What Madden NFL 22 Needs to Get Right After NFL 21 Launch
As soon as it is not a 100% certainty, it is nearly a given that Madden NFL 22 is along the way. The simple fact that rumors have started about who will be on the pay and what will be from the match is not always a fantastic thing for Digital Arts. After all, the current backlash from fans regarding Madden NFL 21 isn’t a secret; even the firm itself confessed people were not pleased with the final product as it started. If EA wants to prevent a similar backlash this season, it will have to make tangible improvements to several distinct facets.
It is not a surprise that a company that has been around so long as Madden NFL is somewhat stale nowadays. There are different sports games out there that have existed for nearly as long, which do not receive the same reaction when new installations launch. Fans want something to get excited about, and actual improvements could perform the job.
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Face Of Your Franchise Needs A Facelift
Whenever the Franchise style’s surface first came in Madden NFL 20, it was really a fairly inventive accession. Comparable to what the NBA 2K franchise has provided for just a short time, the mode enabled players to”live the life” of an up-and-coming prospect flipped NFL celebrity. Yes, there has been the capability to play real games, at least parts of a few, but the attention was on the cinematic aspects. Having said all that, the next installment of that manner dropped quite a bit of its sheen. The story was not as nice, and that the newness wore off immediately.
It is probably that EA will attempt to tweak the manner, even though it may be better served to eliminate it. Even if it is better, enthusiasts will be concentrated quite a little more on what other styles in Madden NFL 22 have to offer you. If Electronics do bring it back for a third consecutive year, there have to be a few developments, especially writing. Among the greatest complaints concerning Madden 21’s version was that the underlying narrative appeared both realistic and just like something, which forced players to root for a protagonist who was a jerk. If EA will bring back the mode, quite a little more attention has to be paid to creating a compelling story.
Electronic Arts were in a bit of a difficult position in 2020. The company knew the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S were arriving but also knew that Madden NFL 21 would launch months before the new consoles came out. That meant that the devs had to focus quite a bit of their attention on the Xbox One and PS4. Despite substantial sales numbers for Madden NFL 21, there was quite a bit of public outcry. EA attempted to respond to the fans as best they could by offering several updates.
One of those updates was specifically geared towards an upgrade for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. The patch souped-up the graphics, and the dev team claimed the gameplay was also improved. A big aspect of the patch was that the game was leaning more on statistical analysis. It’s hard to say just how much the update really upgraded the game. There were certainly some improvements, but it wasn’t as though it felt like a whole new game. In 2021, Electronic Arts would be well served to focus first and foremost on the new consoles. Better graphics, better gameplay, and obviously taking advantage of more power under the hood will go a long way towards showing users the company wants to win back those that threw up their hands in frustration last fall.
Better Franchise Mode
The Madden NFL series’s absolute biggest complaint the last few years has been the feeling as though the franchise mode is little more than a $60 roster update. There was a time when this mode was the cream of the crop among sports games. When it came to running a franchise, there was very little the player didn’t have control over. The detail level allows players to really feel as though they were in the front office of an NFL franchise. For whatever, reason since the mode hit its peak, EA has seemingly done little more than taking features out.
The franchise model in Madden NFL 21 felt almost as though it was a skeleton of what the development team intended. There are still features like hiring and firing coaches, training and scouting players, and drafting the next generation of stars, but it all feels like it’s more a wink and a nod than a fully immersive mode. Taking a look at what the franchise had to offer a decade ago honestly wouldn’t be a bad idea. Then add some of the tweaks that were made over the years. A combination of old and new could make a better franchise mode for this fall.
The grim reality is that if EA wants to make Madden NFL 22 a game that its fanbase welcomed, going the route of Assassin’s Creed or WWE 2K wouldn’t be a bad idea. This franchise could use a year off. It would allow the developers to really take stock of where they are and where they need to go. Considering the team is updating the existing installment all the way through December or January. While also preparing for an August release of the next one, it makes sense why there haven’t been many improvements over the years.
With recent rumors that Madden NFL 22 might be coming to the Nintendo Switch, a year off seems extremely unlikely. Even if it wasn’t landing on a new platform, there’s likely a minimal chance there’d be a year’s break. With that in mind, the community will have to hope there are enough tweaks and changes to make this year’s installment better and offer hope for continued improvement moving forward.