Innovative new gameplay mechanics in Madden NFL 21 deliver advanced levels of control and inspire creativity. Get crafty with the all-new Skill Stick that allows for enhanced precision on both sides of the ball. Push the limits of your legacy in Face of the Franchise: Rise To Fame.
The new playable documentary career mode offers all-out levels of agency and depth throughout your journey to the Hall of Fame. Pull up for a brand-new season of Ultimate Team content as you earn rewards to finesse your depth chart and flex your fantasy roster on the competition. Your favorite NFL teams’ playbooks are updated in Play Now and Franchise based on new schemes and new plays utilized during the real-life NFL season.
In short, it's a drive where the saga has lost ground.
The tweaks to the gameplay - including the Skill Stick and slowing down of things in general - are massive improvements, and the inclusion of The Yard and a revamped Face of the Franchise make it so that any player can jump in and have fun. Unfortunately, there are also still many problems, including various bugs and glitches found early on, and in the way that the classic Franchise mode has been handled. Madden NFL 21 is almost certainly a must-buy for fans of the sport, but fans will have to hope that as we move into the future, EA is ready to take things to another level once again.
As I spent my time with the PC version of the game, I’d like to note that EA has once again failed to utilize any advantages provided by the platform to improve the game, outside of support for higher refresh rates. There is still loads of lag and unresponsiveness in menus and during game situations that make no sense. I experienced stuttering at random times across all modes, including hitching during active kick meters or when trying to complete passes. Sometimes, these hitches corresponded to dropped frames and other times not. There still remains loads of visual stutter every time the game swaps between what you control and between-play camera cuts, even when everything is running at 144Hz.
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