Figured I'd post my first impressions since no one else has posted anything. This was my first game playing since the day the demo released.
Presentation: The menu's in the game are pretty nice, and the game loaded up A LOT faster then last years edition. The load times could be due to the fact that this is a digital copy and not physical but I doubt the load times will change much. The main menu is kind of cluttered but once again still a nice upgrade from 13'. I only played an online ranked match so I didn't look at the intro's or get to check out the halftime show but I will be doing that soon.
all a the same time. The guy I played had the read option accessible in his playbook but he only ran it about 5 times throughout the game. He had a couple 5-6 yard gains but nothing spectacular. I will say that tackle ratings and user skill will be HUGE this year. Those read options put you in a lot of 1 on 1 situations which I'll talk about later. The speed is slower then last years but it didn't feel terribly slow like the demo and if it was any faster it would be really tuff to pull off user tackles.
Everyone knows the running game is 10X better but the passing game is no slouch either. There were time where my receiver bobbled a catch and then pulled it in, skied for the ball, or even actually caught the ball and then dropped it so that was nice to see.Recievers beat there presses at a high rate so I don't think we will see to much man defense with safeties 10 yards up unless you are matched up against scrub wide outs. Curls actually work against man press coverage sometimes as they should and deep post will actually get separation.
CONTROLS: This is why I was banging my head earlier. This new "physics" they have added into the game affect all direction changes so when you are trying to play line backer and you take a step in the wrong direction you are toast. I'v also yet to pull in a user pick because my defender rarely is in the right spot due to momentum so that will take a lot of practice if you plan on being good at it.
Any questions fire away and I'll update later