Madden NFL 21 is out but many fans are already regretting their purchase due to the number of bugs in the game. And as you'd expect, they're taking to Metacritic to voice their, ahem, concerns.
Metacritic ratings for Madden NFL 21 paint a really grim picture of EA's latest instalment. At the time of writing it's rated at 0.5 on PC and Xbox One, while PlayStation 4 ratings are even worse and stand at 0.3.
It's well worth saying that PC players are traditionally much harsher with reviews. They're also more likely to reach for review bombing as means of retaliation for a shoddy release, so the fact that PS4 scores are even worse speaks volumes about Madden NFL 21.
These bugs are not only plentiful - they're varied as well. From players who end up locked in stumble recovery pose while moving freely and/or full texture disappearances, to the ghost-carried movement of the ball - Madden NFL 21 isn't short of maddening bugs.
EA have been touting a few new features for Madden NFL 21 but the number of bugs and glitches seems to have far outweighed any PR-embellished tweaks. All of this led to a bunch of fans openly calling for NFL to drop EA as the developer of NFL games by spamming the hashtag NFLdropEA on Twitter.
It's no secret that sports games have a significantly lower mandatory quality bar than most other video game genres. Passionate sports fans tend to be more forgiving on the account of their love for a sport, which is understandable.
Unfortunately, not holding developers to a higher standard has created a situation where it almost seems as if they're testing just how little they have to do to sell the next annual instalment.