Percentile Rank

Madden NFL 16 is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 54 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

91%

Critics Recommend

Based on 54 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

TechnoBuffalo
Buy
Buy
Sep 14, 2015

The new game of throw and catch alongside modes like Draft Champions makes Madden NFL 16 a great entry in the football franchise.

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Scored Reviews

The Outerhaven Productions
Aug 25, 2015

Madden NFL 16 regains its championship swagger in so many ways. The completely revamped Madden Ultimate Team, Connected Franchise, and the absolutely fun Draft Champions modes are definitely the highlight of this game, by far.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 2, 2015

Madden 16 builds on last year's fantastic entry in the franchise, and while there's more refinement here than revolution the improvements are meaningful, with the addition of Draft Champions a huge success.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 30, 2015

With impressive refinements made to the passing game and a significant bump in the visual department, Madden NFL 16 may just be the best entry in the storied franchise's history.

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AR12Gaming
9 / 10
AR12Gaming

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 12, 2015

Overall Madden 16 is takes the Madden franchise to the next level and I would highly recommend it to all football fans out there!

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PCMag
Sep 3, 2015

Infamously insipid and repetitive commentary aside, this year brings a number of incremental improvements to the Madden franchise that make NFL 16 well worth a purchase.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Aug 24, 2015

Madden 16 proves that it is far from a mere roster update, with some of the best gameplay improvements in a long time and the incredibly fun and addicting Draft Champions mode.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2015

Madden 16 is the definitive Madden experience, boasting new gameplay mechanics and features that change the game for the better. New and returning players will easily find something to love about this year's iteration.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 9, 2015

Madden NFL 16 has a bad rap for being nothing more than a yearly money grab. I understand why people say this, even though most years I disagree. This year however, I strongly disagree. There are enough changes in a variety of places that make this the best offering the series has had in several years and should satisfy new fans, yearly players and those who fall somewhere in between.

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EGM
9 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2015

New gameplay mechanics and the new Draft Champions mode mean Madden NFL 16 finally delivers a complete football experience that both casual and hardcore fans should be able to enjoy right from the start.

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Polygon
9 / 10.0
Polygon

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2015

Madden 16's hard-earned successes feel that much more satisfying.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2015

Madden NFL 16 boasts deep and engaging gameplay, a robust tutorial system, and an overall presentation that makes it the best that it's been in years.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Aug 31, 2015

Many people complain that sports games do not change sufficiently on a yearly basis to warrant another purchase. That is far from the case with Madden NFL 16 as EA Sports and EA Tiburon have introduced some smart, brand new features that are integrated very well. The Draft Champions mode could have easily been just another card-focused mode that the fan base shunned to the side, but it is much more than that. It is an exciting, unique experience that cannot be found in any other sports title. As the gameplay continues to improve, Madden NFL 16 is easily the best football game to have been released in many years

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2015

Madden NFL 16 truly is more than just a roster update as EA added enough new features to kick the game up a notch to another level. The question now is: what can they do for Madden 17? 

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COGconnected
88 / 100
88 / 100
Aug 24, 2015

Overall, I am quite happy with this year's installment in the Madden NFL franchise. While the changes may not be as sweeping as we have seen in the past, Madden NFL 16 feels like the most complete Madden I have played in well over 10-years. I cannot recall a time where I wanted to play every single mode offered in the game over and over. That is the case this year.

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Impulsegamer
4.4 / 5.0
4.4 / 5.0
Sep 2, 2015

Madden NFL 16 definitely streamlines the American football experience on the PlayStation 4 with its enhanced gaming mechanics, especially with the new catches and accessible in-game goals. Controls work extremely well and the tweaked gameplay creates a new direction for the series, more so with the next-gen graphics that just boom out of your TV.

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IGN
8.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2015

Madden NFL 16's new throwing and passing game ramps up the risk, reward, and realism in new, exciting ways.

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2015

This year delivers the kind of football moments we've wanted for a long time from the franchise. A clear step forward

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GameTrailers
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2015

Madden continues to improve upon its solid foundation with worthwhile additions like Draft Champions. Most importantly the offensive changes bring more strategy and depth to the core gameplay that makes this one of the more engaging Maddens in recent years.

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PSX Extreme
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2015

Madden NFL 16 represents a logical step in the history of the franchise. Rather than restricting the experience to the die-hard few, why not make a game that satisfies both the latter group and the more casual fans? It may seem a little intimidating at first but this well-appointed simulator is amazingly flexible, and gives you the chance to play exactly the way you wish. The intro is poorly conceived, I believe, the loading times are still pretty ridiculous, and there are a few lingering gameplay issues (wacky occurrences can be prevalent) but aside from that, this is the best Madden entry we've seen in years.

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Xbox Achievements
85%
85%
Aug 30, 2015

A few new gameplay mechanics and the Fantasy Draft mode might not seem like enough to make you part with your cash, but the subtle changes are enough to make every game feel like a new challenge. Every catch can be game changing, every defensive counter move pivotal. It's great that a simple tweak can shift the dynamic so much, and it's enough to make Madden NFL 16 a more authentic experience for long time players and newcomers alike.

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ActionTrip
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2015

Every year people justify not purchasing Madden using the time tested line, "Well it is just a glorified roster update anyway…" Unfortunately for those poor jaded schmucks, no such excuse exists this season. EA Sports has went all out to deliver changes to the core gameplay mechanics, resulting in an authentic football experience, with unparalleled levels of depth and complexity.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2015

Once again Madden comes highly recommended for fans of the pigskin, and as always, kicks off the best time of year to be a gamer.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2015

A revamped gameplay system allows players to take more control than ever, making Madden 16 feel like a polished product. Career mode still has some holes in it simply because of stale options, but the game truly shines online. Overall, a great experience and one to build off of for the future.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2015

The on-pitch action and the game modes on offer present what is easily the best Madden package of this generation so far.

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Digital Chumps
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2015

Overall, the gameplay for Madden NFL 16 has been refined, simplified and improved. It feels like it's going back to a time where playing a football game was less of a chore and more fun. I think EA Tiburon hit the right notes with this year's Madden and has opened the door for everyone wanting to play a good game of football on their current generation system. Kudos to them for logical and entertaining gameplay improvements.

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Worth Playing
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2015

Madden 16 feels like EA has finally caught up to the current generation of gaming and can now start to improve the venerable football franchise by even greater strides. There's still some work to be done, but I feel like I'm playing Madden this year because it's fun, and not because I felt obligated as a football fan to have it. Compared to the hurricane of dark perceptions surrounding the National Football League, I'd much rather be playing this.

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NZGamer
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2015

It's always a bit hyperbolic to say "best Madden ever" before the community play-style has settled - but in terms of the gameplay mechanics, the franchise is at the most realistic point it's reached to date.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2015

While there are still some areas that could use polishing (like that commentary team – wake up, fellas), Madden NFL 16 continues to make strides with some strong gameplay change-ups and abundant online features. Draft Champions and Ultimate Team will keep true fans busy for weeks, and the casual play is exceptional enough for that audience to enjoy as well. As long as Madden keeps making progress like this on a yearly basis, I'll keep coming back for more.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 25, 2015

EA's juggernaut sports series delivers its 2015 installment with finesse and prowess, making it worth the attention of both fans and newcomers.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2015

Madden 16 has now begun to reflect on how the NFL has evolved, and despite its growing pains, the positives outweigh the negatives in this strong outing. Madden NFL 16 is a necessity for returning fans.

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Cheat Code Central
4 / 5.0
Cheat Code Central
Angelo M. D’Argenio

Top Critic

4 / 5.0
Aug 26, 2015

As I have reviewed every Madden game these last few years, I saw systems get more and more complex, making the game feel like it was out of my reach. Madden 16 feels like it is geared around simplicity. None of the systems from other Madden games were taken out, but the core of the game has been shifted toward simple mechanics interacting with other simple mechanics. This is a breath of fresh air to me. It makes Madden NFL 16 a fantastic place to start playing Madden, as well as being different enough to warrant a follow up buy after 15.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 25, 2015

The third iteration of the series on current-gen platforms, Madden NFL 16 continues its growth. There's not a myriad of changes this year, but what has been tweaked is noticeable and makes for a fantastic game of pigskin.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2015

If you have a passion for American football, there really is no better replication of the sport this well designed and executed.

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Operation Sports
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2015

Madden NFL 16 is a great playing game on the field, and has adequate depth to the modes to keep you busy for a long time to come.

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Guardian
Sep 8, 2015

Madden 16 is an authentic, challenging simulation that explores key facets of the sport in new ways and adds much to the experience in the process.

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Telegraph
Sep 4, 2015

There are still problems when it comes to balancing realism with spectacle, but Madden NFL 16 manages to get the mix mostly right. Certainly, when compared to previous releases, there's a far greater sense that what you're playing tallies with what you see on Sundays.

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USgamer
Aug 25, 2015

Madden NFL 16 takes another clear step forward this year, featuring some fantastic additions to the passing game and an excellent new mode. After being maligned for so many years, Madden now has a clear sense of momentum that should carry it through the rest of the generation. Absent the bugs and balance issues, which should be addressed soon via patch, this is the best Madden I've played in a decade.

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8 / 10
Sep 5, 2015

It's tough for an annual sports franchise like Madden to spice things up from year to year, but Madden NFL 16 brings just the right amount of change to make things interesting. Nearly everything it adds works incredibly well, most noticeably in the passing game, while a few other things still need a bit of work. Ultimate Team continues to grow, Draft Champions is the coolest mode ever, and even just a quick game against a friend is still as fun and footbally as Madden has ever been. There's a lot to like on the gridiron this year, and I can only hope that this upward trend continues to grow.

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Game Rant
Aug 31, 2015

With a greater focus on receivers/cornerbacks and a fantastic new Draft Champions mode, Madden NFL 16 represents a vast improvement over last year's game in nearly every way.

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GamesRadar+
Aug 25, 2015

With a focus on the fundamentals and an eye for simulation-style football, Madden NFL 16 maintains the franchise's upward trajectory. Football fans have a solid title in their hands this season.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 7, 2015

Overall this years Madden make some improvements to what we know already works. MuT needs some work, again, but players quitting is kind of out of their hands. Normally I wouldn’t recommend upgrading from year to year but this year, you should spend the extra money and go for it.

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Examiner
Aug 24, 2015

Madden NFL 16 is the best iteration in the franchise this generation, presenting gamers with the most in-depth Connected Franchise yet and an interesting Draft Champions mode that has great potential to grow. Madden NFL 16 is a fantastic step forward for the series and is one players will thoroughly enjoy.

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Game Revolution
Aug 24, 2015

[Madden NFL] 16 has been one of the best in recent history and it's a delight to see EA continually cook up new ways to serve an old dish.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 3, 2015

Madden NFL 16 is just fun enough and just authentic enough to recommend to football fans, despite its technical issues. Yes, the load times and occasional freezes are frustrating but isn't enough to ruin the game (thankfully).

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Giant Bomb
Sep 10, 2015

For the second year in a row, Madden makes smart, interesting changes that genuinely improve the experience.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 21, 2015

More tactical, more rewarding and much more fun

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Total Gaming Network
Aug 31, 2015

Even with the few, and consequently minor, shortcomings in Madden NFL 16, it is by far the best football game in years. The new additions to the passing and receiving game alone are more than worth the purchase price. These new game mechanics, coupled with the new defensive additions and refinements, bring the game to a level of realism that has never before been reached by the Madden franchise. On top of all of that, Draft Champions looks to be one of the best new game modes added to a sports game in recent years.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 8, 2015

Madden NFL 16 is a fine addition to the series that started way back in 1989. Draft Champions adds a lot of replayability to a game already jam-packed with content, the new in-match mechanics give you a greater sense of control than ever before, and Madden Ultimate Team is steadily growing bigger and better. Sure, loading times are long, but the presentation and the way that the crowd reacts to every move is well worth it. All in all, it seems as though Madden as a series won't be deflating any time soon.

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GamesBeat
78 / 100
78 / 100
Sep 24, 2015

Madden NFL 16 is a good transitional entry in the series, introducing promising features that are either incomplete or weighed down by bugs.

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Pixel Dynamo
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2015

All the intangibles, streaky in the clutch

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Destructoid
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2015

The insistence towards microtransaction-laden Ultimate Team and the new fantasy football-cribbed Draft Champions modes is useless. Throwing, catching, and defending throws have seen some welcomed, long-ignored additions that get a couple yards closer to faithful simulation. You can decide if that's enough.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 10, 2015

Despite a wealth of new ideas, some of which really push the franchise forward, a series of bugs make Madden NFL 16 a disappointment.

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GameSkinny
Sep 2, 2015

Madden 16 is what the NFL wants to believe its league is: Clean, friendly, and inspirational. It's not.

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