NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- It's that time of year again.
As the NFL preseason comes to an end and fantasy football drafts consume weekends, millions stood in line at midnight Tuesday waiting to get their hands on the newest Madden video game at 12:01 a.m.
Madden NFL 17 hit stores nationwide Aug. 23. Those who wish to download a digital copy of the game need to clear out 24.8 GB on their hard drives. Four players are rated a 99 overall this season. Those top-ranked players are Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski is also on the cover of the game.
The newest game of the EA Sports franchise features improved graphics, as well as improved offensive and defensive A.I.
The Madden NFL 17 website features a parody music video of Miller mocking Justin Bieber's song 'Sorry.'
"Ball carrier special moves are now spread across the different NFL player types giving you more creative control than ever. For players new to Madden, special prompts recommend moves expanding your ball carrier toolset," the Madden NFL 17 website says.
"New ball carrier path assist helps you anticipate where you are going further down field, improving field awareness and your ability to hit the hole."
"Put your defenders in position to stop the run with all-new "gap play", our most authentic defensive AI to date," the Madden NFL 17 website says.
"Do you think you know what your opponent is going to do, but don't know the defensive formation to stop it? Decide to defend the run or the pass, pick from a small number of recommended plays and let your defense do the rest," the Madden NFL 17 website says.
"Tackle battles add a new, fun in-game mechanic allowing you try and break free for extra yardage."
"New elements of risk and reward through trick plays and blocked kicks can change the outcome of any game," the Madden NFL 17 website says.