It’s still good to have Madden back on PC, but a stagnant odor is creeping in.
What is it? The latest entry in a long line of American football simulators.
Reviewed on: Windows 10, Intel Core i7-9700 CPU @ 3.00GHz 16.0 GB RAM
Release date: Out now
Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Tiburon
Multiplayer: Local multiplayer, and a wide variety of multiplayer modes that range from 1v1 to 5v5.
Link: Official site, Steam
Madden 21 wants to make football fun again. That’s been the prevailing direction of the venerable gridiron series since the unveiling of the new Superstar KO mode in last year’s game. It felt like a statement. Gone were the stately simulations of America’s many mega-stadiums and the dulcet professorial tones of play-by-play. Instead, players drafted an elite squad of all-pros and went for the jugular in a veritable thunderdome. No punts, no field goals, and no reason to call anything other than the ballsiest deep throws from the playbook. After a victory you earned the right to claim a player from the opponent’s roster, like looting a corpse in an MMO. It seemed intended to warp football gaming back to the late ’90s. Madden was finally getting cozy with NFL Blitz.