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Madden NFL 21 Reveals Some X-Factor Abilities For Running Backs

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Madden NFL 21 Reveals Some X-Factor Abilities For Running Backs

Madden NFL 21 continues to reveal more of their 50 all-new X-Factor abilities today, featuring running backs Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Derrick Henry, Ezekiel Elliott, Nick Chubb and Saquon Barkley.

Madden NFL X-Factors are the powerful in-game abilities mimicking real-life talent, behavior and characteristics that help take teams to new heights and raise their game when it matters most.

Todays X-Factors include the following:

  • Christian McCaffrey: Ankle Breaker – Makes the catch; can’t be caught
    • Zone: Increased fakeout rates on skill moves following the catch.
    • Trigger: Three 10+ yard receptions
    • Knockout: One drop, incompletion, or three consecutive non-targets
  • Nick Chubb: Wrecking Ball – Don’t avoid contact; create it
    • Zone: High success rate on next three trucks or stiff-arms.
    • Trigger: Three rushes of 10+ yards
    • Knockout: Tackle for loss

  • Dalvin Cook & Saquon Barkley: First One Free – Thrives on making defenders look silly
    • Zone: High fake-out rate on next juke, spin, or hesi.
    • Trigger: Three rushes of 10+ yards
    • Knockout: Tackle for loss

  • Derrick Henry & Ezekiel Elliott: Freight Train – Refuses to go down on first contact
    • Zone: Increased chance to break the next tackle attempt.
    • Trigger: Three rushes for 10+ yards
    • Knockout: One tackle for loss

Each day this week Madden will continue to share the NFL superstars that will claim the exciting new X-Factor features.

Madden NFL 21 launches on August 28, or 3 days earlier by pre-ordering the MVP Edition. EA SPORTS also offers Dual Entitlement, creating ways for players who purchase either an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 to upgrade their copy of Madden NFL 21 from prior generation Xbox One or PlayStation 4 platforms, at no additional cost.

This offer will be in place all the way through the Madden NFL 21 season, up to the release of Madden NFL 22, so players can upgrade whenever they first purchase their new console within that period. Of note, physical discs cannot currently be used to upgrade to discless consoles.

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  1. Check the replies to that tweet. This game and the X-Factor cartoon cards are getting destroyed on social media. Whoever contrived this marketing campaign should be fired. And we still apparently have 'The Yard' to be announced officially.
    RogerDodger
    Check the replies to that tweet. This game and the X-Factor cartoon cards are getting destroyed on social media. Whoever contrived this marketing campaign should be fired. And we still apparently have 'The Yard' to be announced officially.

    Those cards look awesome! Just wish they were for Super Mega Football instead of Madden!
    RogerDodger
    Check the replies to that tweet. This game and the X-Factor cartoon cards are getting destroyed on social media. Whoever contrived this marketing campaign should be fired. And we still apparently have 'The Yard' to be announced officially.
    I like the cards. I don't know why anyone woupd complain about them since it's just a picture.
    #fixmaddenfranchise
    oneamongthefence
    I like the cards. I don't know why anyone woupd complain about them since it's just a picture.
    #fixmaddenfranchise

    The artwork is great art, nothing against the artist himself but the message it reinforces just weeks after the NFL handed EA another exclusive ‘sim’ license is the expansion of over the top abilities and the pulling back on ‘sim’ features. The backdrop is the #fixmaddenfranchise campaign it’s worth remembering.
    I think the cards are awesome pieces of art. I think this was a cool idea whoever came up with it. I don't see the issue at all. We need some fun in the world right now. Looking forward to the freight train ability with D Henry.
    RogerDodger
    The artwork is great art, nothing against the artist himself but the message it reinforces just weeks after the NFL handed EA another exclusive ‘sim’ license is the expansion of over the top abilities and the pulling back on ‘sim’ features.

    Yet Clint spoke about this very topic on stream. He was very clear that while the marketing may portray things a certain way (and he too acknowledged the awesome artwork), that the abilities are NOT intended to be "superhero powers" but rather as differentiators and that they have been working hard on achieving a better balance this year. (Yes, we'll wait and see how well they did the job without a doubt - but I DO think the gameplay guys are trying to keep a balanced environment overall - and THAT is the most important thing for the overall health of this game).
    As an aside, we also know from one of Swami's tweets that abilities in the live roster are not going to be the same as in CFM (he cited two very specific examples of this). Of course the "roster must be perfect" "sim" kiddies will still (foolishly) use roster updates (that are DESIGNED FOR PLAY NOW/H2H REGS) in franchise and will have to reap the consequences of THEIR decisions to use it - but that's entirely on the user and has no bearing on this discussion.
    Like others I think the artwork by the Artist is awesome. I understand the marketing tactic as using the artwork and ability revels as a constant stream of buzz generating.
    My gripe is we are two weeks away from the game being available for content creators and we still don't know what The Yard actually looks like.
    And the worse part is knowing that they legitimately were about to let franchise be released in its current state, had the community not stepped up...
    WE HAVE NOT OFFICIALLY SEEN WHAT FRANCHISE MODE LOOKS LIKE.
    Sent from my SM-G986U1 using Operation Sports mobile app
    These cards look great, people get angry over the wrong things. People get this idea that they're not allowed to like anything unless they get their way about something specific.
    We all get that we want Franchise mode "fixed," but that doesn't mean we have to dump on everything else. I love the concept and art of the cards. People today act like children.
    Broncos86
    These cards look great, people get angry over the wrong things. People get this idea that they're not allowed to like anything unless they get their way about something specific.
    We all get that we want Franchise mode "fixed," but that doesn't mean we have to dump on everything else.
    I love the concept and art of the cards. People today act like children.

    Man this needs to be posted on a billboard somewhere. There's plenty of positives to see in M21 and admitting that doesn't mean we're ignoring the flaws in CFM.
    People act like we all have to constantly hate on everything or we're not for the cause, but it's just plain dishonest to ignore the positives in this game.
    Datninja619

    WE HAVE NOT OFFICIALLY SEEN WHAT FRANCHISE MODE LOOKS LIKE.
    Sent from my SM-G986U1 using Operation Sports mobile app

    During the stream this week, the statement above in CAPS was already addressed. They will show franchise news on or before August 15th. It's very similar to what Seann Graddy said initially that we would franchise news close to release date.
    It appears they moved that date up a few weeks.
    Personally, I wouldn't expect a lot of content dropping in franchise mode on opening day, but there should be more during the year with title updates if what Seann Graddy said is true.
    Broncos86
    These cards look great, people get angry over the wrong things. People get this idea that they're not allowed to like anything unless they get their way about something specific.
    We all get that we want Franchise mode "fixed," but that doesn't mean we have to dump on everything else. I love the concept and art of the cards. People today act like children.

    For me its about what i feel these cards represent. It represents an arcade feature that madden is selling. This is nba jam to me. I loved nba jam but its not what i want in the only nfl game on the market
    Hshaw810
    For me its about what i feel these cards represent. It represents an arcade feature that madden is selling. This is nba jam to me. I loved nba jam but its not what i want in the only nfl game on the market

    I would call that a misperception, and very unfair to the artist who put work into them. It's simply a graphical way to display X Factors. There's nothing arcade about it. I feel you're looking for something in them that isn't there.
    Broncos86
    I would call that a misperception, and very unfair to the artist who put work into them. It's simply a graphical way to display X Factors. There's nothing arcade about it. I feel you're looking for something in them that isn't there.

    Its not the card itself did u read what i said? Im not criticizing the art lol it looks cool

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