Madden NFL 20 is bringing the series back into the career mode business.
After the mixed reaction for the Longshot single-player mode that featured less true Madden gameplay than everybody wanted, EA Sports has pivoted back towards the traditional story-based career mode, albeit with a few big catches.
Face of the Franchise sees players create a quarterback — yes, that’s the only position available to play to get the full experience — and take them from the College Football Playoffs to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Who Are You?
Players in the mode will pick one of ten predetermined colleges (USC, Clemson, Florida, Florida St., Miami, Oregon, Texas, Texas Tech, LSU or Oklahoma) to lead into the College Football Playoff.
After the College Football Playoff, you will head to the NFL Scouting Combine where you will prove how good you are in the most laid back event in sports. During the Combine, you’ll take your player through interviews with NFL teams and participate in various drills. From there, it’s time for the NFL Draft.
Depending on your performances in College and at the Combine, you will find your quarterback projected to either go high in the first round or later on in the draft.
Should you be a top prospect, you will hit the red carpet and attend the NFL Draft. If not, you’ll find yourself having a quiet, small draft party with family and friends.
Build Your Legacy
Once in the NFL, the mode focuses less on the cinematic cutscenes and more on scenarios based on your play and the status of your career.
From answers you give reporters during interviews to decisions you make on the field — like whether to throw more to a disgruntled receiver — EA claims that their new scenario engine will help make everyone’s career feel unique. In addition to teammates and the media, the scenario engine will see you interact with trainers and coaches.
The branching dialogue system in the game will be familiar to fans of NBA Live 19’s “The One” mode.
And though the college, combine, and draft experiences are only available for quarterbacks, players can create different positions for the career mode. So if you choose to be a running back or wide receiver, you can. You will just have to do so knowing that only the scenario engine will carve your career path from the start.
Madden NFL 20 launches on August 2 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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