Among the most popular, and more often criticized subgenre of video games is the annually released sports genre. Historically, titles like Madden and NBA 2K have stretched beyond the inner circles of devoted gamers. Likewise, classic franchises like MVP Baseball, Tony Hawk, and countless WWE spin-off games have done the same. Yet, none have encountered a time period like 2020 (let alone the end of a console generation in a year like 2020). This week Madden 21 will tackle the challenge.
Introducing Lamar Jackson
Madden 21 has made the smart decision to select budding superstar Lamar Jackson as the game’s cover athlete. Jackson took the league by storm in 2019-2020 and is the perfect choice. Jackson’s popularity among young Madden players will definitely boost sales.
However, this impact will surely pale in comparison to inflated figures due to COVID-19’s impact on gaming in 2020. Due to government shutdowns and emphasized social distancing, non-gamers are joining video game communities in droves. On top of that, the final console hurrah leading into the launch on the PS5 and Xbox Series X will likely increase sales as well.
Keeping Madden 21 Relative
Madden 21 is looking to do more than simply sell well. The franchise is constantly working to stay relevant and modernized from its player base. One of the game’s biggest additions comes in the form of its Skill Stick. This tool has updated the functionality of the right analog stick in order to generate more realistic gameplay. A report from Bleacher Report went on to detail:
“The Skill Stick allows for far more fluidity and natural movement when busting out moves as a ball-carrier or pass-rusher without taking your thumb off the stick”
The same report explained further that players will experience more legitimate play while on defense. Tackling will come in a variety of forms and the feeling of helplessness appears to have faded. Furthermore, the game’s A.I. is said to have a boost in awareness and will respond to players more authentically. The yearly update of the Madden franchise launches globally on Friday.