Madden NFL Mobile
Will you pay to play some NFL football?
In life you can count on death, taxes and the annual Madden NFL video game. The newest pigskin effort arrived on consoles this past August, and EA Sports also released Madden NFL Mobile to bring the monsters of the gridiron to your smartphone and tablet.
Madden NFL Mobile is similar to Madden Ultimate Team on the console version. In Madden Ultimate Team, you receive a random group of players and build your own fantasy squad through buying player card packs, auctions and completing challenges. This element will be a huge plus to fantasy football fans because you can make your own dream team. You take this team through season mode, or you can go online and battle random people or friends. Half the fun of Madden is playing with buddies and talking trash. By connecting the game through your Facebook account, you can do just that.
Madden looks very good for a mobile game. The stadiums resemble their real life counterparts with a lot of detail, further immersing the player in an authentic NFL experience.
The gameplay is fairly simple. Running is controlled with an onscreen analog stick and most other actions involve tapping the screen, a swipe of the finger or a press of a button on the bottom right corner. The simplistic gameplay makes things fun and easy for anyone to pick up and play.
Since it's based on the Ultimate Team design, you won't play with the exact roster of your favorite team. For people who are bigger fans of a team than of a player, this is a bit of an annoyance. Plus it will take a long time before you get enough coins to make a good team or get your favorite player(s), unless you make an in-game purchase for more coins.
In addition, the game features an outdated roster. We received several players in the starting pack who are unemployed or on another team. The game also works on a stamina bar system that only allows you to play a certain amount of games in one sitting unless you're willing to wait or pay.
For season mode games, the standard time limit on each quarter is only a minute long. For people looking for a longer game experience, this is very annoying and doesn't even allow you to get into the flow of a game.
Madden NFL Mobile is a simple and fun game, albeit a little short and outdated. The game is quick and easy to pick up, but as soon as you get the hang of things the experience is over. The game doesn't have the options of its console counterpart which is expected, but that doesn't mean EA needs to shorten the experience overall.