As the Electronic Arts’ newest football-themed video game, Madden NFL 18 offers the most realistic mechanics in the series to date. This means that the game has become more engaging and authentic, but also that you’ll have to be more mindful to move the chains and get into the end zone on a consistent basis.
It is the first time for any of EA’s “Madden” games to feature a story mode. It is possible that EA realized that they couldn’t get players and fans to purchase their games consistently, compared to other sports titles such as the highly popular “FIFA” and “NBA 2K” series so they had to find a way to do just that.
The most popular modes, Madden Ultimate Team has a new layer called MUT Squads, and it allows three players to match up against another three human opponents in an online battle featuring a collection of the player’s MUT collection.
In MUT Squads, your roster is made up of the players your team has in its collection. You’ll have an offensive and defensive captain and head coach. The captains use their collection to field the roster on their respective sides of the ball, and the playbooks. The head coach will bring the head coach, stadium and uniform.
You should let the best QB be the offensive captain. The player with the best offensive cards might not be the best offensive captain. If that player is inept as a QB, you may not want to have them be the OC. Default control of the QB goes to the OC on every down.
One of the biggest issues my team ran into during MUT Squad sessions was undisciplined route running. Players controlling wide receivers would break off their routes without prior communication, and it’s almost impossible to complete a pass when that’s happening. Unless it is discussed pre-play, or it’s a scramble, receivers need to stick to their routes to maintain the best chance for success.
On defense, it can be difficult to see what’s happening on another side of the field in MUT Squads. To keep every player up to date on what’s happening on the field, one member of the team should be in charge of calling out the whereabouts of the ball or their on-field position. There are times when a defender can come from another location on the field to help corral a ball carrier, or to save a touchdown if they know where the pigskin is on the field.
Remember that stick to your assignment on defense. Similar to disciplined route running on offense, it’s equally important to maintain gap integrity, zone discipline and man-to-man responsibilities. When defensive players go off on their own, it can lead to a touchdown.