Madden is, first and foremost, an NFL simulation franchise. This is achieved by recreating players’ iconic motions and adding stats that reflect their athleticism and talent.
Despite this, Madden 22, by default, is far from being an accurate depiction of the sport of football. A good way to change this is to modify the game sliders.
Here, we present to you the ultimate guide for getting a realistic football experience.
Madden 22 sliders explained – how do sliders work?
Madden 22 sliders are modifiers that have an impact on the game engine’s mechanics, altering accuracies, blocking, catching, fumble rate, and all of the other actions and scenarios that comprise a game of football. By default, each modifier is set at 50, making 100 the maximum and one the minimum.
How to change the sliders
Head to the NFL icon on the right side of the screen and either select Player Skills, CPU Skills, or Game Options. These pages will allow you to change the user sliders, the game’s CPU sliders, and the game set-up. When you’ve located the slider that you’d like to change, move the bar to the left to reduce the value or to the right to increase the value.
Realistic gameplay sliders
These are the best settings for a realistic experience in Madden:
- Quarter Length: 10 Minutes
- Play Clock: On
- Accelerated Clock: Off
- Minimum Play Clock Time: 20 Seconds
- QB Accuracy – Player: 35, CPU: 10
- Pass blocking – Player: 15, CPU: 35
- WR Catching – Player: 55, CPU: 45
- Run Blocking – Player: 40, CPU: 70
- Fumbles – Player: 77, CPU: 65
- Pass Defense Reaction Time – Player: 70, CPU: 70
- Interceptions – Player: 15, CPU: 60
- Pass Coverage – Player: 60, CPU: 60
- Tackling – Player: 55, CPU: 55
- FG Power – Player: 30, CPU: 50
- FG Accuracy – Player: 25, CPU: 35
- Punt Power – Player: 50, CPU: 50
- Punt Accuracy – Player: 40, CPU: 70
- Kickoff Power – Player: 30, CPU: 30
- Offside: 80
- False start: 60
- Offensive Holding: 70
- Defensive holding: 70
- Face mask: 40
- Defensive pass interference: 60
- Illegal block in the back: 70
- Roughing the passer: 40
Madden 22 offers many simulation advantages, making the game run at a quicker pace than a real-life NFL game. It also means that there are some disparities between the two, especially when it comes to time management.
The game has improved a lot in terms of players getting randomly injured in Franchise Mode. In fact, the default setting for the injury sliders reflects pretty well on how players suffer injuries after repeated hits or plays that demand high athleticism. So, you can leave the injury sliders as they are in the default settings.
There is certainly a big difference between NFL kickers and how Madden 22 kickers perform. Kicking is far too easy in the game, which doesn’t reflect how difficult it truly is to consistently hit field goals – especially from long distances. The recommended settings are increased to better reflect real life.
Penalties are also a big part of the NFL: there was an average of 11.2 penalties per game last season. This does not translate to Madden 22, where penalties are rare and only happen because of user mistakes so settings have been increased.
All-Pro Franchise Mode sliders
Madden 22 made several improvements to Franchise Mode, bringing more control to the user. By setting each of the settings to manual, you can control coaching and coordinator adjustments, as well as player progression. The following are the best sliders to simulate an NFL season in Franchise Mode:
- Quarter Length: 10 minutes
- Accelerated Clock: Off
- Skill Level: All-Pro
- League Type: All
- Instant Starter: Off
- Trade Deadline: On
- Trade Type: Enable All
- Coach Firing: On
- Salary Cap: On
- Relocation Settings: Everyone Can Relocate
- Injury: On
- Pre Existing Injury: Off
- Practice Squad Stealing: On
- Fill Roster: Off
- Season Experience: Full Control
- Re-Sign Players: Off
- Progress Players: Off
- Sign Off-Season Free Agents: Off
- Tutorial Pop-Ups: Off
By setting everything else to manual, you will also be able to control player XP by going through training each week and progressing specific players to fit your team’s needs.
Do sliders affect simulation in Madden 22?
Yes, altering the sliders in Madden 22 does affect simulation. Simulation takes into account CPU sliders to determine how the game’s mechanics work. By setting CPU sliders to the settings that we recommend, you are able to sit back and watch an accurate depiction of an NFL game.
So, these are the sliders and settings to bring the NFL experience closer to the virtual world in Madden 22.
Do you have your own preferred sliders for Madden? Let us know in the comments section below!
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