Every year we ask our friends at Madden School if they have anything they can share to help our readers be better at the new game. Today, we are bringing you 5 of their best Madden 24 tips.
Tip #1: Learn The Importance Of Superstar Abilities
In previous Madden games, player ratings were really all that mattered. Specifically, physical player ratings like speed and throw power.
That changed years ago with the introduction of superstar abilities. Wide receivers can get separation from defenders because of abilities like Route Technician or Slot-O-Matic and Quarterbacks can get throw power velocity from abilities like Set Feet Lead or Pass Lead Elite.
For example, a quarterback with 88 throw power and the Pass Lead Elite ability is going to throw the ball with significantly more velocity than a quarterback with 97 throw power and no superstar ability.
The requirements to get these abilities have changed a little in both Franchise mode and Ultimate Team, so you’ll want to check out the Madden 24 Superstar ability tier list to get a better understanding of both regular Superstar abilities as well as X-Factors.
Tip #2: Seek Help From The Right Places
There is no shame in getting some help from people who know more than you on a subject. In fact, it will save you a lot of time and frustration.
The big problem is that there are thousands of websites and YouTube channels that volunteer information. Some of it is good. Most of it is bad.
When seeking out help in Madden 24, find either a website or YouTube channel that is dedicated specifically to Madden or at least sports video games broadly.
Around the time of release, random gaming websites love to assign their staff to writing Madden content because they know they’ll get clicks. These are the websites you want to avoid. Most of the information you get from these places ranges from incredibly basic to downright inaccurate.
Find the experts who specialize in Madden and learn from them. The Madden 24 eBooks at Madden School are a great place to start.
Yes, putting in hours playing Madden or reading up on tips will make you better, but it is so much more effective to do it the “right” way. You’ll notice a difference almost immediately.
Tip #3: Stick With 1 Playbook Early On
It is totally fine to jump around and test playbooks in the first few days of getting the game, but once you make that decision on a playbook, stick with it for a while.
In order to master a playbook, you need to slowly find more and more money plays, effective formations, and ultimately full schemes to run. You can’t do this if every couple of days you start over from scratch. The best Madden players will spend months even a full year in the same playbook slowly mastering it.
One of the best resources for this is the Madden 24 playbook database. You can easily browse through each NFL teams’ playbook to see which one matches your play style.
As time goes on and the most effective plays/formations in this years game become more apparent, certain playbooks will start to jump out as clearly better than others. That is the time to make a playbook switch.
Tip #4: Play To Your Teams’ Strength
So many people get caught up in whatever the trending META (most effective tactic available) is. There are a few problems with that.
First, it completely overlooks how you have built your team. If the META is scrambling with a fast quarterback and you have Kirk Cousins, you shouldn’t try to replicate that.
Second, those tactics often get patched within a few weeks because they are too effective.
Your goal should be to create a sustainable offense and defense that you can continue to build on all year. If you are always chasing the new thing, you will always be behind.
Tip #5: Learn How To Read Defenses
The vast majority of Madden gamers simply call a play on offense and hope for the best. That is a recipe for failure.
Before you snap the ball, the defense is going to show you certain tells based on the way they line up. You should look for these tells and use the information you get from it.
That way you’ll know whether the play you called has a good chance of working, which receivers will likely be open, and if you should audible to a different play completely.
Learning this one small little skill will immediately put you ahead of 90% of your opponents. Once you can diagnose what defense your opponent is in, it then just comes down to knowing the right ways to attack them and that is relatively easy.
Big thanks to Madden School for sharing their thoughts on the new game. Now, what are some of your best Madden 24 tips and strategies? Share in the comments!