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IGN

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8.8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2015

Madden NFL 16's new throwing and passing game ramps up the risk, reward, and realism in new, exciting ways.

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Aug 25, 2015

With a focus on the fundamentals and an eye for simulation-style football, Madden NFL 16 maintains the franchise's upward trajectory. Football fans have a solid title in their hands this season.

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8.8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2015

This year delivers the kind of football moments we've wanted for a long time from the franchise. A clear step forward

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Polygon

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9 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2015

Madden 16's hard-earned successes feel that much more satisfying.

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8 / 10
Aug 25, 2015

EA's juggernaut sports series delivers its 2015 installment with finesse and prowess, making it worth the attention of both fans and newcomers.

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Sep 10, 2015

For the second year in a row, Madden makes smart, interesting changes that genuinely improve the experience.

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Aug 25, 2015

Madden NFL 16 takes another clear step forward this year, featuring some fantastic additions to the passing game and an excellent new mode. After being maligned for so many years, Madden now has a clear sense of momentum that should carry it through the rest of the generation. Absent the bugs and balance issues, which should be addressed soon via patch, this is the best Madden I've played in a decade.

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6.5 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2015

The insistence towards microtransaction-laden Ultimate Team and the new fantasy football-cribbed Draft Champions modes is useless. Throwing, catching, and defending throws have seen some welcomed, long-ignored additions that get a couple yards closer to faithful simulation. You can decide if that's enough.

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Aug 24, 2015

[Madden NFL] 16 has been one of the best in recent history and it's a delight to see EA continually cook up new ways to serve an old dish.

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9 / 10
Sep 2, 2015

Madden 16 builds on last year's fantastic entry in the franchise, and while there's more refinement here than revolution the improvements are meaningful, with the addition of Draft Champions a huge success.

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8.8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2015

Madden continues to improve upon its solid foundation with worthwhile additions like Draft Champions. Most importantly the offensive changes bring more strategy and depth to the core gameplay that makes this one of the more engaging Maddens in recent years.

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6 / 10
Sep 10, 2015

Despite a wealth of new ideas, some of which really push the franchise forward, a series of bugs make Madden NFL 16 a disappointment.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2015

The on-pitch action and the game modes on offer present what is easily the best Madden package of this generation so far.

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Aug 24, 2015

Madden 16 proves that it is far from a mere roster update, with some of the best gameplay improvements in a long time and the incredibly fun and addicting Draft Champions mode.

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78 / 100
Sep 24, 2015

Madden NFL 16 is a good transitional entry in the series, introducing promising features that are either incomplete or weighed down by bugs.

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Aug 31, 2015

With a greater focus on receivers/cornerbacks and a fantastic new Draft Champions mode, Madden NFL 16 represents a vast improvement over last year's game in nearly every way.

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90 / 100
Aug 31, 2015

Many people complain that sports games do not change sufficiently on a yearly basis to warrant another purchase. That is far from the case with Madden NFL 16 as EA Sports and EA Tiburon have introduced some smart, brand new features that are integrated very well. The Draft Champions mode could have easily been just another card-focused mode that the fan base shunned to the side, but it is much more than that. It is an exciting, unique experience that cannot be found in any other sports title. As the gameplay continues to improve, Madden NFL 16 is easily the best football game to have been released in many years

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Sep 4, 2015

There are still problems when it comes to balancing realism with spectacle, but Madden NFL 16 manages to get the mix mostly right. Certainly, when compared to previous releases, there's a far greater sense that what you're playing tallies with what you see on Sundays.

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Sep 8, 2015

Madden 16 is an authentic, challenging simulation that explores key facets of the sport in new ways and adds much to the experience in the process.

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Buy
Sep 14, 2015

The new game of throw and catch alongside modes like Draft Champions makes Madden NFL 16 a great entry in the football franchise.

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