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Madden NFL 21

7 Seconds of Madden NFL 21 Footage on the Xbox Series X, Purchase the Game on Xbox One & Upgrade to Xbox Series X Free

Today, EA Sports released its first look at Madden NFL 21, during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox First Look at Xbox Series X Gameplay announcements. The video which can be found below, shows a quick look at an early build of the game and gives some insight into what gamers can expect from the next generation of Madden.

During the video, featuring Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, he mentions that gamers purchasing Madden NFL 21 on Xbox One (by December 31, 2020), can upgrade to Xbox Series X (by March 31, 2021). Unfortunately, as of this writing, this seems to be a Microsoft exclusive and will not work for those that decide to purchase the Playstation version. We posted some news about it yesterday.

“The development teams at EA are always pushing the envelope to leverage new technology in exciting ways that benefit their fans and we’re thrilled by the work they’ve done in optimizing Madden NFL 21 for Xbox Series X,” said Sarah Bond, Head of Xbox Partnerships and Business Development. “We’re delighted to be partners as we usher in the next generation of gaming.”

Not a lot is known about Madden NFL 21, other than Lamar Jackson being the cover athlete. That changes really soon, as EA plans to reveal plenty of details at next month’s EA Play event.

Based on the short video released today, it appears EA is adding new animations at the goal line. In the video released, Mahomes avoids pressure and extends the ball over the pylon. Something that we have not seen in year’s past. In fact, in recent years, this would result in a fumble into the back of the endzone.

Check back later today to see if any more details are released on Madden NFL 21. Until then, let us know your thoughts.

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  1. Hopefully with the mantra being, it’s not only about what you can see, but what you can “feel” this means they are finally going after stadium atmosphere and immersion.
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    jpdavis82
    Hopefully with the mantra being, it’s not only about what you can see, but what you can “feel” this means they are finally going after stadium atmosphere and immersion.
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    I hope so hey - that’s what it sounds like. I sighed when I saw the same tackle animation I’ve seen all year, but the pylon reach was good.
    Sounds like they are really pushing atmosphere/immersion, keen to hear more.
    jpdavis82
    Hopefully with the mantra being, it’s not only about what you can see, but what you can “feel” this means they are finally going after stadium atmosphere and immersion.
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    Don't fall for it. Makes me shudder about "Living Worlds" for Madden 25.
    Today, during an episode of Inside Xbox, Super Bowl MVP and Madden NFL 20 cover athlete Patrick Mahomes unveiled that EA SPORTS Madden NFL 21 is coming to Xbox Series X, promising to make players feel next level when the next generation console launches. EA SPORTS and Microsoft also announced a program for players who purchase Madden NFL 21 on Xbox One to upgrade to Xbox Series X at no additional cost, ensuring that players will not have to purchase Madden NFL 21 twice.
    “The development teams at EA are always pushing the envelope to leverage new technology in exciting ways that benefit their fans and we’re thrilled by the work they’ve done in optimizing Madden NFL 21 for Xbox Series X,” said Sarah Bond, Head of Xbox Partnerships and Business Development. “We’re delighted to be partners as we usher in the next generation of gaming.”
    To receive the offer, players must purchase Madden NFL 21 on Xbox One by December 31, 2020 and upgrade to Xbox Series X by March 31, 2021.
    Not sure if I saw the same video as everyone else (I saw the thing on youtube with Mahomes with a small snippet of gameplay) but the graphics as shown didn’t seem any different?
    I realize its an extremely brief 5 second snippet but you could have told me it was Madden 21 on xbox one x or PS4 pro and I would have believed it.
    Looking forward to more info and videos though
    I wet myself when I saw 'living worlds' comment, but happy to see anything in this wretched pandemic pertaining to Madden 21. EA, give us a bone here. You have have MLB TS wide open with info pre-launch. How about opening up more information to us common shut-ins?
    Furq
    Not sure if I saw the same video as everyone else (I saw the thing on youtube with Mahomes with a small snippet of gameplay) but the graphics as shown didn’t seem any different?
    I realize its an extremely brief 5 second snippet but you could have told me it was Madden 21 on xbox one x or PS4 pro and I would have believed it.
    Looking forward to more info and videos though

    Exact same way I felt when I watched it.
    Looks no different then PS4 Pro or X Box One X version!
    However I think and hope that it was VERY early footage and when the game actually comes out it will look way better then that footage.
    I know it’s very very early.
    But was that PS4 or PS5 footage ?? Lol.
    I couldn’t tell, sorry.
    And yes I referenced PlayStation and not Xbox, I don’t have Xbox and the Xbox names confuse me.
    T-minus 5 seconds before we see “Its an early build” excuses. It’s the same exact spin animation that is in the current game.
    As someone who actually does app design for a living, the early build excuses never hold any water. They handpicked this play to “show off” the game.
    Vazione
    T-minus 5 seconds before we see “Its an early build” excuses. It’s the same exact spin animation that is in the current game.
    As someone who actually does app design for a living, the early build excuses never hold any water. They handpicked this play to “show off” the game.

    When Rex was at Tiburon he said that marketing picks the trailers & the trailers aren't made for people like us. I know they say how many animations are in the game & added, but I've been seeing the same basic ones for atleast 5 yrs now if not longer.
    If I didn't know I was watching a 21 trailer I would have assumed that was 20 footage but I don't think that's a problem. The player models are beautiful in Madden. The movement, animations, etc are what need a huge upgrade.
    ehh
    If I didn't know I was watching a 21 trailer I would have assumed that was 20 footage but I don't think that's a problem. The player models are beautiful in Madden. The movement, animations, etc are what need a huge upgrade.

    That’s the key point boys......
    How much better can they make the players look ? Minimal.
    How much better can they make the players move ? Exponentially.
    I haven’t played/bought Madden in years......blow me away, reel me back in......make me want to buy the system just for that game like back with Ps2.
    ehh
    If I didn't know I was watching a 21 trailer I would have assumed that was 20 footage but I don't think that's a problem. The player models are beautiful in Madden. The movement, animations, etc are what need a huge upgrade.

    I think for me with player models; facescans and jersey physics need upgrades in this gen. Some new facescans look great, others look atrocious for One and PS4. Especially default faces.
    Jersey physics looks like they’re painted on the players, would love to to see some movement with the sleeves.
    And both of those points apply to coach models on cutscenes. Man do they look bad

    Pretty disappointing first look. Seems like they're just adding another eye-grabbing feature to sell the game that doesn't actually address any of the problems Madden has had for a generations. The first half of the trailer seems to be celebrating how Madden has improved over the years, when it hasn't really.
    onegroove7

    Pretty disappointing first look. Seems like they're just adding another eye-grabbing feature to sell the game that doesn't actually address any of the problems Madden has had for a generations.

    I mean you could make the argument that they’re addressing pylon animations and goal line awareness... I don’t think anyone is shutting down that Idea of a feature
    I havent paid a ton of attentiuon to the new XBOX stuff. So are we assuming if they are letting us upgrade for free for that version, it will be a different game. or just the same game but ported to the new system.
    Though the trailer means nothing in the grand scheme of it all, this is probably the least impressive next-gen Madden trailer EA's ever released. Also probably the most realistic in terms of what we'll actually be playing.
    JayD
    So this won't be an option for PlayStation 5?

    Don’t take it as that, there just hasn’t been information released yet.
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    Well you know the graphics will be amazing. The visuals will be what we've never seen before in video games. We saw that with Xbox 360; we saw that with Xbox one. Then once you play the game, the effects of those visuals will fade. Then we will all tell ourselves "the game will be much better next year when they 'figure out the hardware' "
    Rinse, wash, repeat
    Literally looked like a pre-existing trailer from Madden 20. I can't believe they literally had nothing to show or say about it. Maybe EA is busy still trying to come up with some catchy new "Features" to market before they release anything.
    Vazione
    T-minus 5 seconds before we see “Its an early build” excuses. It’s the same exact spin animation that is in the current game.
    As someone who actually does app design for a living, the early build excuses never hold any water. They handpicked this play to “show off” the game.

    Agreed.
    As a Software Engineer in Aerospace, we are never in an early build cycle, three months prior to delivery. I know many will consider this an apples/oranges comparison; but we all, for the most part, follow a similar, if not identical, SDLC process.
    But, like others, I'm still interested in seeing more information, testing, and play-through.
    I thought it was general knowledge that the graphical leap between Xbox one and the next gen would be very minimal. It’s the little things like lighting , and fine details like hair textures,  and how those things animate that will see improvements. From everything I’ve read it’s the under the hood, AI and behaviours of the world that will be the most improved. Makes sense why they are pushing the “atmosphere “ angle and showing Mahomes awareness and  reaction to  contact and why  they are  spotlighting it here. 
    mot sure why anyone is expecting to be blown away graphically in a 7 second snipet.
    Well if it’s like madden 25 the game look near identical but it did play better with smarts D and pocket starting to form apposed to nothing on the 360. 
    Visually I have been satisfied with Madden this past generation. I wasn't in need of a huge leap in visuals. I see Madden targeting 4k60, Ray Tracing/improved lighting, accurate colors, finer details. It does look like the same Mahomes face scan as last year. But I see they have the updated football with the red, white, and blue NFL logo. I just hope they finally add back mouthpieces.
    My main hope for Madden 21/next gen is for it to feel next gen. I'm ok if there isn't a big leap in visuals, but I won't be okay with there isn't a huge leap in gameplay. Because if there isn't a huge leap in gameplay/animations, then we would essentially be getting same experience just with slightly improved visuals. Even that bump break tackle we see in video is the same we've seen the last few years.
    With football being my favorite sports, it would be nice to have a football game I actually want to buy each year.
    CujoMatty
    I thought it was general knowledge that the graphical leap between Xbox one and the next gen would be very minimal. It’s the little things like lighting , and fine details like hair textures, *and how those things animate that will see improvements. From everything I’ve read it’s the under the hood, AI and behaviours of the world that will be the most improved. Makes sense why they are pushing the “atmosphere “ angle and showing Mahomes awareness and *reaction to *contact and why *they are *spotlighting it here.*
    mot sure why anyone is expecting to be blown away graphically in a 7 second snipet.

    I'm okay with that. I'm all for under the hood improvements for next gen. Maddens AI is in major need of overhaul. Hopefully the stronger CPU, allows for a vastly improved AI.
    I could care less if we see any graphical enhancements next gen. Graphics out class the AI, gameplay and physics in this game. What happen to the saying gameplay is king? Im hoping that’s where we see the enhancement this gen!!
    With EA Play just 5 weeks away today, I expect that is when we see in depth actual gameplay. But I expect Madden to start releasing info starting next week. I can see a scenario where they drop major info each week leading up to EA Play. Where it could be Visuals/Presentation, Gameplay, Franchise(And FoTF), and MUT. Each week one of those major topics can be covered. Then EA Play will be about Gameplay footage and tying everything together.
    Sparkles
    Yea that was disappointing as hell. Meanwhile every publisher is showing more than a minute of content

    Its not surprising!!
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    CujoMatty
    I thought it was general knowledge that the graphical leap between Xbox one and the next gen would be very minimal. It’s the little things like lighting , and fine details like hair textures, *and how those things animate that will see improvements. From everything I’ve read it’s the under the hood, AI and behaviours of the world that will be the most improved. Makes sense why they are pushing the “atmosphere “ angle and showing Mahomes awareness and *reaction to *contact and why *they are *spotlighting it here.*
    mot sure why anyone is expecting to be blown away graphically in a 7 second snipet.

    I agree that a lot of the innovation will probably come from under the hood but that doesn’t prevent the game from looking leaps better than the current game. For one Ray Tracing is going to be a huge feature for Better lighting. Maddens implementation of HDR was somewhat subpar but if they’re able to incorporate Ray Tracing, I can see the game standing out just in that since reflections and light play sure a huge part of a stadium.
    I’m really hoping they’re spending their resources on animations!!!!! Gang tackling, piling on need to return.
    Sparkles
    I mean you could make the argument that they’re addressing pylon animations and goal line awareness... I don’t think anyone is shutting down that Idea of a feature

    Are you serious? I think everyone is and should be expecting a brand new ground up game!!!!!
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    Same broken tackle animation from Madden 12. EA/Tiburon couldn’t really care less about impressing us at this point. I expect a slightly improved version of Madden 21 for next gen.
    You truly know Madden season has begun when we are dissecting less than ten seconds of early build footage. That being said, that has to be the most underwhelming seven seconds of footage in a while.
    The actual video of gameplay? Sure whatever, nice that they added pylon dives and stuff. But ONLY 7 SECONDS ????? Literally every trailer during the presentation was at least a minute of the actual game. Madden team comes out with a 90% highlight reel of past games smfh
    Wonder if they finally fixed the X-ed out glass glitch in like 90% of the stadiums lol. First thing I looked for in those Packers screenshots.
    Also interesting that EA Sports chose to lead with Madden. They have always led with Fifa. Fifa has been trash lately, but it's still way more global than Madden.
    For those asking about the PS5 auto-upgrade... that's something PS hasn't talked about at all. Xbox is making it a big part of their sales pitch right now. That doesn't mean PS won't have, but it's why you're hearing Xbox talk about it. The series X is also wayyyy more powerful than the PS5 so most games will shown on it, in the same way that most games were shown on the more powerful PS4.
    Am I the only one seeing the players shadow overlayed through the pylon, and then no shadow at all when the camera changes to above and the player is clearly between the sun and side? Thats the 7 seconds they wanted to show? :y13:
    CujoMatty
    I thought it was general knowledge that the graphical leap between Xbox one and the next gen would be very minimal. It’s the little things like lighting , and fine details like hair textures, *and how those things animate that will see improvements. From everything I’ve read it’s the under the hood, AI and behaviours of the world that will be the most improved. Makes sense why they are pushing the “atmosphere “ angle and showing Mahomes awareness and *reaction to *contact and why *they are *spotlighting it here.*
    mot sure why anyone is expecting to be blown away graphically in a 7 second snipet.

    Seconded, and honestly I’ve been pretty good with graphics for over a decade now. Yeah stuff like God of War and RDR2 blew me away this gen, but really almost every AAA game since 2008 or so has had pretty good graphics.
    What I want to see next gen (beyond the obvious like better AI, deeper franchise etc.) is stuff like real-time weather (transitions from cloudy to sunny in real time, differences in weather and daylight transitions in August vs. in January), better stat overlays (enough with the “EA Sports” plastered everywhere, give us NFL Network or Fox Sports presentation packages ffs), and a better physics model.
    The other big thing I’ll look for is performance. Like if it doesn’t look all that much different, and isn’t any kind of resource hog, maybe we’ll get some sick framerates out of the deal, like 120fps or something.
    EA could at least launch Madden 21 with some graphics improvements in July with an updated roster from the 2020/21 season and launch a new Madden for the new generation consoles later in the year.
    I've been waiting on some Madden 21 news for weeks, waking up checking to see if anything was released. and all we get is a few seconds. Hopefully there's something more to come tomorrow, maybe. Also not sure why they went with Mahomes instead of Lamar.
    Guess one way to look at it is, you get what you pay for
    Your getting Madden 21 on Xbox One and because youll have upgraded a few months later for the rest of the year you can just play that game on your new console with some minor touches
    For EA no point rebuilding the house so better to transition to next gen with 100% effort next year.
    Yes it sucks but thats EA with no competition. Blame the league
    Pro: No loss of features, you get to keep online leagues, franchise etc etc
    Con: No major leaps or redesigns to change away from status quo
    packers96
    EA could at least launch Madden 21 with some graphics improvements in July with an updated roster from the 2020/21 season and launch a new Madden for the new generation consoles later in the year.
    Why? More people are going to play Madden 21 on the current gen consoles. They will be the same game, with the higher end version just having more bells and whistles turned on. Resolution, frame rate, lighting, better load times, among other things.
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    The first thing I am going to be looking for is have they overhauled the offensive and defensive line game-play for pass blocking and pass rushing, if that hasn't been done then it's a no buy for me.
    Nothing unnerves me more that seeing a huge increase in graphics but still having the same legacy issues as in the past. Watching High Def players clipping through walls and watching men leave footprints in the snow, yet tackling a player in the snow leaves no body marks in the snow is something that still bothers me. I'm not excited at all..
    drugsbunny
    Nothing unnerves me more that seeing a huge increase in graphics but still having the same legacy issues as in the past. Watching High Def players clipping through walls and watching men leave footprints in the snow, yet tackling a player in the snow leaves no body marks in the snow is something that still bothers me. I'm not excited at all..

    Well, I was hoping for "State of Arts" graphics, real physics, a true NFL on fox presentation with Howie and Michael, a choice of different broadcasters, better AI, All past Classic Teams, AllTime rosters with correct players names with correct jerseys, online play with any team I want without having to start a franchise, a career franchise with real life stories ( no holds barred) minimal glitches, better passing mechanics, better total control, better control responses, better multiplayer support, a real simulation with coaching planning similar to Front Page Sports, real injury animations at the correct time, better blocking schemes, advanced voice recognition for real strategy such as audibles for coverages, WR routes, etc.., more realistic harder hits, more in-depth editing system, realistic game speed, real draft combines, create a real team or team builder similar to NCAA14, dramatic presentation during tight games like dramatic action movie, ability for multiple players wearing same number such as Emmitt Smith, Bob Hayes on same team, faster tighter player controls so you really feel like you are controlling your players instead of scripted suction animations, the ability to transfer rosters to next years version, VIP profiles like 2k5, better WR/DB interactions, ability to change game plan during game, ability to create a real journal during franchise career, minimal 7.2 surround sound, 1st person camera angle like 2k5, better Super Bowl presentation, I could go on and on but I woke up and said all they care about is MUT and casual gamers!
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    I tried playing this years Madden after not really playing since 16. The graphics were better but nothing great and I actually thought the gameplay wasn't much different than from what I remember. It did seem a lot faster though and the games felt rushed.
    I'm sure people who play all the time can see and tell the differences but I'm surprised I could take 4 years off and not really see much change in gameplay.
    Unimpressive micro-clip. Not even Showtime Mahomes could save it. Honestly, Im not expecting much of an upgrade in any area of the game over Madden 20. Probably won't see anything significant or noteworthy until 2022.
    Kanobi
    Unimpressive micro-clip. Not even Showtime Mahomes could save it. Honestly, Im not expecting much of an upgrade in any area of the game over Madden 20. Probably won't see anything significant or noteworthy until 2022.

    I agree, and the only reason that we will see true improvement then is that 2K will have something to put out.
    1CK1S
    Them turning the comments off on YouTube tells me all I need to know about this game.

    I mean, it'd just be full of people making hyperbolic comments dunking on the game and claiming the game is "trash" or "broken". Not really helpful/informative at all. While I think the series has been far from great, it also hasn't been nearly as bad some people say it is.
    typical EA marketing. The animations in the trailers and game intros always look better than the actual game play. That Mahome's clip, id bet is trailer or intro material, not actual game footage.
    the video clips of game play are too short as well
    so yeah, Im unimpressed. Ive been fooled by EA's marketing and advertising team too many times...
    m29a
    I mean, it'd just be full of people making hyperbolic comments dunking on the game and claiming the game is "trash" or "broken". Not really helpful/informative at all. While I think the series has been far from great, it also hasn't been nearly as bad some people say it is.

    For me, Madden for the past 15 years has only been good in very small doses.
    m29a
    I mean, it'd just be full of people making hyperbolic comments dunking on the game and claiming the game is "trash" or "broken". Not really helpful/informative at all. While I think the series has been far from great, it also hasn't been nearly as bad some people say it is.

    Kinda have to agree. Youtube comments seem to be either uninformed ignorance or just outright toxic. It's not a place with constructive criticism like this forum.
    Americas Team
    The first thing I am going to be looking for is have they overhauled the offensive and defensive line game-play for pass blocking and pass rushing, if that hasn't been done then it's a no buy for me.

    Dont hold your breath. This is the same base engine they've been using for the last +15 years. Heck, Madden 20's player interactions are 5-10 years behind. They didnt introduce head/ball tracking until Madden 15 or 16 and where 8-10 years behind THEN.
    PeoplesChampGB
    This news of a free "upgrade" is screaming port to me. This is not a good sign, no matter if you like Madden or not.

    Console generations as we used to think of them are a thing of the past. Xbox has said it constantly but people don't pay attention and then get all upset like this. This is going to be similar to when the One X came out. There's a free upgrade to get the performance on a next gen level.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    Console generations as we used to think of them are a thing of the past. Xbox has said it constantly but people don't pay attention and then get all upset like this. This is going to be similar to when the One X came out. There's a free upgrade to get the performance on a next gen level.

    Performance, lighting, load times, and game content will be better. Like they said on IGN, if you were looking for a Westworld experience you set yourself up for the fall, not Xbox. I am excited. Simulations - the mathmatical calculations that happen all over the field - will be limitless. THATS the upgrade. Everyone wants a “sim” game but that takes a heck of a ton of calculations to produce likely outcomes to the effect deemed “sim”. So if any of you saw that in the 7 second video that showed really nothing but an Ode to madden and Mahomes, I am super impressed. Wait until news comes out and more over, wait until you have it in your hands to push the wrecking ball.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    Console generations as we used to think of them are a thing of the past. Xbox has said it constantly but people don't pay attention and then get all upset like this. This is going to be similar to when the One X came out. There's a free upgrade to get the performance on a next gen level.

    I feel like another factor to this is that... Madden is released annually. In the scenario that Microsoft and Sony have laid out in terms of transitions between gens, you won’t see much difference
    stlducks
    I tried playing this years Madden after not really playing since 16. The graphics were better but nothing great and I actually thought the gameplay wasn't much different than from what I remember. It did seem a lot faster though and the games felt rushed.
    I'm sure people who play all the time can see and tell the differences but I'm surprised I could take 4 years off and not really see much change in gameplay.
    Its only sad because gameplay has been subpar for so long. Madden will probably be the always behind sports title it has grown to become. Its no longer exciting when a new release hits as it use to be. Playing with new players is the only important improvement they deliver on for me personally. Ootb its broken still and sliders barely make it consistenly playable for the first 3 months. After that its just boot it up because of no other licensed football options.
    I know the wait and see crowd will be in full effect up until launch. The game will drop, and then the everything couldnt be fixed crowd will point to the best feature they can find as the upgrade. Same story, different day, gameplay and ai still subpar.
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    Mahomes basically told us with the main feature you will see in this game this year will be visual and what you can feel.

    • IMO "Feel"will be new haptic feedback improvement that is felt with the new controllers and vibrations.
    • I am expecting hits and tackles have different feedback programming improvements that will feel different in your hand to immerse you into players more.
    • The only other thing that I could see is a more pronounced feedback on the sticks with varying weather conditions, player position chosen, and field degradation.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    Console generations as we used to think of them are a thing of the past. Xbox has said it constantly but people don't pay attention and then get all upset like this. This is going to be similar to when the One X came out. There's a free upgrade to get the performance on a next gen level.

    What's stopping them from rebuilding the game from the bottom up? I'm sure the tech has been out there for a while. That has nothing to do with console generation.
    Kanobi
    Dont hold your breath. This is the same base engine they've been using for the last +15 years. Heck, Madden 20's player interactions are 5-10 years behind. They didnt introduce head/ball tracking until Madden 15 or 16 and where 8-10 years behind THEN.

    I agree. Madden is behind/lacking in a lot of areas. I really hope they take advantage of more powerful CPU and vastly improved AI. Madden has such as simplistic take on AI. As a solo offline player, I just to have a realistic experience against CPU. The CPU AI feels scripted. A lot of times CPU is aided by artificially slowing down or dumbing down user AI controlled players. Coaches have little to no impact on games. CPU AI doesn't really adjust to user playcalling. I remember there being a feature within past 10 years or so when they had the virtual training that AI would recognize the play by the third time. No real difference in CPU playcalling between teams outside of playbooks, Predictable AI playcalling, Poor AI Blocking logic, poor AI Ball carrier logic, CPU AI not knowing how to utilize talent and take advantage of mismatches. That's mainly just gameplay AI issues. That's what happens when you build off a broken foundation that was built in start of 7th generation. But things have gotten better, I will not deny that. Even playing NCAA 14 a few months ago for a few months, you can see the improvements. AI playcalling was beyond predictable in that game. You knew that when it was 3rd and long it was either 4 Verts or a screen pass, either or nothing else. There were plays where if the outside WRs ran a go route , if you didn't have safeties over the top, it was a guaranteed TD or big play because your CBs would be pulled inside while back peddling and by time they recover, the CPU WR created a few yards of separation. Abilities did help somewhat in Madden. In NCAA 14, there were no gameplanning truly needed. You knew what to expect. All I did after game started was look at CPU QB speed and DB speed that's it. Ball Carriers still didn't use special moves then, so that made CPU skill players useless. CPU WR speed didn't matter much. On defense, all I had to worry about was whether I needed to put Spy on QB. So, Madden has gotten better. Abilities help, but still want to have to gameplan against skill players.
    But I do expect AI to see a bump this gen with more powerful hardware. As shown in clip, extending the ball over the goal line, does show situational awareness. Hopefully CPU does that as well and hopefully extending the ball applies to 1st downs as well. For me, vastly improved AI and gameplay(some aspects need to be built from ground up) are the keys to next generation for me. I haven't bought Madden this past gen. If it is just more of the same where we get more of the same small improvements with a fresher coat of paint, I will pass on this gen as well.
    PeoplesChampGB
    What's stopping them from rebuilding the game from the bottom up? I'm sure the tech has been out there for a while. That has nothing to do with console generation.

    The people in charge refuse to invest the resources and manpower to accomplish that. And when they're making so much money year after year from a game that changes in small ways, what is their incentive to risk that by rebuilding everything?
    As gamers, our main priority is the best gaming experience. EA's priority is money. The devs want to create a great game but they're only able to do what the higher ups allow and allot resources for.
    In terms of tech and money, nothing is "stopping" them. But for them it's a business, it's not about creating the best football game of all time.
    I was expecting to be under-whelmed and I'm still disappointed.
    Ignoring the fact that we got roughly 30 seconds of slow-mo footage for a pylon reach that looked like it could have come straight out of a Madden from the previous 5 or so years, whose idea was it to hype up the "history of Madden" with the first whole minute of the video?
    Honestly the first half of the video feels like the rejected opening to the anniversary edition of Madden that they just decided to slap on with new overlays. There was no point to it. There is nothing about Madden 21 that needs to be setup by the previous decades of Madden.
    Nothing has defined the last decade or so of Madden for me more than this video: The parts you want to see in the game disappoint you, and all the extra in between leaves you scratching your head as to why a major development studio like EA would waste so much time on irrelevant garbage.
    Is this the year they're going to add "Battle Royal Mode" to match the epicness they got out of the same "wonderful addition" to NHL last year?
    Madwolf
    I was expecting to be under-whelmed and I'm still disappointed.
    Ignoring the fact that we got roughly 30 seconds of slow-mo footage for a pylon reach that looked like it could have come straight out of a Madden from the previous 5 or so years, whose idea was it to hype up the "history of Madden" with the first whole minute of the video?
    Honestly the first half of the video feels like the rejected opening to the anniversary edition of Madden that they just decided to slap on with new overlays. There was no point to it. There is nothing about Madden 21 that needs to be setup by the previous decades of Madden.
    Nothing has defined the last decade or so of Madden for me more than this video: The parts you want to see in the game disappoint you, and all the extra in between leaves you scratching your head as to why a major development studio like EA would waste so much time on irrelevant garbage.
    Is this the year they're going to add "Battle Royal Mode" to match the epicness they got out of the same "wonderful addition" to NHL last year?

    Agree 100%, underwhelmed is putting it lightly, the very first footage of Madden 21 they officially put out, and you literally see Mahomes shadow THROUGH the pylon, and if you look closely, QB Chad Henne is also on the field for the Chiefs in the background. Only EA I swear
    People will think I'm trolling, but I'm 100% not. I have no worries about Madden 21 or Madden during the next generation. Madden will be at the very worst a game that is incrementally better than the year before that I will enjoy playing for 500+ hours for 60 bucks.
    I was going to type a much longer post saying all kinds of stuff, but then I decided not to as it would just tune people up. I'll just say that as someone who bought that first Madden on the PC in 1988, I'm glad to no longer be bothered by all the historical/current issues that makes people dislike Madden so much. I just have fun playing the game.
    jfsolo
    People will think I'm trolling, but I'm 100% not. I have no worries about Madden 21 or Madden during the next generation. Madden will be at the very worst a game that is incrementally better than the year before that I will enjoy playing for 500+ hours for 60 bucks.
    I was going to type a much longer post saying all kinds of stuff, but then I decided not to as it would just tune people up. I'll just say that as someone who bought that first Madden on the PC in 1988, I'm glad to no longer be bothered by all the historical/current issues that makes people dislike Madden so much. I just have fun playing the game.
    Pretty much. At the very least Madden will be good enough to justify my origin premiere and EA access memberships.
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    jfsolo
    People will think I'm trolling, but I'm 100% not. I have no worries about Madden 21 or Madden during the next generation. Madden will be at the very worst a game that is incrementally better than the year before that I will enjoy playing for 500+ hours for 60 bucks.
    I was going to type a much longer post saying all kinds of stuff, but then I decided not to as it would just tune people up. I'll just say that as someone who bought that first Madden on the PC in 1988, I'm glad to no longer be bothered by all the historical/current issues that makes people dislike Madden so much. I just have fun playing the game.

    You're not trolling, you're just fine settling for mediocrity.
    That's all anyone who wants to play an NFL branded football game year in and year out can do at this point in time.
    jfsolo
    People will think I'm trolling, but I'm 100% not. I have no worries about Madden 21 or Madden during the next generation. Madden will be at the very worst a game that is incrementally better than the year before that I will enjoy playing for 500+ hours for 60 bucks.
    I was going to type a much longer post saying all kinds of stuff, but then I decided not to as it would just tune people up. I'll just say that as someone who bought that first Madden on the PC in 1988, I'm glad to no longer be bothered by all the historical/current issues that makes people dislike Madden so much. I just have fun playing the game.

    100% where I'm at with the game now and I'm much happier with the game because of it.
    I would love a Madden game where tye majpr feature is bug fixes, balances, and a cleaner overall game. Those legacy bugs still in the game after years are ridiculous. Make the best version of Madden 20 as Madden 21 then move forward. Hopefully that will be the case and not some crazy new feature that gets implemented amd never improved on.
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    I know this from following the game for 25 years and keeping an eye on what devs say when they leave the company, or, like in Rex's case, what they say to feedback about the game even while they're still working for EA. It's not a "hot take" to say the higher ups withhold resources from the devs or that they're the reason for the game not being as advanced and polished as it could be.
    EDIT: I see you deleted your post lol.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    I know this from following the game for 25 years and keeping an eye on what devs say when they leave the company, or, like in Rex's case, what they say to feedback about the game even while they're still working for EA. It's not a "hot take" to say the higher ups withhold resources from the devs or that they're the reason for the game not being as advanced and polished as it could be.
    EDIT: I see you deleted your post lol.

    This is pretty much exactly what DICE employees are saying about EA during SW Battlefront 2. I follow their r/ and the devs/community manager from DICE have heavily hinted that EA doesn’t give a crap about customer feedback/priorities. It’s all about the guac. I think that and Battlefield V were resolved differently because DICE is a big publisher that must’ve been like “see? This is why you don’t do this.” to EA followed by insane amounts of criticism.
    The problem with Madden/FIFA players, huge amounts of players still pay for MUT and everything. So their niche majority isnt the one criticizing them
    Sparkles
    This is pretty much exactly what DICE employees are saying about EA during SW Battlefront 2. I follow their r/ and the devs/community manager from DICE have heavily hinted that EA doesn’t give a crap about customer feedback/priorities. It’s all about the guac. I think that and Battlefield V were resolved differently because DICE is a big publisher that must’ve been like “see? This is why you don’t do this.” to EA followed by insane amounts of criticism.
    The problem with Madden/FIFA players, huge amounts of players still pay for MUT and everything. So their niche majority isnt the one criticizing them
    This is the problem that I feel will never let madden succeed, or at least anytime soon. Just like solo said, players enjoy the game just because it's a football fix. If the majority are upset, but still play just cause, why would they care. If your still making decent revenue, and the ppl who even complain are adding to that, why listen.
    Its fun seeing the hopes and wishes for even a remotely up to date game(AI & gameplay options wise) for 2020 and beyond. Whether EA will even sit up in their chair to care, is the real hope and wish thats the ultimate mystery.
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    StormsWarning
    Best madden on ps3? I'm thinking 10, your thoughts?
    Tough call. You can't go wrong with 10. I love 08 and 09 too. Even Madden 25 is excellent
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    GisherJohn24
    Tough call. You can't go wrong with 10. I love 08 and 09 too. Even Madden 25 is excellent
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    M12 was my favorite last-gen Madden for gameplay and Franchise. Although, I preferred the presentation of M10 and M11 (especially the Extra Point show).
    I remember enjoying the last-gen version of M15 too, but not as much as 12.
    ripcandlestickpark
    M12 was my favorite last-gen Madden for gameplay and Franchise. Although, I preferred the presentation of M10 and M11 (especially the Extra Point show).
    I remember enjoying the last-gen version of M15 too, but not as much as 12.

    I do enjoy 12 and I do think it did have the best gameplay and it had the most to do behind the scenes. I think the nfl films music they had in 10 and 11 made those more of a nostalgic factor connection than anything. Both games also IMO had the best soundtracks

I like video games and the miami dolphins.

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