EA Sports has just posted full details on the 3 Madden NFL 18 game styles: Arcade, Simulation and Competitive.
We’ve listed some of the key details on the Madden NFL 18 game styles below, but check out the full blog here.
High-octane version of Madden. This game style delivers a fast-paced, exciting style of play where high scores and spectacular catches are the norm and penalties are very limited. The user-controlled player is the “boss” and will feel like the most powerful player on the field. This mode is perfect for the gamer trying to get in a quick, casual, and action-filled game.
- User-controlled pass rushers frequently beat their blocks
- User Hit Sticks and Strip-ball attempts will be highly successful
- Spectacular catches occur frequently, especially by elite players
- Broken tackles and ball carrier fake-outs are commonplace
- Chance of throwing interceptions as a user is lower
- Can kick longer field goals and there’s higher chance to block kicks when on defense.
The authentic NFL experience. This is the game style plays true to player and team ratings and NFL rules. This game style includes all supported penalties, injuries, and other random outcomes you see every Sunday. The players on your roster and the schemes you employ will be critical to success when playing Simulation. This is the game mode for players that are fans of football and want to play a game that’s true to that form. Simulation is the default style for connected franchise mode.
- Expect the unexpected – even highly-rated players have a slim chance of failure on occasion
- Injuries and penalties occur at a rate on par with real-world NFL statistics and data
- Players with elite ratings will be successful far more often than those with ratings below the elite level
- New pass inaccuracy system allows more realistic performances from lower-rated quarterbacks
- Fatigue and stamina have bigger impacts on gameplay.
All about head-to-head competition and tournament play. This is where user stick-skills are king and certain outcomes will be heavily weighted based on game situations and ratings thresholds. Penalties are limited, there are no injuries, and random outcomes are rare. Executing gameplay mechanics and making the right reads dictate success when playing Competitive. EA competitive gaming events and ranked online game modes will be set to this style by default. Be ready for some trash talk, for this is where the Madden hardcore reside.
- Going for an interception with a wide open defensive player who has a good catch rating leads to a significantly-lower chance of them dropping the ball
- Throwing from a clean pocket with the QB’s feet set reduces the chance of an inaccurate pass, providing they have a good pass accuracy rating based on the throw type and that you’re not using any passing mechanics
- There’s a significantly lower chance of a dropped catch when a receiver is considered wide open and has a good catch rating
- There’s a decreased chance of offensive wins in multiplayer catch outcomes, such as throwing to covered receiver
- Only AI players with the big hitter trait can hit stick.