Madden 23 PlayStation 5 Beta Impressions: The Miami Dolphins are going to be fun to use in Madden 23

If Madden 23 doesn’t interest you, this article probably isn’t for you. But if you’re a fan of Madden, the Miami Dolphins, AND/OR own one of these shiny NEW video game systems, well, hear me out:

Now I know I’ve said it before. And that’s true; I get way too excited for this game every year – as a powerhouse stronger than Vecna ​​takes over. But this time it’s me. And this time, I put the hours and I can confirm. It’s good. Like, the Jets went 2-12 and fired Robert Salah in the first franchise I faked, pretty good.

For my very, very first gameplay impressions, check out my review for Operation Sports.

These impressions, however, will mainly focus on the Miami Dolphins and how they performed in this year’s game, how the players looked and their X-factors – but I will NOT be posting any ratings as they were clearly placeholders.

So, without further ado, here are my Miami Dolphins, Madden 23 Beta Impressions.


Player models, face scans and X-Factors galore!

First, let me start by saying that the new player models are mostly good. Much better than past years. The shoulder pads, the build of the player, it’s better. The same goes for the details of some of the players on Miami’s roster. I did my best to go through the list, and here are all the players that I think had their player models in the game.

The players who appear have their faces scanned in Madden 23.

WR: Jaylen Waddle

WR: Tyreek Hill

QB: Tua Tagovailoa

DT: Christian Wilkins

LB: Jerome Baker (Not 100% sure about this)

LB: Melvin Ingram

AR: Myles Gaskin

QB: Teddy Bridgewater

Facebook: Alec Ingold

TE: Mike Gesicki

EDGE: Emmanuel Ogbah

FS: Jevon Holland

WR: Cedrick Wilson

DC: Xavien Howard

CD: Noah Igninoghene

RT: Robert Hunt

LT: Terron Armstead

Unfortunately, I can’t confirm players like Brandon Jones or Raheem Mostert, and several players looked accurate, but faces were off as they weren’t scanned in-game. Jaelan Phillips is a standout player in this regard. Andrew Van Ginkel is another.

However, I think Jevon Holland seems most faithful to his real-life counterpart. They’ve done his gear well, and he’s a beast in the game. It’s also cool to see Tyreek Hill’s celebration of the tackle and touchdown in the game. (Spoiler Alert: He does a backflip.) However , I wish I’d seen Jaylen Waddle’s TD Penguin Celebration make the cut. (It could still!) Again, not definitive, so please don’t be mad

There are three players on the team who have special abilities, with only one – at least in the BETA – having a superstar x-factor.

Miami Dolphins Madden 23 Superstar X-Factors and Abilities

Left tackle, Terron Armstead

  • Secure protector / Stronger protection against fast blocking movements
  • EDGE Protector / Stronger pass protection compared to elite rushers

CornerbackXavien Howard

  • Acrobat / Diving Swats & Interceptions of the best wide receivers in the game. This is a cheat code)
  • Choose Artis / Better capture and improved stamina on intercept returns.

Wide Receiver, Tyreek Hill

  • SUPERSTAR X-FACTOR: Rac Em Up / Earn RAC captures against single cover
  • Juke Box / Gives steerable juke animations
  • Short Out Elite / Improved short pass capture outside numbers
  • Grab – N – Go / Faster turn/direction change after an RAC Catch

First look at Miami Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel in Madden 23

For most of the beta, the appearance of Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel was kept under wraps. He was a character from #SpikyRainbowMan. It was different colors and had no face – a placeholder. But then, with a few days of play, they updated the game with a needed change. Here is a leaked photo.

Now I know what most are thinking, and I’ve seen the answers. But IMHO the shadows don’t help in the first frame, and in the game McDaniel looked excellent compared to some of the other coaches. TBH, maybe he’s just missing a few airmen.

Random Madden 23 Beta Gameplay Thoughts

  • On All-Madden, Xavien Howard was a really bad dude. He locked receivers like Justin Jefferson and Ja’Maar Chase and made play after play. The diving holds were obvious and made him an almost impossible player to face.
  • Tyreek Hill played the same because it felt like an unstoppable cheat code. He ate on the fast roads below and was a speed demon on the YOLO “Eff it, Tyreek Hill is out there somewhere” throws I tried to do. All in all, this Dolphins team will be as corny as it gets with all the gear. And yeah, I think I’d go so far as to say it’s one of the most dangerous offenses Miami has ever committed at Madden.
  • The Dolphins have both their first-round picks in Franchise Mode, and they’re a fun team to play Face of the Franchise with when in control of one of the positions – although my favorite is running back and linebacker. .


I enjoyed my time with the Madden 23 beta. The new FieldSENSE gameplay is a game-changer, and Mike McDaniel’s Madden Ultimate team – aka the Miami Dolphins – is more fun than ever to use in Madden. Guys like Jevon Holland, Tyreek Hill and Xavien Howard feel like top players. And with that offense and that defense, with all those guns, a solid offensive line, and a quarterback, Madden 23 on Next-Gen consoles is worth playing.

PS If you’re still unsure about Madden23, EA Sports offers a 10-hour trial that they give away to those who sign up for EA Play. (I believe it even lets you play 7 days earlier, which is usually a plus with gaming.) You might even get a free trial if you’re a first-time subscriber, or it’s $5 a month – BUT , PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CANCEL RIGHT AFTER PLAYING THE GAME, OR YOU WILL FORGET AND PAY $5 EVERY MONTH UNTIL YOU REMEMBER.

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