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MADDEN ULTIMATE TEAM
Arguably the most popular multiplayer game mode of any sporting titles, Ultimate Team is unsurprisingly back and still showing why it is such an excellent game mode.
As a big FIFA player one main factor with Madden Ultimate Team that makes it stand out and a much better game mode are the opportunities they have given you to improve your team without needing to invest your own money into packs.
The solo challenges give you a way to progress your skills by completing scenarios and being rewarded with coins to either buy packs, players or whatever you like that is available to improve your team.
The harder the scenario, the better the reward. Collecting sets from players and cards you pack or buy off the auction can earn you rewards for completing sets such as a special player from a franchise to your team.
As well as this you can take on other players in head to head with the team that you have built. You earn rewards based upon your record in a season. It is up to 6 wins will get you the best reward, or if you lose 2 games first.
However, the rewards will help progress you towards completing more sets as well as improving your team with packs. This is the same reward system as in draft champions.
Back again with a new and improved franchise mode. The longevity of this mode is as present as ever. The option to play again as an individual player, coach or owner allows for a variety of styles to play. Allowing you the chance to try out and hone your skills in a variety of positions to improve your ability or build a team as a coach/owner.
The new training method allows for more experience and rewards to upgrade your player. For those of you who like to fly through seasons you can now skip to just the key defining game moments.
There is one thing that I would like to be added into franchise mode and that would be to have the option to play for the same franchise as a few friends. The new additions are fantastic but I’d love to have the option to team up with my friends and wreck havoc to create a force to drive our franchise to the super bowl. This would mean having the option to make the deadliest offensive trio of Quarterback, Running Back and Wide Receiver? Or a defence that offers dangers from all levels of the field. This is something that I personally would love to see included but it may not be everyone’s idea of fun.
An exciting mode where you draft 16 players from a selection of 3 to build a team to take on others in ranked or unranked online matches or play solo offline. You can also take on your friends for bragging rights.
No draft will be the same that you make and it tests your ability in team building. Whether you want to go for an all out power offence or strengthen your defence to try and limit scoring. Rewards are linked to MUT as previously stated from this game mode with ranked matches.
ONLINE HEAD TO HEAD/PLAY NOW
The standard head to head online/offline game play where you pick a franchise and go head to head with either the CPU or another madden player. In online head to head you can move up the leaderboards based upon points scored or against as well as win streaks. I’d like to have seen more creativity in the ranking system, perhaps having a number of season games before progressing to playoffs and eventually a super bowl.
The most useful factor in all of Madden for someone new to the game. This mode teaches you all the essential aspects of playing Madden and developing your skills before putting them into other game modes.
The majority of the drills have got a tutorial beforehand to help you practice before participating in the graded drill. Once completed a section of the 12 available you also receive a Madden Ultimate Team pack which helps build your team if you want to dive into MUT.
Also there’s the option of playing the gauntlet. A 40 level ultimate test of your skills in madden. With a boss level every 5 levels and a progressive difficulty increase as you advance it really is a tough challenge.
You have the opportunity to gain lives back from bonus levels which can be gold dust in the latter levels. A fun way to see what areas you struggle with which means you can then go back and practice these in the skills trainer, then you can go on to get the highest level possible and earn those bragging rights against your friends!
Overall this is without a doubt the most realistic Madden game to date. The graphics and sound in game are nothing short of outstanding. The movement and mechanics of the players to make hits or avoid big tackles are fantastic.
As well as this the variety of game modes available and many ways to develop your skills even as a beginner make this a game for all levels of player. The game has longevity and options for both single and multiplayer and different ways to make the game more difficult for yourself.
Any negatives with this game are more by personal choice perhaps. It may be a shared view amongst others but Madden 17 ultimately is the best Madden game to date. Excellent gameplay and variety of ways to play keeps the game feeling fresh too.