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Madden 16: Glory to Glitchy

/ Aug 27th, 2015 1 Comment

Each year, EA Sports releases a new Madden NFL game, and it almost always feels like a triumph. With such a track record of success, it is easy to have high expectations for the latest iteration, Madden NFL 16. However, this year’s launch has been hindered by reports of game-breaking bugs and glitches that overshadow the game’s updated features.

From the comical animation glitch to the frustrating bugs that sometimes make the game impossible to play, gamers are reporting various issues at Madden 16’s launch. Franchise mode is bugging so bad that Madden developers are recommending players do not begin their franchise. In an interview on Game Changers Radio, Madden 16’s creative director said players should wait until EA solves the problem before booting up the mode. Meanwhile, players are experiencing frustrating issues during games. This invisible cornerback has been making the rounds on the Internet.

Madden 16 glitches

Ghost cornerback in Madden 16

Seemingly the most frequent bug has been the “encroachment glitch.” This occurs coming out of the huddle. A computer-controlled player will immediately start tackling toward the offense until an encroachment penalty is called. Here is the bug in action in a video posted by Peter Skerritt.

These bugs may be something you’d expect from an Assassin’s Creed game, but not from Madden. To their credit, developers have taken a refreshing approach to the Madden 16 glitches. EA has acknowledged the bugs and said it is working on a patch to be released as soon as possible.

Madden 16 First Impressions

For the record, I have not experienced any of these glitches, aside from a frozen loading screen before an Ultimate Team game. However, it is difficult to recommend a game when developers are warning players to wait for a patch before exploring one of its biggest game modes. Although glitches are expected to plague the game until an update is released, Madden 16 has some new gameplay features that are impressive when working correctly.

Playmaker Madden 16

Can’t tell if swatting away footballs or Madden 16 bugs.

Updated passing controls allow quarterbacks to deliver the ball more accurately, and throw it in a way that only the receiver can catch it. The highly touted “playmaker” element of gameplay gives receivers a chance to catch the football in the best way possible. In open space, players can set up their receiver to run after the catch, or quarterbacks can throw over the top of defenses and watch their receivers make incredible leaping grabs. For realists, this may be too over the top, but this is a video game, so expect to make “video game catches.”

There is no official word on when a Madden 16 patch will be available, but the term “six weeks” is being thrown around like Seattle Seahawks’ footballs on the goal line. If you’re waiting for our review to make a decision, it is coming soon, but six weeks is a long time for an annual sports game. At this point, it is probably best to wait for the patch and hope for a price drop at retailers.


Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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One response to “Madden 16: Glory to Glitchy”

  1. Michael Epic says:

    “Being thrown around like Seattle Seahawks’ footballs on the goal line.” Ha!

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