Can somebody explain what's the reason for this review bombing?
EA Sports games are like Denny's or IHOP, where you keep coming back for the familiarity because the entry price is fair. People like to champion the old 2k or Midway games, and they were awesome too, but there's a reason EA Sports remained triumphant while the others didn't (NBA2k aside).
Between the anti NFL sentiment and the anti EA sentiment.... the folks at Tiburon are fucked. They have so much sentiment against them that they actually have to deliver an MVP effort.
EA "remained triumphant" by getting the NFL to take away 2K's license 2K... the same year that 2K pushed their shit in. It has nothing to do with quality and everything to do with marketing and licensing. Same with FIFA, where for years it was generally considered to be inferior on the pitch to PES (until Konami basically stopped caring).
Most people complaining these days would kill to have PS2 Madden back though. The reason why people are upset is because the entire game has regressed, the annual updates just add useless modes while messing around with the UT meta a little and not actually trying to make a better simulation. That esport competition where the guy won by fielding a team that didn't throw a pass, I mean it's not even possible to get further away from how football is actually played than that.
Point is the gripes are legitimate. I think NHL is the only one where they have consistently delivered a quality game.
Apparently this game runs like ass and is packed with glitches and bugs