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Madden NFL 22
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If EA didn't make that exclusive game deal with the NFL, everything would have been different.
Genre(s): Sports
Platform(s): Android
iOS
Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 5
Stadia
Xbox One
Xbox Series X/S
Release: August 20, 2021
Engine: Frostbite 3
Developer(s): EA Tiburon
Publisher(s): EA Sports
Country: United States
Series: Madden NFL
Predecessor: Madden NFL 21
Successor: Madden NFL 23


"''When your game comes out this buggy, broken and unstable, the state of things are UNACCEPTABLE!''"
AngryJoe

Madden NFL 22 is an American football video game based on the National Football League (NFL), developed by EA Tiburon and published by EA Sports. It is an installment of the long-running Madden NFL series.

Why Greatness Never Happens

  1. Since the massive quality downgrade from its predecessor, the game is even worse by the speechless number of glitches, errors and reused assets, despite the game being released in 2021. Some features returned from several years and have became much worse.
    • Many people reported that when they had a higher score than the opponent, they lose the match.
    • In the franchise mode, the position stats are completely absent, making it impossible to search for right tackles, which is crucial for the game when choosing a member.
    • The game is filled to the brim with too many bugs and glitches, can almost be as bad as Assassin's Creed Unity, Cyberpunk 2077 and FIFA 21, and it features more bugs than the last game, including new and old, some of them being incredibly laughable to watch.
      • Sometimes a model of a house appears in the middle of football field, blocking your view to see what the players are doing. The house also doesn't have collision, so players could run through it, which was seen here.
  2. Just like the last two installments, some Superstar/X-Factor photos were photoshopped (especially for players who changed teams during the offseason such as Julio Jones, J.J. Watt, Kenny Golladay or Rodney Hudson), with most of them being done poorly.
      • It has the tendency to crash many times, even on console (which is absolutely inexcusable by every standards), according to AngryJoe he hard crashed the Xbox Series X twice in less than five games.
  3. Once again, just like FIFA, the Frostbite 3 engine is a poor fit for Madden NFL. The engine is good for first-person shooters, but not for physical sports like football.
    • Not to mention, the graphics look like a late seventh generation (HD era) (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or technically an early eighth-gen in Wii U's terms) game due to the dated lighting. Even on ninth generation consoles, it still looks the same with no improvement at all.
  4. As with the past few installments, the soundtrack is terrible and all rap, mainly from no-name rappers. Also, only 15 songs (all made for Madden) can be played in Play Now, Ultimate Team and Franchise Mode, while the other songs are played in The Yard and Superstar KO modes.
  5. Like the previous installments and other EA Sports games, Ultimate Team is where most of the effort was going to, as EA mostly earns their money from players buying the premium points currency, and using the points to buy packs, which many gamers continue to do as they are desperate on getting the best MUT cards.
  6. Dual Entitlement will only be available for the MVP Edition, unlike in the previous installment.
    • In the MVP Edition's case, the digital version contains both versions, while the physical copy contains a PS4 or Xbox One game disc with code redeems for the digital copy version of PS5 or Xbox Series X/S of the game. This makes buying a used copy of this edition useless, as the next-gen game code is already used by an owner and only relies on previous generation used conditions (PS4 or Xbox One).
  7. Next Gen Movement, Stats, and Graphics are major selling points for Madden 22, but are not available to PC and Stadia versions. Rather than an option for high-end PC specifications (including identical and powerful specifications to a Series X console) or Stadia (for cloud-based gaming), players are forced to deal with the PS4 and Xbox One versions without these features.
    • As of result of this business practice, FIFA 22 does the same for the lack of HyperMotion (except Stadia), as well for NBA 2K22 which is based on the PS4/Xbox One/Switch version (PC only).
      • This is insulting because many PC's are powerful enough to run next-gen games and hypocrisy on the part of EA as Battlefield 2042 have 128 players and massive-scale maps on the PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC versions, while the PS4 and Xbox One versions have 64 players (understandable for the limited specs-wise).
  8. Some players who are high rated, such as Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, or Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson, do not have any superstar abilities, despite their good performance in the preceeding year.
    • However, those who had a poor performance throughout the 2021 season had their X-Factor/Superstar abilities downgraded/removed.
  9. The Yard is also infested with cosmetic microtransactions, just like the previous year.
  10. The PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows and Stadia versions are just re-skinned versions of Madden NFL 21 on the aforementioned platforms.
  11. Like 2K Sports and MLB The Show, the game costs $70 for the next-generation versions, and there's no difference aside from the improved graphics, Next-Gen Stats and faster load times.
  12. College player scouting, a feature that many gamers wanted in Franchise Mode, was delayed until October.
  13. There are no real-life referees, with EA claiming that they could not afford them, despite the company making more than a billion dollars from Ultimate Team Points.
  14. The trailer contains a remix of the infamous "Oh No" song by BRS Kash (yes, that one), and was made even worse than the original, despite being widely considered as a horrible song to begin with.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The presentation is improved, such as the pre-game intros are better than its prequel, and in-game replays resemble real NFL broadcasts much more.
  2. The retail cover art for both gens is good, better than the actual game and all of 2021 EA Sports games' cover arts, in fact.
  3. It might have a patch update fix like fixing bugs or glitches, but it still has bugs and glitches as of now.
  4. It has got a scouting update where you are looking at the players' stats.
  5. Some of the in-game scouts are retired NFL players.

Reception

Ratings

Aggregate score Score
Metacritic 68/100[1] (PS5)
70/100[2] (XSERIES)
OpenCritic 68/100[3]
Publication Score
IGN 6/10[4]
GameSpot 7/10[5]
ScreenRant 7/10[6]
GamingBolt 7/10[7]
PlayStation Universe 3/10[8]
PlaySense 4.5/10[9]
Push Square 7/10[10]
Gamereactor 4/10[11]
GamesRadar+ 3.5/5[12]

Critical Reception

On June 17, 2021, the trailer for Madden NFL 22 was released, however, it was panned by players. Before the game's release, AngryJoe in his rant said it was the same as previous titles. Ryan Moody said "don't buy this game".

Upon release, the game received mixed reviews from critics but overwhelmingly negative reviews from fans. On Metacritic, the game received an average user score of 0.5/10 for the PlayStation 4 version, 0.3/10 for the Xbox One version, 0.6/10 for the PlayStation 5 version, and 0.6/10 for the Xbox Series X/S version. Hundreds of players asked Sony and Microsoft to refund them for the game.

Both Gamereactor and PlaySense gave it a 4/10.[13][14]

PlayStation Universe gave the PS4 version a 3/10, and considering EA takes zero risks and fumbles each year providing us rehashed versions of previous entries.[15]

AngryJoe gave it a 2/10 and an "Epic Fail" badge, saying the game had the same graphics even on ninth generation consoles, bugs and glitches, microtransactions in the Ultimate Team mode. He also stated that "it might be worse in its current buggy state", and suggested that EA should "rebuild" the game's engine by either having two studios develop the game or wait two years to make improvements.[16]

SoftDrinkTV also gave the game a 2/10 rating [17]

Mayzomatic said the game was horrendous and "frankly, the worst launch of any game I've seen in my life".[18]

Developer "Response"

Both NFL and Clint Oldenburg (game designer and former American football offensive tackler) are aware of the game's issues after listening to "player feedback" [19] Except as shown in RyanMoody21's videos, they are more focused on Ultimate Team, and there are still incorrect NFL player images.

Trivia

  • According to Sports Gamers Online, it was rumored that it would be released for the Nintendo Switch, but it never happened.
  • This was the final game in the Madden NFL series to be released during John Madden's lifetime.

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