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Madden 17 Features Wishlist: 10 Changes We Want

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What new Madden 17 features will EA add to the NFL game in 2016 to set it apart from Madden 16 and convince players that it is worth buying? We don’t know just yet what EA Sports will change for Madden 17, but we know what we want EA to fix for the new Madden game this year.

After playing hours and hours of Madden 16, there are a lot of things EA got right, but there are still small details and major issues that we want to see EA Sports iron out for the upcoming Madden 17 release later this year.

EA confirmed Madden 17 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 so we know the game is coming. Sorry Wii U and PC, no Madden 17 for you this year.

Here is our Madden 17 features wishlist with what we want changed and upgraded.

Here is our Madden 17 features wishlist with what we want changed and upgraded.

The Madden 17 release date is August 23rd, but you will learn a little bit about the game at 6PM Eastern, 3 PM Pacific on May 12th on Sports Center. There is still time for EA Sports to address some of these issues and add to the Madden 17 features that arrive in the game.

Some of the Madden 17 features on our wishlist address gameplay while others include the basic usage of the game while grinding through Ultimate Team or trying to play Madden 17 against a friend on Xbox Live or PSN.

Here is a look at what we want to see EA Sports fix, add and change in Madden 17.

Make the Madden 17 Party System Work

Make the Madden 17 Party System Work

Have you tried to play Madden 16 online with a friend? If you are lucky you can party up and start a game and if the Internet gods smile on you it is possible to finish a game.

It's not clear why EA Sports continues to make joining a party and accepting a game invite so convoluted that you need to press a button at exactly the right time, if it pops up, but that's been the case for the last several years.

After the first month and a half of playing Madden 16, we could finally join a party and start playing without a ton of issues, but the slightest connection hiccup would leave the game stuck. Often this would boot one player and the game was over.

There are some connection issues in games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, but if they can string together a match of eight or more players reliably it is mind-boggling that EA Sports, a company that made an insane amount of money last quarter, cannot invest to deliver reliable online play.

Here's our simple Madden 17 feature request. Let me join a party, connect to a friend and play against them for three games without crashing. Bonus points if I can hear them talk over the Madden 17 fans and music without changing settings.

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  2. Frank Westbrook

    03/16/2016 at 12:57 pm

    Am I the only madden player that wants pro bowl ik they dont have it bc if u have more than one user in connected franchise that could be a problem but they can still try my friends and I were really hoping for the pro bowl I a QB and my two other friends are RB and WR the idea of ous all being able to play in the pro bowl seems crazy fun in all madden can stay the same we just which for the pro bowl.

  3. Zachary

    03/16/2016 at 6:47 pm

    Be able to play in pro bowls and play QB vs QB and crazy mini games like that make it more fun then just season mode usually

    • Zachary

      03/16/2016 at 6:49 pm

      Oh yah good one

  4. Mike

    03/17/2016 at 8:22 am

    I play Madden in franchise mode mostly. I have never played online. I think it would be awesome if you included a practice squad for each team. I’d also like to be able to edit the draft classes, so I could put in the real incoming rookies. I love the Madden franchise and I’d like to be able to edit more things like the players appearance as well as their info.

  5. Matt

    03/29/2016 at 10:03 am

    I still miss the Player aspect of the draft. I would like to see Madden be like 2k basketball for drafting aspect. I hate just picking my favorite team. I like the fact that idk which team i could end up on based on my performance, Hint Hint, make a combine comeback to Madden. lifting, running and drills. Its not fun picking teams. Make the player aspect more realistic

  6. Brent Comer

    04/01/2016 at 2:36 am

    Weather?? I can’t recall one NFL game last season affected by weather. why waste time fixing stuff that just isn’t that important? Yes it happens every now and then but the focus should be on what we see every week- presentation, stats, commentary etc

    • Greg

      04/26/2016 at 1:54 pm

      Weather has plenty of effects and Madden hasn’t even come close to making it so in its game.
      I’d write out a dissertation but I’m not trying to give EA free ideas.

  7. Dominic ramos

    04/05/2016 at 9:43 pm

    to be able to control all 32 teams like years past

    • Andrew

      04/08/2016 at 5:39 pm

      I agree

  8. Andrew

    04/07/2016 at 2:55 pm

    We need to have the create a team feature back with old and new logos and even custom logos

    • Andrew

      04/08/2016 at 5:37 pm

      I forgot we also need to make it so the custom players aren’t all rookies

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  10. Texasheatwave

    04/11/2016 at 8:45 am

    Do away with mut and cfm on the same game. We need a copy for mut, and a copy for cfm. Mut has destroyed madden, so we need to divorce the two…

  11. Austin james

    04/14/2016 at 2:12 am

    1. You cant review turnovers in the nfl anymore because they are auto reviewed and when one is wrong the game automaticly overturns it. 2. You cant hike the ball while players are running back to the line because the qb has to “set” the offence, after that only one player can motion. So 2 of these are literally against the rules of the nfl.

  12. Paul

    04/14/2016 at 10:10 pm

    Easily the #1 thing to upgrade in MUT would be to have one option to convert multiple items… For instance if I have 50 bronze players and want 5 x 2 badge packs, allow me to do that in one quicker action rather than hit x all those times. Very annoying and time consuming.

    I actually like the QB Mini game mentioned by another person. Like the Night Club mode in Rory.

  13. Andre

    04/15/2016 at 9:00 pm

    I would like to see more customization in Madden such as creating your own team, more gear, customizable gear, and customizable faces.

  14. Dave

    04/15/2016 at 10:14 pm

    Bring back the pro bowl. Madden 16 did not even show what players made the pro bowl like years in the past. Every player should have their face scanned. Update the equipment.

    • Morgan

      04/27/2016 at 7:07 am

      Yes it did, you had to go to awards and it was under that.

  15. David

    04/16/2016 at 4:37 pm

    Some of those are ok ideas. I think it be best to cut down on loading screens, cut scenes and menus. I spend to much time switching through a hand full of slow loading menus just to look at a players stats then searching to find there contract info then back, more time searching through those menus than paying a game. Just put it all in one place like past maddens particularly on the ps2 system. A quick game of madden is anything but, I’m hammering the x button to speed things up to no avail. Also please make trading easier and with more logic or at least add sliders for it. Best trade system nba2k. create a team please. And player draft not pick team. Last but not least, double team, I’m tired of being a linebacker trying to run down a ball carrier and getting stuck running in place because a defender is stuck on a lineman, real life we run over that guy or at least switch off or something but running in place, very frustrating

  16. Willem Dillen

    04/18/2016 at 5:10 am

    Totaly agree on the running play’s velcro teammates lol
    Really hope this gets better in Madden 17.
    And how the weather effects play could be better indeed.
    Have to say i love Madden 16 however and hope they dont do major changes to 17, but yea there are some points to improve on.

    Skol Vikings !!

  17. Tim

    04/18/2016 at 1:58 pm

    I wish that they would make the create plays for offense and defense again and when you simulate you can see highlights of the game. Also make it where your assistant coaches grow like the head coach and learn how to improve the offense or defense from year to year. Also combine great idea for mega button pushing to make your player better makes it more challenging and that was fun back in the day.

  18. Angelo

    04/19/2016 at 7:55 am

    Madden needs to input where friends can play on the same team as their created plays in connected franchise online, it be cool if we could develop together on same team and play with each other, for example develop a QB-WR combo as themselves.

  19. Joe

    04/20/2016 at 11:40 pm

    I always wondered why “advanced statistics” could not be included? Things like QB pressures, QB hurries for defensive linemen etc. Something like Pro Football Focus’ grading would be fantastic.

  20. Ryan

    04/24/2016 at 11:30 am

    I think there was a version once maybe not madden but you trained and ran the 40 yard dash and did bench press other events also to make your player stronger than just scrimmage. Also think it would be cool to have the qb challenges throwing at targets and running back obstacle courses like they use to compete on TV.

  21. Caio

    04/25/2016 at 1:54 pm

    CO-OP ONLINE PLEASE!

  22. Blockboyz-20

    04/26/2016 at 7:03 am

    We need better defense

  23. Blockboyz-20

    04/26/2016 at 7:04 am

    Defense sucks ass

  24. Kuulaid

    04/26/2016 at 4:39 pm

    Please fix the sideline animation where each player is unique and also be able to update coaching changes just like the roster changes.

  25. Andrew

    04/26/2016 at 10:34 pm

    How about easier playbook creation and easier integration of created PBS in franchise. Also, please bring back situational/formation/play subs. That would add alot to the realism, bc Idc if I have a solid 3 down pack, if I run a passing play first down I want my best recieving back on the field if he has a good route. Also, in my opinion development is broken in franchise, so are draft classes. A: I’d like to be able to edit draft classes, B: I’d prefer the best player in the draft be in the 70s in ovr. As for xp, some important packages cost way too much and certain level players will never develop to much utility. Also, I would love to add in practice squads, you could play against them in practice mode/game prep and stash unsigned/undrafted guys there that could contribute if developed.

  26. Morgan

    04/27/2016 at 7:11 am

    Make it where when you simulate a CFM game, you can watch the game, like in NBA 2k my player. You can do it in quick play so just convert it over to CFM. I wanna watch my players do good, not just have the CPU make up stats.

  27. Meyer

    04/27/2016 at 11:36 am

    The draft is a huge part of the nfl so much drama please please over haul this! 1 Custom draft classes please! 2 Combine and scouting!3 Live draft with Gm Trades and drama!

  28. Ronasia

    04/27/2016 at 5:59 pm

    They should have it like 2k a better career mode with a story and you work your way up through highschool to NFL

  29. Blockboyz-20

    04/28/2016 at 8:17 am

    Work on the game play people want shit that doesn’t even matters we need better defense on the field n offense. Not stupid shit
    on the sideline

  30. Blockboyz-20

    04/28/2016 at 8:19 am

    U want them to fix problems on the n the game play

  31. Blockboyz-20

    04/28/2016 at 8:21 am

    This is not 2k if thats what u want go buy nba2k

  32. Austin

    04/28/2016 at 7:18 pm

    They should give you an option on franchise mode where you create an expansion team and start from scratch.

  33. Josh westra

    04/30/2016 at 9:35 pm

    We need player substitutions back; nfl teams rarely have one guy that plays only one position, this would also let us have a big lineman play DE on running downs but DT on passing down allowing a quicker lineman to rush from the outside. It would also allow for the LB/SS hybrid that is becoming so popular in todays nfl

  34. Andrew

    05/01/2016 at 1:23 pm

    Need to remove the new defense 3rd person camera. It messes me up every time I accidentally hit L3. Also, the aggressive catch is not equivalent. Offensive wide out takes away interception from defender every time. In online H2H, we need to see who were playing before we’re just matched up against the same team as us (me). All too often I’m playing the same team I picked.

  35. cody

    05/01/2016 at 8:32 pm

    Overall I thought 16 was a big upgrade over past the past few maddens but easports is just too lazy about it in my opinion the challenge system has been flawed forever and probably won’t change. The commentary is terrible phil Simms is well known as an awful commentator in real life so he needs to get the hell out. Also I mostly just play franchise mode but playing defense is against AI sucks the opposing QB is always completing passes whether it’s Tom Brady or some backup

  36. Victor

    05/01/2016 at 9:52 pm

    Why can’t we choose what we are challenging like options that we can choose from and tattoos for all players …

  37. Jerry

    05/01/2016 at 10:54 pm

    Can we please be able to do 2 player coop in franchise mode. Also can we please simulate and watch a full game in franchise mode. I like to watch my players being controlled by the computer.

  38. Blockboyz-20

    05/02/2016 at 4:34 am

    Cody ur rite defense is ass on madden16

  39. Michael Glattli

    05/02/2016 at 4:58 pm

    The franchise mode needs to be spiced up a bit.Cant wait to see the Rams in the coliseum, the Vikings in their new stadium, & my Dolphins in the renovated sun life stadium.

  40. Blurr2010

    05/03/2016 at 11:48 am

    GAME PLAY NEEDS TO BE REDONE COMPLETELY…THE ONE HANDED CATCHES ARE STUPID AND QUIT LETTING PLAYERS THAT’S SO FAST TO GET WALKED DOWN….BUT FIX GAME PLAY

  41. Yup

    05/04/2016 at 6:51 am

    I’d like to see updates of other games going on during cfm
    NCAA had that a few years back…made it feel more realistic

  42. Figgy

    05/06/2016 at 12:28 pm

    I would really love for them to upgrade the roster adjustments. I would love to be able to have a player gain or lose weight for position and scheme changes.

  43. Jmiles

    05/06/2016 at 2:00 pm

    Can’t we please bring back defensive assignment

  44. Jmiles

    05/06/2016 at 2:02 pm

    Can we please bring back defensive assignment, what’s the point of having a lock down CB if he can’t be assigned to the opposite teams best WR

  45. MakeMaddenGreatAgain

    05/06/2016 at 10:39 pm

    Bring back the nfl combine in franchise mode and find a way to squeeze a playable pro bowl.

  46. MakeMaddenGreatAgain

    05/06/2016 at 10:51 pm

    Also it would be pretty cool to have the option of firing and hiring of GM’s and team presidents..and would it be possible to team up with fox, espn, and CBS sports on presenting a realistic broadcast?

  47. Paul

    05/09/2016 at 9:00 am

    You also It where you can even fire your offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator if you want it to

  48. Cameron

    05/12/2016 at 9:03 pm

    Who made this list and didn’t put in aggressive catching

  49. Jfarrow

    06/10/2016 at 12:20 pm

    Coop connected franchise needs to happen.and defensive player mode camera angles should be adjustable

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