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First screenshots of Madden 16 tout new lighting and interactions

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

EA Sports has offered eight screenshots of its latest edition of Madden NFL, illustrating, they say, new visual features to enhance the game when it launches this August.

New two-man interactions, demonstrated by a variety of receivers and defenders shoving off one another, are coming in Madden NFL 16, which will expand on the system of on-field cameras it introduced last year to deliver a more lifelike game broadcast. That will be supported by "new player spotlights, dynamic goals and achievements," EA Sports said.

Player likenesses also should get an upgrade thanks to an improved time-of-day lighting system, they added.

Madden NFL 16 launches Aug. 25 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is on the cover. The Madden developers typically start talking in greater detail about the game right around E3, which is in three weeks.