Written By: Steve Vegvari
Madden NFL 19 is just beyond the horizon. It is a franchise that has evolved over decades. Year after year, EA finds a way to make little tweaks and balancing mechanics in order to bring new life to the game. While today’s graphical fidelity and software engines may have arguably perfected the formula, EA continues to develop new aspects and bring them to the table.
The biggest buzz-word during EA’s E3 2018 conference was Madden NFL 19’s “Real Player Motion” technology. EA described this as the next step of their Locomotion system. This will not only help player movement look more natural, but also help open up a suite of ball carrier mechanics. Movements like strafing, tackling, and split-second cuts have been enhanced in order to enrich the in-game experience.
I wanted to speak to a player that could shine some light on how much of an impact these new mechanics would create. So I spoke to “JTibbstv”, who plays Madden NFL competitively for TTP.
Q: To begin, can you give us a introduction to yourself and your eSports background?
A: I have been playing Madden for a while. I decided to get into eSports because it is a great way to spend my time and I found out I could make some serious money from playing a video game!
Q: How long have been playing Madden?
A:I have been playing Madden for about six years now. I love anything football related. I used to love playing NCAA Football and Madden just kind of stuck with me.
Q: In your eyes, how has the game evolved over time, especially during this console generation?
A: I think the game has evolved in two big ways. One being the graphics aspect of it. They have improved dramatically over the years. And two being the prize money going into the big tournaments. I mean you have a chance at thousands of dollars just playing Madden. That’s pretty cool!
Q: What are your initial thoughts of Madden NFL 19?
A: I think Madden NFL 19 will be a solid game. Overall, the game feels the same. However, I’m really hoping I can find my offense and defense early on in the year and have success in it.
Q: With EA’s new “Real Player Motion” technology, can you walk us through the tactile advantages you see coming out of this?
A: Sure. These real player motions are really impressive, especially when running the ball. You can now simulate your favorite player’s movement in a video game and use those traits to your advantage.
Q: How do you feel with Madden NFL 19 getting rid of the RPO?
A: I think it is a downgrade. Mainly because a lot of players still use this.
Q: With the new player features (ie: Push The Pile, One Cut, and the Zone Coverage AI) coming this year, do you foresee a large learning curve for professional players?
A: I don’t think the new running style will affect any pro Madden players early. We all adapt to the game very quickly. So whenever there is a new style put into the game, it takes about a couple weeks to get used them. Then all of a sudden we are comfortable with it and finding new ways to master it.
Q: Madden NFL 19 is the first in quite some time to come to PC, do you see pro players moving from consoles?
A: I don’t think any pro players will move from console mainly because the controls will be too hard in comparison. However, I see this as an opportunity for someone who hasn’t been on the competitive scene to emerge, mainly because of the console use. Who knows, we may see Ninja take up this as an opportunity!
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About The Author: Steve Vegvari
Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.