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Madden 16 vs Madden 15: 10 Key Differences

What’s new in Madden 16? Here is out look at Madden 16 vs Madden 15 after playing through the new Madden on Xbox One.

Every year EA delivers a new Madden game, and there is always a question of whether there are enough improvements to upgrade and buy the latest version. After playing just a few games it is clear that there are some important and impactful changes from Madden 15 to Madden 16.

Read: Madden 16 Review

We have a full Madden 16 review in the works with a look at these new Madden 16 features and modes that you cannot use or play in Madden 15, but while there is still a chance to get in on an insane Madden 16 deal and score some of the Madden 16 pre-order bonuses we want to take a closer look — a deep dive if you will — at the 10 key differences between Madden 16 and Madden 15.

The most important Madden 16 vs Madden 15 differences.
The most important Madden 16 vs Madden 15 differences.

The Madden 16 release date is coming on August 25th, but there is an early Madden 16 EA Access release date now on Xbox One. The full release comes to Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360. There is a standard version for $59.99 and a Deluxe edition for $69.99 with a ton of Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs.

Madden 15 is free to play for EA Access members on Xbox One and it is also easy to find used at a decent price. After playing with the new modes and features it is clear that EA delivers on the promise of an upgrade worth playing. If you are a fan of realistic football and you want more control over the outcome of each play, Madden 16 is a major change from Madden 15.

Madden 16 Catch Upgrades

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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.  

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19 Comments

  1. Anthony Reeves

    08/25/2015 at 9:15 am

    great game madden has done it again adding to the many other titles that have graced our fingertips madden 16 adds to an already phenomenal experience

    Reply

  2. Tony Gambaro

    08/25/2015 at 2:39 pm

    My son tells me the graphics and some of the news options don’t translate to PS3? If this is the case why wouldn’t that be full disclosure? He’s not happy!
    Thanks

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    • Vinny Chace

      08/26/2015 at 11:45 am

      Tony, do your son a favor and go out and buy him a PS4, I can’t believe your dumb enough to think, that the new graphics and other options would work on an old console. COME’ON MAN !!!!

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    • jreedvick7

      09/05/2015 at 10:06 pm

      None of the new features translate to the old consoles. Eventually, every hardware cycle reaches its limit. For 360/PS3 sports games, that was 2013. They couldn’t add any of the new innovations to those older versions, even if they wanted to. Hardware wont allow it.

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      • rob

        09/24/2015 at 5:31 pm

        No wonder. I have an xbox 360 and my game looks nothing like the commericals, videos or pictures of the game. This is such bullshit. That is false advertisement. This is something that needs to be disclosed I wasted $60 bucks on a game that has barely any changes than my madden 25. I could have just updated the dame roster and saved myself the money. I want a refund but I doubt they will give me one. I bet I won’t even be able to play it either once I get an xbox one since I downloaded the game on the console.

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        • Poophead

          10/24/2015 at 3:21 pm

          Bullshit? False advertisement? Why would people buy new gen consoles if the graphics look the same as the old 360/ps3? You sir are bullshit.

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    • jimmybags

      12/17/2015 at 7:03 am

      YA, TONY! DO YOUR SON A FAVOR… GET HIM A PS4! OF COURSE THEY WONT TRANSLATE TO A PS3!! IT WAS PORTED TO PS3 FROM PS4!!! ITS LIKE PLAYING A PS3 GAME ON A PS2… STUPID.

      Reply

  3. Ventrey

    09/25/2015 at 7:06 am

    Why it wont let me continue my Franchise mode as soon as i go to it the game gets stuck…..why is this??????

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    • allenivemvp

      09/26/2015 at 4:20 am

      This Happens to me to! Starting to piss me off. I’m 5 games into season!

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  4. Freddie Mitchell

    09/27/2015 at 12:52 pm

    Ea servers are so garbage… I hate that I even bought an Xbox one yet alone madden… I get kicked out of every ranked game..its not my internet I’ve had Technion’s come out several times, I hate EA with a passion now…. My gamer tag is Fredro 386 fix this crap…how can I sue you guys?

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    • Poophead

      10/24/2015 at 3:24 pm

      Well you should have had an internet technician come out to your house rather than the technions. Those damn technions are fibbers.

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  5. Jon

    11/25/2015 at 7:36 pm

    All of you need to stop complaining. The game is still an advancement for the 360. I think that it is fun, and you are just one bored, spoiled, rotten egg. Carry on my friends.

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    • NIGGER

      02/08/2016 at 4:21 pm

      Lol faggot. ”You are just one bored, spoiled, rotten egg.” you have autism.

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      • Austin Carter

        06/18/2016 at 1:47 pm

        Niggers got nothing better to do than make fun of disabilities.

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  6. Derek

    11/27/2015 at 7:49 am

    You can’t complain about graphics if you have a 360…graphics aren’t getting any better for the 360 anymore they are as good as they are gonna get. Xbox ones and ps4s are the real deal.

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  7. Jarad

    12/09/2015 at 4:22 pm

    I have a problem with the kid who said that he thinks the game should have the same graphics on his xbox360

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  8. Lew

    01/08/2016 at 11:25 am

    I feel dumber just for being a part of this conversation…

    Reply

  9. billy young

    01/21/2016 at 7:47 pm

    Dammit I jys baught the 2016 for my son we both r mad. We wanna play each other but it won’t download wats the problem guys. We paid our money for the game we wanna play it simple as that. How do we down load without internet can Simone help us out.

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    • Kris

      02/09/2016 at 9:33 am

      hahahaha wow!

      Reply

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