Madden Ratings System Unveiled

A recent article on FiveThirtyEight.com has helped us understand a bit more about what goes into Madden player ratings.  I wish I could say I am impressed.  Madden is one of the most stale and non-simulation sports games in existence, yet it gets touted as being true to the game.

It has always bothered me that Donny Moore seems to have full power to subjectively up someone’s rating because of one big catch, run or block.  I truly miss 2K Football more and more as I read about Madden and the NFL in general.

Here is the breakdown from FiveThirtyEight –

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Getting the Shoe Deal In NBA 2K15

One of the more interesting mysteries I have seen in recent sports titles is people trying to figure out how to get the final Jackson Ellis cut-scene on NBA 2K15 ‘My Player’ mode.  All sorts of videos of people saying ‘THIS is the truth and other people are liars.” are just about as helpful as those that are liars.  Without further delay – here are some of the facts surrounding My Player and where he was in his career upon getting the Jackson Ellis scene.

One this is certainly true – playing the games and not simming them is going to be your best bet.  I simmed quite a few games in my first couple seasons and while I say I regret it from the ‘shoe deal’ perspective.  It actually made it so that my player has realistic career averages compared to what I have now in my third full season in the NBA.

What Are The Facts?

First and foremost – I am convinced that maxing out at least one attribute is key.  I don’t know if it was simply some sort of coincidence, but after playing the first 9 games of the 2017-2018 season I finally got earned enough VC to get the final upgrade for jump shooting.

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My attributes just before/after the final meet up with Jackson Ellis.

I believe you either need to have a single attribute fully upgraded or have used a certain amount of upgrades.

I nearly had a quadruple double in the 10th game of the season.
I nearly had a quadruple double in the 10th game of the season.

The game I got the Jackson Ellis scene from was also a great personal performance where I almost had a quadruple-double.  I don’t believe a Triple-Double or Double-Double count matters so much, but It was my 15th career Triple-Double just in case that does matter.

My Last 10 Games before Jackson Ellis stopped by.
My Last 10 Games before Jackson Ellis stopped by.

I am currently playing 8 minute quarters and using the casual setting.  Does this take away from ‘sim play’?  Sure it does.  However, it also keeps me from playing insanely long games with frustratingly bad teammates and such.  It is just more fun for me.

I did notice that I averaged over 40 points per game and had sporadic Double-Double/Triple-Double performances.

Finally – I had 92 Games Played.  I believe some of these played games are a bit skewed as I certainly started at least 10 games and simmed to the end once they started.  You can look at the actual ‘games played’ by you by going to the Milestones Career Section and scrolling to towards the bottom.  Take a look at the ‘games played’ achievements and you will see how many you have actually played – not simmed.

I hope this has helped you put together a few more ideas about how to get the ‘Wooo!’ scene with Jackson Ellis.  It will take you two more games for him to visit your house and seal the deal.  For me, it was quite awesome as the game after I picked Jordan as my endorsement I got a quadruple double AND the ‘I Got This’ trophy.

Then, I somehow had a more impressive shot a game or two later.

Happy Gaming!

Madden 15 – How To Keep CFM Fresh Until The Next Release

As much as I find it easy to troll EA and Tiburon for their annual cloneware – Madden 15 was the best Madden to date.  That said, it still gets to me that they don’t update rosters after the Super Bowl.  This has left many users to create roster updates and even add newly drafted players to teams in order to replicate what is happening in the league as far as rosters go.

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If you have followed NoobTubeTV over the last few years you will know that I almost exclusively play Offline Connected Franchise Mode.  Moreover, you will know that I almost always use my Cleveland Browns.  Even after finding the perfect sliders and gameplay tweaks CFM will get rather boring after a few seasons.

It is incredibly easy to build up a team into a juggernaut.  You simply need to invest in players that are between 20-26 years old that fit your play-style and keep them to minimum contracts until they are 30.  It is a widely known fact that EA has told Madden gamers that players will start to decline once they hit that age threshold.  Knowing how easy it is to relatively deal with the age issues of players and dominate with your team after a season or two of development it won’t be much of a shock to hear about people trading Madden in while they can still get some decent credit for it or simply leave it on the shelf to collect dust.  Here are a few tips on how to keep your CFM fresh.

  1. Max Contacts – Figure out your favorite players on Offense and Defense and make them fixtures on your team for the rest of their career.  In my case I had to choose between Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel.  Both players were 99 OVR by the time I got to the 2016 season and I decided to sign Johnny for the biggest amount of money and years (I believe it was 7 years, $140 million).  This will help make your salary cap management a bit tougher as you choose who to build your team around.
  2. Don’t Scout Draft Prospects – It really is this simple.  Don’t scout a single prospect during the season and you will quickly realize that what was once an incredibly easy draft process is more like real-life.  It will become more of a lottery system for your team and you won’t be able to find those ‘not so hidden’ gems in later rounds.
  3. Give The CPU More In Trades – It seems that trade logic in sports games has decided to take a nose-dive in realism.  NBA 2K actually has a trade difficulty slider (Madden needs this in the worst way!).  Do not shirk the CPU for their Draft Picks or certain players you know are franchise quality.
  4. One Draft Pick Per Round (At most) – It is far too easy (as stated in #3) to load up on 10-15 draft picks every season.  Make it a personal rule that you will not have more than one pick per round for every draft.  This will prevent you from pwning the draft year-in, year-out.  Madden has some of the dumbest draft logic in all of sports gaming, so don’t act like you really have to worry about the CPU.
  5. Coach Mode – This is something I have yet to do myself.  Simply call the plays for your team, snap the ball and let the AI take care of the rest.  This will make you look at your players in a different light and might even change the way you build your team.