Percentile Rank

Madden NFL 20 is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 44 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

69%

Critics Recommend

Based on 44 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Operation Sports
Unscored
Operation Sports
Phil Varckette

Top Critic

Unscored
Aug 1, 2019

With the combination of improvements brought forth by core mechanics, better animations, and Superstar X-Factors giving much needed differentiation to average and elite players, Madden 20 is a game that plays well on the field. From here, it now needs some major and minor presentation refinements, tweaks to gameplay and a deeper franchise mode in order to be called an elite sports game.

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Polygon
Unscored
Polygon

Top Critic

Unscored
Aug 3, 2019

Size and speed always carry the day, but Madden gives you new ways to use them

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Scored Reviews

Thumb Culture
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2019

If your an (American) Football fan and don’t own Madden 20, why not? This game is perfect to go hand in hand while the season starts and to get over the post-Super Bowl blues. There’s a lot of fun to be had, hard tackles to be made and way too many hail mary’s too. If you on the fence about it and not convinced, grab an EA or OPrigin access for a month, download it and play it, you really won’t regret it as its the best football you are going to get this year. I give this the Thumb Culture Platinum Award.

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Spiel Times
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 9, 2019

Madden NFL 20 is the most beautiful, exciting and simply the best part of the series I have ever played. No revolution, but a very good evolution with many small improvements that will be great fun for football fans.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 9, 2019

Overall, Madden 20 is one of the better Madden games I have played in the last few years. The gameplay feels better and the story mode is a nice touch to a sports game. It gives it something that you can replay to try and get different outcomes from your combine and championship game. The Superstar Edition that we reviewed is available for $79.99 USD and the standard game is $59.99 USD. It is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If you get the game I would suggest trying the Face of the Franchise mode first.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 8, 2019

Madden NFL 20 has reached an additional milestone thanks to the addition of significant new features. It remains the best American football experience

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 3, 2019

Madden NFL 20 might just be the series' best outing to date. Between a less-oppressive Ultimate Team Mode, an excellent player career mode, and more exciting on-the-pitch plays it offers a whole lot of excellent content. Minor tweaks aside, Franchise mode could do with some love next year, but it isn't enough to dull these Friday Night Lights (sorry).

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Cheat Code Central
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Jul 30, 2019

However it got here, it’s a distilled, slightly faster game that focuses on ironing out its rough spots rather than introducing anything that could cause new ones.

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PSX Brasil
85 / 100
85 / 100
Aug 13, 2019

Madden NFL 20 has great improvements and the introduction of new features that more than justify this new installment of the series. Ultimate Team continues to be one of the best of its kind and the inclusion of X-Factors makes the matches better than never.

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Forbes
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2019

I'm having a lot of fun with Madden 20, and readily admit it is improved from last year's game, which I didn't hate. However, my fun is regularly curtailed by an inexplicable limitation in almost every mode. Madden 20 gets a lot more right than it gets wrong, but it still won't let itself be great.

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IGN
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2019

Madden NFL 20's new superstar players and control refinements make its moment-to-moment gameplay the best the series has seen this console generation, but areas like Franchise have been left behind.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2019

Madden 20 is back. As every summer, football fans have the opportunity of enjoying their favorite sport in a virtual way. In this case, EA brings us an iteration which has enough new additions to keep us playing for several hours. In the bad side, we will miss some important modes as Longhorn and more news in franchise mode.

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Daily Star
Aug 10, 2019

Madden games on both the PS4 and Xbox One have been a boring digital microtransaction slog. There is more information than ever on the screen and depending on your preference it can either be informative or overwhelming.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 12, 2019

Madden 20 provides another year's worth of well-crafted gridiron action. It's a shame to say goodbye to Devin Wade and the Longshot narrative, but QB1 does a decent enough - if short - job of framing your own rise to fame. The rest of the package is as slick and smooth as you'd hope. Should you upgrade? If you're an avid fan, you probably already have. For everyone else, both Madden 18 and 19 still play a fantastic game of football.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2017

Madden NFL 20 updates and adds some interesting attributes to its football structure. It polishes up the story mode and gives it focus while maintaining the entertainment value of the series steadily. It needed a bit more with regard to content, but what it has is still good.

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Sporting News
Jul 30, 2019

The twilight of a video game generation tends to produce the most well-regarded and fondly-remembered editions of sports games. While it does not appear "Madden NFL 20" will stand among those past greats, a more defined attempt at providing gameplay authenticity bodes well for the future of the series.

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Daily Mirror
Aug 7, 2019

Overall the game is great to play with some improvements on last year's iteration.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Aug 8, 2019

Madden 20 does very little in this year's game to impress, but it doesn't do anything that truly disappoints.  What it offers is a competent and refined football experience with a stellar presentation and plenty of modes to play.

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Digital Trends
Aug 2, 2019

Madden NFL 20's Ultimate Team and Franchise modes are superb, but the career mode misses the mark.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2019

Madden NFL 20 doesn't reinvent the wheel, but the X-factor and Superstar system, combined with Face of the Franchise and a number of smart additions to Franchise and Ultimate Team make it a winner, despite its ongoing bugs and glitches.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2019

Madden NFL 20 is a great American Football game, and whilst it's better than last year, some of the mainstay modes could do with an overhaul.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Aug 1, 2019

Sure, the Pro Bowl is sort of a weird and pointless area of emphasis, but Madden NFL 20 provides one of the most entertaining and polished sports experiences available.

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GamesRadar+
Jul 31, 2019

Madden NFL 20 clears the roster and properly initiates the rebuilding phase for football's first franchise.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 2, 2019

Whatever your stance on the current state of the Madden franchise is, it will either get a lot better or a lot worse with Madden NFL 20.

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GameSkinny
Jul 31, 2019

Madden NFL 20's major new features are good on their own, but they are even better as a foundation for the years to come.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 6, 2019

Madden 20's new story mode is a disappointment, but the on-field action is better than it's ever been.

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Worth Playing
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2019

If you're looking for good-to-great football, you'll likely find what you're looking for in Madden NFL 20.

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LevelUp
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

Madden NFL 20 maintains important elements of previous deliveries, but it is still an experience of contrasts with successes and specific errors that may change in the future. Despite this, it is a good football game that will keep fans entertained throughout the season.

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COGconnected
78 / 100
78 / 100
Jul 30, 2019

EA Sports Madden franchise finds itself stuck in cruise control, or dare I say resting on its laurels.

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Level Down Games
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2019

Fans of the NFL and fans of Madden are going to find a lot of enjoyment with this version. There was some significant editions in the X-Factor players that truly can swing a game in almost any direction if done correctly. But the issues with Face of the Franchise, the lack of any new additions to the base Franchise mode, and some technical glitches here and there which Madden always has still holds this back from being better than anything we’ve ever seen from EA. But like I said, it’s still the best it has been on modern consoles, and I don’t expect to stop playing anytime soon.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

The football is fun – helped by gameplay improvements and the X-Factor and superstar abilities. Unfortunately, the limited nature and lack of progress in the franchise and career modes is very clear

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ZTGD
7.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

Madden NFL 20 is a solid entry with plenty of new additions.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 1, 2019

The casual fan will find plenty to enjoy but diehards will see Madden 20 as just another facelift to a franchise that knows how to succeed but struggles to innovate.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

Bluntly put, I found Madden NFL 20 to be a fairly vanilla entry in the franchise.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 9, 2019

The greatest show on turf gets a bit more personality with Madden NFL 20’s new X-Factor abilities. While this headline addition only applies to the sport’s biggest superstars, it injects new life into the on-field action. The new QB1 campaign may have potential in the future, but in its current guise it’s a step back from the Longshot story explored in previous entries, while the fan-favourite Franchise mode continues to see neglect.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2019

When everything goes smoothly, Madden 20 is one of the best-playing football games of the generation. Things don't always go smoothly.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jul 29, 2019

Just like skipping out on watching the Pro Bowl, you’re not missing out on all that much.

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Screen Rant
Aug 2, 2019

Madden 20 boasts a new X-Factor system and story mode, but does it stand up next to previous titles?

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We Got This Covered
Aug 2, 2019

Madden NFL 20 remains solid from a fundamental perspective, and the addition of X-Factor abilities is a welcome change. However, the usual litany of bugs and a lackluster single-player story mode prevent this entry from taking home the Lombardi.

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PlayStation Universe
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2019

Madden NFL 20 manages to iron out some nagging issues, making gameplay better than it has ever been. Ultimate Team sees deep refinement, but online play needs some work. Madden NFL 20 feels like a game made for existing Madden fans.

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Sports Gamers Online
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2019

Madden 20 is a game that will divide fans right down the middle. Fans who love MUT and have been getting the attention for all these years, will come back and really love what they have. Fans of modes like Franchise and Superstar may feel like enough is enough, no matter how great the action on the field is.

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Game Revolution
Jul 28, 2019

While many of the annoying glitches and wonky AI will hopefully get patched out of Madden NFL 20 there still isn’t a good reason to recommend it if you have purchased any recent years of the game.

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GotGame
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2019

As a sports game, Madden NFL 20 isn't necessarily a bad game. The gameplay flows at a good pace and playing basic one-on-one matchups with your friends is just as fun as ever. It's really the constant repetitiveness that hurts Madden.

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Shacknews
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jul 30, 2019

Madden NFL 20 is the worst major sports league video game out there.

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