So ingrained in our culture is Madden that aspects of its gameplay have become a part of the national lexicon.
We've all seen a huge tackle and noted that a player used "the hit stick" on a player. Or how about the juke button? Or the circle spin? Even the misses in Madden's history—the dreaded, dreaded quarterback vision—have remained in our memories.
If you're a football fan, chances are you have sat down with a game of Madden on more than a few occasions. Let's see what this year's game will bring to the table.
Release Date: Aug. 26 in North America and Aug. 29 in Europe
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Ratings: The full ratings can be found here.
The EA Sports team responsible for Madden has released several videos outlining new aspects of the gameplay. The first is one that should have plenty of people excited is the team's tweaking of the secondary play:
There are also all new tackling mechanics, including a tackling cone that should make defensive play both more fun and strategic this season:
Then there are the new additions to play in the pocket and the feature that will allow players to really attack quarterbacks in the pocket:
And let's not forget about The Gauntlet, where you can train all of these skills:
Surely, there will be even more tweaks and adjustments to the gameplay this year, but this is a heck of a start. Defensive play should be a lot of fun in this year's version.
Of all of the features, the updated artificial intelligence in the secondary could influence the gameplay more than anything else. Passing in Madden has really dominated gameplay over the years, so it's nice to see a feature designed to even the playing field.
But the new tackling cone and ability to lock into a defensive player and change the view to a defensive perspective will also add a ton of depth to gameplay this year. If these features end up being as cool as they appear to be, the new Madden on current-gen systems could be a game-changer.
The Ratings Czar
Have you ever wondered who is responsible for all of those Madden ratings over the years? Well, wonder now longer, because Bleacher Report caught up with the man himself, Donny Moore. Check out his interview below:
It's pretty cool to put a face to the man who comes up with these ratings. And Moore seems like a humble guy whose main priority is getting the ratings right, even if that means getting them right in-season in a ratings update. After all, if this was an exact science, no general manager or coach would ever be fired.
And we all know how much turnover there is in NFL front offices and coaching trees from year to year.
Hey, it's certainly original, right?