- Madden NFL 24 has received overwhelmingly negative user reviews on Metacritic and Steam, indicating a decline in the franchise’s quality and fan satisfaction.
- Despite the negative reception, Madden NFL 24 is likely to be one of the best-selling games of the year.
Madden NFL 24 has been flooded with negative user reviews on review aggregate site Metacritic and Steam. Madden NFL 24 is the latest entry in the decades-long football game franchise. But while older Madden games often earned critical acclaim and took home various end-year awards, the latest entries in the series have been poorly-received by fans and critics alike.
There once was a time when Madden games were some of the highest-rated games to release each year. They were met with enthusiasm from the press and the public, but that changed around the time EA started adding microtransactions to the games. This coincided with a general dip of quality, and while some years have been better than others, it seems Madden NFL 24 still has not gotten the franchise back on track.
Madden NFL 24 currently has an abysmal 2.2 user score on Metacritic and “Mostly Negative” review average on Steam. The reviews indicate that fans aren’t happy about the focus on Ultimate Team over meaningful gameplay improvements, persistent glitches, performance problems, and issues with the online multiplayer functionality. With Madden being an annual franchise, the developers don’t have a ton of time to truly improve from one game to the next, but it will be interesting to see if next year’s game fares any better.
Madden NFL 24 Review Scores
Madden games in recent years have not only been criticized for their microtransactions, but also for being home to some severe glitches. For instance, Madden NFL 23 had an issue where Franchise Mode saves were deleted and lost forever. Madden NFL 24 apparently has its fair share of technical problems too, but it’s unclear at this time if the game has anything quite that severe in the new game.
Regardless, it’s clear that many fans are not happy with Madden NFL 24. However, it remains to be seen if that will translate into anything meaningful. Despite multiple years of the Madden games getting lackluster reviews and mediocre user scores, the franchise consistently finds itself in the list of top 10 best-selling games for every year. Madden NFL 23 was one of the best-selling games of 2022, and chances seem good that Madden NFL 24 will be one of the best-selling games for 2023. However, one has to wonder if there will eventually be a sales slump for the Madden NFL games if EA fails to get the series back to its former glory.
In the meantime, football fans will have some fresh options in the future. EA is bringing back its college football game series, and 2K is making an arcade NFL game of some kind.
Madden NFL 24 is out now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.