Madden NFL 16 - Xbox One

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  • Madden NFL 16

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2941 out of 3036)

Product Details

  • Publisher: EA
  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Genre: Sports and Outdoors
  • Release Date: 08/25/2015
  • Edition: Standard Edition


Be the playmaker in Madden NFL 16 with all-new controls that allow you to dominate in the battle for air supremacy. New QB mechanics including body-relative throws and touch passes provide unprecedented depth and control while under center. Combined with a new risk/reward catch and pass-defend system, get ready for the biggest WOW moments in franchise history.


Battle for Air Supremacy

Total Control Passing

— Place the ball where only your receiver can get it with body-relative throws, including high-point, low-point, and the ever popular touch pass.

Become the ultimate dual-threat and terrorize defenses with new pressure avoidance and QB scramble controls.

Receiver/Defender Controls

— Dictate the outcome of each passing play while the ball is in the air for the first time ever in Madden.

For receivers, go for the highlight reel with the 'aggressive' catch or move the chains with the 'possession' catch.

On defense, disrupt the outcome of each play using the new 'play ball' and 'hit receiver' mechanics.

Receivers and defenders deliver the most authentic exchanges to date with new press and zone-chuck interactions, contextual hand-fighting, and a variety of 2-man interactions at the catch point.

Interactions include pass interference penalties, tip balls, knock outs and simultaneous possession catches.

Playmaker Broadcast

Integrated Broadcast Graphics

— Your playmaker highlight reel has arrived with new player spotlights, dynamic goals and achievements, and innovative on-the-field cameras bringing you closer to the game than ever before.

Making plays has never been this much fun and rewarding!

Connected Franchise

— Whether playing solo or online with friends, your quest to build an NFL dynasty begins with Connected Franchise. Interact and build your team with more control with Game Prep.

Want to develop your backup QB? Between matchups, spend extra time on him each week to earn training points without having to force him into the real games before he is ready.

Build your teams' confidence through performance and front office transactions. Balance keeping player's confidence up, to increase abilities and build player XP.

Madden Ultimate Team

— Build your ultimate team with your favorite NFL players from the past and present while dominating the opposition in head-to-head seasons, solo challenges, and more.

Earn coins to buy packs through the online store, where you can trade and auction off items on the road to building the Ultimate Team. Engage with the NFL year round thanks to live content and service updates in the fastest growing mode in Madden.

Skills Trainer

— With 60+ tutorials and drills, Skills Trainer focuses on teaching the strategy behind different passing and run concepts, as well as how to play Madden for new users to the series.

Fan favorite Gauntlet mode returns with all-new Boss Battles, Extra Life challenges, and opportunities to jump or fall levels in a single play.

Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 3036 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend



  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A step in the right direction


    Madden 16 is a game for people of all ages. After all, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates it “E” for everyone. It is reassuring to have a popular game for all ages, especially with the game industry leaning towards bloody and gory games. I am evaluating how Madden’s core features stand after another year, and how the new content has improved the game from previous versions. EA Sports retains most of their Madden Customers because they update the team rosters on a week-by-week basis. Gamers get a lifelike playing experience when they can watch their team on TV and then the next day play with that exact team on Madden. Features like Gauntlet Mode and Ultimate team have not changed but are still fairly new features. Improvements definitely could haven been made, i.e. new boss mode levels for Gauntlet Mode would have been great. There is a new button scheme in the passing game. Previous versions were limited to the amount of loft put on passes. With the Total Control Passing feature the quarterback can high point or low point the receiver and throw body relative passes. The new receiver control system has a range of catches from aggressive to possession catches. On defense you can attempt to make an interception or hit on the receiver to knock the ball out. These types of advancements do not benefit the average madden player due to the difficulty of understanding how they work, however an advanced player can control every aspect of the game. There is a new game type called Draft Champions, it is a shorter season mode where you draft your team and then play a few games with them. It is a nice change of pace from the usual full season modes, but for some reason it requires an Internet connection, which limits the amount of people who can use it. As for the overall game, the new improvements are not going to wow anybody so it really will come down to whether you want the rosters updated weekly. If that is not something you need, then a previous version of the game would be right for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Madden Game Yet!

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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Madden NFL 16 is not just a roster upgrade this year and that's for sure. The gameplay has been massively improved and the new WR/DB interactions make the game more realistic than ever. Being the Playmaker is totally in your hands. The QB you can throw passes in a number of ways such as Touch, High point, and Low Point. New WR mechanics such as Aggressive Catch, RAC catch, and Possession catch allow you to be in control of your WRs. Your user skills on defense will be tested more than ever this year. The new mode Draft Champions brings Fantasy Football into Madden. The mode can be played solo versus the computer or multiplayer vs other competitors. You will go through a 15 round draft to improve off of your base team. The more you play, the more you learn that some Gold players are better for you than some Elite players. You always be able to draft an NFL Legend in the final round of the draft such as Herman Moore, LaDainian Tomlinson, Ray Lewis, John Elway, Jason Taylor, Ty Law, and many more! Wins will be rewarded with content in Madden Ultimate Team. If you lose, you can begin the whole draft process over again. See if you have what it takes to be a Draft Champion. Madden Ultimate Team has also improved. The Journey is a chain of 100+ games and each one is a game-changing moment from a real NFL game. The Journey starts with Super Bowl XLIX and you are the Seahawks on the Patriots 2-yard line trying to rewrite History. This is just one example of the many you will face on The Journey. With all the programs, new challenges, and new legends - there is no better time to try Madden Ultimate Team. If you liked Madden 15 than you will love Madden 16. It provides a fantastic experience all around and is not the same game with a roster update.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great gameplay and graphics,lacking depth as usual

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This years madden looks great and plays great, better than ever before. The gameplay is smooth, and the controls and players react realistically. New throw and catch mechanics are nice. Franchise mode has added XP points that are gained on the field and visible during the game, this is a very nice addition - that being said, Franchise is lacking depth as it always is. There is a lack of detail from name audio, to sorting by attributes, creation and customization is lacking. Compared to other sports games, the franchise mode barely scratches the surface of the detail and experience it could provide. Scouting this year has been blown up to simplify for everyone, and now it is boring and lackluster. Can't sort by attributes during fantasy drafts, no way to get drafted if you are playing as a player, you can only choose your team. As always there are a considerable amount of bugs upon release, i had a couple crashes. Also - if you start a Franchise on the cloud - don't be surprised if you play entire games and they do not register and fail to upload. you will be furious when this happens as I was. Immediately changed from cloud franchise to local disk. Hoping the bugs are fixed soon. Compared to previous maddens this years is pretty solid, but I think we all know this is nowhere close to the experience that EA should be providing given the amount of people that pay for this game. Seems like the "new features" every year are the same. Franchise mode must be developed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perhaps the Best Yet

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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've been playing Madden like clockwork since '09, I was right there with everyone else upset about paying $60 for a "roster update"... I think those days are gone with the next-gen Madden 16. The first to impress is the new response you feel from receivers, the ability to choose how to go about catching a pass can be the difference between 6 points and 4th and long. Also what I love is the ability to adjust the on-field camera angle pre-snap without pausing the game, simply with the D-Pad. Zooming in up close for a power run is awesome, and zooming out to actually see all of your receivers in shotgun is refreshing. The game's modes are certain to keep us all busy for a while, with Ultimate Team and Franchise being joined by a new mode called Draft Champions, with 15 round fantasy drafts. The menu interface is much better than prior years, it doesn't seem overly simplified for the Kinect. Not to be ignored is all of the new animations we see on field this year, these make the game feel much more fleshed out and comparable to actual TV broadcasts. I know they've been claiming this for years, but they finally got it right this time. Of course, the graphics are more than decent. All in all, this year's Madden is sure to deliver, with something for everyone ranging from young noobies to die hard Madden freaks. 5/5

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pretty normal for Madden

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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I haven't purchased Madden since Madden 12, had hoped they would finally have a way to work out most of the bugs the game always seems to have, I should have known better. This is one of the major problems with a yearly title, they have a deadline they need to meet and usually release the games with plenty of bugs and this one has plenty. One of the most frustrating is when I put a back up QB or running back in (or they get injured) and the player that comes in is invisible. Takes some time to get used to using just the ball to run plays, lol. There are also some good things about the game. It looks great. The gang tackling is awesome. Having to take control of the receivers or DB's is pretty cool, you can make aggressive catches on both offense and defense. I have a tendency to make big plays, but also give up big plays on D by playing so aggressively, but it's more enjoyable than sitting back all the time and letting the AI make all the plays. Overall I'd give the game 3 1/2 of 5 stars. I would slightly recommend this game to fans of the Madden series. If you're like me and tend to get a little frustrated with the bugs that come along with playing Madden then maybe you should just pass on it like I have for the last few years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great New Game Mode, Same Old Flaws

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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I played the trial of the game on EA Access before purchasing so I knew exactly what I was getting when I purchased the game. Draft Champions is a great, innovative new game mode but was added at the expense of online team play. As much as I have enjoyed the Draft Champions mode, the gameplay is definitely below the standard set by some of the older games. The new catch and coverage animations allow for passes to be completed into double and triple coverage while defensive backs often do not react to the ball. Also, the quarterback constantly throws the ball while falling backwards or on the run for no reason and elite quarterbacks miss wide open passes even on lower difficulties. Despite these gameplay flaws, I am confident EA can fix them, especially the catch and coverage animations, with a content update and am willing to wait a month for that to happen while I can still trade the game in for $44.00. That being said, I think Madden 16 is worth it for football fans and casual gamers while the hardcore fans like myself will purchase the game no matter what and enjoy it to an extent despite the complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Noob friendlier, player-creator still needs work

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    It's Madden. The traditional criticism that "It's only a $60 roster update" is still PARTLY true. But they actually changed the running system from last year's version (from what I remember). Basically, once your player gets the ball (handoff or after catch), a QTE-alert opens up midscreen during the run. Press the right button and your player makes an appropriate move to gain extra yardage (ex., stiff-arm). No more need to remember the right button combo, the game prompts you for the right button to press. Noob friendlier, indeed. Anyways, the main criticism I have is that any players created get saved to a non-default roster that must be loaded from a sub-menu within a sub-menu within the Settings menu EVERY TIME YOU LOAD THE DISK. Otherwise, your created players/rosters AND depth chart changes are never loaded, only the game default. All it needs in Settings is a 'set as default' option for any customized roster, depth chart, etc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Madden game yet

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    I owned madden 25 and also madden 15. Between these two there was not much difference. The interface looked the same. The game play was the same. It was rather disappointing. But madden 16 has changed a lot. First the interface is a little different. I believe it has upgraded and is a lot better than before. They need to upgrade the trading though or do something about it so it's easier to manage/do. Additionally the game play feels smoother and is more enjoyable. You really control how you can catch the ball or defend it depending on which button you push. There is a an aggressive catch, run after completion, and secure catch I believe. Then on defense there are the same options but instead there are two other options for a secure tackle or defend it I believe. Love how you can be the playmaker and make the plays. Definitely satisfied this year with madden. I hope they add something new and dynamic each year like a storied single player career mode with interactions and what not.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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