Why the return of NFL 2K won’t work today?

Twelve years ago, EA Sports signed an exclusive deal with the NFL to be the only company to have the exclusive license of NFL players and teams. Even since then, EA Sports has released disappointing Maddens almost every year with one or two decent games. During the tenure, there were only two football games without any NFL teams stood out, All-Pro Football 2K8 and BackBreaker. Today, Madden NFL 18 is getting worse month after month. This would be a great time for the NFL to leave EA Sports and go to 2K Sports to revive NFL 2K. That wouldn’t a great idea. I will explain why.

NFL will never leave EA Sports


There’s no chance that the National Football League will leave EA Sports exclusive deal to have an open license for both 2K and EA. In 2004, NFL 2K5 was released for $20 instead of $60. Even though it was a smart marketing plan, the NFL didn’t like that idea because they didn’t make a lot of money from it compare to the income from Madden 2005. This made the deal between EA and the NFL a lot of easier because both companies can make a lot of money from each other. Despite Madden is getting more negative reviews every year, either company is still making money due to Madden is one of the best selling games of every year since 2005.

2K Sports will give us the same results


Going back to 2K Sports won’t be the worst thing for NFL video games. However, I don’t see it being the saving grace based on the current state of 2K Sports video games. Recently, NBA 2K series has been fallen down since 2K13. From focusing more on microtransactions to stale game modes, NBA 2K is getting more criticism every year. Especially with NBA 2K17 and NBA 2K18, which is worst games in the entire series. Even WWE 2K series is also getting panned and criticized by fans when compared THQ version of WWE. Even though Visual Concepts still works with 2K, the majority of developers who had worked on ESPN NFL 2K5 and All-Pro Football 2K8 doesn’t work with them anymore. Which leads to my next topic:

Stop Living in the Past


ESPN NFL 2K5 and All-Pro Football 2K8 are some of the best football video games of all time. However, that doesn’t mean the results from a new NFL 2K will be the same as those games. As much I love those games, I don’t believe that 2K will the same type of game that I love. As previously stated, the company has become lazy and money-hungry similar to EA Sports and it’s making me lose confidence in them. I mean I don’t have that much confidence in EA either but I don’t trust that 2K can go back into the classic state that was in the mid-2000. I have seen this from a lot of fans that they believe 2K can another classic like ESPN NFL 2K5. I feel like some of these fans don’t remember the negatives in these games such as open-field blocking was bad as Madden, the reach tackling feature was atrocious, and user interceptions were nearly impossible in APF 2K8. Despite the games were great, there were things that were flawed or annoying. Also, fans are not looking at the many flaws that NBA 2K have because of their love of the past games and hatred of the recent Madden games.


The main point is that either company will give us crap. As fans, we should keep voicing your opinion on the problems in the game until the developers listen to us. Whether they work with EA or 2K, we complain about something we don’t like. However, don’t give one company favoritism because you don’t like the opposing company tactics.


Five Things that EA Sports need to do for Madden 19

In my opinion, Madden NFL 18 need serious improvement for next year. Madden 18 is a good game but there is a lot of problems in the game that prevent from becoming a classic. In order Madden NFL 19 to be better than 18, there have to be five changes in the game.

1. Add penalties for online games


I understand that players don’t want random penalties in the game but it needs to come back. Penalties such as Pass Interference, Holding, and Late Hit need to be added to Madden. I keep seeing animations when defensive backs are taking receivers down before the pass reach to them.

2. Put an Unranked MUT Draft in the game


This year’s MUT Draft is an improvement from last year. With five extra rounds and guaranteed specific positions, MUT Draft is pretty. However, the problem is that only ranked mode that cost tickets. This is not new but the tickets are harder compared to last year where the only way to earn tickets is to pay it with coins instead of earning it based on how many wins you get during the game mode.

3. Get rid of automated jukes and spins

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In Madden 17, jukes and spins was really bad to the point where elusive running backs were useless. In Madden 18, elusiveness was improved but perhaps too improved where a simple juke can make three defenders miss a tackle. It’s really annoying when you try to make a tackle and you have a great angle but you missed the tackle because of the automatic jukes. Madden 19 elusive should be tuned to the point where it based on the player’s skill level.

4. Add new Presentation styles



Madden 17 added a new commentary team to the game with Brandon Graudin and Charles Davis. While that was exciting, Madden needs an upgrade for presentation. Right now, EA SPorts need to take a page from 2K Sports by adding a pre-game show, a halftime show, and post-game show. I think they should add NFL GameDay Morning and Prime casts to order to get an authentic broadcast feel.

5. Add a MyCareer game mode


After getting a story mode in Madden, which was pretty good, it’s now time to move on a MyCareer type of game mode. After playing Longshot, I wanted to play more of it because it was fun. I liked the drills throughout the competition. The Connected Franchise mode is pretty much stale because I want to do more than play a regular season. I want to experience an NFL career by making endorsement deals, compete in the NFL Draft Combine, and practice multiple times during off-days. For an example, look at Madden NFL 07 Superstar mode where it had those things and it was a fun experience.


Hello, my name is Anthony Payton. If you have seen my articles, then you know that I am huge Madden fan. I basically grew up with the franchise by Madden 99 being the first Madden I played. Even thought I love the series, I admit there are bad Madden games since EA Sports won the exclusive rights from the NFL, making them the only video game to have NFL players and teams. Since that, Madden has been getting the image as lazy, greedy, and non innovated. Even now, Madden is still getting negative criticisms but I think the new Madden games are better now than they were ten years ago. The game that has started this trend is Madden NFL 06 on the Xbox 360.


I know that this game got positive reviews when it first came out, but trust me it’s far from great or even good. The Xbox 360 version of this game was released two months after the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube versions. The reason  I mention those versions because I’m going to compare them to each other.


The graphics on the Xbox 360 is pretty interesting at first compared to the last generation versions. However, the visuals are not that impressive because every player looked like they on steroids. Seriously every quarterback and kicker is greatly buffed  with their shoulders.



The gameplay is not good compared to the PlayStation 2 version. The movement feels stiff, pre-play adjustments takes longer and confusing to execute. Passing game is atrocious because receivers can’t do diving catches or pass their defender after a deep throw. Dropping catches almost never happen. Even using the hit stick after a catch doesn’t affect the outcome.

Game Modes:

Madden NFL 06  is really lackluster on the  game modes on the Xbox 360 version. The only game mode that is available other than play now is franchise mode. It doesn’t even have a practice mode. That sucks because the game gets easily boring after the first couple of games. Where the other versions have mini-camp, two-minute drill, and the new superstar mode. It’s just terrible that they didn’t even try to give their customers a game that is worth sixty dollars.



Madden NFL 06 on the Xbox 360 is a really bad game that started the trend of Madden seems to be lazy to developing a game. After 06, EA Sports released multiple mediocre games. I think that if Madden 06 got more of a honest review, the Madden series would have been more successful in the late 2000s.

Rating: 4/10

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Madden NFL 18 (Review)

Football is back and we all know that means is that Madden is back. Madden NFL 18 is the first installment that have the Frostbite Engine inside the game. Also, this is included “Longshot”, the first story mode in Madden. With all that said, is Madden 18 good? Yes, it is and it’s better than Madden 17.


  • Presentation is life-like


Frostbite Engine has improved the graphics in a incredible fashion. From stadiums to field, everything is looking fantastic than ever. B

  • Running game is improved

Last year in Madden 17, elusive running backs were kind of useless because jukes and spins were hard

  • Open-field blocking awareness is better

Finally, open-field blocking is fixed. Now, on runs and screens, wide receivers has better intelligence when blocking instead of running past the defenders to allow the tackle.

  • Longshot story mode is fun

I really enjoy the Longshot story mode. At first, I didn’t know how to feel about because the story doesn’t carry into the NFL. However, this story is really good.

  • Addition of in-game adjustments


  • Different game styles

In this year, Madden introduce different game styles: Arcade, Simulation, Competitive. I discussed about this in my article. With my experience, I enjoy all of them. My favorite is competitive because I feel that it rewards you for your user skills.




  • MUT Draft

MUT Draft or “Draft Champions” is still fun. Now with five extra rounds, it’s more enjoyable than ever. However, my complaint is that there is no unranked mode anymore. This is probably not a problem for some people but I don’t like the idea to buy tickets to play MUT Draft. The game mode is still fun and I recommend to try it.

  • Lack of gameplay in “Longshot”

As I like said, I enjoy the “Longshot” story mode but my problem is the lack of gameplay in some scenes. For example, I wish we could have more gameplay in the combine such as participating in the 40 yard-dash and other drills. I do love some of the drills they have. I just wish there were more.

  • Target Passing

I feel that “Target Passing” is a waste of a feature. At first, I was really to try this out. After I tried it, I don’t like it at all. The controls are confusing for to use and it takes too long to execute it. By the time I figure it out where to throw the ball, I get sacked or the defender there to deflect the pass. I feel that they should bring back “QB Vision” instead of this feature. Maybe somebody find a way to use it but I can’t do it.


  • Minor glitches

Like every video game, Madden 18 have plenty of glitches that are either small or game-breaking. For me, I have my game crashed a couple times. I say that this need to be fix in the next patch.


All in all, Madden NFL 18 is better than Madden 17. EA Sports actually listen to the community and did a good job with this.

Rating: 8.5/10