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Does Madden 23 Have Crossplay?

Madden 23 Crossplay

Does Madden NFL 23 have crossplay multiplayer?

Madden NFL 23 did not have cross-platform multiplayer or crossplay in any form at time of release.

The Madden NFL series has never had crossplay and EA Sports has made no mention on this changing with Madden NFL 23 going forward.

Madden NFL 23 crossplay is completely nonexistent in any form. Not only are PlayStation, Xbox, and PC players all segregated from one another, it’s also likely that cross-generation play won’t be included either. This means that PlayStation 4 and 5 players, as well as Xbox One and Series X/S players, will all be prevented from playing with each other.

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Madden 23 Influencers Start A ‘Pack Strike’

Madden 23 Pack Strike

Streamers have decided to draw a line on EA’s loot box system.

Thousands of Madden NFL 23 Ultimate Team players have declared a “Pack Strike” on social media. Madden influencers claim they will no longer be buying currency for the game’s microtransaction mode until changes are made to the odds on drawing desirable items from Ultimate Team’s loot boxes.

#PACKSTRIKE started trending on Tuesday. Streamers say Madden Ultimate Team participants aren’t getting reasonable value out of the game’s expensive bundles.

So far, thousands of Madden NFL Ultimate Team players have pledged to strike, vowing not to buy better players out of the mode’s open market.

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Madden NFL 23 Is Free Today

Madden 23 Free

Madden NFL 23 is free today, allowing you to mix in some Madden football on the first Sunday of NFL football.

For decades, the series has had an annual release a few weeks before the start of the NFL regular season. Madden is currently the only console football simulator, with the College Football delayed until 2023. Madden varies in quality year to year, but it is the only way to get your modern football gaming fill these days.

EA has announced that players will be able to play Madden NFL 23 for free via a trial Sunday September 11th on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, and PS5. This trial will allow players to get their hands on everything the game offers and see how they like it. EA is piggybacking the promotion with another, by selling Madden NFL 23’s All-Madden edition at a 25% discount, making it $74.99 plus tax.

It seems like now’s the best time to jump into the game. The player feedback makes this one of the best Madden entries in years: “There’s nothing revolutionary about Madden NFL 23, but it’s a lot more enjoyable than Madden entries of the last few years.”

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The Best Defensive Playbooks In Madden 23

Madden 23 Best Defensive Playbooks

If you don’t have a solid defense to stop anyone, it won’t matter how many points you can put up on offense.

We’re here to offer up our picks for the best defensive playbooks in Madden 23.

Best Defensive Playbooks in Madden 23

Most playbooks have the same base coverage’s. However, some stand out from the rest due to having a specific coverage or more plays from a single formation.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs playbook boast the 33 defense from the Nickel package, which is arguably the best defense in the early going. The Chiefs also have Even 61 in the 43 package, Dime Normal, Big Nickel, all usable packages. Dime Normal has the DB Blitz 1, which has been terrorizing offenses so far due to how fast defenders can get to the quarterback.

46

A playbook like 46 is in contention for the top playbook available. The playbook has slightly changed from previous years, but it still has meta formations like 33 Nickel, Big Nickel, and 33 Cub Nickel. Dime Normal is a part of this playbook, as is 32 Dollar. Dollar has a bunch of formations that are good against the run and pass.

Multiple D

Multiple D is always a favorite among Madden players, especially those who play MUT. This defensive playbook features most of the formations that one would expect to see. The Nickel formations are once again at the forefront, as well as Dime Normal and Dollar. The 34 defenses haven’t been the best this year, but Multiple D has a large array of 34 formations that players can try and make use of.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Jacksonville Jaguars

The Tampa Bay Bucs playbook owns a spot on the list this year. The Bucs have a unique defensive playbook, as the Nickel formations are different from what we’ve seen before. The Bucs playbook has 33 Cub, as well as 245 Odd and 24 Double A-Gap, which have great blitz packages. Tampa Bay’s book has 34 Bear and 44 Split available as well. Jacksonville has this exact same playbook.

Chicago Bears

The Bears have the 46 Bear, which is one of the most multidimensional defensive formations in the game. Even 61 in 43, Big Nickel, and a Dollar package called 32 Mug round out some of the better packages in the book.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore comes equipped with 33 Cub and Odd as well as 24 Double A-Gap. 1-4-6 is arguably the best formation out of the Dime, with loads of blitz packages and then there’s 2-3-6, which sets up well to slow down mobile quarterbacks.

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Madden 23 Review

Madden 23 Review

Madden 23 is not groundbreaking, but a clear step in the right direction.

Coming off two disappointing years in a row, Madden 23 developers focused on refining the game-play. Visually, Madden 23 did not take a big step forward but improvements to animations and defensive AI make it feel more polished, more enjoyable than the last few years. A respectable step forward for the series.

Game-play Improvements

Madden 23 is filled with advancements that are felt in the games play rather than seen.

A few of the improvements on offense offer a higher degree of control over your players, which in turn make things feel more smooth. On the other side of the ball, the defense is significantly smarter than before, making the experience more realistic.

Perhaps the biggest addition is Madden 23’s refined passing controls, which combine with an accuracy meter to offer more control when putting the ball in tight windows. Those offensive changes are balanced by a pass rush that shows more purpose and tighter zone coverage.

What About the Bugs?

Madden 23 is noticeably less buggy then its predecessors, at least on the field. The developers have stated that they felt Madden 23 was the most polished in recent memory.

Final Verdict

Madden fans will tell you that it hasn’t been a great few years for EA’s football simulation. Madden NFL 23 provides a glimpse of a light with a few smart enhancements to animations, AI, and passing mechanics that make meaningful improvements to the on field experience. It’s not greatness, but Madden 23 takes a meaningful step forward.

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Madden 23 First Impressions

Madden 23 First Impressions

Madden 23 is finally out, here are our first impressions.

There are Noticeable Visual Improvements

Madden 23 doesn’t take a huge leap in visuals when compared to Madden 22, but it does take a noticeable one.

Zone Defense Works Much Better

Being able to trust your A.I. in a coverage you called seems like a given in a football game, that has not been the case in previous iterations of Madden. The defense in Madden 23 makes more sense and in turn, the game is simply more fun.

The New Passing Mechanics Will Benefit the More Skilled Players

The biggest offensive change in Madden 23 is the new passing mechanics. You can still use classic passing, but if you can master the new mechanics it will add another layer to your game. The system is intuitive and adds depth to the experience.

Point of Contact Has Improved

You will notice more animations and more physics-based movement in the new approach EA has chosen. It’s not perfect, there are still issues, however it feels more like real football than previous versions.

Franchise Mode is Significantly Improved

The biggest improvement appears to be to the franchise mode, in line with our observation when beta was released. It is clear EA made the  mode a priority this year.

 

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Madden 23 X-Factors And Superstars

Madden 23 X-Factors And Superstars List

There’s a new group of Superstars and X-Factors in Madden 23, here’s everything we know about them.

X-Factors and Superstars are back in Madden 23. The abilities have been a popular feature since the X-Factor and Superstar systems were introduced in Madden 20.

For the newbies to the franchise, an X-Factor is a player that has a special ability that can be activated during a game while Superstars are given different passive skills to boost their overall stats. Both are valuable and can make the difference between winning and losing a game.

Below, fans can see the full lists of every X-Factor player and their ability along with all Superstars that we know of so far.

Madden 23 X-Factors

The list of X-Factors in Madden 23 is currently based on what was visible in the beta, so things may change before the official release on August 19.

Team Player Position Ability Ability Description
Bills Stefon Diggs WR Rac ‘Em Up Higher chance of winning a RAC catch vs. single coverage
Bills Tre’Davious White CB Shutdown Gets tighter in coverage + has a higher chance of securing an INT on contested balls
Bills Von Miller DE Fearmonger Higher chance of pressuring the QB while getting blocked
Bills Josh Allen QB Bazooka Maximum throw distance is increased
Broncos Russell Wilson QB Blitz Radar Able to identify blitzers at the line of scrimmage
Browns Nick Chubb RB Wrecking Ball Can pull off trucks and stiff arms with greater success
Browns Myles Garrett DE Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Buccaneers Tom Brady QB Pro Reads Highlights the first open receiver and negates pressure
Buccaneers Mike Evans WR Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Buccaneers Lavonte David MLB Run Stuffer Can block shed more effectively against rushing plays
Cardinals Kyler Murray QB Escape Artist Evades pressure more effectively by increasing sprint speed while out of the pocket
Cardinals DeAndre Hopkins WR Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Chargers Keenan Allen WR Max Security Higher chance of winning possession catches
Chargers Khalil Mack OLB Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Chargers Joey Bosa OLB Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Chargers Derwin James Jr. SS Reinforcement Increased chance of causing a pass break-up and performing run blocks
Chiefs Patrick Mahomes QB Bazooka Maximum throw distance is increased
Chiefs Travis Kelce TE Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Chiefs Chris Jones DT Momentum Shift The player wipes all zone progress away from on-field opponents or knocks them out of the zone
Colts DeForest Buckner DT Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Colts Jonathan Taylor HB Freight Train Higher chance to break the player’s next available tackle
Colts Stephon Gilmore CB Shutdown Gets tighter in coverage + has a higher chance of securing an INT on contested balls
Commanders Terry McLaurin WR Ankle Breaker Higher chance to dodge an opponent’s tackle when performing a skill move after the catch
Cowboys Dak Prescott QB Blitz Radar Able to identify blitzers at the line of scrimmage
Cowboys Micah Parsons OLB Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Dolphins Tyreek Hill WR Rac ‘Em Up Higher chance of winning a RAC catch vs. single coverage
49ers George Kittle TE Yac ‘Em Up Higher chance to break the first after-catch tackle
49ers Fred Warner MLB Zone Hawk Higher chance to make an INT in zone coverage
49ers Nick Bosa DE Relentless Pass rush skill moves don’t require points
Packers Aaron Rodgers QB Dots Allows for a perfect pass on any throw
Packers Jaire Alexander CB Shutdown Gets tighter in coverage + has a higher chance of securing an INT on contested balls
Panthers Christian McCaffrey HB Ankle Breaker Higher chance to dodge an opponent’s tackle when performing a skill move after the catch
Raiders Davante Adams WR Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Raiders Darren Waller TE Yac ‘Em Up Higher chance to break the first after-catch tackle
Raiders Chandler Jones OLB Fearmonger Higher chance of pressuring the QB while getting blocked
Rams Cooper Kupp WR Rac ‘Em Up Higher chance of winning a RAC catch vs. single coverage
Rams Aaron Donald DE Blitz Blockers have their resistance bars wiped away
Rams Jalen Ramsey CB Bottleneck Higher chance at winning press attempts in man coverage
Rams Bobby Wagner MLB Avalanche Hit-sticks while running downhill cause forced fumbles
Ravens Lamar Jackson QB Truzz Tackling doesn’t cause a fumble
Saints Alvin Kamara HB Satellite Higher chance to win RAC possession catches vs. coverage
Saints Cameron Jordan DE Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Saints Tyrann Mathieu SS Reinforcement Increased chance of causing a pass break-up and performing run blocks
Seahawks D.K. Metcalf WR Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Steelers T.J. Watt OLB Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Steelers Cameron Heyward DE Fearmonger Higher chance of pressuring the QB while getting blocked
Titans Derrick Henry HB Freight Train Higher chance to break the player’s next available tackle
Vikings Dalvin Cook HB First One Free Increased fakeout rate on a juke, hurdle, or spin when entering the zone
Vikings Justin Jefferson WR Double Me Higher chance of winning aggressive catches vs. single coverage
Vikings Danielle Hunter OLB Unstoppable Force Winning a pass rush engagement yields a quicker block shed
Madden 23 Superstars

As of the time of writing, we don’t know each Superstar’s ability, but we do have an idea of the players that will be Superstars in Madden 23. We’ll update the list when the abilities are officially released.

Team Player Position
Bengals Joe Mixon HB
Bengals Ja’Marr Chase WR
Bengals Jessie Bates III FS
Bills Micah Hyde FS
Bills Jordan Poyer SS
Browns Amari Cooper WR
Browns Wyatt Teller RG
Buccaneers Tristan Wirfs RT
Buccaneers Ryan Jensen C
Buccaneers Vita Vea DT
Buccaneers Shaquil Barrett OLB
Cardinals Rodney Hudson C
Cardinals J.J. Watt DE
Cardinals Budda Baker SS
Chargers J.C. Jackson CB
Chargers Austin Ekeler HB
Chargers Justin Herbet QB
Chargers Mike Williams WR
Colts Quenton Nelson LG
Colts Shaquille Leonard OLB
Commanders Jonathan Allen DT
Commanders Chase Young DE
Cowboys Ekeziel Elliot HB
Cowboys Tyron Smith LT
Cowboys Zack Martin RG
Cowboys Trevon Diggs CB
Dolphins Terron Armstead RT
Dolphins Xavien Howard CB
Eagles Jason Kelce C
Eagles Lane Johnson RT
Eagles Darius Slay Jr. CB
Eagles Fletcher Cox DT
Falcons Kyle Pitts TE
Falcons Cordarelle Patterson HB
49ers Deebo Samuel WR
49ers Trent Williams LT
Jaguars Brandon Scherff RG
Jets Mekhi Becton RT
Packers David Bakhtiari LT
Packers Kenny Clark DT
Panthers D.J. Moore WR
Panthers Brian Burns DE
Patriots Matt Judon OLB
Patriots Devin McCourty FS
Ravens Ronnie Stanley LT
Ravens Mark Andrews TE
Ravens Marlon Humphrey CB
Ravens Calais Campbell DE
Saints Michael Thomas WR
Saints Ryan Ramczyk RT
Saints Marshon Lattimore CB
Saints DeMario Davis MLB
Seahawks Jamal Adams SS
Steelers Diontae Johnson WR
Steelers Minkah Fitzpatrick FS
Steelers Myles Jack MLB
Titans Jeffrey Simmons DE
Titans Kevin Byard FS
Vikings Adam Thielen WR
Vikings Eric Kendricks MLB
Vikings Za’Darius Smith OLB
Vikings Harrison Smith SS

 

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EA Charging Big Fee to Upgrade Madden 23 on PS5 and Xbox Series X

Madden Upgrade

The standard edition of Madden NFL 23 won’t include a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S upgrade.

If you purchase the standard version of Madden 23 on PS4 or Xbox One, for $59.99, you won’t be able to upgrade to its PS5 or Xbox Series X/S version later.

Only those who buy the Madden NFL 23 All Madden Edition, which will run you $99.99, will qualify for a next-gen upgrade.

This matches what we saw last year with the release of FIFA 22. Those who bought the standard edition of EA’s flagship sports game weren’t able to upgrade to next-gen consoles, and instead had to buy the FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition to play across both generations.

In an industry seemingly trying to squeeze every penny out of players, this actually strays from the norm among video game publishers. Most next-gen upgrades are given away for free or sold at a small fee. Few publishers make players buy an entirely fresh copy of a game they already own, just to move between console generations.

Looks like you will have to pay up to play across all gens in Madden 23.

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Is Madden 23 Crossplay?

Madden 23 Cross Play

A lot of people want to know if Madden NFL 23 is going to have crossplay.

In 2023, not only are the console wars going, but the war between current and previous generation consoles is ongoing. There are six different platforms you can play Madden 23 between PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox One and Series X/S.

Does Madden NFL 23 have crossplay multiplayer?

Madden NFL 23 will not have cross-platform multiplayer or crossplay in any form.

The Madden NFL series has never had crossplay and EA Sports has made no zero mention of this changing with Madden NFL 23. With the game’s release approaching, it’s unlikely that EA Sports would have kept a change secret for this long when it would be a selling point for the game.

Madden NFL 23 crossplay is not available in any form. PlayStation, Xbox, and PC players are all segregated from one another, cross-generation play won’t be included either. This means that PlayStation 4 and 5 players, as well as Xbox One and Series X/S players, will all be prevented from playing with each other.

The deluxe editions do include “dual entitlement,” which gives players access to the game on two console generations. PS5 and Xbox Series X/S owners can have both versions of Madden NFL 23 installed on their consoles, allowing them to play multiplayer across both generations. This option unfortunately comes with a higher price tag and eats up your console’s storage.

 

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Madden 23 Fixes One Of Franchise Mode’s Biggest Issues

Madden 23 Franchise Mode Fix

This year’s Franchise mode finally resolved one of the series long running issues.

Earlier this month EA released details on it’s extremely popular Franchise mode and it looks to be much improved thanks to smarter scouting logic, deeper draft classes, and several other key changes. The biggest change revolving around free agency bidding looks to completely change the Franchise mode landscape.

In previous years, because free agency is broken into several phases in Madden, the league advances as a collective from one phase to the next. This allows free agents to pick their new teams based on the contract offers that are most favorable. For any well ran league, this would occur at a scheduled time of day so that all players know what to expect. But having that information also presents a huge, previously unavoidable flaw for everyone involved: If you know when a bidding war is set to end, you can treat Madden like eBay and bid as the window closes.

If you played in a franchise league prior to Madden 23 you likely have been on both sides of the problem. There hasn’t been anyone from stopping anyone from just waiting until the final few seconds to jump ahead with a better deal.

To address this you would need to take the entire free agency process out of the game and into a silent auction.

Madden 23 FINALLY resolves this problem with one long-awaited adjustment. In Madden 23’s free agency period, you can’t see other players bids, nor where yours lands in comparison. As now those who really want a player will need to offer a contract without the intel of knowing exactly what other offers are on the table. This should help Madden players recognize the value of a dollar more than ever before.

Players will still be able to know if their offer is in the range of something appealing to the player. New player motivations will provide insight into what a free agent is looking for in a team–great QB, starting spot, or even an income tax-free state have been mentioned as some examples. All authentic to the sport and, more importantly, create a much better user experience.

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