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Madden NFL 17

Electronic Arts, EA Sports
Aug 23, 2016 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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8.6 / 10
Game Rant
4 / 5
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Game Informer
8.5 / 10
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8.6 / 10.0

Madden has finally found its comfort zone between the tackles, and offense and defense have reached a great balance. The community’s gameplay wishes were granted with a new focus on Franchise mode, led by the Play the Moments feature. Outside of its mood-killing commentators, Madden 17 is just about everything we’ve been waiting for since EA Sports took full control of the NFL license. Football is back, and it’s only a yard or two short of becoming an all-time great.

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Madden NFL 17 doesn't move the series forward in any significant ways, but it provides one of the most polished NFL football video game experiences to date.

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New running features makes this the most balanced and enjoyable Madden yet, but a few awkward sights and sounds will remind you that it’s just a game.

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The experience isn’t perfect on or off the field, but it still has plenty to like

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A new commentary duo and improvements to on-field maneuvers helps usher in a new and (mostly) improved Madden era, though it’s not without its issues.

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Madden NFL 17 does so much it's hard to speak of all its appeals and improvements

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EA Tiburon has done a great job of rehabilitating the fading Madden brand, with Madden 17 being the culmination of their efforts. Everything they've tried to accomplish over the past couple years is on display, from the revamped blocking to the smarter franchise mode. There are certainly plenty of issues left to address; but for now, Madden NFL 17 is a very solid football game.

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Overall, Madden NFL ’17 is a breath of fresh air. The new running features give life to a stagnant aspect of the field, forcing players to play a more balanced style of game and highlighting game schemes many have forgotten about. EA has done a whole lot with the little they have. This year certainly has been one of the best in recent memory and it would be a shame to see a drop of in the future.

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