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EA Sports is currently livestreaming Madden NFL 15, detailing the presentation and graphics. (Note: As of 3:30 PM EST, the stream has now ended. We'll effort an archived version soon!)

UPDATE: Click here to watch the archived stream. (It takes some time to load...)

Here are some thoughts on the stream today:
  • The halftime show is definitely improved and of good quality. The problem will be most will find it perfectly skippable, but there aren't any real cases where a halftime show is must-see TV, even in real-life. It's sponsored by Verizon, so there's that.
  • Commentary was ok, you didn't hear much of it due to the dev commentary over the gameplay, but it seemed to flow a bit better. We won't know anything about that until a later date.
  • Coaches have unique body types and head models, so they do look better. Coaches we saw today (Reid, Tomlin mainly) were definitely a step up.
  • Celebrations and such definitely are smoother/more aware of the context they're happening in since they happen within the gameplay itself and not a loaded cut-scene. Still some wonky instances but overall better.
  • The developers talked about equipment a bit. The new uniforms for each team are going to be in, and uniform/helmet degradation are in as well.
  • Switching of cameras was very smooth, definitely a huge improvement there.
  • Sidelines are much busier now, more people on them, etc. They still don't look perfect, but from where we were to where we are now, huge improvement.
  • Overall the presentation is quite good in-game this year, it definitely has a new layer of polish on it that wasn't there last year. It's not perfect, but clearly its taken yet another leap ahead this season.
What did you think of the stream?

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# 1 canes21 @ 07/30/14 12:59 PM
Already seen a big lapse in defense, but the TE dropped the wide open pass. Kinda neat looking. Crowd sounds a bit better with their rises in excitement. Still seems like they get a little too quiet between plays.
 
# 2 jbd345 @ 07/30/14 01:05 PM
Hope this will be archived! Or put on youtube like the last one.
 
# 3 Cowboy008 @ 07/30/14 01:05 PM
Has this been on for a while? I just started watching it.
 
# 4 jpdavis82 @ 07/30/14 01:06 PM
Think it just started
 
# 5 canes21 @ 07/30/14 01:09 PM
Players look a lot better. Sweat may be overdone a bit, but at least the detail is there on players.
 
# 6 munky1307 @ 07/30/14 01:18 PM
A lot of lag in the stream. I hope they archive. Looks good though!
 
# 7 jbd345 @ 07/30/14 01:19 PM
Would anyone be willing to provide cliff notes to those who are not able to watch live? At work now, but would love to see what went on.
 
# 8 Bowinkle08 @ 07/30/14 01:21 PM
pass hit the defender right in the hands....aaaand he dropped it lol
 
# 9 giantsap @ 07/30/14 01:21 PM
Kyle Williams muffed punt. Good to see the realism.
 
# 10 Bowinkle08 @ 07/30/14 01:23 PM
play sheet goes through andy reids stomach
 
# 11 bxgoods @ 07/30/14 01:23 PM
Graphics and presentations look really goood. The jersey clothes look amazing.
 
# 12 canes21 @ 07/30/14 01:29 PM
Find it funny the jumbo-trons say "block that kick" which is not really possible in Madden.

-They have several hundred facial scans.
-Replays track the ball more realistically.
-Pass rush is pretty good on both sides(HUM and CPU).
-Camera switching on the fly is real smooth.
-Plenty of dropped passes.
-Lapses in coverage seem pretty good.
-Does seem like slants are opening up after they cross each other and reach the 10-12 yard mark and the other side of the field. Has been open nearly every time.
-Camera cannot be changed on the fly if playing same console co-op.
-Seeing a good amount of stat banners, but like said before, they do disappear rather quickly.
-Each coach has unique bodies and details in their outfits. No longer do they have turtle like traps(shoulder muscles).
-Throws are off target in a good fashion. They aren't being thrown at defenders or receivers only. It seems like most incompletions are missing everyone altogether. It might be a coincidence, but it almost seems like they are being placed in areas that WR's will only be able to reach instead of just being off target at random locations. Lots of routes on the outer half having the ball being overthrown into the sidelines limiting interception opportunies and preserving possession.
-Despite all of the new cameras and replays, the post play cameras are still kind of ugly. For example you still get that same Madden zoom in on the ball after an incompletion. More of a small complaint, but it gets older after it being that way every year. Also seems like the ball dies after a bounce or two and looks bad.
-Terrible AI behind the CPU offense at the end of the half. No timeouts, 10 seconds left, they throw a pass in the middle of the field 5 yards away from the endzone. Should have taken the FG to make it 6-7, instead ran out of time.
-Halftime show is short and basic. Shows off a few plays, generic commentary about it and has a ticker showing stats on the bottom of the screen.
 
# 13 csamuelsvt @ 07/30/14 01:29 PM
Halftime show...very very basic
 
# 14 Mos1ted @ 07/30/14 01:30 PM
I appreciate the effort, but the halftime show was still underwhelming for me. It isn't as polished as the halftime show of a recent game that was developed by a competitor and released in 2007...
 
# 15 jmurphy31 @ 07/30/14 01:31 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by csamuelsvt
Halftime show...very very basic
What is going on before the halftime show stats are shown. It shows Brown dancing, some guys laying on the ground.

Still no commentary for the stats.

Highlights are still short and dont show the whole play

Some highlights didnt have audio attached

Still not much approved over the E3 version. Not sure why they would hype it up on the broadcast
 
# 16 Gotmadskillzson @ 07/30/14 01:32 PM
That halftime show was VERY WEAK. I am disappointed. I mean honestly you see more in a NCAA 14's halftime show far as highlights and it sounds better in NCAA 14 as well.
 
# 17 jmurphy31 @ 07/30/14 01:32 PM
also only shows a few stats at the bottom.
 
# 18 canes21 @ 07/30/14 01:32 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jmurphy31
What is going on before the halftime show stats are shown. It shows Brown dancing, some guys laying on the ground.

Still no commentary for the stats.

Highlights are still short and dont show the whole play

Some highlights didnt have audio attached

Still not much approved over the E3 version. Not sure why they would hype it up on the broadcast
It was showing the TD celebration while transitioning to the halftime show.
 
# 19 michigan21 @ 07/30/14 01:33 PM
That halftime show was ham. Players and action on the field still don't look like I would expect on next gen.
 
# 20 TDKing @ 07/30/14 01:33 PM
Halftime show not very good. Announcer already annoying its a button through for me. Don't understand what's so hard about adding a good halftime show... Very lame IMO.
 

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