Archive for March 2021

The Stadia community is in a weird situation with Madden NFL 21. For one thing, it’s not a great game in the franchise and it has very few updates or changes to make it stand out from the last few years. However, on the other hand, it’s Madden’s first and only game on Stadia, and as a debut, it’s pretty robust with a really good foundation. It’s not one of the best Stadia games by any means, but for sports fans, it’s certainly a scratch.

Madden NFL 21 is a tremendous base to jump to if you haven’t played Madden in a while, but if you monitor the franchise every year and are looking for something new or groundbreaking, you will be very disappointed. EA hasn’t made any significant updates or changes to this series in about a decade, and this is one of the most egregious copy-paste jobs in recent memory. The franchise mode has literally not changed in a year now and the new modes do very little to get people excited. The center base is great, but it’s more of the same.

Pros: A solid core game base feels like real football. Many game modes to choose from the first Solid Madden game for Stadia as a platform. Visuals on the field are great with good player role models.

The Stadia version of Madden NFL 21 plays great and looks fantastic. As is the norm now with the Stadia version of AAA games, it plays beautifully and has no noticeable lag or latency issues if your connection is good enough. Every time you play Madden, online kicks suffer from minor latency issues, but that’s the case in all versions of the game, not just Stadia. This year is worse than usual, so you should expect to lose some field goals and extra points. They must have changed the network code on how kicks are handled or something like that because even on PS4 and PS5 it had trouble hitting kicks properly and those problems persist on the Stadia version.

Cons: The franchise mode has literally not changed from last year. New modes like The Yard fail to impress. The game has hardly changed in years.

The biggest disappointment with Madden NFL 21 is the Franchise mode. Aside from a few tweaks to how things like drafts and offseason changes are handled, it’s literally identical to last year’s Madden. Also, the version we get on Stadia isn’t even the version of the game for PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X | Yes, it is the version for PlayStation 4 / Xbox One. This means that new playcalling functions, improved visuals, optimized animations and ‘Next-Gen Stats’ integration functions are absent.

Google recommends a download speed of at least 10 Mbps for 720p streaming, a 20 Mbps download speed for 1080p streaming, and a download speed of at least 35 Mbps for 4K streaming.

Unfortunately, the Stadia version of Madden NFL 21 doesn’t include any exclusive Stadia features, like State Share, Crowd Play, or something like that. If you decide to get Madden on Stadia, you would do so simply to have the flexibility to access the game on so many devices without hassle. The native mobile version of Madden is nothing like the real Madden, so getting the full version on mobile via Stadia is great.

Madden NFL 21 is also on the new generation of consoles (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S), and also on the past generation (PS4 and Xbox One). Therefore, if you are enjoying the game as much as we do, don’t forget you can buy MUT coins on MUTeamGo!