‘Madden’ Not Living Up to the Hype

Antonio Brown, a professional football player now released from his team, appears on the cover of Madden 19 in his Pittsburgh Steelers uniform.

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Antonio Brown, a professional football player now released from his team, appears on the cover of Madden 19 in his Pittsburgh Steelers uniform.

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With holiday deals in full swing, many people have their eyes on video games, especially “Madden 20,” so we have extensively reviewed it.
Some of the most marketed features of this year’s edition of “Madden” have been the brand new “Face of the Franchise” mode and being able to play in the Pro Bowl.

From the moment you enter the menu, you will see the lack of playing options with only five available, those being Exhibition, Superstar KO, Face of The Franchise, Franchise, and Madden Ultimate Team or MUT. Compare this to that NHL 20 which launched with a total of 16 modes.

When you play Face of the Franchise, one of the most marketed features of the game, you spend an hour and a half in college mode before moving on to college, playing only eight quarters of football. Eight quarters?! The only difference between Franchise and Face of The Franchise is the college game play, but there is only eight quarters of this.

Speaking of Franchise, the only changes that have been made are player and coach interactions and the Pro Bowl. It seems that the game’s makers wasted resources on Face of the Franchise and put little effort into improving Franchise mode. MUT, as it has always been, is pay to win with pretty much no changes. Exhibition mode has some new commentary lines, but could still use improvement because the commentary is usually weak since the commentators spend a whole play talking about the last play and they never mention any of the players’ names. Compare this to “NHL 20” that had a brand new commentary team that is action packed with witty lines and in- depth descriptions of what is going on.

Superstar KO, in our opinion, is the gem of this years’ “Madden.” It creates many “do or die” scenarios that replicate the most exciting moments in football. It even allows you to play as celebrities Lil Yachty and Snoop Dog.

Overall, we believe this year’s “Madden” to have its moments but is still pretty lacking giving it a score of six and a half out of 10.