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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
    At this point anything I say is just beating a dead horse. The how could you make a game be just a Roster update yet make it worst than theAt this point anything I say is just beating a dead horse. The how could you make a game be just a Roster update yet make it worst than the last game you just updating the roster from. 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 review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Madden has gone off the deep end in quality and gameplay, who knew that using a game engine meant for first-person shooters is not very compatible with a football game? Here's my overview of each of the major game modes.

    MUT is EA's big moneymaker and yet they have botched the launch already with many of their loyal fans reporting MUT's servers kicking them off whenever they open a pack or not even receiving their players they pre-ordered. For something EA has shown a large amount of care towards, even putting what is basically ads in your game telling you to play MUT, is absolutely broken.

    The Yard is a good idea on paper and if this was executed better I would be saying praises of it, but like I said earlier, first-person-shooter engine. The game mode, of course, has micro-transactions within it for gear and equipment for your avatar. The biggest slap in the face is the mouthguards, which EA has repeatably said they "Don't have enough resources for". It is only available in the yard with some of them behind a paywall.

    Face of Franchise has the most bogged down, cheesy, nonsensical story out there. Not to mention that bad gameplay. Seriously, even if you get 700 yards as QB in the College National Championship, a guy with a HEART DEFECT still gets your starting job forcing you to change positions to be a Wide Receiver or a Running Back or entering the Draft. The storylines are a nice change, but some make absolutely no sense. Sometimes, I wish we had Madden 18 Longshot back, at least the story was half good.

    Superstar K.O. is back, cool I guess? (Obligatory first-person-shooter engine reference) It's not bad, but EA decided to spend their time doing this instead of fixing the gameplay or Franchise mode, making this more of a waste than actual fun.

    Oh boy, Franchise mode. How do I even start? Franchise Mode is the bread and butter of many Madden games from the PS2-PS3 era and as a former Madden 06 fan, it's an absolute shame to see what EA has done to it. If you get a hashtag like #FixMaddenFranchise number 1 in the country during a time of civil unrest and protests on Twitter, You done screwed up. EA basically "added" what is equivalent to patch notes only because they had to due to the new playoff system that the NFL. Most likely if the new playoff system didn't pass, the only thing they would of changed would be adding the new X-Factor players and UI. Franchise Mode used to be the main source of income due to it's dynamic and fun gameplay, but the discovery of MUT ruined this once great mode. It's barely been updated since Madden 13, the relocation teams are the same since Madden 25, and the only new thing they added would be customizable draft classes, but scouting is the same, boring, drab, annoying thing that it is despite this update.

    Gameplay you might ask? Don't get started on the gameplay, just watch any of RyanMoody21, SoftDrinkSports, or even RBT's videos on the gameplay for an explanation. My main gripe with the gameplay was instead of fixing the excess fumbling by mobile QBs (i.e. Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen) from Madden 20, they added the most cheese X-Factor "Truzz" which while it is active you cannot fumble. Instead of fixing the issue, they just slapped an X-Factor on it and called it good despite the fact that there are still Russell Wilson and Josh Allen-type QBs out there that are fumbling like nobody's business. QB's sliding is to prevent injury, not to prevent fumbling. Even the horrid commentators comment on this by saying "He's going to get an A++ on that play for sliding, protecting himself" (They say that line about 20 times per game) X-Factors shouldn't be just cheese like not being able to fumble or get intercepted. It should be an increased level of play, which is why Blitz Radar and Pro Reads are my favorites because they aren't overall overpowered, but aren't complete freebies like Gambler or Truzz either.

    This is not good football, and if you keep spending money buying the game/micro-transactions within the game, EA will not have any incentive to actually fix their game. All we can do now is hope that 2K actually makes a good game in the meantime.
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  5. Sep 19, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. When you see 2019 logos and your guy can’t carry a ball without glitching it makes sense he’s rusty.......wait, no he’s a professional that can carry a ball better than I can carry my baby. It’s broken and it’s trash. EA needs to stop sucking on its own teet and take a page out of the cdpr playbook! And actually give af! Expand
  6. Aug 28, 2020
    0
    A reskinned roster update that still has the same issues as madden 20. Greed has killed the madden franchise. Take the ultimate team out andA reskinned roster update that still has the same issues as madden 20. Greed has killed the madden franchise. Take the ultimate team out and rework the engine or something. Game is pathetic Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2020
    0
    Madden has remained the same with the same glitches that it has every year. There is nothing special about this Madden; it only backs the factMadden has remained the same with the same glitches that it has every year. There is nothing special about this Madden; it only backs the fact that EA loves money, and not those who support their creations. Madden needs to be rebranded in the same way that COD was by activision. It's the same game same broken schemes that everybody runs that's what makes this franchise so pathetic. Expand

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