Madden NFL 16

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Madden NFL 16
Odell Beckham Jr. Madden NFL 16 Cover.jpg
Cover art featuring Odell Beckham Jr.
Developer(s) EA Tiburon
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series Madden NFL
Engine Ignite
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Release August 25, 2015
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer

Madden NFL 16 is an American football sports video game based on the National Football League and published by EA Sports for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.[1] Madden 16 introduced the new game mode "Draft Champions" to Madden. The game was released on August 25, 2015.[2]

Development[edit]

The game was announced in late July 2015 on the EA Sports website. On May 13, 2015, EA announced that, like Madden NFL 15, Madden Ultimate Team fans will be able to purchase the Madden NFL 16 Deluxe Edition, which will include the game along with $50 worth of Ultimate Team packs, for an extra $40. It was announced that EA was working extensively on aesthetics, with new player spotlights, dynamic goals and achievements, and innovative on and off-the-field cameras.[3]

Cover athlete[edit]

EA decided not to have players vote for the cover athlete through a traditional bracket, but rather through collectible cards in Madden NFL Mobile, or through Ultimate Team on the console devices. On May 4, 2015, the four finalists were announced for the 2016 game cover: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. The two finalists were announced on May 12 as Gronkowski and Beckham Jr. On May 13, Beckham Jr. beat Gronkowski for the cover of Madden 16.[4] Beckham Jr. also became the cover athlete for Madden NFL Mobile following the vote, succeeding Madden 15 cover athlete Richard Sherman.

Soundtrack[edit]

In June 2015, EA revealed that EA Trax would be re-integrated into the game, having been absent in the previous three installments. The soundtrack was also available for streaming on Spotify. [5]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(XONE) 85.25%[6]
(PS4) 83.97%[7]
Metacritic(XONE) 85/100[8]
(PS4) 84/100[9]
Review scores
PublicationScore
GameSpot8/10[10]
GamesRadar+4/5 stars[11]
IGN8.8/10[12]
Joystiq4/5 stars[13]
Polygon9/10[14]
Hardcore Gamer4/5[15]

Madden NFL 16 received positive reviews from critics, with many noting its improvements to the passing game, as well as the addition of the new Draft Champions mode, one of the best features of the game.[12][15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Futter, Mike (May 4, 2015). "Madden NFL 16 Platforms Announced, Cover Athlete Voting Starts Today". Game Informer. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Madden NFL 16 Launches on August 25". EA Sports. Electronic Arts Inc. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Madden 16 Deluxe Edition". EA Sports. Electronic Arts Inc. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Madden NFL 16 Cover Vote Comes to Madden NFL Mobile". EA Sports. Electronic Arts Inc. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Listen to the Madden NFL 16 Soundtrack". EA Sports. Electronic Arts Inc. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Madden NFL 16 for Xbox One". GameRankings. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Madden NFL 16 for PlayStation 4". GameRankings. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-one/madden-nfl-16
  9. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/madden-nfl-16
  10. ^ "Review: Madden NFL 16". Gamespot. 2014-08-25. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  11. ^ "Review: Madden NFL 16". GamesRader. 2014-08-25. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  12. ^ a b "Review: Madden NFL 16: Game Changer". IGN. 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  13. ^ "Madden NFL 15 review: Getting defensive". Joystiq. 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  14. ^ "Review: Madden NFL 16: Highlight Reel". Polygon. 2014-08-25. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  15. ^ a b Hannley, Steve (25 August 2014). "Review: Madden NFL 16". Hardcore Gamer. Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.gaming-age.com/2015/08/madden-nfl-16-review-for-xbox-one-and-ps4/