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  • Summary: Whether playing alone or online, your mission to build an NFL dynasty begins with Connected Franchise. Interact and build your team with more control with Game Prep. Want to develop your backup QB? Between matchups, spend extra time on him each week to earn training points without having toWhether playing alone or online, your mission to build an NFL dynasty begins with Connected Franchise. Interact and build your team with more control with Game Prep. Want to develop your backup QB? Between matchups, spend extra time on him each week to earn training points without having to force him into the real games before he is ready. Build your teams' confidence through performance and front office transactions. Balance keeping player's confidence up, to increase abilities and build player XP. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Oct 12, 2015
    95
    The sheer immersion of Madden NFL 16's gameplay makes this the best football video game since the series's salad days, and the most improved football experience since NFL Gameday first graced the PS1.
  2. Aug 31, 2015
    90
    Many people complain that sports games do not change sufficiently on a yearly basis to warrant another purchase. That is far from the case with Madden NFL 16 as EA Sports and EA Tiburon have introduced some smart, brand new features that are integrated very well.
  3. Sep 2, 2015
    88
    Madden NFL 16 definitely streamlines the American football experience on the PlayStation 4 with its enhanced gaming mechanics, especially with the new catches and accessible in-game goals.
  4. Sep 3, 2015
    80
    It’s a good football game, but not an elite one.
  5. Play UK
    Oct 25, 2015
    80
    A solidly-built, good-looking and immensely fun American football experience. Madden is only let down by a few engine gripes and the limitations of the sport it emulates. [Issue#262, p.72]
  6. Sep 10, 2015
    80
    It's an approachable game of football, still complex in myriad ways, but better at communicating those complexities than ever before.
  7. Sep 10, 2015
    60
    Though Madden NFL 16 has some great ideas in the form of new modes or changes to existing systems, it feels less cohesive and finished than the franchise deserves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 73
  2. Negative: 25 out of 73
  1. Aug 25, 2015
    10
    The game definitely lives up to its billing this year. The new additions to CFM have made the mode even more in depth and give users a trueThe game definitely lives up to its billing this year. The new additions to CFM have made the mode even more in depth and give users a true "team building" experience. Coupled with the much needed improvements made to the WR / CB interaction (as well as new animations), the game is definitely worth your hard earned money. And thats just scratching the surface. Expand
  2. Aug 25, 2015
    9
    EA Tiburon has made a huge step in the right direction with madden 16. The honeymoon stage is over for me and the game is still refreshing.EA Tiburon has made a huge step in the right direction with madden 16. The honeymoon stage is over for me and the game is still refreshing. The enhanced graphics, gameplay, animations, user-friendly UI, and revamped player progression have made for a better overall experience. Most users will focus on the much improved game play (which is awesome by the way). For example, Shopmaster argues that 16 "is much more than a roster update, the gameplay and the WR/DB interactions make this feel awesome and finally a deep ball down the field is filled with unpredictable results." The new passing game mechanics and WR/DB interaction is indeed great but I love the renewed emphasis on CFM even more. The previous iterations of the Madden franchise have obviously been MUT driven. While MUT is still king for the people over their at EA Tiburon, they listened to the hardcore fans and have put a sizable effort into revitalizing CFM. XP has been toned down significantly. Users won't be able to stat whore scrubs into Hall of Fame type players in two seasons anymore. Guys who like to trade superstars to horde a number of picks will find that tradition a little more complicated. You maybe able to stack multiple first round picks but the development window will be shorter for leagues that end after a few seasons. "Team building" is more dynamic, fluid and realistic. No more trading A.P., Luck, Watt, or Cam for a scrub 78 ovr player that you can upgrade to 99 in two seasons. Those decisions have consequences (which I love). Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2015
    9
    Absolutely phenomenal game. New controls are incredible. Play-calling system is completely revamped in a major positive way. The new draftAbsolutely phenomenal game. New controls are incredible. Play-calling system is completely revamped in a major positive way. The new draft mode is also outstanding. Expand
  4. Sep 15, 2015
    6
    Ok so let me get this straight, One receiver makes one awesome play now the entire league can make super spectacular catches???
    It really
    Ok so let me get this straight, One receiver makes one awesome play now the entire league can make super spectacular catches???
    It really gets annoying when you're trying to play defense, get to 3rd and long, then here comes super speed and super catching ability out of no where from mediocre receivers! it happens every game! i feel like the defense has gotten more slower and unresponsive than ever, while they do gang tackle which is cool, it seems like most of the time there are way too slow to keep up with anybody my dbs constantly getting beat on long throws even when the ball is dropping right in front of them, but somehow the receiver makes a one handed grab with one or sometimes 2 defenders covering! its making me sick! I do like how the game looks and sounds but so far thats about it! please make it a lil more believable, I like seeing spectacular catches but lets tone it down! and lets let the corner backs be able to actually make a play on the ball, not just tipping it up in the air. I'm giving it a 6 bcus I am a madden fan, but if they're gonna make this into the throw bombs all day game why bother playing seriously, I would have hated if I spent 99 bucks like some ppl did.
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  5. Sep 1, 2015
    5
    Please don't tell anyone, but I do enjoy me a sports game every so often. This will be a pretty short review. The game is mostly unchangedPlease don't tell anyone, but I do enjoy me a sports game every so often. This will be a pretty short review. The game is mostly unchanged from last years model, it looks 'Slightly' better, and yet if it plays any better or has more sideline interaction, I have yet to see it for myself. This is mediocre. But who thought it would be any different? Expand
  6. Sep 2, 2015
    4
    Can you have fun with this game? Yes... Draft Champions is a great mode but will wear thing after a while and with all the game play issues.Can you have fun with this game? Yes... Draft Champions is a great mode but will wear thing after a while and with all the game play issues. Defenders that just stand there, high rated defenders at that who refuse to make a play on the ball or ball carrier. End of the day this the same madden you either hate or love with a shiny new coat of paint.

    Also 3 years in and still no real time physics for a next gen title... a next gen football game with no real time physics. I can't be the only one who thinks that's a problem. This game would have been great 4 years ago, but the standards are way higher now and it is not even close to meeting them.
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  7. Jan 17, 2016
    0
    Worst madden ever. The animations are great madden franchise is ok but the game play is terrible. I've been playing madden since madden 2004Worst madden ever. The animations are great madden franchise is ok but the game play is terrible. I've been playing madden since madden 2004 and after this year I'm done with madden . They bought all the rights so they have no competition, which = a **** game. the players are way too hard to control, th Qb in the pocket is unresponsive and running the ball more stupid than ever before. who ever the engineers are,that have been making the last 3 maddens, should be fired. their just stealing our mine every year. This is the only video game I play and sadly I'm officially done buying madden. Expand

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