Madden NFL 23 review by

Is Madden finally on par with PS5 and Xbox Series? After the first failure two seasons ago, a rather boring episode last year, American football simulations are trying to put together the package with Fieldsense, a technology to deepen gameplay. Focus on Madden NFL 23, in honor of John Madden.

On December 28, 2021, John Madden died in California at the age of 85. Then a heavy blow fell on the NFL, the powerful NFL. The former player had suffered a serious injury to his career, before becoming one of the historic coaches for the Oakland Raiders between 1969 and 1978, with a championship in 76 on the line. From commentator to lending his voice since 1988, his name is a cult license across the Atlantic. 44 years later, he is featured on the cover of Madden NFL 23, a tribute version. at height?

A lively greeting?

In addition to being on the cover, John Madden also has the right to be on the introductory loading screen, and in-game to discover the title’s new gameplay. The Legacy encounter where Madden coached every star team in every conference. A cute little wink, allows you to see most of the new gameplay features described below, but above all More lively versions of the show. From Brandon Godin and Charles Davis commentary, replays, onscreen stats, stadium modeling and the most realistic audiences ever, Madden has reached the pinnacle of atmospheric realism. However, this saga has not yet been opened to the public and fans of American football in France. However, Madden NFL 23 still does not offer French subtitlesFor comments or texts.

Fieldsense is more complete, but not breathtaking

Madden NFL 23: We were hoping it would have been better for the tribute episode to the man who gave his name to this saga!

EA Sports loves small tweaks to the gameplay in their sports licenses. On PS5 and Xbox Series, FIFA players were able to discover Hypermotion, a technology in which the movements of dozens of players are scrutinized in order to get the most honest animations possible. Madden is introducing Fieldsense technology exclusively on next-gen consoles this season. Like Hypermotion, it offers Many new animations during actions, such as air defenses or contact between players away from the ball. It’s rather fun compared to previous games, even if some visual bugs distort some of them. There is also a new stadium side animation as a bonus, where the assistant coach stops the angry coach for example. A great moment of sport.

In addition to the always huge rules of play (choice of defensive or offensive systems depending on the position of the team), experienced midfielders will be able to enjoy New scrolling system that can be activated in menus, with a timing system for throwing the ball. Additionally, Fieldsense includes new moves to dodge defenders. The title maintains the momentum, visible for the duration of the match above the score. As a reminder, every team has a momentum meter that fills when good actions are taken (good defense or sack – interference from the opposing midfielder -, successful attempt or touchdown…). This scale is divided into two or three levels, and the home team gets to the first level more quickly. Each level gives a boost to advance more easily or a penalty kick to the opponent.

Scotland Yards

Madden NFL 23: We were hoping it would have been better for the tribute episode to the man who gave his name to this saga!

When it comes to game modes, nothing is new under the sun. Career mode where you control a player, called Face to the Franchise, who was disappointed last year with a scenario divided into 5 chapters until the draft and the player’s entry into the NFL. No more worries this year, Almost no more scenario ! The player is a free agent and can combine a team a few minutes after the launch of the mode, which will have to be chosen according to salary and goals … The path that the license takes this season risks splitting the career path.

Yard mode, the “street” version of American football with a 6-vs-6 game on low pitches (80 yards), up to three players in co-op mode is still present, as is the Superstars KO mode. A mode similar to battle-royale where you have to eliminate your opponents online one by one with rules like “Sign up first for Touchdown” to win. It’s the brave little part of Madden NFLwhere the real interest is having fun online with a player to fully customize, in themes or outfit often… glamorous.

Finally, if Ultimate Team mode isn’t really moving, Franchise mode in which the player embodies a manager to lead a team that hides some new features. It is possible to screen the free agency (player market without a team) with new selection criteria, or recruit “scouts”. These last ones are the recruits who will go and get to know the nuggets of tomorrow or the available players that suit you. In short, already dense, one of the main and most time-consuming modes that can be played online is to get bigger, which is not a bad thing.

strength point

  • New animation on and off the field
  • Good copy of the show
  • Great possibilities for attacks and defenses
  • Momentum, really good idea
  • Bigger franchise and Ultimate Team modes
  • Excellent mods for PS5 / XSX
  • Fieldsense fleshes out the gameplay a bit…

Weak points

  • …but don’t make a revolution
  • A scenario that does not exist in Career or Franchise mode
  • Cute rolls though tribute edition
  • There are still some visual and technical errors
  • Exclusively in English (text and audio)

The slap in this episode will not be a tribute to John Madden. Madden NFL 23 is as greedy as ever in a number of game modes, loyal to the level of modeling and presentation provided, but still slows down on some points. The American football simulation is still untranslated, and this year I decided to offer a career mode without a scenario, and unfortunately it was not excluded from some visual bugs. EA Tiburon will still be able to build on the small changes made to gameplay with Fieldsense technology for upcoming games full of potential.

Readers’ opinions (1)

Read Reader ReviewsShare your opinion of the game!

Leave a Comment