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Staff Madden NFL 19 Impressions (Roundtable)

Madden NFL 19

Staff Madden NFL 19 Impressions (Roundtable)

With Madden NFL 19 hitting store shelves today, and with our Review already out in the wild, we are giving a couple of additional perspectives on the game today in this roundtable. Look for more coverage of the game this week, with deep dives on the main modes and the gameplay coming soon!

Josh Houtz

I have now spent the last several days playing the retail version of Madden 19, and I am pleasantly surprised with the final product. My time with the beta was fun, but there were glaring issues that needed to be fixed. EA fixed those issues and did so much more.

It might be cliché to say “this is the best Madden” to date, but after a few days with the game, it just might be. The graphics are without question the best we’ve seen from the football juggernaut. In addition, the presentation and player animations are second-to-none. During my time with the beta, speed appeared to be an issue, whether it be hot routing at the line of scrimmage or just overall game speed. EA did a great job of making changes in both areas. However, it still feels as though the offense is running a pace slower than the defense.

Real Player Motion is definitely a game changer and adds a different dynamic to the run game. Players feel different from one another, which is a pleasant change from previous installments. The AI appears to be much improved in the pass game, and that keeps things interesting when the ball is in the air.

Surprisingly, the offensive line play appears improved, as I have yet to see a noticeable miss from an offensive lineman. Play progression has been fixed in Connected Franchise, and online play continues to be a strength of the Madden franchise.

Yes, it is early, and I need to spend a lot more time with Madden 19 before I can give my final impressions of the game. Still, it appears to be a step up from last year’s installment and should be a football fix many of us are craving.

Matt Llewellyn

I would like to get one thing out of the way immediately: Madden NFL 19 plays a really nice game of football. Real Player Motion has been the star of the show for me so far, and rightly so. RPM completely changes the way Madden feels. Players move in a much more realistic manner, and the new one-cut mechanic is slick. Running the ball this year requires a bit of a learning curve to avoid old habits, such as using turbo behind the line, but the experience is fair and rewarding once you get the required skills down.

Another area that is much improved is the CPU play calling. An apparent bug was the root of long-standing issues with the AI calling poor plays for given situations. That has now been fixed and the CPU does a much better job of picking plays that match down, distance and time on the clock.

Defensively, the pass rush is on point. I can’t emphasize how good it feels to have to step up in the pocket and make a decision rather than being able to have all day to throw the ball. In the secondary, changes made to the coverages and adding the ability to hit stick a WR in the air are pretty awesome. While I would like to see less swatted passes traveling 50 feet in the air, overall the system has seen some refinement and improvement.

While Connected Franchise got a few nice changes (Custom Draft, much improved progression system, improved halftime show, and new specialty depth chart positions) most of what’s gone into it is just a fresh coat of paint over a rusty chassis. But EA was rather upfront about this year being all about the gameplay, and it really shines in that area. My first 48 hours with Madden NFL 19 have me itching to play more, and that’s more than I can say for last year’s game. Madden 19 is the best game of football EA has put out in a number of years, and I look forward to spending more time with it.

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  1. assuming they both played the game for the same amount of time, a few days, its interesting how the first reviewer is keeping their expectations grounded while the 2nd reviewer is already declaring it the best Madden in years.
    "Yes, it is early, and I need to spend a lot more time with Madden 19 before I can give my final impressions of the game. Still, it appears to be a step up from last year’s installment and should be a football fix many of us are craving."
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    Madden 19 is the best game of football EA has put out in a number of years
    I wrote about it yesterday. There is a ton of space between best and worst. I think declaring anything in absolute actually loses some of the value that people thinks it adds by saying it.
    I think a lot of people’s perceptions in these cases show more about if people tend to be pessimists or optimists more than anything.
    TheBleedingRed21
    It is easily the best madden game in years.

    I agree and in reference to the above posts I am definitely an optimist so that probably does figure in to my viewpoint.
    ODogg
    I agree and in reference to the above posts I am definitely an optimist so that probably does figure in to my viewpoint.

    I am as well, which is why I have become more aware of this relatively recently. Nothing wrong with it just an observation. I definitely lean positive this year for sure in a small sample size.
    I do think 19 is better in a lot of ways but I’m shocked the CPU run game wasn’t brought up. Penalties or lack there of, have regressed and the cpu AI reference to picking plays being fixed isnt accurate. It’s better but 4 verts is still the go to. The silly amount of play action passes the cpu picks on third and long has resulted in far too many sacks during my play time as well.
    The other thing about this year’s game that won’t get much discussion here is that this version of MUT is looking to be my favorite version of any of the UT modes EA has done. It is a major improvement over last year’s.
    The introduction of Training as a currency for upgrading cards is super welcome. It really forces you to commit to your team. In the early going, getting my core Chiefs players on the cheap, but then leveling them up from 68 OVR to 80+ OVR is actually pretty cool.
    The new Solo Battles are also a welcome addition. These are full game against the actual rosters of other Madden players. You can get the fun of online MUT against the CPU, which is fantastic. THis could become the mode I play a ton, when not playing online.
    You could skip online altogether and still the feel for what MUT feels like I’ve H2H online, since the wuarter lengths abscond such arecthe same. While shorter quarters is not sim, the strategy and clock management is deep and interesting. The experience is like playing the second half of a tied game, whichplaces the stakes high from the get-go.
    And when these improvements come with the really nice improvements in gameplay, it makes for a fantastic experience.
    So they just decided to not talk about the complete lack of a CPU run game? This is why I take no reviewer seriously. Regardless of how reputable the site is
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    It's crazy to think different people experience a game differently. Some people might have found a good balance with the run game and some might still be struggling to find any type of run game for CPU or human.
    The craziest thing about this board is how negative people deal in absolutes. Oh I've had a terrible experience with this so everyone else has had a terrible experience. That's not the way anything works.
    I've loved what I've played of Madden. Longshot was enjoyable for me. MUT has been a good time for the solo challenges and to make my team better. And the bit of CFM I've played at default has been fun on the field. It's not perfect but I'm happy to be playing football and glad I'm not nitpicking each thing I see that's not perfect.
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    cquigley
    It's crazy to think different people experience a game differently. Some people might have found a good balance with the run game and some might still be struggling to find any type of run game for CPU or human.
    The craziest thing about this board is how negative people deal in absolutes. Oh I've had a terrible experience with this so everyone else has had a terrible experience. That's not the way anything works.
    I've loved what I've played of Madden. Longshot was enjoyable for me. MUT has been a good time for the solo challenges and to make my team better. And the bit of CFM I've played at default has been fun on the field. It's not perfect but I'm happy to be playing football and glad I'm not nitpicking each thing I see that's not perfect.
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    One of the reasons I would love to see people post more videos of their experiences. You and I could describe the exact same play completely differently. And with how easy it is now to upload clips, it really wouldn't be that much of a hassle.
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    cquigley
    It's crazy to think different people experience a game differently. Some people might have found a good balance with the run game and some might still be struggling to find any type of run game for CPU or human.
    The craziest thing about this board is how negative people deal in absolutes. Oh I've had a terrible experience with this so everyone else has had a terrible experience. That's not the way anything works.
    I've loved what I've played of Madden. Longshot was enjoyable for me. MUT has been a good time for the solo challenges and to make my team better. And the bit of CFM I've played at default has been fun on the field. It's not perfect but I'm happy to be playing football and glad I'm not nitpicking each thing I see that's not perfect.
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    I agree but there is a difference between opinions and facts. It’s not an opinion that the cpu can’t generate a run game, it’s a fact. I don’t really see how complaining that a major facet of the sport the game is emulating is broken and furthermore has been broken for awhile, is nitpicking.
    Super glad you are enjoying the game for what it is and I have been too in a lot of ways but no Cpu run game is a big deal and should be addressed in articles like this.
    CujoMatty
    I agree but there is a difference between opinions and facts. It’s not an opinion that the cpu can’t generate a run game, it’s a fact. I don’t really see how complaining that a major facet of the sport the game is emulating is broken and furthermore has been broken for awhile, is nitpicking.
    Super glad you are enjoying the game for what it is and I have been too in a lot of ways but no Cpu run game is a big deal and should be addressed in articles like this.
    Again I haven't had an issue with the run game in CFM. Through two games I have 188 rush yards and I've given up 160 or so. Using the RPM has been awesome for me. And adjusting the sliders a bit helped my d line not shed the second a runner was near them. Lowered block shed some and raised run block and worked out for me.
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    JayhawkerStL

    The new Solo Battles are also a welcome addition. These are full game against the actual rosters of other Madden players. You can get the fun of online MUT against the CPU, which is fantastic. THis could become the mode I play a ton, when not playing online.

    The Solo Battles reminds me of the Forza driveatars, awesome idea for people like me who love to compete against others but don't really want to have to socialize, LOL
    Best addition to MUT in years!!
    underdog13
    One of the reasons I would love to see people post more videos of their experiences. You and I could describe the exact same play completely differently. And with how easy it is now to upload clips, it really wouldn't be that much of a hassle.
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    This is why I've been posting videos a lot this year, esp when people say that something is broke and it isn't. Like the "oh there is never a penalty when someone runs out of bounds and then comes back in and touches it".... I posted a video of that actually happening in my game.
    Now that doesn't mean it always happens of course but it just shows that it is in the game and may not happen always correctly because of a bug.
    ODogg
    This is why I've been posting videos a lot this year, esp when people say that something is broke and it isn't. Like the "oh there is never a penalty when someone runs out of bounds and then comes back in and touches it".... I posted a video of that actually happening in my game. Now that doesn't mean it always happens of course but it just shows that it is in the game and may not happen always correctly because of a bug.

    People also need to test play now and CFM
    Game plays different as we know between the 2
    Sometimes I feel like I am playing a different game. Can’t throw out routes because receivers won’t get their foot down. Running game frustrating because of instashed (no I am not hitting turbo button) and backside line tracks down running backs as though they are Lawrence Taylor and worst of all psychic defense seems even more psychic. 
    kennylc321
    Sometimes I feel like I am playing a different game. Can’t throw out routes because receivers won’t get their foot down. Running game frustrating because of instashed (no I am not hitting turbo button) and backside line tracks down running backs as though they are Lawrence Taylor and worst of all psychic defense seems even more psychic.*

    Yeah the game is much more challenging this year, that is for sure. Its going to take some practice. I for one am really up for the challenge because finally am going to have to really work to beat the computer!
    BasketballGHS
    People also need to test play now and CFM
    Game plays different as we know between the 2
    I've had the same experience between the modes for the past decade.
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    Its def facets of the game that are great and others that are real bad but I feel like EA will clean up most of them with future patches. The two most gleaming negatives I have is how fast the CPU penetrates the offensive line when your running the ball. It's almost laughable in the games I've played.  Im more shocked when i don't get hit behind the line or the CPU not shedding a block immediately to tackle you or you get sucked into a tackle.  The second is the LB interceptions over the middle of the field they jump slide strangely into position and psychic read the ball on the blink of an eye.   Im loving a lot of the animations and the game in certain scenarios looks photo realistic. 
    ODogg
    Yeah the game is much more challenging this year, that is for sure. Its going to take some practice. I for one am really up for the challenge because finally am going to have to really work to beat the computer!

    I think this is one of my biggest drawbacks to the game. I like challenging. I just do not like for the CPU, or my cpu controlled guys,
    to do dumb things to create the challenge.
    As far as Madden goes I like this one more than the previous ones. The issues from the previous ones are still here though and that's the disappointment. Linebackers in zones leaping up to pick passes to guys 10 + yards behind them. Or DT/DE's in spy at the line of scrimmage doing the same damn thing. They really need to establish a threshold here. If a receiver is running a route 5+ yards behind a defender he just has no business leaping up intercepting the pass. You have to show players that the grid iron is actually something they can use on the one hand but have to account for on the other.
    The OLmen are soft as tissue as they've always been. Squeeze the Charmin everyone because these guys are it. They are extra soft this year though. Then there is the entire thing of using the field with formation personal to try to force the defense to give you something but alas even when they are outflanked, outmanned and out of position they are somehow able to make up ground.
    There are a couple of other issues I was hoping would get addressed from the beta but other than these things I like the game a lot. But these are really sore thumbs for me. I told them about a certain blitz that I will not name here but they didn't address it so now it's going to be a dumb *** problem in h2h games until they fix it. It's just annoying to have to deal with this unrealistic stuff.
    frostbyt


    You can polish a turd as long as much as you want...but it is still a turd.
    I mean, with that outlook why be on a Madden board or even play the game? Everyone is absolutely entitled to their opinion, but the game just came out today and you have already made your final conclusion.....
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    TurboTitan
    I mean, with that outlook why be on a Madden board or even play the game? Everyone is absolutely entitled to their opinion, but the game just came out today and you have already made your final conclusion.....
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    Probably has not even played Madden in years LOL
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    I have to disagree this games needs patch work already the running game had a glitch All Madden  is chessier that Chuck E. Cheese I’m totally disappointed I downloaded the game so I tried to contact EA for a refund and Iits virtually impossible to talk to someone I’m DISAPPOINTED!!!    
    All I care about is that they address the CPU run game. It's completely awful and a game breaker for me. Holding CPU Leveon Bell to 19 carries for 12 yards is unacceptable. :jpshakehe
    Hushroom
    All I care about is that they address the CPU run game. It's completely awful and a game breaker for me. Holding CPU Leveon Bell to 19 carries for 12 yards is unacceptable. :jpshakehe

    This is really my main, and only concern. I have made it much better with sliders and I do think its team matchup dependent but yeah, it needs looked at and updated.
    I don't think it's hard to say M19 is one of the better Maddens in recent years. It doesn't have all the features we want and may be behind other sports franchises, but in terms of Madden games it boast some solid improvements. It still lacks behind the PS2/Pre-06 era games.
    Now if only we could overlay Madden 06-19 and cherry pick the strengths of each game... that would be a stellar Madden.
    A side note, including 'round table' in the title of this article is a bit misleading, since it's just two independent impressions of the game. No discussion. However, an actual round table is taking place in the comments.
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