Madden NFL 21 launched on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in August to combined evaluations. While the disregarded Franchise mode has actually been an aching area for the neighborhood at big, lots of have actually slammed the gameplay of the last-gen variation as stagnant and complete of problems. As the series prepares to make the generational leap to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S next month, EA Tiburon in-depth precisely what enhancements gamers need to anticipate when they fire up the new-gen variation of the annualized football title.

The usage of Next-Gen Stats, an NFL-driven stats collection procedure that collects real-time information from on-field gamers thanks to an RFID chip in their shoulder-pads, implies substantial leaps ahead for how gamers act on the field. Using the real-world information gathered through this procedure, which the designers declare required the power of the brand-new consoles to carry out, EA Tiburon has the ability to include more genuine, fluid movement throughout the video game to make it possible for the most reasonable NFL simulation yet. These changes impact all 22 players on the field, meaning each player behaves and moves more like his real-world counterpart.

Next-Gen Stats impact myriad parts of the in-game experience, but perhaps the area most impacted is the route-running. Receivers now accelerate in more believable ways and cuts are much less robotic; seeing the same player run the same route on both versions side-by-side shows just how big of a difference the player behavior is in this brand-new version. The best route-runners in the game will now create separation, and your receivers will run more like their real-life counterparts. Other offensive improvements include better pass leading, an improved run game, and quarterback movement that better differentiates pocket QBs from mobile QBs.

On the defensive side, coverage defenders backpedal in more true-to-life manner, with smoother running, cutting, and strafing. Defenders also now anticipate tackles, queuing up tackles for the defenders without pulling the ball carrier in. Additionally, the defensive A.I. has been improved upon with better gang tackles and tackling momentum, plus improved pass-rush timing.

Madden NFL 21 for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S

One of the most easily noticeable changes with the new-gen Madden is in the revamped play-calling. In addition to a new interface, players can call plays by player, bookmark plays for later, view X-Factor and Game Goals within the screen, and even include favorite plays to a new tab on the screen.

It’s no surprise that players look better thanks to the improved hardware, but Madden NFL 21 on new-gen consoles promises way more than that from a visuals standpoint. Deferred lighting and rendering means the stadium environments look better, and the weather conditions and different times of day look better. Players on the field have improved facial details, and the body types look more realistic, including muscle jiggle, more lifelike movement, and cloth-tech animations that make jerseys flow in more organic ways. Off the field, the sidelines will be more densely populated with the actual players who are not in the video game at that moment, and the gamers will react to the on-field action in more dynamic ways. 

 

You can also expect the now-ubiquitous new-gen features like faster load times and controller haptics that let you feel moments like the oncoming blitz or laying out an offensive gamer with the hit-stick. However, using the new PS5 Dualsense controller, the team at EA Tiburon programmed the adaptive triggers for added effects like the sprint trigger to be harder to pull if the gamer is fatigued. The team also uses location-based audio, so you hear the sounds of the game differently based on where the camera is located, which is helpful since cameras are now in more places throughout the stadium.

On top of all of this, the post-launch improvements to gameplay and, yes, Franchise mode that have been added to the last-gen variations will appear in the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions at launch. Those who purchased Madden NFL 21 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One are able to upgrade to the brand-new-gen versions at no additional cost. Ultimate Team progress, as well as any Franchise saves stored in the cloud transfer to the upgraded variation. Madden NFL 21 launches on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S on December 4.