The 2022 vintage games are starting to arrive on our consoles. First tug of war, Madden! As every year, or almost, EA Sports has the heavy task of announcing the color of the beloved American football game and of receiving the expectations of the fans. This year’s mission is even more complicated, since it is the first part to land on PS5, after episode 21 Cross-Zen … but if the simulation is still effective, the technical leap is not obvious and will be in the tradition of its predecessors.
We found everything that makes the license: the Story mode – the most acceptable this year -, the possibility of starting a career as a player or manager – without a doubt the most complete mode – and the essential Ultimate Team with a more complete FIFA, but messy menus. Surprisingly, all lessons are still in English. Maybe it’s time to translate the license into something more democratic. US Foot is ultimately still not as popular in France.
The question of graphics is not a real slap in the face at Madden 22 but it pleases the eye to the Frostbite engine, which delivers breathtaking animations and pays homage to footballers. Conflict issues, on the other hand, are always frustrating.
Gameplay level, the title is the same as the previous one and the regulars quickly take their marks. The most attractive novelty is the introduction of the “momentum” gauge, which fills up by recognizing the beautiful actions carried out. Once activated, it allows you to take advantage of the temporary bonus by increasing the morale of the troops or reducing the courage of the opponent. Sympathy as being able to define a specific strategy at the start of each match. Combined with the talent of superstars and the wealth of techniques provided, the set is very complete, despite the flaws. But strongly real revolution!
(Game tested on PS5)