5 reasons to buy Madden 21: The Yard, Face of the Franchise, Ultimate Team, Review & more

It's release week for Madden 21!

There is a lot of competition for your gaming dollars right now, especially with next-gen around the corner. So why should you buy Madden this year?

Latest news - Full review

With Madden 21 now out you can see our full review of EA's latest NFL game.

Face of the Franchise - High School to Hall of Fame

EA has been trying for a long time to bring a Career Mode to Madden. First it was Longshot, which got two bites at the cherry. Then last year it was Face of the Franchise, which had a lot more promise.

This year is Face of the Franchise - Rise to Fame, which has a lot of promising things going for it.

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FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: All the way to Canton - leave your mark on the NFL

Not only will your journey start in High School, but it will include the chance to win two College football championships.

You can also play as a QB, RB, or WR this year.

With appearances from Rich Eisen and Snoop Dogg it is a chance to live out your NFL dreams.

Gameplay - changes to user defending

The #FixMaddenFranchise movement may be continuing at a pace, but one big gameplay tweak could alter the meta-strategy for Madden this year.

User defenders will feel slower, which counter-intuitively is actually a good thing.

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ELITE: High-end defenders will be more valuable than ever this year

For the last few years a good Madden player could cover practically the whole field with one player. We've even seen MUT players make sideline interceptions with defensive linemen.

This has created a big incentive to run the ball. Well, that should change in Madden 21.

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Which means there might well be more than one way to play the game and create some more varied and exciting offensive strategies.

The Yard - a new backyard football mode

EA has finally revealed information on The Yard and it looks like Madden's answer to Volta with some old NFL Street magic mixed in.

This 6v6 backyard football mode will include a fully customizable avatar who plays both offense and defense. With trick plays featured in unique playbooks and House Rules it will be a wild ride.


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Free next-gen upgrades with Dual Entitlement

Madden 21 arrives on August 28, a good two or three months before the next-gen consoles.

READ MORE: Will Madden 21 include players who opt out of 2020 NFL season?

But there is no worry about buying the game twice or waiting to get it on PS5 or Xbox Series X.

Anyone that buys Madden 21 on PS4 of Xbox One will get a free upgrade to next-gen thanks to Dual Entitlement!

New Ultimate Team journey

News about Ultimate Team has blown up the Madden community.

Team Diamonds is returning, and the announcement of the top core elite players has us all excited.

With Captains, Masters, and revealed and the first few steps of the MUT journey already started, excitement is ramping up for MUT 21.

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