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Madden NFL 20's New Ability System Spotlights

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    October 7, 2019 6:50 AM EDT
    The NFL loves its superstars, from team-lifting QBs like Tom Brady to
    game-changing wide receivers like Antonio Brown, and QB-crunching
    monsters like Aaron Donald. But Madden hasn't always been able to
    highlight these kinds of players in ways that not only make them
    powerful but like they perform in real life.

    This year's new Superstar X-Factor feature hopes to address this fact
    and not only make these players feel like the stars they are, but also
    influence Madden across its many modes.Hut 20 Coins

    "The NFL last year felt like a star-driven league," says creative
    director Mike Young, "appointment viewing-based TV because you had to
    see the Rams-Chiefs. You had to see Donald play. You had to see Khalil
    Mack play."

    Young says there's another reason for the new feature: How can the
    game go beyond ratings? "I think ratings are really good at the
    measurables," he says, "the combine type stats like speed, but for
    instance, Tom Brady has never been a great quarterback in Madden. What
    we've done is try to differentiate the quarterbacks and give them very
    unique things based on their archetype."Here's how it works: There are
    around 140 Superstar abilities in the game (Ed. – text originally listed
    70, but this was an error). Some players have none, some have multiple
    abilities. These abilities are shaped by real-life players' skills and
    in-game player archetypes. Thus, you aren't going to see a slower,
    bruising running back get abilities related to more nimble backs.

    Most of these abilities have counter-abilities across the line of
    scrimmage, so that there are no automatic victories on the field, but
    you obviously want to pay extra attention to these players. To this end,
    players with superstar abilities will always be marked so everyone

    But Superstar abilities are just the start; there are plenty of great
    players in the league, but there are also those who are a cut above.
    These are called X-Factor players. X-Factor players have at least two
    superstar abilities, but they also a zone ability that lets them get
    into the zone – that state that athletes talk about where their skills
    are extra heightened. As of the time of this writing, there are about 28
    offensive X-Factor players and 22 defensive ones, with no special
    teamers or offensive linemen among them.

    X-Factor players have to play themselves into the zone for their zone
    ability to activate. For example, if JuJu Smith-Schuster catches four
    run-after-the-catch (RAC) passes of 20 yards or more, he's in the zone.
    When he's in the zone he'll usually win single-coverage RAC passes with
    an animation that gives him an advantage in that situation.Want to buy
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