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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
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Everyone is saying it’s the same game year in and year out. That simply not true. It’s getting worse and worse. This year the face of the franchise is supposed to be a big selling point. You go in with a lame storyline that is predetermined no matter what you do. I threw nine touchdowns coming off a super bowl win. My player is 27 years old with a 95 overall rating yet I’m fighting for my starting job with a quarterback who’s six years older and has a 75 overall rating. It still glitches worse than ever. My player will be running and trip his own self up. The commentary is awful. The same prerecorded garbage over and over for year. If you break a record it’s not even acknowledged. This game is pure crap and ea could not care less. They have a monopoly on the nfl so they know fans are just gonna keep buying it hoping it’s gonna get better. Every since they added mut it’s went down hill because they only care about the micro transactions. This game will not get better until the monopoly is over. It needs competition. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2020
    0
    Garbage, no impact on gameplay for decisions made in face of franchise. An entire rehash of the old game with almost no new changes orGarbage, no impact on gameplay for decisions made in face of franchise. An entire rehash of the old game with almost no new changes or additions. Was promised "change" to franchise mode but its literally just a recolor. With an insane amount of bugs. Expand
  4. Sep 4, 2020
    0
    This game is terrible. Just copy and paste every year. They do not care about their customers, but only care about how much they make at theThis game is terrible. Just copy and paste every year. They do not care about their customers, but only care about how much they make at the end of the year. No competition every year. EA needs to cancel this game Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2020
    0
    I think mobile gaming is the worst but there the worse than the worse "EA".
  6. Aug 28, 2020
    0
    What the actual **** EA.________________________________________________________________
  7. Sep 5, 2020
    0
    Thank goodness I bought this on disc, getting money back. Thought I'd dip back into Madden after 3 year gap as I never buy sports games yearThank goodness I bought this on disc, getting money back. Thought I'd dip back into Madden after 3 year gap as I never buy sports games year on year. 3 year gap is least I'll do. So to my amazement, loads taken out, nothing really added. It is glitchy as hell and they should pay us to play it. Terrible!!! Avoid! Expand

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