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Massive Madden 23 Patch Tries Addressing Backlash, Still Leaves Fans Fuming

EA’s “most polished” Madden in years continues to walk a rough road. Madden 23 received its massive October title update on Thursday, and with it a lot of welcome tweaks to underlying gameplay. But despite a bevy of bug fixes, many fans still feel like EA isn’t been honest about the current underwhelming state of the game and what they see as the prioritization of microtransaction gambling over making sure regular modes are glitch-free.

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Forget Madden, Legend Bowl is the American Football game you should play

As the NFL season gets underway, a new American Football game is challenging Madden – and it’s brilliant. The NFL being back on TV can mean only two things for my video game habits. First of all, I basically no longer have time to play games on a Sunday, as my focus is always on the weekly slate of games and how well I’m doing in fantasy football. Second, I begin to think… is there a good NFL game I can kill some time in? Usually, you know, the answer is singular. Madden NFL. This isn’t to say that Madden…

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Former PlayStation exec forecasts PS5 game budgets will exceed $200 million

Shawn Layden, one of the former execs in charge of the PlayStation family of consoles, said in a recent interview with Bloomberg that game budgets double with each generation and that the PS5 is in danger of exceeding $200 million.The reason this is an issue, says Layden, is that it encourages stagnation since companies are “incentivized towards sequels” to lower risk. “What happens there is that you end up with 3-4 silos of games or game types that continue to exist, and variety is squeezed out,” worries Layden.As interviewer Jason Schrier notes, the current triple-A games landscape is already playing…


EA faces loot box lawsuit in Canada for games including FIFA

By Alex Calvin, Thursday, 22 October 2020 17:07 GMT Electronic Arts is being sued in Canada over its use of loot boxes.The lawsuit first appeared in Business in Vancouver’s Who’s Getting Sued article – as spotted by The Patch Notes – which show that a class action lawsuit is being brought against the publishing giant.The Notice of Civil Claim – filed on September 30th by plaintiffs Mark Sutherland and Shawn Moore – argues that EA is not only operating an unlicensed gambling business, but that the company has also been unjustly enriched in the process. They are suing EA on…

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Madden NFL 21 Deluxe and MVP Edition get up to 25% discount on PC

By James Pickard, Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:52 GMT Madden NFL 21 Deluxe and MVP Editions on PC have been given discounts of up to 25 per cent over at Amazon US.It’s a fitting and timely discount on the sports sim given this year’s NFL season kicks off later tonight with the Texans vs Chiefs. Let’s go Mahomes, I need you to justify my late third-round pick in fantasy!Anyway, back to the deal. On the Amazon store page, you can choose between the Origin or the Steam version as both have been dropped to the same price. Be sure to…

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EA adds free agent Colin Kaepernick to Madden 21, free weekend coming

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 21:19 GMT Colin Kaepernick has returned to a Madden game for the first time since the 2016 season.EA has announced Colin Kaepernick has returned for Madden 21 as a free-agent quarterback.The news was announced today on Twitter by the official Madden account. — Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) September 8, 2020Kaepernick has been a free agent since the end of the 2016, and is a political activist known for kneeling during the national anthem.“Colin Kaepernick is one of the top free agents in football and a starting-caliber quarterback.”The team at EA SPORTS, along…