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17 Madden 18 Tips & Tricks

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Madden 18 Tips for Better Offense

Don’t count on the aggressive catch and your money plays from last year to help you win games on offense in Madden 18. You will need to rely on the updated catching and master the player moves to win games with your offense.

How to Master the Run Game in Madden 18

You’ll want to learn the best way to run the ball in Madden 18. There are enough changes form Madden 17 that you will need to refresh your toolbox and spend time adapting to the new game.

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This short video walks you through what you need to do to run better in Madden 18. This includes not setting your back up for a run into a powerful linebacker. You also need to avoid using the speed burst right away  if you have a blocker getting into position. Timing it right will allow your blocker to pick up the defense and leave you with more speed burst when you need it. Don’t panic when someone breaks through the line. That means don’t run backwards and don’t risk a fumble by spinning or juking. This video also has a lot of good basics for running in Madden 18.

How to Throw Away in Madden 18

Sometimes you will need to ditch the ball to avoid a sack and an interception. You can throw away the ball in Madden 18 by clicking the right stick. You need to make sure you aren’t going to get intentional grounding when you do this.

Your QB will face more pressure and you should look for opportunities to avoid the sack by rolling out and throwing the ball away.

How to use Madden 18 Running Moves

We are seeing a lot more success with the spin and juke in Madden 18. If you spend the time to learn these moves, you will be able to rack up a lot of yards after the catch and get further on your runs.

  • Press the Right Stick Left or Right to Juke
  • Press B to Spin
  • Push up on the right stick to Truck

You’ll want to use the truck, spin and juke when the defender is in front of you. The stiff arm works when the defender is at an angle. This won’t work against everyone and the stiff arm timing is tough to master.

You can pull the right trigger or R2 while using these for a speed modifier. Left trigger or L2 lets you add precision to these moves to fake out more. Both of these options will Hold both to control the direction of your juke or spin.

How to Use Madden 18 Passing

You can use a new Target Passing mode in Madden 18 that allows you to control where the ball goes. This will allow you to customize a play after it is in progress. You don’t need to use this, but you can try it out.

Press RT or R2 and the button of the wide receiver to set up the primary receiver. Once the play starts hold LT or L2 to start the target. while holding it, use the left stick to move the target. You can put the target on the on screen position to more easily make the pass.

How to Throw Fewer Interceptions in Madden 18

You’ll need to learn how to read defensive coverages to throw fewer interceptions in Madden 18. You can use this to learn what receiver is going to be open and when you need to throw the ball away. Sgibs is a Madden rockstar and if you pay attention to this three minute video you will be in a better place than most of your competition.

How to Celebrate in Madden 18

You can celebrate and showboat in Madden 18 when you really want to rub it in against your competitor. You’ll find new animations and celebration options so there’s even more reason to use this.

Hold Left Trigger, Right Trigger and the A button on the Xbox and L2, R2 and X on the PS4. You’ll see new animations as you use these. Just watch out as you can easily fumble the ball if you are hit while doing this.

How to Return Kicks for Touchdowns

Returning a kick for a touchdown is one of the most thrilling achievements in Madden 18. It’s also very tough, but with the right guide, you can make this happen.

You need a very fast returner with 88 to 89 speed in Ultimate Team and 96 or higher in standard play. You want to avoid using a move. Anytime you use a running move, you will slow down enough that you are going to get caught.

Instead of running outside immediately, take 2-3 steps inside then break it back outside. This should net you about 1 in 10 or 1 in 15 returns for a touchdown according to ZFarls.

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Madden 18 Graphics Upgrades

Madden 18 Graphics Upgrades

You can count on Madden 18 graphics upgrades thanks to the switch to the Frostbite engine. EA switched FIFA to Frostbite last year and this year it's time to upgrade Madden. 

We get to see game engine footage in the Madden 18 teaser trailer below, but we don't see any head to head gameplay that reveal the changes you will see when you play. 

The Madden 18 graphics upgrades we know about include better-looking stadiums inside and out. With Frostbite we will see city skylines and stadium exteriors. EA promises that you can, "watch the spectacle of NFL game day come to life in our most photorealistic game to date." Frostbite can deliver better-looking player faces as well. This is one of the places where FIFA upgrades were most noticeable. 

EA promises more to come, but specifically, calls out the fireworks that you see in the video above, player runouts and "stunning" weather elements. Frostbite delivers impressive weather in Battlefield 1, and we hope that this means we will see more realistic weather elements in Madden 18. 

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