EA’s Madden NFL 20 Is Officially Out Now; Takes The Series In A Fresh Direction

EA’s Madden NFL 20 Is Officially Out Now; Takes The Series In A Fresh Direction
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The Madden franchise has been a staple for fans of sports gaming. The release of the next chapter every year is a celebration. To many, it’s a holiday. We’re now on Madden 20, which by all accounts, is looking to be like one of the better installments in this storied franchise.

Those waiting in anticipation of its release can now relax. It officially came out today (August 2, 2019). It’s available on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC. If you’ve been away from the Madden franchise for a while, this latest installment is bringing all sorts of new features that you won’t want to miss.

Most notably, the career mode feels as good as it has ever been. A huge reason for this is the inclusion of college teams. You’ll have the chance to take your created quarterback through a college playoff system and subsequently enter the NFL draft, where you can show scouts that you have what it takes to make it on the biggest stage for football.

Perform well and you’ll end up on your dream NFL team. Even if you don’t, there are plenty of ways to shine on the field and perhaps force a trade later on down the road. The career mode is pretty comprehensive compared to what college football players actually go through to make it in the NFL.

The X-Factor Players feature also is a shining moment in Madden 20. It essentially gives popular players in the NFL special abilities. For example, star receivers have special catching talents. Stand-out defensive players in real life get comparative attributes in the video game.

The feature just makes Madden 20 that much more realistic, and it gives you a reason to choose a particular team filled with star players.

As far as the gameplay, it’s much better than what has shown up in past installments. You have plenty of controls to get used to. The running aspect does seem like it received a little more emphasis compared to passing, though. There are plenty of gamers who’ve claimed it’s pretty easy to gain yards, even against top of the line defenses in the league.

That’s a pretty small gripe for an otherwise great football experience. The animations are realistic and much more effort seems to have been put into them compared to the last few Madden games.

If you’re a fan of this franchise, then you’ll certainly want to go out and add Madden NFL 20 to your collection. There are plenty of new features and modes that push this series forward.