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Old 06-22-2019, 08:00 AM   #1
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Madden NFL 20 Beta Gameplay Overview



With the Madden 20 beta now wrapped up, it's time to look at some of what...

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Old 06-22-2019, 12:55 PM   #2
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Yup. I think I agree with everything mentioned here. Iíve never been Ďblown awayí by any madden title. But, those are the words Iíve been using describing my time with the beta. I think the sheer crispness of this game, already, in the beta just blows me away. Especially, from madden. And, thatís another word that just describes this gameís gameplay, Ďcrisp.í These past several games have always had something glitchy going on right out of the gate. This game truly feels polished at this point. The player movement and responsiveness to user input is truly like nothing Iíve ever seen in a madden game. Itís that good this year.

The x-factor stuff seems well implemented, albeit from a small sample size. But, I went up against J.J. Watt once, and he got in the zone. Iím not sure whether I slid my protection to his side or whether the scenario dictated him getting double teamed, but I watched a replay of him absolutely muscling 2 Olinemen at the same time. Lol. He was pushing both of them back and just the ferocity in his animations was fantastic. Now, because he was double teamed, he did NOT get my qb. I had time in the pocket, and got a pass off. That may have taken him out of the zone, actually. But, simply seeing not only the double team of him, specifically, but watching him battle both men and almost win was fantastic.

I was really unsure of how the x-factor stuff would play out, but for me, I feel it really does differentiate superstar players. And, as a person who doesnít like extra on screen clutter, I thought the flaming x would be a distraction. Itís not. It really isnít. Itís just small enough to not interfere with what Iím looking at, but itís big enough to alert me that someone is in the zone and I should pay attention to it. I love it.

This game really put a lot of small things together as well, imo. Hereís my list of small things that felt Ďfixedí or Ďbetterí than previous maddens:

1. Smooth animations. Smooth transition animations.

2. On field player chatter
This is SOOOOOOOO much better than any other madden. It hasnít been mentioned much, but I am telling u, it is so much better. U really hear them jabbering out there. And, specifically on important downs. 3rd downs, for sure.

3. Crowd noise - this still didnít sound amazing to me, and, again, with a small sample size, hard to tell, but I felt like they were responding appropriately to plays and just sounded a little louder as they should.

4. Replay angles and zoom. This is finally done correctly, imo. They show 2-3 replays and the zoom and angles just seemed much more appropriate than any other madden. And, itís not they just seemed Ďappropriate,í they seemed Ďcorrectí.

5. Stiff arm finally works. Lol. I have been a fan of the stiff arm since nfl Gameday 97 allowed u to just punch fools in the face. Lol. Now, while Iíve always wanted a more realistic stiff arm to that old school arcade type feel, I feel like madden has NEVER done the stiff arm justice. I remember playing with Stephen Jackson back in the day. He had such a great stiff arm irl, but I never saw it in madden. I saw a few worthy stiff arms in the beta, so Iím happy about that.


All in all, the overall polish they put on this game is remarkable, especially when compared to prior madden releases. They just seemed to have tied so many things together at this one point in madden history, lol, in terms of gameplay. Now, CFM is a whole other thing, itís still not as deep as it should be. I started playing nhl 19 recently and started a franchise, and, legit, was like, Ďwth is all this stuff in here?!í Lol. They have all kinds of scouting tiers and team management things going on. Honestly, Iím not a hockey guru, so itís a little overwhelming, but I could see myself figuring it out in a season or 2 and really enjoying that depth. With ea teams borrowing from each other, maybe theyíll put some of that into madden in the near future.

But, for now, for me, they have nailed the gameplay, and Iíll be playing multiple seasons with this bad boy when it comes out.




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Yup. I think I agree with everything mentioned here. Iíve never been Ďblown awayí by any madden title. But, those are the words Iíve been using describing my time with the beta. I think the sheer crispness of this game, already, in the beta just blows me away. Especially, from madden. And, thatís another word that just describes this gameís gameplay, Ďcrisp.í These past several games have always had something glitchy going on right out of the gate. This game truly feels polished at this point. The player movement and responsiveness to user input is truly like nothing Iíve ever seen in a madden game. Itís that good this year.

The x-factor stuff seems well implemented, albeit from a small sample size. But, I went up against J.J. Watt once, and he got in the zone. Iím not sure whether I slid my protection to his side or whether the scenario dictated him getting double teamed, but I watched a replay of him absolutely muscling 2 Olinemen at the same time. Lol. He was pushing both of them back and just the ferocity in his animations was fantastic. Now, because he was double teamed, he did NOT get my qb. I had time in the pocket, and got a pass off. That may have taken him out of the zone, actually. But, simply seeing not only the double team of him, specifically, but watching him battle both men and almost win was fantastic.

I was really unsure of how the x-factor stuff would play out, but for me, I feel it really does differentiate superstar players. And, as a person who doesnít like extra on screen clutter, I thought the flaming x would be a distraction. Itís not. It really isnít. Itís just small enough to not interfere with what Iím looking at, but itís big enough to alert me that someone is in the zone and I should pay attention to it. I love it.

This game really put a lot of small things together as well, imo. Hereís my list of small things that felt Ďfixedí or Ďbetterí than previous maddens:

1. Smooth animations. Smooth transition animations.

2. On field player chatter
This is SOOOOOOOO much better than any other madden. It hasnít been mentioned much, but I am telling u, it is so much better. U really hear them jabbering out there. And, specifically on important downs. 3rd downs, for sure.

3. Crowd noise - this still didnít sound amazing to me, and, again, with a small sample size, hard to tell, but I felt like they were responding appropriately to plays and just sounded a little louder as they should.

4. Replay angles and zoom. This is finally done correctly, imo. They show 2-3 replays and the zoom and angles just seemed much more appropriate than any other madden. And, itís not they just seemed Ďappropriate,í they seemed Ďcorrectí.

5. Stiff arm finally works. Lol. I have been a fan of the stiff arm since nfl Gameday 97 allowed u to just punch fools in the face. Lol. Now, while Iíve always wanted a more realistic stiff arm to that old school arcade type feel, I feel like madden has NEVER done the stiff arm justice. I remember playing with Stephen Jackson back in the day. He had such a great stiff arm irl, but I never saw it in madden. I saw a few worthy stiff arms in the beta, so Iím happy about that.


All in all, the overall polish they put on this game is remarkable, especially when compared to prior madden releases. They just seemed to have tied so many things together at this one point in madden history, lol, in terms of gameplay. Now, CFM is a whole other thing, itís still not as deep as it should be. I started playing nhl 19 recently and started a franchise, and, legit, was like, Ďwth is all this stuff in here?!í Lol. They have all kinds of scouting tiers and team management things going on. Honestly, Iím not a hockey guru, so itís a little overwhelming, but I could see myself figuring it out in a season or 2 and really enjoying that depth. With ea teams borrowing from each other, maybe theyíll put some of that into madden in the near future.

But, for now, for me, they have nailed the gameplay, and Iíll be playing multiple seasons with this bad boy when it comes out.




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In addition to the player chatter, another feature I donít see people mentioning is the new PA announcer. If you turn off the commentary he is calling the game just like a real PA guy and Iím hoping that in the full version they have the crowd matching him on the first down call when he goes, I.E. ďTravis Kelce on the reception, gain of 25 yards, thatís good for a Kansas City Chiefs First Down!Ē


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In addition to the player chatter, another feature I donít see people mentioning is the new PA announcer. If you turn off the commentary he is calling the game just like a real PA guy and Iím hoping that in the full version they have the crowd matching him on the first down call when he goes, I.E. ďTravis Kelce on the reception, gain of 25 yards, thatís good for a Kansas City Chiefs First Down!Ē


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Right on. I think youíre right. I did notice more/better chatter from him as well. Iím an Ďon fieldí audio type of guy, but I adjust each audio piece to my own liking. For years, Iíve tried cranking up crowd noise, on field sound effects, and PA announcer, and it just never seemed like any of that sounded Ďgoodí or was even there at all! Lol

The PA announcer would announce some things every once in awhile in previous maddens. So, yeah, having him announcing more play by play stuff really gives the game more of a stadium feel. Canít understand why this hasnít been better/updated in the past, but as I said earlier, imo, they really seem to have improved all of these little things for one title. Glad they finally did.


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Nice review, Phil, looks like you spent quite a deal of time with the beta.
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Madden 20 gameplay felt great. Looking forward to release. I couldn't of been happier with the beta overall & a step in the right direction.
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Special Edition is already paid off for me. July 30th can't come soon enough. ��
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Special Edition is already paid off for me. July 30th can't come soon enough. ��
Yeah, I have the PC Ultimate Superstar Edition via Origins Premier and the Xbox One Ultimate Superstar both ordered. July 25th for me, still too long to wait..
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