The lights are on
Defense is a big focus for Madden 15, and a new trailer details improvements in areas such as man/zone coverage, coverage disguises, and head tracking.
When you're in the pocket, you better be making the correct read. Developer EA Tiburon has reworked the man and zone coverages of the game's A.I. defenses, and they'll even disguise their coverages. Skills such as individual defender's play recognition and ability to stay with receivers as they go in and out of cuts should stand out.
This sounds like a big leap forward for the franchises's defenses, but it's also a tall order to pull off. Given that these A.I. improvements apply to individual players, I'm curious how over/underpowered some players will feel and how much differentiation there is between good/bad ones. Furthermore, I welcome more aggressive defenders, and hope that the head tracking is correct so guys don't seem omnipotent when breaking on the ball.
For more on the game's defensive improvements, check out these previous trailers on tackling mechanics and defensive line moves.
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I miss NFL 2K...
Are they also fixing the whole "Defender stops on a dime, runs 10 yards the opposite way to intercept your pass" issue? Are they getting rid of the "catch-up" AI that makes your defense mentally challenged when you're up by 21? Are they using a real physics engine instead of the same tackle animations from the past 6 years? Are they fixing the *actual issues*?
My guess would be "probably not"
The only reason anyone should get this is for roster updates. If your happy with your current roster than you don't need this game.
I'm encouraged by the emphasis on the zone and man ratings. M25 had many defensive deficiencies in the passing game. I would like to see awareness and play recognition play off of the zone/man ratings
There is seriously something wrong with this because it literally just showed Morgan Burnett of the Packers getting an interception.
College Football is better