Madden 23: A Guide to Playing With Your Friends

If you want to play a friendly game of football with a friend while sitting on the couch next to you, Madden 23 has plenty of options for you to choose from

If you want to play a friendly game of football with a friend while sitting on the couch next to you, Madden 23 has plenty of options for you to choose from. If you want to play a more competitive game against each other online for bragging rights (or higher stakes), Madden 23 also has those choices available. Franchise mode, which is one of those options, has been experiencing some severe issues over the past couple of weeks (and much of this year), which is partially why we feel the need to explain ways in which you can play with other people if you've been burned in the past and now can't fathom starting another franchise. Of course, some of those options include franchise mode, which is a mode that has been going through some severe issues over the last couple of weeks (and much of this year).

Before the competition begins, you will be able to personalize the conditions of the game that could end your friendship by changing the time of day, the length of each quarter, and the type of play that will be used. Rest assured that there is no need for you to even risk your friendship by engaging in a heated game with this person because it will not cause a rift between the two of you. You might find it more enjoyable to compete against other players on the internet as part of a team with some of your friends, rather than taking on individual opponents.

In light of the fact that there is a wide variety of ways in which you can play with your friends, it is worthwhile to go over the possibilities and walk you through the steps necessary to set up each of these games.


Madden NFL 23: A Guide to Playing with Your Friends


Now Playing

  • If you're hanging out on the couch with a football fanatic pal and you want to get a game going as soon as possible, the Play Now menu will probably be the most user-friendly option for you to select from

  • After that, select Play Now once more to create a matchup with the teams of your choosing and decide who will be the home team and who will be the away team (how about a coin toss or a game of rock-paper-scissors


Don't forget about the Pro Bowl and Madden Legacy game options, which allow you and a friend to take control of either the best players in the NFL right now or legendary players from the league's history.

Competing Head-to-Head Online

Because it's called the Play With Friends menu, you can probably guess that it's a good one to look through if you want to find a way to connect with your friends in order to play games online. The Online Head-to-Head mode is essentially an expansion of the Play Now mode, with the primary difference being that players compete against each other online rather than face-to-face. Choose Play A Friend from the available options on the menu, locate the online ID of your friend using the list, and then create a game once they have been chosen.

You'll have control over the game's length and difficulty once you get there, but you won't have any say in how it's played in terms of competition. When you are ready, send the game invite to your friend, then choose which team you want to play on while you wait for them to accept.

The Yard, featuring Superstar KO

Both Superstar KO and The Yard are modes that are comparable in the sense that they enable players to collaborate with their friends in order to compete in matches on the same team; however, these two modes do differ in a few key respects. In Superstar KO, you and up to two other players will build a team consisting of a handful of superstars and a celebrity coach, and then compete in rapid-fire 11-on-11 games with overtime rules. If you want to include your friends on your team, all you have to do is make sure that your size is set to either 2v2 or 3v3 depending on the number of friends you have with you. Before engaging in battle against opponents online, you and your teammates will need to reach a consensus on the roles that each of you will play on the team.

On the other hand, The Yard tasks you with transferring the player that you've created for the Face of the Franchise career mode into the online environment. You are allowed to team up with up to two other friends once more, but the games are intended to have the laid-back feel of games played in the backyard and only involve six players on each team. After making your decision about whether or not to participate in Ranked H2H or Live Events, you will need to create a party so that you can invite your friends to join your team. If you want to have the best chance of being successful, the roles that you choose for your players should correspond to the archetypes that they represent. The more games you win, the more rewards you'll get, and those rewards will let you improve your player's abilities and outfits. The ultimate Madden friendship experience can even be had by playing against three other friends online in The Yard by using a matchmaking password. This mode of play is available in Madden.

If you haven't been keeping up with collecting the cards to build a decent team, Madden Ultimate Team MUT might not be the best place to go for playing with friends in Madden 23, but there are still a few ways that you can explore the realm together.

Within the online menu, you'll find the option to play an unranked game against a friend, which should satiate those players who want to compare not only their individual skills but also the lineups they've put together.

The other point of interest will be Squads, in which you can once again join up to two other friends, but this time you'll each bring a component of your MUT squad to form your collective team. In this mode, you'll be able to play as any of your MUT squad members. Even though it will be beneficial if everyone knows their part and communicates, it is possible that you will have a better time if you don't take the situation too seriously and instead focus on having a good time with your friends.

Franchise Mode

If you have a large number of friends and are looking for a game that is slightly more challenging but still allows you to interact with those friends, you might want to consider launching an online franchise. If you want to be able to put someone you know on every team in the league, you are going to need a lot of friends—exactly 31, to be more specific. Alternately, rather than beginning your own franchise from scratch, you could search for one that already exists and is actively recruiting new members. Reddit or even our very own forums here at Operation Sports would be good places to start looking.

The fact that you are now part of a franchise means that in addition to outperforming your friends on the field in any games you play together, you will also need to be superior when it comes to managing your roster. The fact that there have been numerous server issues impacting franchises this year, some of which have rendered franchises completely inaccessible, is one of the drawbacks of becoming a member of an online franchise. 


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