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  • Summary: Innovative new gameplay mechanics in Madden NFL 21 deliver advanced levels of control and inspire creativity. Get crafty with the all-new Skill Stick that allows for enhanced precision on both sides of the ball. Push the limits of your legacy in Face of the Franchise: Rise To Fame. The newInnovative new gameplay mechanics in Madden NFL 21 deliver advanced levels of control and inspire creativity. Get crafty with the all-new Skill Stick that allows for enhanced precision on both sides of the ball. Push the limits of your legacy in Face of the Franchise: Rise To Fame. The new playable documentary career mode offers all-out levels of agency and depth throughout your journey to the Hall of Fame. Pull up for a brand-new season of Ultimate Team content as you earn rewards to finesse your depth chart and flex your fantasy roster on the competition. Your favorite NFL teams’ playbooks are updated in Play Now and Franchise based on new schemes and new plays utilized during the real-life NFL season. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Aug 28, 2020
    70
    Objectively speaking, Madden NFL 21 is not a bad game. It is a realtistic representation of the NFL, maybe even the best American football simulation out there. However, it lacks innovation on so many levels that players, who already own its predecessors, will really struggle to find a reason to pay another 70 bucks for it.
  2. Sep 3, 2020
    70
    In short, it's a drive where the saga has lost ground.
  3. Sep 9, 2020
    68
    2020 marks the third year Madden has been back on PC since the franchise's prodigal return to the platform in 2018. The novelty hasn't worn off for me yet. There is still something inherently weird and exciting about playing such a console-targeted franchise on my desktop; to type in my player's name and college with a keyboard. But that won't sustain many players for long. Madden is desperate for some new ideas, so let's hope some of 21's more exotic ventures foreshadow a more substantial rebuild in the future.
  4. Aug 27, 2020
    60
    The tweaks to the gameplay - including the Skill Stick and slowing down of things in general - are massive improvements, and the inclusion of The Yard and a revamped Face of the Franchise make it so that any player can jump in and have fun. Unfortunately, there are also still many problems, including various bugs and glitches found early on, and in the way that the classic Franchise mode has been handled. Madden NFL 21 is almost certainly a must-buy for fans of the sport, but fans will have to hope that as we move into the future, EA is ready to take things to another level once again.
  5. Aug 27, 2020
    40
    As I spent my time with the PC version of the game, I’d like to note that EA has once again failed to utilize any advantages provided by the platform to improve the game, outside of support for higher refresh rates. There is still loads of lag and unresponsiveness in menus and during game situations that make no sense. I experienced stuttering at random times across all modes, including hitching during active kick meters or when trying to complete passes. Sometimes, these hitches corresponded to dropped frames and other times not. There still remains loads of visual stutter every time the game swaps between what you control and between-play camera cuts, even when everything is running at 144Hz.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 143
  1. Nov 18, 2021
    10
    I liked the game. It tightens up. As a lover of such games, I have nothing bad to say.
  2. Sep 3, 2020
    0
    just terrible, the exact same guy for the past YEARS!! EA is just stealing at this point
  3. Aug 30, 2020
    0
    I normally wouldn't be so harsh, but I (and a number of others) haven't been able to play the game consistently. There have been significantI normally wouldn't be so harsh, but I (and a number of others) haven't been able to play the game consistently. There have been significant issues with stability and almost no feedback from EA regarding what should be a 5-alarm issue with their game. Despite being the most active issue on their support page, there has been almost no communication from EA regarding a fix [link omitted per site rules] Even worse, this issue was first over a week ago during early play. I strongly urge you to avoid purchasing until this issue has been confirmed as fixed. Expand
  4. Jan 9, 2021
    0
    EA is absolutely the worst developer of simulation football games. Sponge Bob square pants? Are you **** kidding me? Who in the **** everEA is absolutely the worst developer of simulation football games. Sponge Bob square pants? Are you **** kidding me? Who in the **** ever wanted that garbage in a madden game? Who in gods name makes these decisions? Go **** yourself EA Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2020
    0
    One of the most brazen cash grab in latest history and they doing it last 10 years and game still is getting worse with same bugs. Copy pastaOne of the most brazen cash grab in latest history and they doing it last 10 years and game still is getting worse with same bugs. Copy pasta with zero effort. Glorified roster update for 60 dollars compare to the previous title. U can play 17 and u would be hard pressed to spot difference. Expand
  6. Aug 27, 2020
    0
    Bought it on steam, and it won't even load, probably gonna refund. Thank god Steam does that and isn't the cesspool that is Origin. Steam ftwBought it on steam, and it won't even load, probably gonna refund. Thank god Steam does that and isn't the cesspool that is Origin. Steam ftw refunds babyyyyyyy. Expand
  7. Sep 10, 2020
    0
    Copy and paste. Needs to focus on fixing the issues plaguing the game every release instead of releasing new garbage that nobody asked for.

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