EA never released next-gen Madden 21 gameplay pre-release.
Instead, they made the game available a day early for fans who owned the current-gen version, or who subscribed to EA Play .
I’ve been playing the upgraded version of Madden 21, and I’m putting together a full review of the game. The video below offers a solid look at the visual upgrades, which aren’t especially noticeable in straight gameplay, but are more recognizable on closeups. It also shows off some of the enhancements in EA’s Living World concept.
Take a look at this matchup between Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cam Newton and the New England Patriots.
Things you won’t see in this video are as followed: Bill Belichick (he still can’t be used in a video game), updated Cam Newton hairstyle (it’s still the same Phase-2 version of his current style), and empty stands (EA elected to go with a non-pandemic look for Madden and FIFA).
My review is in process, but early on, one of the things that stands out the most is the weight of the players. I mean that more in the sense of feel than visually.
The players feel heavier and you can feel the difference between what it’s like to control a quicker shiftier player as opposed to one of the more lumbering members of the NFL fraternity.
This is an element some gamers might not enjoy, but others will appreciate. It definitely takes some getting used to as it is the largest gameplay difference.
Visually, you can see more clarity in the players during closeups, but as is the case in FIFA 21’s next-gen upgrade, those differences aren’t as apparent from the playable camera views.
I’m working my way through some games online and testing the franchise mode changes that went in for current-gen in November. Look forward to reading my review of next-gen Madden 21 by Tuesday, December 7.