a horrible one.)

    I cannot support a company like EA. I wish others would stop supporting them, as well. EA is NOT deserving of our money & to give it to them is simply feeding the monster.

    Again, if you have not bought Madden 16, AVOID IT. The game is unplayable. It is a waste of money & EA will not refund your money.

    I learned the hard way. Please, learn from my stupidity & avoid EA products.

  7. Dar

    11/13/2015 at 12:22 am

    I downloaded the newest update. However, I just tried to start a franchise offline and the updated roster is not being reflected. For example, Charles Woodson (a 92 OVR in this update) is just an 82 when I start the franchise. I am choosing the option to use the current roster, not the preseason roster, yet this problem occurs. Any solutions?

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