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E3 2014: New 'Madden' Focuses on Defense

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The E3 video game convention showcases every type of video game imaginable, including the sports genre, games that you yourself may have played even if you don't consider yourself a gamer. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

LOS ANGELES - Whether you're a current gamer or one who's 20 years removed from the last time you held a controller or joystick, there's a good chance you were at least somewhat obsessed with a game in the sports genre, and there’s a good chance that game was, specifically, Madden NFL.

In Madden '15, developers say if you're a big fan of defense, you'll be a big fan of this version, and they insist that it has somehow gotten even more realistic.

"This year, it's all about blowing out the power of the next-gen hardware, making sure that graphically, visually, the game stands up, and making sure the gameplay is up to snuff," says Rex Dickson of EA Sports. "Our new mechanics - pass rush, tackling and coverage AI - have seen significant upgrades. Madden historically has been a very offensive game, so we wanted to make sure that that was balanced this year, make sure defense was really fun for people, and I think we've really delivered on that."

Or, if your emotions have been running over lately with the other football, soccer, and the World Cup, you'll be happy to know that in FIFA 15, your on-screen players will share in your elation or frustration.

"The players will now have a memory on the pitch," says Aaron McHardy of EA Sports. "So if you do something to me, if you take me out in a tackle that I don't really like, I'm going to become frustrated with you. If you do it again, I'm going to become more frustrated with you. And that's just one example. They're really going to be reacting to every single event, whether it's a missed shot, a shot on goal, a good pass from your teammate."

Finally, we could tell you about the next hockey games and basketball games and wrestling games, but instead, we're going to take this in a different direction and show you Sportsfriends, which revolves around sports that you probably haven't heard of because they're sports that don't really exist."

"It creates these sort of moments of physical hilarity and absurdity that are like, this is sort of how physics works and how we move through space, but it's so strange to draw your attention to it outside of moving naturally the way we move naturally," says Sam Roberts of Indiecade Festival.

The Sportsfriends title actually consists of four separate games, one of which, "Joust," doesn't even require use of your TV.

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