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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Aug 29, 2020
    80
    EA hasn't birthed a whole new concept this year, but the game doesn't break what has been working all this time, even if it comes at the cost of feeling stale to series veterans.
  2. Aug 28, 2020
    78
    Considering that this could be the closest thing we see to "normal" football for a long time, Madden NFL 21 works. However, I can't shake the feeling that more could be done. Some things feel practically untouched. The create-a-player faces are still weird. Why can there be such a discrepancy in head sizes? Why can't I seem to port over the player I created in Face of the Franchise into a regular roster or at least have him available in regular create-a-player? The array of quarterback throwing motions still seems limited, and it pales in comparison to the way players in other sports games are so heavily signaturized. I still feel there's plenty of work to be done with this franchise, and that so-called "next level" we keep looking for can be reached. For now, I might tighten up my Yard skills, see what new decisions I can make in a new career mode, and beef up on my RPO mastery while I hope for more in next year's Madden outing.
  3. Sep 3, 2020
    70
    With all its small improvements and a lot of content to make, Madden 21 offers a slightly better package than in previous years. However, it does not finish kicking the board or revolutionizing its mechanics; we're still waiting for a football game to blow us away.
  4. Aug 28, 2020
    65
    Madden NFL 21 is a strange beast. It is the same fun football experience that millions of players have come to love, yet I still expected a little more from it. While it features refined gameplay and fun game modes, its lackluster story mode and plethora of graphical glitches don’t reflect what a game releasing this year should look like. The online modes will keep you playing through various simulation and customizable options, but most of this is just more of the same in comparison to what has already been delivered. If you’re a seasoned Madden fan looking for your yearly fix of football goodness, I doubt Madden NFL 21 will disappoint you, but that doesn’t mean it’s a flawless experience.
  5. Aug 31, 2020
    60
    Madden NFL 21 is a mix of missed opportunities. While it’s the best-looking version we’ve seen to date, EA Tiburon seems to have swayed the game in a different direction with new modes that keep you busy rather than engaged. The Yard is a mode that nobody asked for, and even if worth a shot, ended up shortsighted in its execution. Face of the Franchise continues to improve, but the fact an entire game has to be played on both sides of the ball just to extend the life of the mode is aggravating. Load times and transitions seem to be slow and it makes going through the fluff of MUT annoying. While the marketing has changed as the game lacks that true NFL feel, I do think the introductions are cool. The team also removed stats before starting a game. There are still legacy issues and bugs including Cam Newton being introduced as the Panthers quarterback even though it’s stated he’s on the Patriots. The gameplay is faster and the running game is more overpowered and that goes along with Superstar X-Factor 2.0. It’s hard to say where the franchise stands now in what it’s trying to accomplish with Madden NFL 21, but hopefully a new generation will bring a new experience.
  6. Aug 28, 2020
    60
    It'll take years for Madden to truly become a standout sports game again, as the mediocrity has gone on for too long for massive change to happen overnight, but Madden 21 is a promising step in the right direction.
  7. Oct 8, 2020
    40
    Madden NFL 21 is another blatant recycling of last year’s edition of the „simulation“ of the American football. Sadly, most of the modes remained the same. Gameplay received a few minor tweaks, and in the end it still persists as a cash grab not worth anybody’s time.

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  1. Aug 30, 2020
    10
    People love to hate on Madden. It is what the cool kids do. Thus, 885 people have chosen to leave a negative review while those of us whoPeople love to hate on Madden. It is what the cool kids do. Thus, 885 people have chosen to leave a negative review while those of us who enjoy the game just kind of play and chill out a little bit. The game is fine. MUT has simplified the UI and the solos in order to make the completion of them feel possible. In the past, they had a situation where there were hundreds of solos and you felt buried in them. The Yard is a forward-thinking and fun arcade mode built by the same team that built Superstar KO. You could argue that The Yard makes this worth purchasing by itself. I have not played the story mode or franchise mode. Other people reviewed those though. In general, man defense and zone defense feel fine to me. I will say that it is hard to review the game on August 30 because you need to run through a cycle of people with websites finding the holes in the coding and exploiting them. Ultimately, an iteration of Madden is judged by how well a dev team does this. Considering that this game was developed with almost everyone working from home (Tiburon is in Orlando, FL), it is hard to say they didn't do a good job. Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2020
    0
    I have played madden for at least 15 years. I primarily play MUT and this year is hot garbage. If you are looking to get a sports game, passI have played madden for at least 15 years. I primarily play MUT and this year is hot garbage. If you are looking to get a sports game, pass on this one. Straight TRASH Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2020
    0
    This game is just broken the facial animations are just unacceptable the gamplay is terrible too many bugs and glitches to count i am notThis game is just broken the facial animations are just unacceptable the gamplay is terrible too many bugs and glitches to count i am not buying no more madden games lets hope 2k can make a good football game because ea really fumbled the ball on this one now 2k has the ball and they might get ready to make a touchdown. Expand
  4. Sep 4, 2020
    0
    No. This is the worst game I have ever bought absolutely ass. I would rather put a big **** in me
  5. Sep 13, 2020
    0
    Gameplay is trash, Broken game, Woke garbage. I can not wait for EA to have competition so they can get blown out the water by 2k games.
  6. Aug 30, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game is worse than it was 15 years ago. Madden has become a victim of no competition within the football gaming genre Expand
  7. Sep 4, 2020
    0
    Just a cash grab. There really is no point in buying this new. Just pick up an older game for cheap. Its basically the same game. Lets hopeJust a cash grab. There really is no point in buying this new. Just pick up an older game for cheap. Its basically the same game. Lets hope the NFL get rid of EA's monopoly on football Expand

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