Madden NFL Mobile is the phone version of the EA Sports’ Madden, Which is normally played on consoles such as Xbox or Playstation. Madden NFL Mobile was released in August 26, 2014 for both Android and IOS (Apple). This allowed football fanatics to continue playing while on the go. The game follows the same format as the original console version, where you become the general manager of your team while simultaneously competing against other teams to win the Super Bowl.
In the previous blog, I talked about the aesthetics of Madden 25, which is the latest console version. Being a football player and fanatic, the idea of having this game in the palm of my hands gives me a sort of power. Knowing that my teammates and I would spend hours at each others houses to play, we are now able to play amongst ourselves wherever we are.
Though this game gives such a nostalgia to the Madden gaming world, the mobile game itself does not compel to be a “good game” As you play, it leaves you with many limitations compared to the original version. The controls vaguely mimic the common format to most mobile games. The season mode runs to where you play
against the computer and with each victory, you move closer to playing in the Super Bowl. Your game play options for both offense and defense are very limited in the beginning of the season. Although by successfully completing challenges, you are reward by new game plays.
The GIF above shows the gameplay action in the offensive perspective. Like the original Madden, you choose the player by the letter of the control if they are open.
Madden Mobile does not only let you play in season mode but the main purpose of its mobility is the capability to play against other people nationwide while on the go. The live events mode allows you to challenge others to play your team for points. This becomes the main competitive aspect of the game and to be the top notch player, you must stay undefeated.
!?IS IT EVEN A GAME?!
This may not be the greatest game but according to game philosophers such as Jesper Juul and Alexander Galloway, it meets the requirements to be a “game”.
“A game is a rule-based formal system with a variable and quantifiable outcome, where different outcomes are assigned different values, the player exerts effort in order to influence the outcome, the player feels attached to the outcome, and the consequences of the activity are optional and negotiable.” (Juul 2003)
As this game follows the strict rules of the National football league, it lives up to the requirement of Jesper Juul. Especially to its expectations of having its player’s efforts be an influence to their outcomes and
values which is the the reward aspect of the game when you win. Since the game acts like a virtual game of professional football, the formal system of the the
NFL’s rules and how the game of football is played, it is quit obvious that it can be considered to to be a game according to Juul.
Playing all of these games are not for the hell of it, the main goal of it is to successfully play until the Super Bowl. This is the idea of Alexander Gallloway.“A game is an activity defined by rules in which players try to reach some sort of goal”(Galloway 2006, p. 1)
In order to make pass the regular season, playoffs and then super bowl the play must keep winning.