Madden 20: Superstar Edition Review

You walk into your high school football coach’s office and there is a coach from a high-level college in his chair. He is there to talk to you about coming to his team as the number 1 starting quarterback after high school. This prospect intrigues you and you promise to give it your best decision when the time comes. Weeks go by and it is time to pick a school to play for. This is the biggest decision of your life, and this is our review of Madden 20.

From Publisher EA and Developer EA Tiburon, comes this year’s installment into a franchise that has been going on for years, at least since 1990 if my memory serves. The game modes are fairly similar to the other recent installments of the game including, Franchise mode, Madden Ultimate Team mode, Exhibition mode, and the updated Face of the Franchise mode. Each mode offers its own set of included features within them. The best mode in this game from my personal opinion is Face of the Franchise. The fact that it is story-based and tells a story about a young kid graduating from high school, getting to pick the college of his dreams, and then feeling the real world pains of football. He eventually goes to the combine and you try your best to get drafted as high as possible. This gives you something to do that is fun and not just playing a mode over and over. Within this mode, you also level up your character as you go along. Every time you increase your level you get points that be put into different stat categories to improve your overall.
The other game modes are more of the same, just on a broader scale based on the teams and the coaches that you are using while you are playing them. The overall enjoyment of the game of football is evident within Madden 20, and I have had lots of fun especially with MUT mode. Here you get to pick a base team and then you are playing to earn players for a fantasy team. You can compete in challenges and online games versus other MUT teams. The more you win the more MUT coins you will earn to buy other players and build up your team. Exhibition mode is just simply playing normal games which don’t mean a whole lot, and franchise mode lets you take complete control over a team of your choosing. You start in the preseason and try to make it all the way to the Super Bowl. Your characters will all level up based on experience points gained throughout the games played. For tackles, sacks, catches, runs, and scores. This will help your team score improve as you progress through the season.

If you really want to take it to another level, you can also create your very own character that isn’t tied to the Face of the Franchise mode. You can make this player any position on the team, and this will allow you to take control of the character from that position. This gives you just another point of view to play from. You can choose to play the game with the rosters as is, or you can request trades for players from other teams as well to modify the team to how you want it.

Note: Our copy was reviewed on PS4 with a code provided by PR.

Overall, Madden 20 is one of the better Madden games I have played in the last few years. The gameplay feels better and the story mode is a nice touch to a sports game. It gives it something that you can replay to try and get different outcomes from your combine and championship game. The Superstar Edition that we reviewed is available for $79.99 USD and the standard game is $59.99 USD. It is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If you get the game I would suggest trying the Face of the Franchise mode first.
  • Face of the franchise story mode
  • More realistic movement
  • In depth character progression
  • Most of the game is cookie cutter from last year
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Long time game enthusiast and writer. I have beta tested a lot of Mmorpg's since I was thirteen including Star Wars Galaxies, Lord of the Rings Online, and Star Wars The Old Republic. Currently attending The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for a degree in Game Art and Technology.

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