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New ‘Off the Line’ mechanic in 'Madden NFL 15' takes a page from ‘Mariokart'

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EA’s new defensive speed burst feels like something out of Mariokart, but it just may be the thing to even out the game on defense.

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For years, offense in the Madden series has always been a more enjoyable endeavor than defense. With the truck stick and a plethora of other offensive moves at your disposal, offensive players always seemed to have an advantage.

In “Madden NFL 15” however, a new gameplay mechanic looks to continue this year’s effort to give defenses more tools to thrive. The “Off the Line” gameplay addition works similarly to the boost racers can get in the “Mariokart” series at the start of every race. The same way a racer times their acceleration at the start of the race to jump in front of the competition, is the same way a defender, could get a first step on an offensive lineman if they time the Quarterback’s snap.

“The way the mechanic works, if you time the acceleration burst on defense on the opponent’s snap count, you get a speed boost on your initial move and a bonus to your win chance vs. blockers,” Rex Dickson, Creative Director Gameplay for “Madden NFL 15” told Examiner in an exclusive interview. “If you are early with the boost, you can trigger a balk step into the neutral zone which has the ability to pull you offsides. If you are late with the mechanic, your win chances are negatively impacted once you engage with a blocker and this can result in getting pancaked. We have also added trigger rumble (on Xbox One) when the opposing QB fake snaps the ball, which has the ability to pull people offsides. This is the offensive counter to the Off the Line mechanic and even that comes with the risk of the offense potentially jumping offsides if you fake snap too often.”

“Madden NFL 15” is set for a release on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on Aug. 26.

So what do you think about the game’s new gameplay elements on defense? Will you pick up this year’s version of Madden because of it? Sound off in the comments section below.


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