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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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).
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.
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.