This past year, we welcomed Madden's long-awaited return into the PC with Madden 19. It was a very good game! Madden has been climbing in quality for a few years now with cheap Mut 20 coins, so far so that we're almost willing to forgive it to grinding E3 press conferences to a halt every year. Madden 20 also released on PC, and I've been messing around with the match over the weekend.
Face of the Franchise is the significant addition to Madden 20. Over the past couple of years, the games have leaned heavier into a honest-to-goodness storytelling. QB1 isn't an immediate follow-up into the Longshot chapters we saw in the last two matches, improving them in some ways with a new rise to fame.Essentially, you create a quarterback and devote one of 10 major Universities in the NCAA system. After riding the pine for a bit, your character is made to step up big in the College Football Playoff, wherever your performance dictates your draft stock.From there, you will experience the ups and downs of an NFL career. Your player will run drills in the Combine, you are going to struggle to make the 53-man roster in the preseason, and hopefully, you'll win Super Bowls and make the Hall of Fame.
The mode starts really powerful. It's genuinely pretty cool that Madden is considering bringing a kinder, more personable experience, instead of a whole bunch of faceless football. For example, after I won the first game in college, I had a brief interaction with a sick fan outside the tunnel. (She desired me to score four touchdowns next match. I guaranteed that I would, obviously.) Afterwards, I had been confronted by an agent who was extremely thirsty to sign me, and went through a series of genuinely-pretty-funny pre-draft meetings, in which they asked me some bizarre questions that seemingly mirror the ersatz process that pro football prospects go through in real life. All this was completely voiced and performed, and the dialogue trees reminded me a bit of what NBA 2K was performing for many years in its own MyPlayer Mode. I had been pretty excited to bring that experience to the NFL.
Once in the league, QB1 turns into a sterile soccer sim. I run a practice with the team, play with a matchup, and dump my experience points to my personality. The vibrancy that colors the first hour of this game mode is conspicuously missing to buy Madden 20 coins. I have not had one interaction with my agent or my coach, save for the occasional text alert telling me what I should concentrate on to conquer the Broncos or whatever. It feels like QB1 was meant to be a much bigger, more holistic product, but awarded Madden's yearly schedule, it couldn't be fully fleshed out.