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Madden 16: 10 Dropped Features That Should Return to Madden

With every new madden that comes out in August we always get a few new features. We get all excited we get new modes and updated rosters but what we really notice is what we have lost. Since Madden 05 we have gained new features and we have lost features. In this list we will be going through the 10 features we hope make a return to Madden 16!

 10. “Muddy Playing Field” in Madden 08

Some of the greatest games in NFL history were played in terrible field conditions. In Madden 08 when you played in a game in rain or snow by the end of the game the jerseys and pants would be muddy and players would be slipping all over the place. This was super cool but it never carried over into the new maddens. It would be a feature that with the realism of the next gen consoles this would be absolutely unreal. Madden 16 needs to add this feature because although the weather is decently well done in madden 15 there could be much improvement to make those cold wet conditions that much more realistic.

9. “Controllable Touchdown Celebrations” in Madden 08

Touchdown celebrations are a huge part of the NFL in this day and age. There is the Gronk Spike the Graham goal post slam and all of these are closely connected to our favourite players. Now for all of the other players it would be nice to have a say in what celebration you want to use. Maybe have a option like 2K My Park where you can choose from celebrations to use when you score! Have one for each button and then give you the choice once you score. Its small things like this that make the game just that much better and there is nothing better than taunting a friend or a online opponent after you get a big score! Madden 16 should bring this back its a small feature but its the small details that add polish to a game.

8. “Adaptive Difficulty” in Madden 09

This is one of the coolest features that Madden has ever had and that really needs to be brought back. This may not be crucial for the gamers who have been playing for a long time but for the new gamers this is great. It is hard to find a difficulty that is just right for you but with this feature the CPU would adapt depending on your skill as the game goes on. There is nothing worse than playing on a difficulty that is way to easy or one that is way to difficult. This is why adaptive difficulty is such a cool feature and really allows you to have good games with the CPU! Madden 16 should bring back this feature as it would be huge for the non online players!

7. “Team Newspapers” in Madden 05


This was a small feature but it was also super satisfying to see your created player or the star of your franchise on the front page of the newspaper. They had the “ San Francisco Chronicle” the “Boston Globe” and many other city newspapers for you to be on the front page of. It would be pretty easy to get this back in the game and we feel like it would be quite popular in Madden 16.  It could be way more interactive with the ability to flip pages and click to read more on the topics. Hopefully Madden 16 decides to bring back this small feature which would be a great edition to CFM modes.

6. “ Assemble A Coaching Staff” in Madden 05
This has never made a return to the Madden franchise and we are not sure why,  it would be very cool to  be able to pick your entire coaching staff. You could bring in assistant or positional coaches that help your offense or defense in a different way. Maybe if you get a former spread based college coach to be your Offensive Coordinator your team gets +1 Speed. Or if you get a old school blitz heavy coach your defence could get +1 block shedding or Hit Power. This feature may  be a little far fetched but is something they could build on and really take it to the next level in Madden 16!
5. Cheerleaders in Madden 05


Cheerleaders have always been a important aspect of the NFL experience and you would think that would mean it would translate to madden. That however is not the case madden hasn’t had cheerleaders in a long time and they really need to bring this back. It’s really not going to make or break Madden 16 if they have cheerleaders but it would be a really cool feature to make the madden experience just like a real NFL broadcast!
4. “Create A Superbowl Ring” in Madden 08


Madden and Jostens partnered up in Madden 2008 to give gamers the option to create their own customizable ring if they win the Superbowl. So winning the Super Bowl in Madden is not easy it takes a long regular season and some clutch victories in the playoffs. We have had cool celebrations after the big win in recent years but must say creating a ring would be incredibly fun to do. Some of our favorite teams may never win a Super Bowl anytime soon but doing it on Madden is a close as we will ever get. So when we do win we want as many features as possible.
3. “ Create a Team” in Madden 12


So when we say create a team we don’t mean Madden Ultimate Team. This was a mode where you could build your teams own stadium design the logos and pick the players you want to have represent your team. This mode needs to be brought back and with the graphics next gen consoles have you could get really creative with the stadium design. This mode allows you the opportunity to create the “ Next Great Team” and would really be a lot of fun.
2. “Be A Superstar Mode” in Madden 07
We still have create a player mode but i think we would all agree it lacks presentation In Madden 16 they could make major upgrades. After creating and customizing your player you could start the NFL draft process which is one that would be absolutely epic to replicate. You could run through all the combine drills, run the 40, and do the specific drills depending on what position you want to play. Now just imagine the draft interview process you could talk to all the head coaches and owners and give answers that would help determine who you would get drafted by. The draft process would be just the beginning and they could have presentation for the whole season as you learn and grow with your team.
1. Team Play in Madden 25

I don’t understand at all why they decided to take Team Play out of the game completely. I get it was not the most popular mode in the game but everyone i know who played it loved it. It was a chance to play with your best online friends and each of you could play the position they are strongest at. It also had a competitive leaderboard that you could climb with your community. This needs to return in Madden 16 and we will be absolutely ecstatic if it does!

So do you agree with us and think that these modes should return or are you happy some of these features were taken out of the game? Let us know in the comments what you think and be sure to check out the video above!

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