Madden 21 has been released for more than two months. Though fans of the series aren’t entirely pleased with this entry, Madden 21 offers a few good gameplay elements for players to enjoy. There are still some moments where the game shines. Whether it’s fun, new game modes, or the stunning graphics, there are some small victories to be had.
1. The Yard
The Yard is the newest game mode of the series and it pits superstar caliber players against each other. It’s a 5-on-5 and 6-on-6 arcade take on football. There are no quarters or time limits to abide by and the field is much shorter, being only 80 yards long. It’s similar to NFL Street as you will see more wide-open and over-the-top plays, but the real draw for The Yard is in its customization. Each user will create a character that they can upgrade and outfit with special attires and accessories that can be worn in-game.
2. Ultimate team
Madden Ultimate Team (or MUT for short) is a meta trading card game in Madden NFL 21 where you create a team formed from card packs. Like last year’s entry, many players’ ratings have changed, and assembling the team can be fun and works a lot like a management sim, which requires gamers to identify important information from the trivial. Though this might not be fun for some gamers, there are many strategies involved in it, and it’s deep and filled with customization. By the way, Madden 21 Coins plays a very important role in this model!
3. New Moves
There are two new skill stick moves in Madden 21: the side hurdle and the dead leg. Additionally, specific animations will only be assigned to certain play archetypes. The best ball carriers in the league feel like the best and stand out from among the rest. Thus, it’ll be interesting to see how balanced they are, considering normal spin moves are already strong against players without a tackling superstar ability. Thanks to these moves, the gameplay is slightly less repetitive, which the game desperately needs.
4. Realistic Open Field Tackling
Many of the series’s issues on the field have been ironed out well, including run defense, where it had become too challenging to stop in last year’s entry, but it has improved tenfold here. And tackling in the open field has better animation with less unrealistic tackles, which had the opponents leaping through the sky like superheroes. Basic moves can now be utilized with the right stick, so evading opponents feels much more intuitive than before, and it makes for much smoother running.
5. Authenticity Improvements
Beyond these gameplay improvements, Madden 21 will have some major authenticity improvements. The goal was to create a more realistic, immersive feeling. Players will maintain momentum as they run out of bounds, reach for extra effort first downs, and dive for endzone pylons as you would see in real life. The character models are so detailed and almost cutting edge. There is no doubt about it, be far and away the biggest improvement between NFL 21 and NFL 20 is the advancement of the graphics.
Simply put, this version of “Madden NFL 21” maybe isn’t the best, but it has the potential to be the most interesting and one that players can show off.