How to use skill-based transitions for each type of transition

Staying on top of your game this year requires a thorough Madden 23 pass, so we’ve got a guide for you.

It’s not that complicated, but there are a few things you need to know to do well, especially since there are three types.

Let’s take a look at each of these options and find out what you need to know.

Madden 23 Walkthrough Guide

Before we dive into all the different types of passes in Madden 23 and how to use them effectively, you need to be comfortable with the controls.

There have been a few updates and changes to the pass controls, including the freestyle mechanic if you select it when you first start the game.

SWITCHING CONTROLS: Notice the free form changer above

As you can see, the L2 trigger is used for a free form pass if you have selected the Placement type of pass control, Madden 23.

Here are the standard controls to navigate in Madden 23 on PS5:

  • Receiver 1 – X
  • Receiver 2 – O
  • Receiver 3 – square
  • Receiver 4 – Triangle
  • Receiver 5 – R1
  • Scramble – LS+R2
  • Free form (location) – L2
  • Pass Pass (Classic) – L2
  • High pass switch – L1
  • Game maker – RS
  • Throw the ball away – click R3
  • Fake Pump (double tap) – R1, Triangle, Square, O, X

If you stick with Classic, the L2 trigger is used to initiate the low pass and you don’t have to worry about it too much.

Now let’s go into more detail about this transition mechanic.

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Classic Madden 23 Walkthrough Guide

Although simple, the classic version of Madden 23 Pass is still a viable option, but you’ll be giving up a lot of control.

If you’ve played Madden 22, you probably remember that you can use the left stick to move forward. This gives you a little more control than just clicking on the icon of the receiver you want to throw to.

LEAD PASS: Use LS to pass the ball slightly ahead or behind your receiver

The main problem with using Classic is that it can lead to more pass breakups and interceptions with all the new defensive controls in play.

This is why we believe that using free form placement and skill transitions will be the best option when it comes to transitioning to Madden 23.

Free form (placement) Madden 23 Switch

The easiest way to determine exactly where you want to put the ball is to use the free format settings in Madden 23’s pass control.

Basically, you use the L2 trigger to create an area outside the shaded area, and you can place the ball there by holding the icon to determine the power of the pass (Bullet, Touch, Lob).

FREE FORM SWITCHING: Perfect transitions within narrow windows with free form switching

When using Free Form Madden 23 passes, you need to be careful because there is a high chance that you will throw an incomplete pass or an interception.

The best way to get used to this functionality is to go to Skill Trainers to go through and complete the tutorials.

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