Each year, a new sports game comes out for NHL, NBA, and the NFL, and each year there are complaints that it's especially lazy compared to the previous year. Well, for Madden NFL 21, it seems that this year especially was a copy and pasted version of previous Madden NFL versions.
There's a hashtag on Twitter that's trending right now: #nfldropea. The premise is simple: Madden NFL players want the NFL to drop EA as a developer because they are seen as lazy and unwilling to anything more than what one could generously deem the barest essentials before shipping out another year of roster updates. As judging by the above, it's not as if the players don't have a case. It appears to be opposite, in fact.
Consumer displeasure is also making its appearance known on Metacritic, where the PS4 version has the lowest score out of 2961 PS4 games at a remarkable 0.3 score. On the Xbox One page they are not quite in last place, with a 0.6 user score and a placement of 1752 out of 1753 Xbox One games rated. On the PC side of things, the Steam user reviews are at a relatively high 48% rating in comparison, and a 1.1 user score on Metacritic, which while terrible isn't the worst ever, so at least they have that going for themselves.
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EA is lazy about their sports series because they know its guaranteed money. If it wasn't guaranteed, they would put more effort into developing it in order to create a compelling product. But because the brand name in of itself is so compelling to so many people, they don't have to. I think it's essentially an open secret that EA builds a new NFL every console generation and then just does enough incremental upgrades (which I guess is debatable in of itself) and then slaps a $60 pricetag on what is essentially a roster update and calls it a day. Should this continue? Of course not, but until people stop buying these games and enabling EA, there's no reason to stop this practice.
What do you think of this news? Do you think that the NFL should drop EA as a developer? Do you think this year's NFL version deserves a historically low user rating on Metacritic? Let us know in the comments!