trey31 wrote:I've tested several things extensively. Here's my $0.02
Pass and Run blocking (sliders and attributes) have next to no effect in-game. I believe they may be used in Sim and Fast Sim.
Awareness likely applies to more CPU players than HUM controlled players. But it definitely does have an effect.
Tackling slider has more of an effect than the actual tackling ratings. Unfortunately. (see the Spoiler Attributes thread if you want, but it's a slippery slope down the rabbit hole)
Catching slider has more of an effect than ratings as well.
Unfortunately, "fixing" things via sliders affects everyone globally and some things can bork other things that actually work better in M08 than they do on next-gen and next-next-gen Madden.
Also, if anyone disagrees with me I have literally zero interest in arguing... not because I think I'm right (I am) but essentially because after doing all the attribute testing and all the PLYT stuff that I still haven't released (and never will, it's literally a Pandora's Box that I've opened twice now) this is a slippery slope that I don't really want to stand on anymore.
I flew too close to the sun and scorched my wings. Don't want to do it again. I'll stay closer to the clouds from now on. Anyway, just thought I'd share my experience.
I read that article, was an interesting read. I actually read some of that in Madden NFL's TV Tropes page, specifically that higher speed players are better than players with low speed but higher other stats. I have this little theory of mine that PBK, RBK, STR and all those others "Useless" Attributes are actually important, but use the Speed stat as a general multiplier so a High SPD, Low PBK would pass block better than a Low SPD, High PBK. Of course, since I have not placed this to a exhaustive test like you did with the other stats (I have to say, very impressive work there), it is just a thought, not even a theory.
Additionally, Tackling, sure thing, has a very high effect on successful/failed tackles. Using 29 Tackling and 65 RB Ability, I've seen RBs automatically dodge would-be tacklers WITHOUT the Highlight Stick, but it is a rare occurrence. Same thing happens when covering the ball, the RB shakes off a tackler. I would actually have to check if it is chance based (Which I would hate if so), or based on tackling stat compared to breaking tackles stat, or speed stat. But for now, I'm assuming is very luck based.