Madden 22: Do I pay or do I go?
I didn’t play high school football; I stuck to flag football. I never lost a game. My team dominated similarly to the New England Patriots.
The only way I could experience being on the gridiron was through simulation. Madden became my escape into being the starting quarterback for a rebuilding franchise. It hooked me instantly. It became the game of choice when my friends and I hung out.
Year after year, we bought the game expecting significant changes; EA refused to listen to its consumer. Since Madden 18, EA introduced two new game modes that lack the “it” factor to reel us in. The Yard is a good start but not remotely close to being the solution.
2021 brings change; it is time Madden does the same. Ea does not deserve all the blame. They improved their “Be a Pro” game mode and created a more interactive franchise mode. FIFA shatters the ceiling with their scary realistic gameplay. Madden gave us the ability to save our league history in franchise mode.
One of these things is not like the other.
Madden 22 steps back into the spotlight. The fans have questions and demand change. I have a few ideas that would improve the entire game. They aren’t perfect, but it is a start.
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The most disappointing aspect of this franchise is their inability to create an engaging “be a pro” game mode gamers can become addicted to. The face of the franchise mode lacks a solid story to build upon. After the first season, the game mode transforms into a never-ending game against your team’s rival.
The NBA 2k franchise has figured it out. They create a detailed, interactive game mode that makes the experience as realistic as possible. 2k city acts as a gaming community for players around the world to be able to connect for a quick game of pick-up. For the more competitive consumer, gamers can team up and face off against other teams with the 2k Rec.
Madden needs to start designing a career mode where players can have a Sims-Esque life while giving players a realistic story to engage with. There must be more options than weekly training.
Franchise Mode needs an overhaul. It is causing us to ask if there will ever be change
Their obsolete game mode cannot bring players back. It does not contain any behind-the-scenes features that would pertain to the role one is simulating. The ability to relocate misses a few essential aspects of the entire process, causing the whole game mode to be not interactive.
The scouting of college players needs improvement. Teams must be able to trade more than three assets. League history has to include more than just the award winners and Super Bowl results; players want to know their stats. Franchises should be able to retire numbers and decide on rule changes for the next season.
These are not original ideas; 2K’s franchise mode includes everything written above, along with even more detailed features I have not figured out how to use. Step it up, Madden.
Bring back mini-camp drills
Continuously playing games can be monotonous. Sometimes it is ok to hit the practice field to improve. Past Maddens featured a mode where players could participate in drills to earn XP for their profile or franchise. It also acted as a great way to kill twenty minutes.
Fast forward ten years, the gameplay has significantly improved. Drills can be more detailed, along with even adding a few new ones. The creators should allow gamers to play every position during these drills; yes, it gives us the ability to control offensive linemen.
Madden declines in interest each year due to the lack of effort to grow the game franchise. The single difference in Madden over the past five years is the giant roster update. The Yard stinks. Franchise mode stinks. It all stinks.
Luckily, Madden has competition pulling up the rearview. If this year’s game disappoints, 2k may be able to revive a legendary game, taken away from us too soon.