For those of you who enjoy competing online and in tournaments, EA Sports has created a specific game play style specifically for you.
Whereas Arcade is more about a “fast-paced, exciting style of play,” and Simulation is more representative to the real NFL, Competitive game style is all about head-to-head competition and tournament play.
User stick-skills are king and certain outcomes will be heavily weighted based on game situations and ratings thresholds. Penalties are limited, there are no injuries, and random outcomes are rare. While the other game styles can be susceptible to acts of randomness, success while playing Competitive relies more on executing gameplay mechanics and making the right reads.
EA’s competitive gaming events and ranked online game modes will be set to Competitive style by default, whereas Connected Franchise mode is set to Simulation by default.
So, what’s it like to play with Madden NFL 18’s Competitive game style?
- Going for an interception with a wide open defensive player who has a good catch rating leads to a significantly-lower chance of them dropping the ball
- Throwing from a clean pocket with the QB’s feet set reduces the chance of an inaccurate pass, providing they have a good pass accuracy rating based on the throw type and that you’re not using any passing mechanics
- There’s a significantly lower chance of a dropped catch when a receiver is considered wide open and has a good catch rating
- There’s a decreased chance of offensive wins in multiplayer catch outcomes, such as throwing to covered receiver
- Only AI players with the big hitter trait can hit stick.
EA even warns: “Be ready for some trash talk, for this is where the Madden hardcore reside.”
Madden NFL 18 will be available on August 25 for Xbox One and PS4.