Review: Madden NFL 20 (PlayStation 4)

Madden NFL 20

Superstars change the game in Madden NFL 20. Become the Face of the Franchise and control your NFL superstar journey starting in the College Football Playoff, compete against or play with friends online or side by side, take your team from pre-season to Super Bowl champions, and be at the center of every play so you can achieve gridiron greatness.


  • Realistic graphics.
  • 43.02gn download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Imports settings from previous games (if applicable).
  • Opening match-Pro Bowl with light tutorials.
  • American Football gameplay.
  • Four game modes-Ultimate team, Exhibition, Franchise and Face of the franchise.
  • Accessibility options-menu narration, subtitles, and color blindness mode.
  • CPU skill sliders to adjust every part of how they play and how efficient they are.
  • Player skill sliders-as above but these focus more on your abilities and success rate.
  • Game options-playbook selection, clock speed, accelerated clock, coin toss choice, injuries, fatigue, quarter length, etc.
  • Difficulties-Rookie, Pro, All-Pro and all Madden.
  • Game style-Arcade, simulation or competitive.
  • Full commentary team.
  • Exhibition mode-play now, online head to head, Pro bowl, skills trainer and practice.
  • Franchise-pick a team and play through a full season.
  • Franchise save options-local (offline) and cloud (online) this allows quicker simulations and accessibility.
  • The face of the franchise-story mode. I don’t want to give too much away.
  • Ultimate team-online mode where you earn/buy card packs and create teams set playbooks and play opponents both on and offline. Earn EXP and level up your team for rewards, do challenges and earn more rewards. Supports co-op mode.
  • Easy clear to read/navigate playbooks on the fly.
  • Hud is clean.
  • On-screen prompts and icons all help new and old players alike.
  • Touchdown celebration control.
  • X-factors-each highly-rated player will have a set of unique traits to elevate them.
  • Share/download files with other players and these are typically roster changes.
  • Same atmosphere and play style as last year.
  • Familiar controls.
  • So much fun to play.
  • Great control of the player with jukes, shimmies, trucking and so much more.

Madden NFL 20


  • Takes a while to load as it checks the roster and online status.
  • Only one control layout.
  • Slow menu transitions.
  • Commentary can get repetitive or out of sync.
  • A lot to take in initially especially in an ultimate team with a lot of splash screens and text.
  • Little difference overall.
  • Never really notice the x-factor stuff.
  • Few weird AI “judgment” calls.
  • A couple of robot looking, character models.

Madden NFL 20


  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10


Madden 20 is a dam fine video game. It immediately throws you into the pro bowl and it never lets up! OK so it’s the same game as last year with a few touch-ups and tweaks but it continues to elevate the football game. Most notable new additions are the face of the franchise, a new take on a story mode where you take control of a player and shape their destiny. X factors give key players extra benefits for turning the tide. Madden 20 has everything you want from an NFL game, to be honest, you get your ultimate team to collect cards and build teams and leagues, you have a franchise for doing seasons with your favorite team, face of franchise if you want some substance and story to your game or you can kick back with exhibition. The controls remain tight and familiar but most of all they make sense and anyone can pick up a pad and get going. I do hate the new pack opening animations, the repetitive commentary (I wish we could have different teams of commentators for like FNF, etc) and how long it takes to transition through menus. The core gameplay is solid, the on-screen prompts and icons really help you understand what’s going on, plays are a lot clearer and easier to call plus the ask coach option makes a return. It’s just a well-polished experience that doesn’t necessarily ramp up the content and instead irons out a lot of kinks from last year.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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