A very small percentage of individuals may experience epileptic seizures or blackouts when
exposed to certain light patterns or flashing lights. Exposure to certain patterns or backgrounds
on a television screen or when playing video games may trigger epileptic seizures or blackouts
in these individuals. These conditions may trigger previously undetected epileptic symptoms or
seizures in persons who have no history of prior seizures or epilepsy. If you, or anyone in your
family, has an epileptic condition or has had seizures of any kind, consult your physician before
playing. IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE use and consult your physician before resuming gameplay if
you or your child experience any of the following health problems or symptoms:
 dizziness  eye or muscle twitches  disorientation  any involuntary movement
or convulsion.
 altered vision  loss of awareness  seizures
Use and handling of video games to reduce the likelihood
of a seizure
Use in a well-lit area and keep as far away as possible from the television screen.
Avoid large screen televisions. Use the smallest television screen available.
Avoid prolonged use of the PlayStation®3 system. Take a 15-minute break during each hour of play.
Avoid playing when you are tired or need sleep.
Stop using the system immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
lightheadedness, nausea, or a sensation similar to motion sickness; discomfort or pain in the
eyes, ears, hands, arms, or any other part of the body. If the condition persists, consult a doctor.
Use caution when using the DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller motion sensor function. When
using the DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller motion sensor function, be cautious of the following
points. If the controller hits a person or object, this may cause accidental injury or damage. Before
using, check that there is plenty of space around you. When using the controller, grip it firmly
to make sure it cannot slip out of your hand. If using a controller that is connected to the PS3™
system with a USB cable, make sure there is enough space for the cable so that the cable will not
hit a person or object. Also, take care to avoid pulling the cable out of the PS3™ system while
using the controller.
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Do not leave it in direct sunlight or near a radiator or other source of heat.
Be sure to take an occasional rest break during extended play.
Keep this disc clean. Always hold the disc by the edges and keep it in its protective case
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from center to outer edge. Never use solvents or abrasive cleaners.
Getting Started................................3
What’s New In Madden NFL 16.............4
Complete Controls...........................6
Gameplay Features...........................10
Playing the Game...............................13
Game Modes.......................................18
Need Help?.........................................40
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Video output in HD requires cables and an HD-compatible display,
both sold separately.
Voice chat requires a headset, sold separately. Compatible with most
Bluetooth and USB wired headsets. Some limitations apply.
Getting Started
Starting a game: Before use, carefully read the instructions supplied with the
PS3 computer entertainment system. The documentation contains information
on setting up and using your system as well as important safety information.
Check that the MAIN POWER switch (located on the system rear) is turned on. Insert
the Madden NFL 16 disc with the label facing up into the disc slot. Select the icon for
the software title under [Game] in the PS3 system’s home menu, and then press the
S button. Refer to this manual for information on using the software.
Quitting a game: During gameplay, press and hold down the PS button on
the wireless controller for at least 2 seconds. Then select “Quit Game” from the
screen that is displayed.
To remove a disc, touch the eject button after quitting the game.
Trophies: Earn, compare and share trophies that you earn by making
specific in-game accomplishments. Trophies access requires a
PlayStation®Network account.
Saved data for PS3 format software
Saved data for PS3 format software is saved on the system’s hard disk.
The data is displayed under “Saved Game Utility” in the Game menu.
What’s New In Madden NFL 16
Madden NFL 16 brings you the most authentic simulated football experience
to date. More than ever, this year emphasis has been put on catching and the
mechanics behind it.
Enhancements have also been made to game modes such as Franchise and
Madden Ultimate Team (MUT). These improvements, along with the all-new
game mode Draft Champions, make Madden NFL 16 the best offering to date.
Be The Playmaker
Be the playmaker in Madden NFL 16 with all-new controls that allow you to
dominate in the battle for air supremacy. New quarterback (QB) mechanics
include body-relative throws as well as touch passes, so you have
unprecedented depth and control while under pressure.
Draft Champions
Draft Champions allows you to draft a team comprised of today’s NFL stars and
yesterday’s Legends; the draft itself is 15 rounds. First, you will select a Coach,
which provides their playbook and team style, and then select one of three players
offered in each round. From there, they take their team to the field to compete in
Solo or Head-to-Head games. The more you win, the greater the rewards. Franchise
Whether playing solo or online with Friends, your quest to build an NFL dynasty
comes complete with dynamic goals throughout each game. Develop players
with Game Prep and build your team’s confidence through performance and
front office transactions. Balance keeping players’ confidence up to increase
abilities and build player XP.
Madden Ultimate Team (MUT)
Build your Madden Ultimate Team (MUT) 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
Marketplace, 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.
Gatorade™ Skills Trainer
New to Gatorade Skills Trainer are concepts that teach you gameplay skills, as
well as strategy and football concepts. With nearly 50 tutorials and drills, you’ll
learn how to read zone defenses, when to hot route a receiver, and more! Once
you’ve mastered the basics, enter the Gauntlet where your skills will be put to
the ultimate test through intense challenges and boss battles.
Complete Controls
Pre-play Offense
Snap ball (Hurry to Line)
Switch player
Motion player
Flip play
Hot route
Pass protection
Fake snap
Show Play Art
Player Lock
Show/Hide Pre-Play menu
Quiet crowd
S button
A button
A button + left stick Z/X
F button + R button
D button
Q button + right stick
E button
R button
B button
N button
right stick V
High pass to specific receiver
Low pass to specific receiver
Throw to receiver (1)
Lob to receiver (1)
Touch pass to receiver (1)
Bullet pass to receiver (1)
Throw to receiver (2)
Lob to receiver (2)
Touch pass to receiver (2)
Bullet pass to receiver (2)
Throw to receiver (3)
Lob to receiver (3)
Touch pass to receiver (3)
Bullet pass to receiver (3)
Throw to receiver (4)
Lob to receiver (4)
Touch pass to receiver (4)
Bullet pass to receiver (4)
Throw to receiver (5)
Lob to receiver (5)
Touch pass to receiver (5)
Bullet pass to receiver (5)
Pump fake
Check out of play action/scramble
Throw ball away
QB avoidance
Total control passing
Q button + S/A/F/D/E button
W button + S/A/F/D/E button
F button
F button (tap)
F button (double tap)
F button (hold)
S button
S button (tap)
S button (double tap)
S button (hold)
A button
A button (tap)
A button (double tap)
A button (hold)
D button
D button (tap)
D button (double tap)
D button (hold)
E button
E button (tap)
E button (double tap)
E button (hold)
B button, outside pocket right stick
+ direction
R button
N button
right stick + direction
left stick + direction when throwing
Ball Carrier
Stiff arm punch
Stiff arm hold (near defender)
Celebrate (in open field)
Slide/Give Up
Pitch ball
Switch ball hand
Protect ball
Precision modifier (decelerate)
Stutter step
Precision spin
Precision dive
Precision high dive (behind blocker)
Precision hurdle
Acceleration burst
Speed change
Precision juke
Precision jump cut
(behind line of scrimmage)
Back juke
Precision back juke
Precision truck
Lunge for yards
(with stumble recovery icon active)
Stumble recovery
(with stumble recovery icon active)
Truck spin combo
Precision truck spin combo
S button (tap)
S button (hold)
W button + S button (hold)
A button/right stick (half circle)
F button (hold)
F button (tap)
D button
Q button
E button (tap)
E button (hold)
W button
W button (tap)
W button + A button/W button +
right stick (half circle)
W button + F button
W button + F button
W button + D button
R button
W button + R button
Z button/X button
W button + Z button/X button
W button + Z button/X button
right stick V
W button + right stick V
right stick C
W button + right stick C
right stick C
right stick V
right stick C, Y, Z, O, V
W button + right stick C, Y, Z, O, V
Ball Carrier (cont.)
Juke left, spin left combo
Precision juke left, spin left combo
Juke left, spin right combo
Precision juke left, spin right combo
Juke right, spin left combo
Precision juke right, spin left combo
Juke right, spin right combo
Precision juke right, spin right combo
Back juke, spin left combo
Precision back juke, spin left combo
Back juke, spin right combo
Precision back juke, spin right combo
Juke left, juke right combo
Precision juke left, juke right combo
Juke right, juke left combo
Precision juke right, juke left combo
right stick Z, Y, C, I, X
W button + right stick Z, Y, C, I, X
right stick Z, O, V, U, X
W button + right stick Z, O, V, U, X
right stick X, Z, Y, C, I, X
W button + right stick X, Z, Y, C, I, X
right stick X, Z, O, V, U, X
W button + right stick X, Z, O, V, U, X
right stick V, O, Z, Y, C
W button + right stick V, O, Z, Y, C
right stick V, U, X, I, C
W button + right stick V, U, X, I, C
right stick Z, X
W button + right stick Z, X
right stick X, Z
W button + right stick X, Z
Ball in Air/Loose Ball
Auto play/Defensive assist
Switch player
Ball Hawk (on defense)
Acceleration burst
Q button (hold)
A button
D button
D button (hold)
E button
W button
R button
Pre-Play Defense
Individual adjustment
Switch player
Select player
Audible menu
Coverage audible
Defensive line audible
Linebacker audible
Defensive keys
Show Play Art
Show/Hide Pre-Play menu
Pump up crowd
S button
A button
A button (hold) + right stick
F button
D button
Q button
E button
W button
R button (hold)
N button
right stick C
Defensive (Engaged)
Pass rush finesse move
Switch player
Pass rush power move
Hands up/Bat ball
Auto play/Defensive assist
S button
left stick + direction
A button
F button
D button
Q button
Defensive (Pursuit)
Conservative tackle
Precision breakdown tackle
Switch player
Aggressive tackle (close)/
Dive tackle (far)
Auto play/Defensive assist
Strip ball
Acceleration burst
Hit stick
S button
W button + S button
A button
F button
Q button
E button
W button
R button
right stick
Gameplay Features
Defensive Pre-Play Mechanics
High pass With this new mechanic, hold the Q button while throwing the ball to throw
high trajectory passes. This is great for throwing jump balls or just trying to
throw over the defender(s). Low Pass This new mechanic lets you throw low trajectory passes by holding the
W button while throwing the ball. This comes in handy when trying to pick up
a first down and fit the ball in between defenders. Touch Pass Another new mechanic lets you throw a medium touch pass by double tapping
the button of the wide receiver you wish to throw to. This is best used when
trying to lob over linebackers or just over a cornerback’s outstretched arms.
Global Coverage Adjustments
Dictate the type of coverage technique you want your defenders to play:
Shade Underneath Puts defenders in a trail type of coverage where they’ll try
to stay underneath the receivers they’re guarding.
Shade Over Top
Puts defenders into a coverage position where they’ll try to
stay over top of their opponents. They might give up things
underneath, but they won’t get beat going deep.
Shade Outside
Puts defenders in a better position to stop routes going
toward the sideline while giving up space in the middle.
Shade Inside
Puts defenders in a better position to stop routes going toward
the middle of the field while giving up space toward the sideline.
Quick Tip: Using this functionality mixed in with individual coverage adjustments
is a great way to throw off opponents who may be keen to your global coverage
adjustments. You can learn individual coverage adjustments in Skills Trainer.
Protect the Sticks
This adjustment will force flat, hook, and buzz zone defenders to leverage any
routes that are in front of the first down marker. Any affected defenders in
zone assignments also make their zone drop point the first down marker.
Press the D button twice to activate this coverage adjustment.
Bluff Blitz
This defensive hot route can do several things based on the defenders’
locations on the field. When hot routed to bluff blitz, defenders on the line
of scrimmage or in the tackle box will guard the halfback (if he is not already
manned up) or drop into hook zone (if the halfback is manned up). Meanwhile,
defenders not on the line of scrimmage or in the tackle box will make their
initial moves like a blitzer before aborting to their previous assignments.
User Defensive Mechanics
Conservative Tackle Mechanic
Press the S button while the ball carrier is in your vision cone to engage the
ball carrier in a non-big tackle animation. You can toggle the visual aspect of
your vision cone ON or OFF in the settings menu.
Aggressive Tackle Mechanic
When you’re playing as a defender, press the F button while the ball
carrier is in your vision cone to engage the ball carrier in a big hit tackle
animation—but this time, the vision cone’s area of effectiveness will be
smaller than the one for the conservative tackle mechanic!
Assisted Strafe Mechanic
This mechanic lets you align your defender with the ball carrier. While you’re
near and in front of the ball carrier, hold the W button to automatically align
with him and set yourself up to tackle. While in assisted strafe, you can only
move left or right so that you stay in front of the ball carrier.
Pass Rush Mechanics
You no longer move the right stick to rush the quarterback. Now, you can press
the F button to perform power moves or the S button to perform finesse moves.
Blue Routes
When the running back has a blue route, he will stay in to block if his man
blitzes or release out to a pass route if he doesn’t.
Bluffing Play Art
To bluff your play calling during multiplayer games, press and hold the button
that corresponds to the play you wish to select. This secretly selects the
appropriate play. Continue to hold the button while you scroll through other
plays in order to bluff your opponent, and then release the button to exit the
play-calling screen.
Faded Receiver Icons
Your receiver’s icon may be faded for the first few moments of the route before
becoming more solid. This indicates your receiver’s awareness. Your receiver
won’t be looking to catch the ball within the first five yards of a long streak
pattern. A fully lit icon means that your receiver is ready for a pass, but make
sure he’s open before throwing the ball.
Playing the Game
Game Screen
3 5
2 4
Away team
Home team
Timeouts remaining
Play Art
7. Quarter
8. Time Remaining
9. Down and distance
10.Starting line
11. Play clock
12.Receiver icons
Pause Menu
Pick up where you last paused the game.
Instant Replay Check out the previous play from various replay angles.
Call Timeout
Give your team a rest and stop the game clock.
Super Sim
Skip forward one play, one drive or even a whole quarter into the game. It’s
only available when calling plays.
Leave the game or restart it from the opening kickoff. All progress from the
current game will be lost.
Look back at video highlights and replays from the course of the game.
Game Stats
View all statistics that have accumulated in the game so far.
Depth Chart
Manage your roster and move any player to the starting role.
Challenge Play
Challenge the referee’s ruling on the field.
Medical Center
View all the injuries that have occurred during the game.
Custom Audibles
Set specific audibles for each formation in your playbook.
Game Options
Change various game settings including difficulty,
gameplay sliders, and volume control.
Set the frequency of specified penalties called in the game.
Player Skill
Adjust the skill and performance of CPU players on your team.
CPU Skill Adjust all facets for the CPU in the game.
Visual Feedback Toggle the multiple visual indicators ON or OFF in gameplay.
Volume Control
Adjust the volume of different areas of the game.
Game Controls
View the Complete Controls section of the in-game manual.
Basic Controls
View the Basic Controls section of the in-game manual.
Controller Select
Bring another player into the game or switch the team you’re controlling.
Main Menu
Home Panel
Select to jump right into a game, and see what’s new to Madden NFL 16.
Play Panel
Access Madden Ultimate Team (MUT), Franchise, the all-new Draft Champions, and
Skills Trainer. Here you can also find Play Now, Online Head-to-Head, and Practice!
Share Panel
Madden Share allows you to upload or download custom playbooks, gameplay
sliders, or custom rosters with the entire Madden NFL community. Once you’ve
downloaded a piece of content from Madden Share, you have the ability to view
more content from the creator and even rate their work.
Download Community Files
The Community Files screen is where you can see all the different types of files
that have been shared by the entire Madden NFL community. You can select
a file to download or visit that creator’s personal screen and see their other
shared files. You can also filter your list to view only Custom Roster, Offensive
Playbook, Defensive Playbook, or Custom Sliders.
Share My Files
When you feel like you’ve created the supreme custom playbook, roster, or
sliders, come here to share it amongst the entire Madden NFL community.
My Downloads
Keep track of all the files you’ve downloaded and rate the content. This is how the
Madden NFL community knows which piece of content or creator reigns supreme.
Customize Panel
Manage Rosters
A bevy of options are at your disposal inside Manage Rosters. Edit any team’s
players or roster, whether it’s via trade, signing free agents, or actually editing
an individual’s appearance, jersey number, or even ratings. Saving whatever
changes you make to the roster is how you create custom rosters. You can
always share these creations with the Madden NFL Community via Madden
Share or import them into your Franchise.
Customize Playbooks
Have you ever wished your favorite offensive playbook had more formations
or plays that you’ve seen on other teams? Creating a custom playbook solves
that problem. First, pick a base playbook that you are already familiar with,
and then add any other play that is available in the game. You can also create
a defensive custom playbook and even customize your set audibles while you
create your custom playbook.
Adjust any and all gameplay settings such as play call style, difficulty level,
sliders, and much more. You can also update your EA Account, assign your
Auto-Subs, check out the latest news, and look over a FAQ.
Share & Manage Files
Save, load, or delete any files in your possession as well as share your created
custom playbook, roster, or sliders amongst the entire Madden NFL community.
Gridiron Club
With the Gridiron Club you can view your loyalty awards for playing past
EA SPORTS titles. Playing previous titles earns you loyalty and is rewarded
with Madden Ultimate Team (MUT) coins.
Creation Center
Create new players and customize their uniform options. You can come here
and customize pants, socks, or jerseys until everything is the way you want it.
Redeem any preorder bonus or promotion that may be associated with
Madden NFL 16, or check out the credits.
Game Modes
What is Franchise?
Franchise is where gridiron legends are made. Take control of an active NFL
Player, Coach, or Owner, or create your own as you aim for the Hall of Fame
and experience the highs (and lows, if you’re not careful) along the way. All of
the excitement and drama of the NFL can be found—and lived—in Franchise.
What’s New in Franchise?
This year, the process of starting up in Franchise mode is streamlined so you
can start playing more quickly. First, choose between Online and Offline. Online
has faster week advances and gives you the ability to access your league online,
while also giving you the freedom to invite your Friends. Offline still gives you
the ability to create multiple offline characters and saves your league locally.
Once you select your team, you can either customize your experience further
or start playing immediately.
Game Prep
Game Prep gives you control over every facet of your team’s preparation
against future opponents through a variety of activities. For Game Prep, you are
given a certain number of hours to allocate improvements, and it’s up to you to
decide what to focus on each week. There are three primary types of activities
and Drills you can choose from:
Earn XP
As an Owner or Coach, select an activity involving a
specific position group or player to earn experience points
that can be used to progress their attributes. As a Player,
work on gaining experience points for your own character.
Confidence Drills
As an Owner or Coach, you’ll have the opportunity to
increase the Confidence rating of your players. Install
Schemes for a small boost to each player, or focus more
heavily on a certain group or player for a bigger Confidence
boost. As a player, you’re only going to be worried about
increasing your own Confidence rating.
In-Game Drills
Similar to Madden NFL’s Skills Trainer, this is your
chance to get some one-on-one time with your players.
You’ll demonstrate their abilities on the field and learn
the intricacies and controls for specific techniques.
For instance, as a Coach or Owner, you can take your
quarterback through a lesson where he’ll learn how to
recognize a Cover 3 defense, and passing the drill rewards
them with XP. As a Player, you’ll find drills tailored to your
position; for instance, as a cornerback, you might learn
how to become a Ball Hawk.
Confidence Rating
Game Prep’s Confidence Drills gives each of your players a Confidence rating
that adjusts based on team performance, signing top free agents, or winning
home games. Confidence can also decrease when you lose home games or
trade away a great player. A confident team is more likely to perform well and
a less confident team is not. As a Player, focus on building your character’s
Confidence rating to ensure you make the most of your on-field opportunities.
Randomized Draft Classes with Branching Storylines
Players are completely randomized from the ground up, including everything
from player attributes and names to height and weight. Build your team
knowing you’re the only player in the world with that exact roster!
The best part of these draft classes is that they retain a key immersive feature from
previous years: Branching Storylines! Each year, your draft class will feature all the
twists and turns that real NFL Draft prospects experience throughout their final year(s)
of college. There’s even a chance that an underclassman you’ve been scouting decides
to stay in school for his senior year and you’ll have to choose another prospect. All of
the unpredictability that you expect, you can find in Madden NFL 16.
Multiple Advance Points
Have you ever wanted to be an armchair General Manager and only worry about
the offseason with free agency and the NFL Draft? Maybe you’d like to go to
the playoffs right after you clinch the top seed in your conference? Now you
can, thanks to multiple advance points. But don’t worry if you’d like to play
each week of the year like you’re used to, because the standard week-to-week
method is still available in Madden NFL 16.
Commissioner Tools
Madden NFL 16 features tools for Commissioners to use at their disposal,
giving leagues more control than ever before over how they are run.
Auto-Pilot Length
If you know you’ll be out of town or unavailable for an extended
amount of time, you can now set yourself or other users to
auto-pilot for multiple weeks. This feature is also available for
league members and not strictly limited to Commissioners.
Running a multiple-user Online Franchise can be extremely
time-consuming—but life can happen at any moment.
Franchise understands that. Now, you’ll have the option to
designate another user as a second Commissioner, making
sure your league never has to worry if you’re not available
to advance the week. This feature can be added and
removed by the original Commissioner.
Short-Term Injured Reserve
When an injured player is placed on Short-Term Injured Reserve (IR), he is
eligible to return after eight weeks. You have the same ability, which is great
for Coaches and Owners who want to hold onto a player without forcing him to
miss the entire season.
32-Player Control (Offline)
In offline Franchise mode, you can control one character from each of
the 32 franchises. For example, you can be the owner of the Jacksonville
Jaguars, the head coach of the San Diego Chargers, and the starting
quarterback for the St. Louis Rams.
Owner Mode
Select a backstory if you choose to start as a created owner. Backstories
provide an identity to your character and also have an in-game impact. The
three backstories for an owner are:
Former Player
Gives you an advantage when it comes to team popularity,
starting you off with $3 million in available funds.
Lifelong Fan
Gives you an advantage with fans, starting you off with
$3 million in available funds.
Financial Mogul
Gives you an advantage financially as you’ll start with
$7 million in funds, but you’ll start with no Legacy score
and player happiness will be low.
Who doesn’t want to be the owner making the most money in the league?
Having a successful team that performs on game day while making all the right
business decisions will help propel you up the revenue leaderboard.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed as an owner, so an advisor is available
from every aspect of Owner mode to help you out and keep you updated on
everything that’s going down.
Price Setting
Owners have the power to set the prices of tickets, concessions, and
merchandise. Are you in a situation where you aren’t selling out your home
games? You might have to lower your ticket prices to lure customers back
through the doors. Perhaps your stadium is at maximum capacity and you have
the urge to hike up concessions.
The options are endless, but you can be sure your fans will let you know how
you’re treating them. You can begin altering prices by going to the Owner tab
and navigating to the Finances advisor.
Team Value
Team Value is determined by how you rank in eight different categories.
Having the highest Team Value is a distinction that every owner in the
NFL would love to boast. The eight categories that affect your overall
Team Value are Fan Happiness, Team Success, Popularity, Staff, Stadium,
Concession, Merchandise, and Tickets.
The owner who ranks first in Team Value needs to be well-rounded in every
facet of the game. It’s also important to note that the signing bonus you
allocate to free agents or players from your own team when you re-sign them is
pulled from the funds that help make up your Team Value.
Team Popularity
Team Popularity is a key component when it comes to understanding how you’re
earning revenue. There are three different levels of popularity: National, Regional,
and Local. The four factors that play the biggest role in determining your Team
Popularity are Team Success, Fan Happiness, Primetime Wins, and Market Size.
Having success on Monday or Sunday night as well as in the playoffs will pay
huge rewards in your National popularity. Having a high National popularity
equates to more jersey sales and you can start accumulating the extra dollars it
takes to bring in that key free agent or renovate your stadium.
Staff Hiring
Having a solid staff not only benefits your team’s success but also affects your
fan happiness. A great staff starts with a Head Coach. Should you happen to
need a new Head Coach, look to make a big splash by signing one with a high
coaching level. A high coaching level translates to more scouting points, which
creates more thorough scouting than the rest of the league. Next, you’ll need a
Scout. If you’re an owner who loves to discover a wide receiver’s speed, find a
Scout who specializes in WR Speed and you’ll be able to scout that attribute at
a discount. The last piece to a great staff is the Trainer who manages to slow
regression and build players back up after returning from an injury.
Fan Happiness
Staying up to date with your fan base is crucial for your overall success as an
owner. They’ll make their voices heard when things are going well and be even
more vocal if something isn’t meeting their standards. You can quickly gauge your
fan base by going to the Owner tab and meeting with the Fan Happiness advisor.
Knowing how popular your team and players are is a vital tool when it comes
to earning more revenue. The Marketing advisor will inform you on where your
team stands compared to the rest of the league and even whose jersey is
selling the most. Jersey sales are determined by a player’s personality rating,
age, overall, and position.
Media Statements
Throughout the season, you’re going to answer questions from the media,
setting the tone for the entire fan base. If you guarantee a Super Bowl and
miss the playoffs, your fans will be calling for your job! You’ll be notified when
it’s time to address the media in the Actions tab.
Stadium Upgrades
Keeping your stadium up to date with the latest and greatest technology will
keep your fans coming back to the stadium and paying top dollar. You can
choose to renovate or upgrade various parts of the stadium. If things are really
bad, you can even choose to rebuild the stadium from the ground up.
In case things just aren’t working out or you feel the grass is greener on the
other side, you can opt to relocate your entire franchise to a different city.
There are a several cities to choose from, and some might even help pay for
you to pack up the moving trucks.
Choose City
Relocating the franchise is a four-step process. Where you’ll be moving to is
the first important decision. The 17 eligible cities to relocate to are:
`` London, England
`` Los Angeles, California
`` Mexico City, Mexico
`` Toronto, Canada
`` San Antonio, Texas
`` Orlando, Florida
`` Salt Lake City, Utah
`` Brooklyn, New York
`` Memphis, Tennessee
`` Chicago, Illinois
`` Sacramento, California
`` Columbus, Ohio
`` Portland, Oregon
`` Austin, Texas
`` Dublin, Ireland
`` Houston, Texas
`` Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Choose Name
The next week you’ll have to decide on a team name and logo. You’ll have the
option to retain the current team name of the franchise or pick from a list of
three new names that cater to the city that you’re moving to. Be sure to take
into account the Fan Interest of each name.
Choose Uniform
Next, choose what your team will wear from a Classic, Modern, or Traditional
style uniform. Again, it’s important to also consider what the popular choice is
as it will affect how excited your new fan base will be.
Choose Stadium
Finally, it’s time to select a stadium you can call home. There are 10 stadiums
ranging in both style and cost. You might be able to pay off the Basic Canopy
Stadium the quickest, but you run the risk of not attracting as many fans to the
field if you disregard the more luxurious options.
Roster Building
Personality Rating Helps determine how marketable the player is. The more
marketable the player, the better chance he’ll have of
becoming a top-10 selling jersey in the NFL, which, of
course, means more money for the owner.
Physical Rating
Calculated from a player’s physical ratings, player type
and position. For example, a wide receiver’s physical
rating would weigh heavier on speed, agility, jumping,
and catching, whereas an offensive lineman is weighed
on run, pass, and impact blocking.
Intangible Rating Calculated off of a player’s intangible ratings. Player
type and position are also taken into consideration.
For example, a quarterback’s intangible rating would be
weighed heavier on short, medium, and deep accuracy
while a defensive end is weighed on block shedding,
power, and finesse moves.
Size Rating
Calculated from the height and weight of a player
while also factoring in the position and player type. For
example, a Power running back who is 6’0” and 247
lbs. would have a 99 size rating. If he were a Speed
halfback, his size grade would be considerably lower.
Production Rating Calculated from the player’s season and career stats,
position, and age. It is important to understand that a
rookie will enter with a production rating of zero, but this
increases as he begins to produce on the field.
Durability Rating Injury, stamina, and toughness are all factored in when
determining the durability rating. The player’s age and
position are also taken into consideration.
Player Types & Schemes
It is important to understand the scheme your team runs and what player type
they look for during specific positions.
As each NFL team evaluates players differently, it’s essential to know what piques
their interest and inspires them to value you even higher. For example, if you’re a
receiving back looking to crack into the Arizona Cardinals starting lineup, you may
find yourself buried on the depth chart. The Cardinals are a Power Run offense,
looking for a Power halfback. Your overall rating will be lower in that system than
it will be in Philadelphia, who is looking for a Receiving halfback.
Re-Signing Players
During the regular season, you’ll notice pending free agents want to start
negotiations on a new deal. If you decide against negotiating in the middle of
the season, you’ll have one last opportunity to re-sign your own free agents
to-be at this stage of the offseason. Before you choose to re-sign a player,
remember that during the offseason, it’s important to understand your team’s
finances because you’ll have to choose if it’s best to re-sign a player, use the
franchise tag, or opt to replenish the roster in free agency or the draft.
If you do decide to enter into negotiations with one of your players at this
stage, make sure it’s an offer that suits both you and the player. If the player
declines to sign the deal, he’ll be off to test the open free agent market, so
make your first offer count!
Free Agency Bidding
After having a chance to re-sign your own free agents, you’ll then have your
pick of the litter in free agency. This free-agency period is a time when teams
can beef up their roster in a hurry—assuming your team has plenty of salary
cap space and the right free agents are on the market.
You’ll first notice each player has a current market value, which essentially
tells you what you can expect to pay for the services of that player. You’ll also
notice the logos from other teams in the NFL; these are all the teams that have
an interest in that player.
Contract Offers
After offering your initial contract to the free agents who you’ve targeted, you’ll
have to advance the week to get an update on the player. Go back into the free
agency screen and sort by My Negotiations for a quick view of all the players
you are attempting to sign.
At this point, you’ll see whether the player has decided to sign with you,
accepted another team’s offer, or is still deciding. If the player has not made a
decision, you have the option to increase your offer, pull your offer, or keep it as
is. Free agency lasts four weeks so make sure you keep an eye on everything.
After the free agency period has ended, it’s off to the NFL Draft!
From this hub you’ll see the draft order plus a list of actions you can take. While
another team is on the clock, you can offer a trade to that team and move up in the
draft order, take a look at the overall draft board, or advance the draft. Sticking around
and watching the action unfold has never felt as alive as it does in Madden NFL 16.
You’ll see messages start flying in as sports personalities react to the most
recent selection. If you’re looking to speed up the process, you can advance to
the next user pick to bypass all draft selections by the AI.
Signing Rookies
This task is automatically completed for you as a way to replicate the new way
rookie contracts are constructed in the NFL.
Playing as a Coach
Coach Progression
Each coach in Madden NFL 16 has a Coach Level. It begins at Level 1 and can
reach Level 30. If you create a coach, you’ll enter the league as a Level 1; this
gives you easier team goals, but you’ll be paying full price for packages. As
you begin to have success, you start to level up. A Level 30 coach will have
extremely high team goals based on their success, but they can purchase
packages at a discounted price.
Spending XP
Spending XP as a coach is much different than spending it as a player. As a
coach, you’ll have the option to spend your XP on packages that decrease
the odds of a player retiring, make it easier for you to re-sign a player, boost
the amount of XP a particular position earns, or even increase the amount of
Scouting Points you earn every week.
Progressing Players
As a coach, not only can you accrue XP and Scouting Points to use
for yourself, but your players will also earn XP based on their in-game
performance and their set of personal goals. You can choose to apply that
XP yourself or allow the AI to do it for you.
The benefits of applying XP on your own is that you can start to shape your
players based on how you want them to fit into your system. If you want
the smartest team in the league, use all of your XP on Awareness and Play
Recognition. However, if you just want to beef up the weaknesses of players
on your squad to make them well-rounded contributors, you can go that route
as well. The choice is yours to make.
Of course, applying XP to every player on your roster can be time consuming.
In that case, you can choose to spend the XP of key players, and then delegate
the AI to apply everyone else’s XP. Not only does this save time, but it also
ensures that everyone is using the XP they have earned.
Playing as a Player
Creating a Player
Play as an active NFL player, or create your own character. New in
Madden NFL 16 is the ability to see where you’ll place on the depth chart
of each team as you choose your team franchise.
The three options for a player backstory are: Early Draft Pick, Late Round
Pick, and Undrafted. Playing as an early draft pick will give you the highest
possible ratings for a rookie, but you’ll also have much higher on-field
expectations than an undrafted rookie.
Season, Weekly, and Milestone are the three types of goals you have as a player.
Reach your goals to earn XP, which you use to improve your player attributes.
Spending XP
You begin to accumulate XP throughout the season based on your on-field performance.
Once you have enough XP, you can buy packages to boost any player’s ratings.
You can retire your player at any time. This gives you the option to select
a new player, Coach, or Owner and pick up at the same exact point in the
season or year in which you left.
Legacy Score
All awards from MVP to Super Bowl championships count toward your Legacy score.
The Legacy Score determines how you’re judged against the greatest NFL players in
history—you’ll need a high enough Legacy score to end up in the Hall of Fame!
Draft Champions
Starting your Draft Champions Campaign
Select DRAFT CHAMPIONS from the main menu to get started. You can view
information covering the basics of Draft Champions and choose what type
of draft you would like to participate in, such as Solo Draft or Head-to-Head
Draft. In Solo Draft, you compete against the CPU; in Head-to-Head Draft, you
compete against other users to earn even greater rewards.
Draft Functionality
The draft consists of 15 rounds, starting with a chance to pick your coach. This can
help define the tone for the rest of your draft picks, depending on how you like to play
football—your coach’s Team Style and Playbooks will automatically be selected with him.
After selecting a Coach, you begin drafting players. On the first page, a player’s
Overall rating and Team Style are displayed. Press the E or Q button to turn
the page and view the player’s Key Attributes for that position, along with their
Team Style bonus. Press the F button to compare the highlighted player with other
players in that position, and press the S button to confirm your player selection.
Each selected player is added to your base team in the Lineup, adjusting the Team
Style and OVR. You can review your completed team on the Summary screen.
Team Styles
Coaches have four Team Styles on offense and defense, which boost Key Attributes
for your players. To see more information about the Coach’s Team Styles, press the
E or Q button to flip through pages and learn the impact of each Style.
The Base Team
In Draft Champions, you’ll start with a base team that provides the essentials to build
on your selections in the draft. You’ll have one lower-rated player at each position.
The Hub
After completing the Draft, you’ll enter the Draft Championship hub. Here,
you can customize your lineup further in Adjust Lineup, view your Coaching &
Equipment information, or track your status on the Progress screen.
Madden Ultimate Team (MUT)
What is Madden Ultimate Team (MUT)?
Welcome to the fantasy football mode where you create your Madden Ultimate
Team (MUT). You’ll receive a squad of starter players and can choose one of
eight Team Styles to be your initial focus.
Collect players and other items with Auctions and packs available to purchase in
the Store, or earned in specific game modes. Play games to earn coins (the in-game
currency). Spend real cash in exchange for points to redeem for packs and bundles.
Upgrade your team with new items you’ve acquired. Don’t forget to use the Trade Block
to exchange extra or unwanted items with other players for items you actually need.
Dominate on the Gridiron in Solo Challenges and 10-game Head-to-Head
Seasons tournaments featuring playoffs, multiple levels, and even Super Bowls.
New Ultimate Moments in Solo Challenges
Ultimate Moments are Solo Challenges that begin with a game in progress. You will
be dropped right into this season’s most exciting games with the ability to recreate
or change history—experience some of the NFL’s most exciting moments!
Diving Into Madden Ultimate Team (MUT)
To get started, select M16 ULTIMATE TEAM from the Play panel, choose your
team’s uniform and a free style pack based on how you want to dominate out
on the field. If you like to throw the bomb, choose the Long Pass Style Pack.
If you want to control the clock and grind the yards, choose the Ground and
Pound. Don’t worry about these options; you can change your Team Style later.
What is Style?
Individual players and coaches bring their own style bonuses to your team, and
those are combined into an overall Team Style rating that boosts Key Attributes
for your players. There are four Team Styles on offense and four on defense:
Offensive Styles
`` Short Pass
`` Long Pass
`` Ground and Pound
`` Speed Run
Defensive Styles
`` Pass Rush
`` Run Stuff
`` Man Coverage
`` Zone Coverage
Each style boosts your team in one particular play strategy. For example, Pass
Rush helps your defenders shed blocks and pursue the ball carrier. Your team is
limited to one style choice until you achieve a team overall rating (OVR) of at least
85. This unlocks a second Team Style, letting you customize your team even more.
How Do I Upgrade My Team?
Play Solo Challenge games against the CPU to earn coins to spend on items
and packs in the Store. You can also earn coins by selling items in the Auction
House, or using the quicksell value on any item from your Item Binder.
What’s a Pack?
A pack contains several random items that you can collect to upgrade your
team. Most packs include several player items and also a few non-player items
such as playbooks, uniforms, coaches, collectibles, or stadiums. You may earn
packs as loyalty rewards or rewards for Sets, Seasons, or Solo Challenges. You
can also buy individual packs or bundles of packs in the Store.
What’s a Tier?
Tier is the measure of an item’s quality. Items of higher tiers are typically more
powerful or useful than those of lower tiers. Items are color-coded by tier so
you can easily judge their quality.
Elite items aren’t found in every pack, but sometimes an elite item replaces a
gold item. A few packs or bundles may include guaranteed elite tier items, as
their descriptions will explain in the Store.
What’s a Program?
Some items are part of a program. There are many programs offered
throughout the year such as Draft, Fantasy, or Playoff. Each program has a
special group of items tied to a central theme, and special events like Solo
Challenges or Sets are often based on a program. You can filter your item
searches by program in the Item Binder, Auctions, and Trades.
Now, let’s examine each tab in the mode and see what’s available to help
upgrade your team!
From the MUT menu, select the Live tab to find special announcements about
content updates for the mode. You’ll see new Solo Challenges and Sets to
collect appearing several times a week. Make sure to check out new events
regularly to find the best players to upgrade your team with.
The Live tab presents helpful tasks to teach you about Ultimate Team Objectives.
You’ll receive a reward for completing all tasks, so be sure to finish them all and
be on the lookout for new lists throughout the season. Objective tasks include
gaining specified stats and even completing Solo Challenges or Sets.
The Play tab allows you to play with your MUT. Solo Challenges are single-player
games against teams controlled by the CPU. Head-to-Head Seasons are ongoing
tournaments where you can play against other random MUT players. You can
also play a Friend in a head-to-head game from the Play tab.
Solo Challenges
There are many categories of Solo Challenges to play, with four levels of
difficulty and varying quarter lengths. Select a Solo Challenge to see all
the details about it. Some Solo Challenges have entry requirements based
on collectibles or Team Style ratings. Start with the Preseason games and
progress into the Regular Season to begin earning coins and item rewards.
New Solo Challenges are added all the time, so check the Live hub often to
find them. You can also continue right where you left off with the Continue
Solo Challenges Tile in the MUT hub.
Head to Head Seasons
Head-to-Head Seasons provide tournament experiences with a series of
10-game seasons against other random MUT players. Win enough games in
a season and you might make the playoffs and advance to the next level.
There are eight levels in all, and each one has its own playoffs and Super Bowl.
You’ll earn coins and item rewards along the way.
Start a Seasons tournament today, and complete the games at your own pace;
there’s no time limit! Play a little or play a lot, and you’ll always match up with a
player with similar skills and OVR.
On the Marketplace tab, you’ll find a featured offer along with access to the
Store, Auction House, and Trade Block.
Purchase items with the coins you’ve earned from Solo Challenges and
Auctions, or the points you’ve bought. You’ll find several different kinds of
packs at various prices. Each pack includes a number of random items with the
chance to find a high-quality elite player.
You’ll also find pack bundles that provide a bulk purchase discount. Some large
pack bundles come with a guaranteed elite player as a special bonus. Visit the
Store often to find special limited-time promotions and sales.
What Are Points?
You can purchase points with real cash and redeem them for bundles and
other special items.
Auction House
You can access Auctions & Trades from the Marketplace tab to buy and sell
items with other players. This is a great way to find the items you need, or turn
unused items into coins. You can search Auctions by type, tier, position, team,
style, and overall player rating. Time remaining in the Auction is displayed for
each item, so plan your strategy accordingly. When someone places a bid with
less than 20 seconds left, the auction timer will reset to 20 seconds.
To place one of your items in the Auction House, bring up the Item Viewer and
choose AUCTION. You can determine the duration, starting price, and buy-it-now
price for your item auction. Some items may be assessed an auction fee.
You can examine your posted auctions and active bids from the
Auctions & Trade hub as well.
Trade Block
The Trade Block lets you exchange items with other players. You may get a
great deal by trading an item that’s not in your lineup but might be useful to
another player, and receiving something valuable to you in return. You can
search the Trade Block in the same way you searched the Auction House. To
post an item, select TRADE from the Item Viewer. Describe what you want
with duration, type, tier, position, team, style, or rating. Once an offer is made,
decide whether to accept it and complete the trade, or decline it.
Manage the trades you’ve posted and the offers you’ve made from the
Auctions & Trade hub.
The Team tab helps you manage all aspects of your team. You can visit your
Lineup, adjust your Coaching and Equipment, and manage contracts and styles
with Team Management.
Select ADJUST LINEUP to examine your Lineup. Choose a player to move up
and down between specific chart positions; select a player to see possible
substitutions. Choose TEAM OPTIONS to edit your Team Style or BEST
LINEUP to have the CPU automatically generate your team based on overall
rating or style. Page left or right to see other stats of your team, such as
Offense, Defense, and Specialist.
Your players and coaches need contracts to play games. Each game played uses
up one contract for that player or coach. In the Item Viewer on the Key Attributes
page, you can view the remaining contracts for each player or coach. You can
extend contracts from there, or extend the contracts of your head coach and all
the players in your lineup on the Team Management screen found in the Team tab.
On the Items tab, you can view and manage all the items you own. You can
flip through your Item Binder filters and sort tools options. Check out your
unopened packs on the Items tab, and examine all the Sets available as well.
Item Binder
Use the filters to help find the items you’re looking for, and sort with the dropdown list in the upper right corner. Select an item to view with the Item Viewer,
which provides many actions such as Compare, Promote to Starter, Extend
Contracts, Add to Set, Auction, Trade, or Quicksell. Flip through the pages of
details on each item including Key Attributes, style bonus, and description.
From the Items tab, Sets (formerly known as “collections”) are a great way to
earn coins and item rewards for any of the items in your collection. Browse
through the different Sets to examine their requirements and rewards. The
Item Viewer has an Add to Set option, or you can examine the Set to see which
of your items can be added. You can also search the Auction House to fill the
Set and you’ll automatically receive the reward when the last required item is
added. New Sets are added every week so check back often!
How to Succeed in MUT
Coins are the in-game currency of MUT, and are rewarded for winning games
and completing Sets. You can use coins to purchase packs in the Store or bid
in the Auction House. Points are new this year, and you can purchase them with
real cash and then redeem them for special items like bundles.
Earn more coins by completing Solo Challenges, finishing Sets, or selling
items in the Auction House. You can also quicksell many of the items you’re
not currently using to earn a few coins. Every day there are new events
added to the mode, and you can find out about all the most recent news on
the Live hub when you enter MUT.
Now that you have a feel for the mode, it’s time to learn about the items you
can collect to build your team. There are a few basic categories.
Players make up the lineup of your Ultimate Team. Over 1,400 players from
all 32 NFL teams are available for you to collect, including some legendary
players from the past. Players have an overall rating (OVR), a preferred
position, contracts, style bonus, and many other attributes that directly
affect their play on the field.
When you’re viewing a single item, you can page through several views to see
Key Attributes, the item’s style bonus, and other important information.
Team Items
You’ll also find Head Coach, uniform, stadium, and playbook items in most
packs to customize your team in many ways (although only head coaches and
playbooks affect gameplay). When you change your home uniform, your favorite
team is also changed to match throughout the Ultimate Team mode.
Collectibles are special items you’ll find in packs that represent key plays,
important victories, and all kinds of football-related items and events. You can’t
add them to your lineup, but you can view them in the Item Binder. Collectibles
are often used to complete Sets for coin and item rewards. Sometimes you’ll
find a collectible that you can quicksell for 500 coins or more.
Head Coach
You’ll need a Head Coach before your team can take the field. In addition to his
overall rating, the primary function of your Head Coach is to add his style bonus
to your Team Style total, and you’ll also see him on the sideline during games.
Make sure that the Team Style of your Head Coach matches a style you’ve
chosen in case you make a change.
Online Head-to-Head
If you like the thrill of competing against another person, then Online
Head-to-Head is the place for you. Jump into the mix with Quick Match
games and a new matchmaking system that will keep you competing
against people that play similar to you.
Quick Match
A Quick Match game searches for another person to compete against you in
a ranked game. Winning ranked games will earn you Ranking Points, which
determine your Leaderboard rank.
If you want to play a more friendly game but none of your Madden NFL 16
Friends are online, press the F button on the Online Head-to-Head panel and
switch your Game Type to an “Unranked” game.
Play a Friend
If a Friend is online, send an invite and challenge them to a friendly game of
Madden NFL 16. This mode allows you to customize the game settings.
Want to see how your record stacks up against the rest of the online Madden
Community? Check out the leaderboards and see who’s dominating the online
Gridiron. Choose from four different leaderboards:
Top 100
Shows the top 100 ranked Online Head-to-Head players.
My Leaderboard
If you’ve achieved a ranking (only the top 100,000 players
do), this leaderboard will show where you ranked with the
50 people ranked above or below you.
The Friends leaderboard displays how you rank against
Friends based on the number of Ranking Points each
of you has earned.
Stats Leaders
Compare how you rank against other Madden players in a
variety of offensive and defensive stat categories.
If you’re looking for a place where your Friends can meet and chat online
before starting a game, or if you just want to create a room where other
Madden players can congregate, check out the Lobbies area.
Compare Stats
The Compare Stats screen allows you to compare a variety of stats between
you and another person, scout their playing tendencies, and view the results
of your last 20 games.
Depth Chart
If you’re not happy with your starters and want to change the team lineup, visit
the Depth Chart screen before starting a game. Depth Chart changes made on
this screen will automatically save to your “Official” roster file, so you won’t
have to pause and update your Depth Chart before every online game. Be sure
to readdress this after each roster update!
The Customize sub-menu contains options for updating your roster, changing your
online settings, and editing your quick messages used while chatting in lobbies.
Gatorade Skills Trainer
Gatorade Skills Trainer is designed to improve your Madden skills. Learn key
gameplay mechanics, real-world football concepts, and what to expect on game
days. Perform well during drills and complete categories with a minimum of a
Bronze medal level to unlock MUT reward packs.
Once you have mastered everything, make sure you run the Gauntlet! This will
test your skills in every area of Gatorade Skills Trainer while also throwing in
some special boss levels to keep you on your toes.
Play Now
Play Now starts an exhibition one-on-one game between you and a Friend or
the CPU. It’s the traditional way of playing Madden NFL 16. You have the ability
to change settings like quarter length, difficulty, and play calling style.
Practice provides an open field where you can work on mastering the three
phases of football: offense, defense, and special teams. Practice is great for
working on new plays and techniques before they count on game day.
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