Madden 15 Explains D-Line Controls in New Video
It’s been a few weeks now since we learned about the overhauled defensive line play in EA’s upcoming Madden 15, but now EA has gone in depth to explain how exactly Madden NFL 15’s “War in The Trenches 2.0” works in a brand-new gameplay video released to fans.
We wrote at length last season about the dire need for Madden NFL to update its line play on the defensive side of the ball, particularly involving user-control, and it’s clear EA heard our pleas for a deeper, richer experience. While it doesn’t appear they added everything we wanted to see (or implemented it the same way), it’s quite obvious that user-control on the defensive line has been greatly enhanced.
In previous Madden games, rushing the passer with user-control on the d-line was almost always a matter of either instantly shedding a block for a sack, or staying stuck and out of the play until its end. Other times, tactics involved swooping around OTs in an attempt to hit the edge faster than the computer could set up, but in either case the results were the same: Wholly unrealistic and unsatisfying. With “War in The Trenches 2.0,” players are being given unprecedented control on the line, including not just pass rush moves, but set-ups for pass rush moves like line steering, or first-step ability to break on the snap similar to NCAA games of past.
There is some early concern that Madden’s approach to pass rushing this year might either be too powerful, or not as deep as it appears (simply a matter of pressing a button on time to watch quick-time events). Whether or not the new defensive line play holds up to scrutiny is something we won’t know until we get our hands on a demo release, presumably in a couple of weeks. Until then, it’s great to see EA focus on giving players more control of their players on the d-line, so they can better feel their impact on the field. In fact, the renewed focus on defense as a whole is refreshing.
Quick note: All of the notification indicators (“Perfect” and such) can be turned off in the game options.
Madden 15: War in The Trenches 2.0