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  • Summary: Take the journey of an NFL superstar. Create a college quarterback and dominate the College Football Playoff, then impress the scouts at the NFL Combine. Find out where your story begins at the NFL Draft, and then fight to prove you belong in the league. Last long enough and you just mightTake the journey of an NFL superstar. Create a college quarterback and dominate the College Football Playoff, then impress the scouts at the NFL Combine. Find out where your story begins at the NFL Draft, and then fight to prove you belong in the league. Last long enough and you just might leave a legacy and even play in a few Pro Bowls. This new and customizable career campaign is all about you, with personalized playable scenarios, events, and dynamic challenges. The choices you make early on will affect how your career pans out. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 5, 2019
    90
    Madden NFL 20 might just be the series' best outing to date. Between a less-oppressive Ultimate Team Mode, an excellent player career mode, and more exciting on-the-pitch plays it offers a whole lot of excellent content. Minor tweaks aside, Franchise mode could do with some love next year, but it isn't enough to dull these Friday Night Lights (sorry).
  2. Jul 31, 2019
    81
    The running game is noticeably smoother and X-Factor traits make superstar players actually feel like a force to be reckoned with on the field, and while there are still problems that linger with animations, it’s safe to say that EA Tiburon is making large strides in the right direction. That said, I’m running out of patience for the Franchise mode to receive some revitalizing updates – it’s still fun after all these years but Madden 20’s Franchise doesn’t feel substantially different from Madden 19’s.
  3. Jul 31, 2019
    80
    Madden NFL 20 clears the roster and properly initiates the rebuilding phase for football’s first franchise.
  4. Aug 2, 2019
    80
    There’s nothing inherently wrong but Madden NFL 20 was really missing the “X-Factor” that it needs to really breath some fresh life into the long, historic franchise. I’m sure I will still be playing Madden NFL 20 by the time I sit down to review Madden NFL 21, but in the back of my mind, all I’ll be hoping is that next year is the year they really revamp Franchise mode and take some bigger risks on the field. Until then, I’ll be taking my QB1 to his third straight Super Bowl.
  5. 80
    Madden 20 does very little in this year's game to impress, but it doesn't do anything that truly disappoints. What it offers is a competent and refined football experience with a stellar presentation and plenty of modes to play.
  6. Jul 30, 2019
    78
    The Madden faithful can purchase Madden NFL 20 with confidence as they do every year. On its own, it’s the best and only NFL experience in town but I would not blame you at all for skipping out this year. Madden NFL 20 remains only marginally better than Madden 19.
  7. 70
    Madden NFL 20 remains solid from a fundamental perspective, and the addition of X-Factor abilities is a welcome change. However, the usual litany of bugs and a lackluster single-player story mode prevent this entry from taking home the Lombardi.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 19 out of 24
  1. Aug 3, 2019
    10
    Making it more skill gapped then previous maddens has really made me enjoy this game. No more linebackers jumping 10 feet in the air toMaking it more skill gapped then previous maddens has really made me enjoy this game. No more linebackers jumping 10 feet in the air to intercept you. The QBs now throw the ball with much more arc in their passes which improves a lot of issues. Franchise mode has become much more diverse and emmersive without the new engines. Expand
  2. Aug 1, 2019
    8
    Madden 20 lets you take the journey of an NFL superstar. So a few penalties and no fumbles. Madden 20's QB1 mode lets you create an entirelyMadden 20 lets you take the journey of an NFL superstar. So a few penalties and no fumbles. Madden 20's QB1 mode lets you create an entirely unique football star and guide him through the final stages of his collegiate career with the hopes of making an NFL starting roster, and, on a longer timeline, complete a journey to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl. Madden 20's standard Franchise mode, which is separate from the QB1 mode, gets a welcome update this year. Its implementation of the new Scenario Engine, which lets you interact with players and coaches through the aforementioned text-message system, is the best new feature for Franchise. Perhaps the biggest and most exciting change for Madden 20 are the new X-Factor and Superstar abilities. 50 of the league's best players have been given these super abilities, and they revamp the fundamentals of Madden playmaking. Also new this year are Run-Pass Options added to playbooks. These hybrid plays provide yet another way for play-callers to mix things up and keep defenders guessing. The core fundamentals that underpin Madden 20's gameplay feel more solid and dependable than ever. Mistakes like poor passes, missed tackles, and bad decision-making are yours and yours alone to own because the controls rarely, if ever, let you down. Madden in standard fashion always comes with it's own new set of bugs or glitches this time around as well. Hopefully some of these can be addressed in future patches. Madden NFL 20 is an improved version of the annualized professional football series that excels in some areas and leaves something to be desired in others, so will it ever be the perfect experience? Time will tell, but one things for sure, if you are a football fan and have followed the series from its roots you know what to expect and you will likely have the game or already played it by the time you read this. Overall the game feels similar to last year with a few minor improvements and fans of the series will enjoy what's Madden 20 has on offer. If you're not a fan of the franchise there's nothing here that will ultimately change your mind. Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2019
    3
    It's a HUGE disappointment to say the least. I feel like I was ripped off. I really tried to like it but its not going to happen. NotIt's a HUGE disappointment to say the least. I feel like I was ripped off. I really tried to like it but its not going to happen. Not recommended by me for sure. I have played Madden since its inception, EA is getting too money hungry to me. Expand
  4. Aug 13, 2019
    0
    Same is all the other years give me cash and will make a crappy game nothing to buy at any cost should be free
  5. Aug 18, 2019
    0
    This game is so far from a football simulation experience. Superstar players=Gods, not fun.
  6. Aug 9, 2019
    0
    Take all of the things that were really bad about Madden 2019, and wrap them up in a new box and you have Madden 20. Terrible gameplay, veryTake all of the things that were really bad about Madden 2019, and wrap them up in a new box and you have Madden 20. Terrible gameplay, very bad AI, cash grab packs, toxic online player community.

    Do yourself a favor, spend your $60 on something from a company who actually cares.
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  7. Aug 9, 2019
    0
    Look what they did to my game, same stuff year after year. No improvements, EA loves sucking the money out of the same people. Sad.

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