EA has revealed gameplay changes coming to Madden NFL 23, including the addition of fan-requested features to its Franchise mode.
Similar to career mode in FIFA or MyGM in NBA 2K, Franchise has been heavily criticized by fans in recent years, but Madden NFL 23 promises a built and polished version that includes personnel management, weekly game planning and scouting.
New free agency tools, improved business logic, and increased scout decision making also increase authenticity, all paired with a streamlined user interface meant to create a better understanding of how to build a strong franchise.
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For those looking to embark on a solo career, the Face of the Franchise mode has also received some improvements, including the addition of the cornerback position for the first time. Similar upgrades from Franchise mode apply here too, such as improved business logic, etc.
While most of the core systems have been improved, Madden NFL 23 also introduces a new technology called FieldSense which EA says “provides the foundation for consistent, ultra-realistic gameplay” by giving players more control at every turn. field position.
This materializes in several ways. The defense will be more adaptive than ever, with players able to perform mid-air knockouts, hit the stack to assist with tackles already in progress, blast blocks and force turnovers with standing tackles.
Skill-based passing is another addition with a new precision reticle and on-screen power meter that allows the player to directly control the trajectory and power behind each pass. Classic overshoot can be turned on if desired, but this new method offers “surgical precision” when done correctly.
When overtaking isn’t the way to go, 360 degree cuts give players full control over how they move, instead of being limited to slow “car turns”. The left/L2 trigger and right stick can be used to plant and go, evade defenders to break up big plays, or cut hard and immediately change direction.
Upgrades to wide receivers and defensive back move sets also allow for more intense battles offline, and generally streamlined playbooks now make it easy to find which plays work best in each scenario.
The authenticity of Madden NFL 23 also seeps into its visuals, as new player-locked 4K touch cameras emulate the NFL broadcast experience, player silhouettes now have more body types built from Scans of real NFL players and stadium details (from exterior to towel placement) have also been improved.
EA announced yesterday (June 1) that John Madden himself would be this year’s cover star following his death last December. Three new covers show Madden as a broadcaster and coach, alongside a recreation of the original John Madden Football game from 1988.
In our 6/10 review of last year’s game, IGN said, “Madden NFL 22 takes a small and unimpressive first step into the Xbox Series X and PS5 generation, with even its best new ideas hampered by poor execution. .” Hopefully Madden 23’s steps are bolder.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who sometimes remembers tweeting @thelastdinsdale. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.