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Madden NFL 15 videos show why playing defense might actually be fun this year

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Madden NFL 15 developer EA Tiburon is putting a heavy emphasis on improving defense this year, and publisher Electronic Arts released two new videos this week to show off the changes in tackling and coverage.

Attempting to tackle someone in Madden 15 is a less confusing and less nebulous endeavor than in years past. An on-screen vision cone indicates the direction your player is aiming, as well as the approximate "ranges" of your standard tackle and dive. And tackling is enhanced by the new behind-the-defender camera angle.

According to gameplay creative director Rex Dickson, Tiburon worked to make defensive backs much smarter in coverage in terms of taking better routes to the ball, anticipating throws, disguising coverage schemes and more. This applies to all areas of the field, including the deep zones as well as the flats. Check out the video below.

If some or all of that didn't make sense to you, take heart: Madden 15 also has a more comprehensive set of tutorials to help players understand the sport of football. Madden NFL 15 launches Aug. 26 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For more, check out our in-depth E3 coverage.

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