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EA Access for Madden 15 begins at high noon (EST) today...
...which means you could use up all six hours of play time between lunch and dinner. I reached out to EA on Twitter yesterday to find out if it were possible to just pay them $100 for five full days of access without having to create a new gamertag and subscribing for $4.99 each time I run out of play time. They did not respond. Could be an option though if you REALLY want to play Madden 15 for more than six hours. Just keep subscribing on a new gamertag?
The Madden NFL 15 trial drops tomorrow morning for EA Access members, starting at 9am PT and rolls out across the globe throughout the day.— EA Access (@EAAccess) August 20, 2014
Four subscriptions totaling $20 would be 24 hours of access - which is about the same price as season ticket was. 82 cents per hour of game time is relatively cheap but for a game you are going to own in 5 days, is it worth it? We are now paying for demo's which makes me very sad.
Top 5 Madden 15 Defenses
The focus on improvements to Madden 15 was for the defensive side of the game. Now that the full player ratings have been released, let's take a look at who are the top 5 defenses in Madden 15 and the impact players on these defenses that are going to make the big plays to get you the win. Much like our review of the top passing offenses in Madden 15, there are certain criteria that a good Madden defense must have to be considered elite.
This year I believe the defensive line play is going to be more important than ever. Many Madden players like to focus on picking up fastest corner backs (CB) with the best man coverage (MCV) ratings. Without a good set of defensive lineman, you just aren't going to generate that pass rush you need to force the QB to get rid of the ball. It doesn't matter how good your CB is if the QB has all day. So the first set of criteria I rated was the defensive line then moved to the linebackers.
The linebackers have to serve a diverse role in that they have to be able to stop the run, blitz when called on to do so, and also provide coverage. The middle linebacker is often thought of to be the quarterback of the defense. Many Madden players like to user the MLB. The best linebackers have good strength (STR), block shedding (BSH), and power moves (PMV). I'll focus on those ratings and a few more when rating the linebacking corps of the top 5 defensive teams.
Lastly, the secondary includes the cornerbacks and safeties. A few select teams have some pretty amazing secondaries in Madden 15 and will likely drive defensive focused players to these teams. Zone coverage (ZCV), man coverage (MCV), and play recognition (PRC) are some of the key ratings to look for in this group of defenders. So let's take a look at the top 5 Madden 15 defenses.
5. Kansas City Chiefs
A 3-4 base defensive line with a solid nose tackle (DT) in Dontari Poe (91 OVR). Poe has close to the highest ratings in strength (STR), power moves (PMV), and block shedding (BSH) at his position. The other two defensive lineman are good for a 3-4 type defense but are slow and will not translate well if you want to run any kind of 4 man defensive front unless you slide them to a DT position.
The Chiefs have one of the stronger linebacker corps in the AFC with Derrick Johnson at MLB (91 OVR), Justin Houston at LOLB (93 OVR), and Tamba Hali (92 OVR).
The loss of Brandon Flowers really hurts this secondary at the CB position. Things are not all bad though with Eric Berry at SS. For those of you who love to use that hit stick, this is a fun, speedy safety to user and with 88 hit power (POW) he will force some fumbles. Sean Smith is the best CB and the rest of the CB roster doesn't really offer much in terms of zone or man coverage - just average.
4. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals three front defensive line has great strength with all starters rated at least 87 or higher. Dan Williams has great block shedding (BSH) but his power move (PMV) rating is not as high as I'd like to see it for a nose tackle. Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett are very good ends for a 3-4 base defense.
MLB Daryl Washington is the Cardinal's linebacker that gets Madden players excited. He comes in at 86 speed (SPD), 92 acceleration (ACC), and 88 agility (AGI). He also has great tackling, hit power, and block shedding. I would move Kevin Minter up the to #2 slot on the MLB depth chart. John Abraham should be able to get a good pass rush at the ROLB. Some would argue speed is not as important in Madden anymore but I'm just not going to put a 73 LOLB Shaughnessy on the field. Sam Acho would be the starter at LOLB who at least has 82 speed (SPD).
The cornerbacks rated alone would be five stars. Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie have been some of the most sought after CB's the past several years in Madden CFM's. The rookie SS Deone Bucannon has great potential but unless you are playing in a CFM there's nothing you can do about his low awareness (AWR) rating of 54. He will be making some big hits with 92 hit power (POW) though. Tyrann Mathieu starts at FS and had a nice improvement to his Madden 15 rating from last year.
3. New England Patriots
The Patriots run a 3 man defensive front which is anchored by big Vince Wilfork who, despite being injured last season, has the highest block shedding (BSH) rating of any defensive tackle (DT). The other two defensive ends are Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones who are both 87 OVR or higher.
Jerrod Mayo is one of the best linebackers in the game to user with his 87 SPD and 90 ACC. The outside linebackers are also pretty good but you have a young Dont'a Hightower who should see his Madden ratings develop as he gains more experience in the league. Both starting outside linebackers have above average speed (SPD), tackle (TAK), and hit power (POW) ratings.
This secondary is going to be very popular this year with Madden players. The starting cornerbacks (CB) Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner are the type of press coverage CB's that heavy nano blitzing type players love to use in ranked lobby games. Add the former CB, Devin McCourty, into the mix at FS and you really have something special. McCourty is the highest rated man coverage FS in the game. This means you can run some crazy cover 1 or cover 0 type blitzes and have confidence your secondary can hold up in man to man.
2. San Francisco 49ers
LE Ray McDonald and RE Justin Smith are good enough to make up for the lower rated DT Glenn Dorsey. They both deliver some of the best block shedding and power move ratings at their positions.
The reason everyone used the 49ers in ranked in Madden 25 was because you didn't have to play defense. The two MLB's, Bowman and Willis are both 96 OVR and tie each other for the best MLB in the game. Aldon Smith is also the highest rated ROLB in the game. These guys make LOLB Ahmad Brooks look like the weakness of the group with only an 84 OVR rating.
The cornerback group might not have the highest overall ratings but for Madden that's not always a great indicator of how good a player is in the game. Second year FS Eric Reid had a nice season and received a nice boost to his rating. A little work on his awareness in CFM will really give him an OVR rating boost. SS Antoine Bethea is new to the 49ers this season but seems like he should fit in nicely with the hard hitting mentality of this defense.
1. Seattle Seahawks
Is there a better 4-3 line in the game? The Lions might be close but it's hard to rank them higher than the Super Bowl Champs. With Avril, Bennett, and Mebane as the top three players on the defensive line, you have to go to the second DT on the depth chart to find a player rated lower than 87 OVR.
It's not fair to have Bobby Wager at 89 speed (SPD) covering your receivers like a blanket. It happened to me plenty of times in Madden 25 and can be frustrating as hell. Bruce Irvin is the fastest starting ROLB in the game at 91 speed (SPD). If you like speed, this is a group of linebackers you dream about.
Despite losing Brandon Browner they still have tremendous talent and speed at the cornerback position. Richard Sherman is the best CB in the game with a 99 OVR rating. The safeties are what really stand out to me. On the FS side, the speedy Earl Thomas is the 2nd highest rated FS in the game. Great speed (SPD), agility (AGI), and even 82 man coverage (MCV). On the other side of the field, SS Kam Chancellor is not as fast but makes up for it with 97 hit power (POW) making him the hardest hitting safety in the game.
Any of these five teams will put you in a position to make some game changing plays on the defensive side of the ball. Which team will you be using to shut down your opponents?
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New Madden 15 ad gets you all hyped for Madden season!
What do you get when you combine Kevin Hart, Asian women singing terrible lyrics, a DJ wearing a bear head while emerging from a pool while playing some kind of tiny electro-violin, a European pop singer wearing a futuristic aluminum foil costume and ugly make-up, and Colin Kaepernick, LeSean McCoy, Dez Bryant, and Eddie Lacy rapping the words "blah, blah, blah-pity-blah"? A fucking train wreck.
Wanna take a guess how much they spent on this? I know the Madden developers don't because it makes their salaries look like a joke.
If they wanted to make a music video, they should have hired the producer of that glorious Blurred Lines video from last year. Just have the brunette from that video hold a copy of Madden 15 to shield her naked body while she dances around. Boom. Done. Donald Draper from Sterling Cooper approved and Land's End just did something similar with the help of GQ.
I'll admit there was one part I found funny. Dave, your house is on fire. LET IT BURN. I think we can all relate to that. In the middle of a Madden game, nothing else matters. Pizza burning in the oven on a huge third down. You are out of pauses and can't afford to take the delay of game.
CGI Richard Sherman? C'mon man.
Hopefully drug use will not be required to like the actual game.
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