The high sales of Madden NFL every year mean that EA is doing something right, despite the lack of attention to football narratives. Its annual release is a source of frustration for some players, but it is an important day in the calendar of many others. The start of the NFL season falls on September of each year, and its video game counterpart well entertains fans of this sport throughout the week. It reflects a lot of what makes the football circus so good, but despite the fact that Madden NFL’s approach to realism, tactics and player lists is consistently strong, it seems that the franchise always ignores the narrative potential that exists both in the regular season and in the offseason. He could have brought it.
From the unpredictability of the Draft to the madness of free will, the NFL provokes intriguing storylines that Madden largely misses. The series has flirted with storytelling before, but the things that could be woven into an exciting story are usually obstacles that players have to overcome in the now simplified Face of the Franchise mode. There is a real human factor in the NFL, and Madden has rarely taken advantage of the potential he provides.
Madden hasn’t reached the heights of Longshot in years
Longshot is a short story consisting of two parts, told in Madden 18 and 19 and gave fans an experience focused on the well—crafted and masterfully played protagonist Devin Wade. His path from a famous college QB to a draft candidate was fleshed out in a personal story that rivaled any football-centric Hollywood movie, perhaps in part because the highly successful Uncharted director Amy Hennig advised the story. In Madden 19, the character returned in a more gameplay-oriented mode, and while it was a faithful sequel, it reduced the dramatic story, which was a real shame.
It is unknown whether Madden will adopt a similar philosophy in any future releases, but the Longshot from Madden NFL 18 and 19 was proof that the franchise is able to tell a fantastic, accurate and heartfelt story. It was short but sweet and emphasized the humanity of a sport dominated by statistics. This was lacking in past recordings, and it hasn’t been seen with the same quality since, despite being one of the best aspects of both Madden 18 and 19.
The face of the franchise is a promising start for Madden
Thanks to improved technology, Madden has been able to provide players with more game options and adapt their experience to what they want from an NFL game. Whether it’s a challenging task from Ultimate Team to ranked online matches, Madden has greatly expanded its horizons. Fans spend time in the NFL for a variety of reasons, and Madden captured only a few moments of action, as well as games. There’s a lot more to the game than Madden can take advantage of, and trimming the fat to make room for more narrative-oriented modes would be a wise decision.
Madden’s “Face of the Franchise” showed well some of the trials and tribulations of a player in the NFL, but the inner workings of the team are often much more interesting. The performances of the players are crucial, but the way the backroom staff reacts to a successful draft or the stress of preseason roster cuts is fascinating, and it can be used in a more narrative manner rather than career mode, simplifying the process without making any sense to it. dramas. Hard Knocks and All or Nothing are well suited to exploring player dynamics and the learning process in the National Football League, and Madden could bring the same philosophy to games to make the future of the series something truly great.
Madden NFL 23 is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.