Hello, my name is Anthony Payton and I’m here to list what I think are the five worst Maddens of all time. Even though my best Maddens list consists of seven, I will include five Maddens on this list because there wasn’t a lot of games that were mediocre or bad.
5. Madden NFL 18
Oblivious choice but pretty much Madden 18 has been mediocre. Even though I gave it a positive review at the beginning of its release, everything I said positively about it was quickly overshadowed by negative features. From having no new features for Franchise mode to downgrading Draft Champions from last year, Madden NFL 18 seems to be shell form of Madden 17. The only upgrade that was great is “ID the Mike”. The biggest problem I have with the game is that every update costs a new play to exploit such as HB Wham, which makes it hard to stop.
4. Madden NFL 11
Speaking of being a shell of a former self, Madden NFL 11 was a huge disappointment for me when I bought it. During the year that had sports games such as NBA 2K11, MLB The Show 11, and NBA Elite 11, EA Sports released this game. My main problem with Madden 11 is the game is trying to everything for the player. With Gameflow, the new feature they added to the game can pick the plays for you but the game makes horrible calls such as picking a prevent defense in the 1st Quarter or run play on 3rd and 20. Another feature that was idiotic is Auto-Sprint where the game decides when your player should run faster. That is the worst feature EA ever added in Madden because there wasn’t stamina system so the feature is useless. Other than that, it’s the same as its previous installment, which has been a recurring theme for Madden during the PS3/Xbox 360 years.
3. Madden NFL 16
Two words: Aggressive Catch
After the famous catch from Odell Beckham, Jr., Madden decided to add a new feature that supposes make the passing game. What we got was the worst passing game I’ve ever seen in a football. Aggressive catch feature was broken from the beginning because it wasn’t balanced. Basically, if your receiver has a good catch rating, nine times out of ten you will come down with the ball. For the defense, there was no way to defend a jump ball unless you get lucky with interceptions or incomplete pass if you have an excellent cornerback. The only feature that made me want to play this game is Draft Champions and that was it. Check out this video of Madden 16 aggressive catches.
2. Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360)
For being the 25th anniversary of the Madden Franchise, I was hoping Madden 25 to be great. While the next-gen version of the game was meh, the previous installment of the game was terrible. Maybe I should expect this because it was on the previous generation console. However, during the same time, NBA 2K14 was good for both generations and have plenty gameplay features. Madden 25 gameplay felt loose, the presentation is boring especially with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on commentary. This was basically Madden 13: 1.5. If this is was any other year, I wouldn’t be this disappointed. However, it was on the 25th anniversary of the series. They could add a lot of features in the game like they did for Madden 2005 on their 15th anniversary.
- Madden NFL 06 (Xbox 360)
If you haven’t read my review on Madden 06, please check it out if you want to read more details on this game. In a quick summary, Madden NFL 06 on the Xbox 360 is the worst Madden of all time. Compared to the PS2 version, the game didn’t have any other game modes except Franchise mode, gameplay feels stiff. The only thing that is positive is the graphics but the graphics became outdated after Madden 09. The worst thing about Madden 06 is that it started the trend of laziness from EA Sports. Until 06, EA worked hard on the Madden series but they got scared when 2K Sports released ESPN NFL 2K5. Due to the game being praised and being cheaper than Madden, EA Sports bought the exclusive NFL license to be the only football game to have NFL teams. Since they got the license, EA feels that they don’ need to try as hard as long they get the sales. That’s why I hate Madden 06 because this game started the crappy video games from Madden.