Today at Under The Code, Paakaa10 starts thinking about the play types he is most excited to call in Madden NFL 25 to take advantage of the new Run Free mechanic which will affect all ball carriers in this year’s game.
With Madden NFL 25 promising to let players “Run Free” on the virtual field at the end of this August, the discussion of the moves that players will have at their disposal has already started me thinking of the best plays to call to make use of these new tools in the game. Here are my early choices for the Top 5 Play Types to Run Free in Madden NFL 25, in no particular order:
1. Power O Run
This is already one of my favorite plays to run in Madden NFL 13 since you get so much mass on your offensive line to help clear a lane to the outside and try to get your halfback down the field. With attention paid to blocking assignments in this year’s game, the “buffet busters” should be even more capable to clearing room for your ballcarrier. Combine that with a move like the Acceleration Burst (performed by holding down RT on Xbox 360 or R2 on PlayStation 3), and there’s a really good chance that this play is going not only for a first down, but maybe for a long touchdown.
2. WR Screen
In Madden NFL 13, this play is a bit hit-and-miss depending on the circumstances of the play call. However, in Madden NFL 25 the improvements to blocking assignments should make this a deadly part of your offensive repertoire, especially if you’re able to make use of a receiver with speed and elusiveness; remember, Run Free applies to every ballcarrier, not just guys like Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson. Getting the ball out to them near the sideline should give them some space to work with, and this is one of those situations where I think the Stutter Steps (performed by tapping LT or L2) could come in handy. Those outside defenders like to fly to the ball on these quick outside passes, so a quick stutter step might be just what you need to throw off their angle using a speedy rookie like Tavon Austin of the St. Louis Rams.
3. Inside Goal Line Runs
In the past few years of Madden NFL, the Truck Stick has lost some of its effectiveness, with defenders able to take down even the toughest running backs at the line of scrimmage if you didn’t pick the right path to get through the line. The inclusion of the Force Impact system in Madden NFL 25 promises a return to the days when the Truck Stick (used my pushing up on the Right Analog Stick) was the balancing counterpart to the Hit Stick, and gave the offense a true weapon to be used in establishing the ground game. In last year’s game, it definitely paid off to run or pass to the outside once you got inside your opponent’s 5-yard-line; in Madden NFL 25, I’m looking forward to hitting the hole at the line of scrimmage with my shoulder lowered and ready to take on any comers.
4. Quarterback Runs and the Read Option
Colin Kaepernick was one of the great breakthrough stories of the 2012-2013 season for the San Francisco 49ers, leading his team to a berth in Super Bowl XLVII and coming so close to bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to the Bay Area. Along with other dynamic signal-callers like RGIII and Cam Newton, Kaepernick is bringing college flair to the most important offensive position in professional football. With Run Free applying to quarterbacks as well, I’m looking forward to throwing Stiff-arms (performed by tapping A or X) and then seeing that signature bicep kiss celebration in the end zone.
5. Draw Plays
When I’m looking to create some space for the ballcarrier, I love going to a well-called Draw play to set the illusion of a pass play before handing off to my back and finding a way up the middle of the field. With Left-Right Juke Combos (performed by holding the Precision Modifier button (LT/L2) and then making flicking Left, Right or vice versa on the Right Analog Stick), I can try to set a defender going in one direction before taking advantage of their misjudged approach and finding my way through for open space. In Madden NFL 25, this should give the small “scat back” their time in the sun as well, making it to your benefit to load up your backfield with multiple running back types so that you have a full arsenal of tools at your disposal when it comes time to Run Free.
What plays are you most excited to run in Madden NFL 25 to take advantage of the Run Free gameplay? Which Precision Modifier move sounds like it’ll be your best new tool for this year’s game? Let us know here at Under The Code!