I admit that I was not the first that would be looked at when playing flag football back in my youth. Shoot, I wouldn’t be the first pick even now! Jokes on them, I had a helluva arm back then, and even now! Those that have followed my journey as a reviewer also will note that I have reviewed very few sports games. The truth is that when it comes to these yearly series, the only games I purchase every year are the WWE games. I mean that as absolutely zero disrespect to all other sports titles, generally speaking, I skip out on other games generally every other year mostly because I don’t see a huge change from year to year. That all being said, I thoroughly enjoyed Madden NFL 19 last year and so when the opportunity came that I could review Madden NFL 20, I jumped on that opportunity immediately. So, grab a plate of your favorite wings, a pint of your favorite beer and ask yourself, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!?!
I think it goes without saying that when compared to Madden NFL 19, the game is slightly better. As we gear up for the end of this current console generation, games are really pushing the current consoles to the max when it comes to everything involved with the graphics. The biggest visual spectacle to me, oddly enough, was the lighting. The way the light shines off the helmets gives them a very realistic feel. The facials were good for the most part, but there were some moments where I felt like I was looking at a face that would be from the consoles of the last generation.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a true NFL experience without the commentation team. Sadly, we do not hear the sultry sound of Mr. John Madden himself, but what we do have for the majority of the game is commentators Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis, with Coachman filling some of the commentaries during Halftime. I found that their commentary was very well done, even when calling out strange plays. For example, I was on my own 20-yard line and tried to kick an 80-yard field goal. Upon seeing my choice of a play, I was met with Gaudin and Davis questioning why I would even attempt this from so far away, as well as on my 1st down. I will admit that after playing enough games, you will start to notice some lines are said more frequently than others. In spite of this, it is a job well done from both of those gentlemen.
The story mode is very interesting as you play Face of the Franchise. You will make your own quarterback and decide which college you play for ( U of M baby!!!) and before you know, it is your senior year of college and your team is in the playoffs! Depending on how you play during these games will determine how valuable you come time when your character is drafted to an NFL team. Honestly, from here on out though, you are just playing the franchise mode.
Speaking of franchise mode though, I know that many people have been upset with the fact that it has all but been untouched, but I do not necessarily see this as a bad thing. Maybe it is because I look at it as the standard game mode for people that just want to play a season as their favorite teams. I admit that some of the stuff in between games goes above my head.
The time between games sees you play as the coach of your team. You will organize your team’s practice, which is great for working on different aspects of the game such as your offensive line or how to build up a great defensive line. You also will release players as well as try to hire free agents. If you are new to the game and want to give yourself an extra edge, you can change the stats on literally every character. You want Mathew Stafford to be the best running back in the league? Make it so! How about make Drew Brees the worst defensive lineman, have at it! You can change everything about everyone.
Now, once I picked out who I wanted to play as and got into my first game, I couldn’t help but notice that everything felt really simple. From picking plays to playing the characters on the field, the controls have never felt so good. I remember a time where just trying to throw a ball to a wide receiver felt like I was doing gymnastics on my controller. It is wonderfully smooth now!
I was very satisfied with my time with Madden NFL 20. It may be the only way I will ever see my Detroit Lions make it to the Superbowl, but IT WILL HAPPEN! If EA Tiburon continues to make these great games, I may turn into a yearly fan of another sport! Really though, I think that this is a great game for a sports fan and would say that whether you are new, or an old school fan, this is one you won’t want to skip!
*This Review Code was so generously provided by the publisher for review*