It’s that time of year again when the leaves start falling, and the virtual gridiron beckons. Madden 24 has arrived on the PlayStation 5, promising more bone-crunching tackles, jaw-dropping touchdowns, and strategic football action than ever before. But is this iteration a game-winning drive or a punt to nowhere?

Madden NFL 24 is close but no cigar, always hinting at greatness but never quite achieving a standout year for the series. Following a relatively gentle revamp last year Madden NFL 24 primarily focuses on refining its core elements while addressing fan concerns, or at least attempting to. Credit where it is due, Madden 24 does bring in some notable improvement but, sadly even though glimpses of brilliance occasionally shine through and gameplay remains acceptable, the nagging sensation persists that transformative alterations won’t materialize until EA provides EA Tiburon with the necessary time and resources for substantial changes. More of the same so really, but let’s dive into the mud and see what it’s all about.

Graphics

Madden 24 on the PlayStation 5 is a pretty game, credit where it’s due the graphics are exactly what you would expect from the Madden series. The player models are incredibly detailed, from the sweat detail to the mud splatters on their uniforms. Stadiums look like they’ve been plucked right out of Sunday Night Football, with dazzling lighting and an attention to detail that immerses you in the game.

The animations are fluid and lifelike, and the attention to detail extends to the grass stains on the players’ pants. Madden 24 is a testament to the PS5’s power, showcasing the potential of next-gen gaming in all its glory.

Gameplay

Madden 24 sticks to the tried-and-true formula, the gameplay is as solid as ever, if not spectacular. The “Real Player Motion” technology ensures that players move realistically, making each tackle and juke feel authentic.

The Franchise mode is as deep as ever, allowing you to take your favourite team from the bottom of the rankings to Super Bowl champions. The Career mode also returns, offering a satisfying RPG-like experience as you rise through the ranks from a rookie to an NFL legend. I actually quite liked this mode, for me it took away some of the slowness of the other game modes such as Franchise.

However, Madden 24 doesn’t revolutionize the gameplay formula. It’s more of a refinement than a revolution, which might disappoint some long-time fans looking for a fresh take on the series, like myself.

Audio

The sound design in Madden 24 deserves some praise. The roar of the crowd, the crunch of helmets colliding, and the play-by-play commentary all add to the immersive experience. The soundtrack features a mix of classic tunes and modern hits that provide the perfect backdrop to your gridiron adventures.

One minor gripe is that the commentary, while solid, can get repetitive after a while. You’ll hear the same anecdotes and catchphrases more times than you’d like, but it’s a minor annoyance in an otherwise well-crafted auditory experience.

The Verdict

Madden 24 for the PlayStation 5 delivers a solid game, definitely nothing spectacular, don’t get me wrong I enjoyed my time playing it, the graphics are stunning, the gameplay is tried and tested and yet it just feels like its missing that something to take it from a good game to a great one.

While it may not bring a revolutionary change to the series, it’s a touchdown for fans who crave the thrill of virtual football.

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