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4 Features We Want To See In Madden 22

  • The Draft Network
  • June 21, 2021
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With the forthcoming NFL season comes the annual release of the well-known Madden series, one of the world’s highest-grossing video games since its debut in 1988 as “John Madden Football.”

While the game has gone rather unchanged over the last couple of years, new consoles have made their way onto the market which, in turn, has expanded the capability of the developers to insert more and vault certain intricacies of the historic game. With dynamic, fresh talent consistently flooding the league, the mind runs wild when brainstorming which potential additions Madden enthusiasts across the world desire to see to make the game that much better.

Here are a few things we hope to see either improved or introduced when the game is officially released to market on August 20. 

Improved Gameday Features

Bills Mafia, the Raymond James cannon in Tampa Bay, and of course, a primetime game in Vegas, the opportunities are endless to improve the gameday experience for users on every platform with the graphics capability on each platform. While developers have made minor adjustments to pre-game ceremonies over the years, the improvement of fan interaction, true crowd noise, and updates to replicate the league’s state-of-the-art facilities has been slid under the rug. 

The feeling of gameday at an NFL facility is unlike any other. An attempt at replicating it for the full immersion of the user could be critical to the overall enjoyment of the game. 

Franchise Mode Additions

There have been rumors surrounding the full renovation of the entire franchise mode, which would be welcomed with open arms from many who take the time to slowly build their franchise from rebuild to Super Bowl champion, without pushing up the sliders. You know who you are. 

An improved offseason cycle would also be welcomed, as the NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, and free agency period could all serve to be added and improved. Being put in the saddle of an NFL organization tasked with scouting talent for your franchise at some of the league’s most important prospect events could offer an entirely new dynamic to building a roster toward a Lombardi Trophy. 

Additionally, the improvement of coaching staffs is long overdue, as the days of just hiring a head coach should be long gone. The option to hire offensive, defensive, and special teams coordinators, and even a team president or general manager, should be immediately included, allowing the user to take full control over their franchise. 

Legacy Teams

Similar to the 2K and NHL franchises, the addition of “All-Franchise” teams would offer a glimpse into both the history of each club and the talents of the present mixing into one roster. The potential roster groupings are endless and exciting, as who wouldn’t want to see Adrian Peterson taking handoffs from Fran Tarkenton? Or Troy Polamalu on the same defense as T.J. Watt? How about Ronnie Lott roaming the apex of the San Francisco defense with Nick Bosa and Patrick Willis defending a high-flying Falcons offense with Michael Vick, Julio Jones, and Roddy White? 

Sign me up.

NFL Street 

You know it and you loved it, a similar game mode allowing you to turn football into a backyard pickup style game with no pads is intriguing, to say the least. Whether it’s 5v5 or 7v7, the ability to create your own player, build a roster with fellow NFL studs with increased, unique athletic traits could be the jolt Madden needs to finally satisfy its worldwide users after taking the first step with “The Yard.”

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