BY MELANIE WATSON
Three years later, Madden NFL 15 cover athlete Richard Sherman still sounds bitter about his 52 overall rating in Madden NFL 12. He’ll be very pleased with this year’s game, though.
The Seahawks’ outspoken star carries a 99 overall rating, which now makes him the best cornerback in the game, video and perhaps otherwise. Madden NFL 15 was released Tuesday, and Seahawks fans will should love this one, according to Madden insiders Zach Farley and Steve Gibbons.
“Without a doubt, the Seahawks are the No. 1 team to use in the game and they have been for the past two seasons,” said Gibbons. “They’re pretty much the perfect team and they make playing Madden a lot of fun this year.”
Farley, 27, and Gibbons, 28, have over 35 years of Madden NFL gaming experience. They knew the ins and outs of the game so well that Prima Games, the officially licensed creator of EA SPORTS Madden NFL Official Guides since 2000, brought them on as full-time contributors four years ago. They’ve won multiple tournaments and are well-known and respected members of the gaming community. They’re both EA SPORTS Game Changers, meaning they work closely with EA SPORTS to enhance quality game-play development.
“I use the Seahawks all the time because they’re easily the best team and they’re the most used online,” Farley said. “As far as improvements go, you’ve got to get Percy Harvin and keep feeding him the rock. We saw that formula work for them in the Super Bowl, and that formula is going to work for you in Madden 15 for sure.”
Farley and Gibbons met in college and became friends by playing against each other in Madden. They discovered that they worked well together as a team, and decided to combine their skills for the purpose of sharing their tips with the Madden gaming community. Whether your team has the best or the worst ranking, Farley and Gibbons can provide you with an arsenal of tips to win games smarter and faster with the 14th Official Madden NFL Game Guide.
The guide features a print edition, an online Winner’s Kit, an Offense/Defense Playbook, “Problem’s” Tournament Champion Playbook, a Madden NFL 15 eGuide, and a ‘Teams’ iOS App. For $1.99, players will also have access to the top four offensive and defensive plays for their favorite NFL teams as determined by the game creators.
“You can find free tips online, but those guys don’t play Madden for a living,” Farley said. “They don’t have the ability to walk down the hall and directly ask the guys who made the video game a question about game play.”
An obvious major perk of Farley and Gibbons’ job is their opportunity to play each year’s game months in advance of its release. The Madden gurus can’t wait for everyone else to see the newest features, but they shared some insight for Seahawks fans a little early.
Both guys agree that Seattle fans will love playing with their team’s defense because of better pass rush moves and easier tackling. The game will also use disguised coverages that the Seahawks used on the field last season.
“Richard Sherman is going to be the single best defensive player in the game,” Gibbons said. “He’s 99 overall and he’s ranked 91 in speed, so he’ll be able to run with just about any receiver in the game downfield.
Now perhaps Sherman will feel better about his very first Madden rating. Seahawks fans should find very little to complain about as well.
Melanie Watson is a senior Journalism major at the University of Georgia and is sports editor of InfUSion Magazine.
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