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How to get four NFL superstars for your Madden NFL Mobile team

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 26th, 2016

Even though you're probably well on your way to building a top notch squad for the new season in Madden NFL Mobile, let's say you could beef it up by adding Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Von Miller, and Todd Gurley to your roster. That's something I imagine would interest you.

It's not hypothetical either, but something you can actually do thanks to the Madden Season Blitz events going on right now in Madden NFL Mobile. It will require some effort on your part over the next two weeks, but if you act now and play often, you could snag elite versions of one or more of these stars before the real NFL season kicks off.

Instead of simply telling you about it, we'll actually tell you how to do it too.

Madden NFL Mobile: How defense has changed

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 19th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FINALLY GETS IT RIGHT :: Read Review »

Saying that defense is not a priority in Madden NFL Mobile is a bit of an understatement. In asynchronous head-to-head play, you don't take control of your defenders at all, as the AI manages them while your opponent plays offense. When it's your turn, you play offense only.

Yet assembling a top defense is still part of your team-building duty, and for the new NFL season, Madden has made some intriguing changes to the way you give instructions to your defense by totally revamping the Gameplan system.

How does it work now? Read on and we'll explain.

Madden NFL Mobile: What you need to know for the new season

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 17th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FINALLY GETS IT RIGHT :: Read Review »

One of the best ideas that EA ever had for its mobile games was to stop putting out different versions of its sports titles on an annual basis and just stick with a single title per sport that receives annual updates. Madden NFL Mobile has definitely been better off for it, and has kept this writer playing longer than ever would have been possible under the old system as a result.

While the actual NFL season is still several weeks away, Madden season is upon us now. The first thing you'll notice is that the game has a new cover athlete (though that term doesn't actually make much sense for a mobile game, really). Odell Beckham Jr. is out. Rob Gronkowski is in. Gronk on.

The hard work of building up a top team also starts all over again -- or nearly all over, as we'll discuss -- with teams being reset for all users. This happened in 2015, and EA has been very upfront about it throughout, so there should be a minimum of gnashing of teeth from gamers. Your team from last year remains in your own personal hall of fame, and can be dusted off for certain Legacy Live Events.

Rest assured, though, that Madden NFL Mobile is bringing more to the party that just updated rosters. Here's what you can expect as you get back to football.

How to build a championship team in NBA LIVE Mobile

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 8th, 2016

When the calendar flips to July, it can only mean one thing: It's time for some basketball!

Okay, not normally, we'll admit. But thanks to EA waiting until the real NBA season was over to drop NBA LIVE Mobile on us, that's what we'll be doing on our phones and tablets for the rest of the summer. The game zoomed right toward the top of the App Store upon its release, so it obviously isn't bothering too many mobile gamers to be playing hoops out of season.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Review

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By Blake Grundman on October 2nd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: YELLOW CARD
This season, EA Sports has decided to offer up a more bite-sized portion of the FIFA experience. Unfortunately it still feels like something is missing.
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Madden NFL Mobile Review

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By Blake Grundman on August 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FINALLY GETS IT RIGHT
It looks like EA Sports has finally discovered how to tread the line between free-to-pay and pay-to-win. Simply put, they finally figured it out.
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New FIFA 14 Update Adds FIFA World Cup Brazil to the Pitch

Posted by Rob Rich on May 20th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FREE-TO-PLAY FOOTIE FUN :: Read Review »

I suppose it makes sense that FIFA 14 should get an update, what with the impending World Cup and all.

Yes, the popular iOS football (sometimes we Americans can get it right) game has just been updated to include the World Cup Brazil national teams, new Matches of the Week to compete in, and even the Adidas Brazuca ball. I'm not much of a sports fan so I have no idea why a ball is that important, but it's obviously something of a big deal so who am I to judge?

You can download the newly updated FIFA 14 right now for free.

FIFA 14 Updated with Tweaked Controls, Turkish Language Support, and More

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 17th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FREE-TO-PLAY FOOTIE FUN :: Read Review »

FIFA 14 is getting into the World Cup spirit with its latest update, which adds some tweaks and other goodies.

First, the game is becoming "more international" by adding in Turkish Language support. Also, an Origin login isn't required to create an Ultimate Team - it is possible to play such anonymously. The controls and movement mechanics have also been tweaked for smoothness.

This free-to-play soccer simulation remains popular, even months after we first reviewed it in the Fall of last year. We were impressed then, so it is safe to assume this update can only make the game better.

FIFA 14 is available on the App Store for free.

FIFA 14 Review

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By Blake Grundman on September 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FREE-TO-PLAY FOOTIE FUN
The Ultimate Team is the perfect way to experience free-to-play.
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Madden 25 Review

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By Blake Grundman on August 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: THREE AND OUT
This attempted hail mary ends up feeling like more of a personal foul.
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Madden NFL 25 Has Just Set Foot on the App Store Field, Features Improved Touch Controls

Posted by Rob Rich on August 27th, 2013
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Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: THREE AND OUT :: Read Review »

It seems like just last week our own Carter Dotson was sharing exclusive Madden NFL 25 gameplay footage. Wait a minute, it was just last week! And now the wait is over!

EA Sports has just released Madden NFL 25, titled after the series' 25-year anniversary, onto the App Store. Players will be able to build their own NFL teams via a card-collection system, play through multiple game modes (Exhibition, Head-2-Head, Solo Challenges, and an offensive shootout mode), and make use of an improved set of touch controls.

And since it's free, there's really no reason not to check it out, right? So go on, celebrate 25 years of Madden the right way: with a game of FOOTBALL!

It Came From Canada: Madden NFL 25 Previewed

Posted by Carter Dotson on August 23rd, 2013

After taking a year to experiment with Madden NFL Social, and then pulling it from the App Store never to be seen again, EA Mobile has decided to try again with taking Madden and making it into a free-to-play turducken. Madden NFL 25 is not the 2025 version of Madden, but is instead named in honor of the series’ 25th anniversary (and quite possibly a way to make next year’s version Madden NFL 14 without anyone being the wiser).

This entry in the preeminent series of American football isn’t actually available in America – well, the United States at least – as EA has decided to test the game in Canada first. This is despite Canada playing a weird game of football with only three downs, longer fields, and something called a rouge. This is American football, exclusive to Canada, making this one strange set of circumstances for an episode of "It Came From Canada."

The opening tutorial reveals that with the touch controls, this is a much simpler game than the full console versions. But all the important functions are there, all done with gestures. Teams can be built and improved upon through card packs, which can add players from other teams to one’s own team. Yes, it would be possible to get Aaron Rodgers on the Bears, sacrilegious though it may be. There’s the ability to play just standard games, but the bulk of the game seems to be set in challenges and missions, with an energy system to boot.

There’s an asynchronous multiplayer mode where it’s possible to take on someone else's team, but they’re not actually playing defense; it’s just taking turns playing offense against a computer-controlled defense. The personal element comes in taking on their customized team lineups.

It’s likely that this is as much a test of server load more than it is with monetization as many limited-local releases tend to be, so with the console versions of Madden NFL 25 releasing on the 27th, it’s quite possible that this will be available worldwide on or around then. Until then, enjoy our hands-on footage of the Canadian version of the game.

Big Win Football Review

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By Blake Grundman on October 25th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: UNEXPECTED SPECTATOR
Managing a team of football playing misfits is a mixed bag that has both highs and lows.
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Real Soccer 2013 Review

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By Blake Grundman on October 16th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: PITCH POOR
Soccer deserves a far better treatment than this. Sure, the game may be free, but unfortunately it's at the cost of mediocre field mechanics.
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FIFA 13 Review

Posted by Blake Grundman on September 25th, 2012
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Developer: EA Sports
Price: $6.99
Version: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

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It goes without saying that soccer is, by far, the most popular sport in the world. In accordance with their enjoyment of making money and producing yearly sports franchises, this week marks the release of EA Sports' FIFA 13. Marking the publisher's fourth outing on iOS (excluding FIFA World Cup, which was essentially a re-skinned FIFA 10) the game looks to bring several new innovations to the table that in many respects could make or break the game. Is this another glorious return to the pitch, or is could this year's release be a shot that ends up 'unlucky'?

Despite being one of the earliest sports franchises to adopt iOS as a valid platform, it has only been in the last season or so that it seemed that the FIFA brand could live up the stellar caliber of game experience provided by its console sibling. This year it seems like the development team has been completely unleashed in pursuit of the creating a perfect portable pitch experience. Visual representations are crisp and detailed, portraying a frenetic action that lends credence to these efforts. I had to pinch myself into the realization that this was not a game being played on a big screen television.

In terms of control systems, if players have ever played an EA soccer game in the past, they will still feel right at home, even with the presence of everyone's favorite whipping boy: the onscreen d-pad. As is also the case with FIFA 13's console counterpart, there is a slight delay in button input that takes some getting used to. This brief period of hesitance should not be misconstrued as a performance issue, however, because in reality it determines the strength of the shot, pass or assorted actions based upon how long the button is pressed. Additionally, a series of gestural controls have also been worked into the game in the form of a "skill move" button. Pressing the button presents a grid on screen that can be used to make players perform complex ball-handling moves and trick plays.

Along with the traditional exhibition fare, there are tournament modes that recreate the championships of 30 of the world's most popular leagues, a fully featured manager mode and even Origin-supported online multiplayer. Any player looking to take their FIFA fix on the road would be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive and extensively gratifying experience.

At the risk of sounding cliché, it's not hard to argue that FIFA 13 is a pitch perfect adaption of the world's sport. While that might be a bit extreme, the brand's dedication to tweaking game mechanics until they are perfect, seems to be shining through loud and clear. Hardcore footie fans should look no further. Just imagine getting all of the action, with none of the riots afterwards. What more could a fan ask for?

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