Madden NFL 17 has taken a leaf out of stable-mate FIFA’s book with a new biennial cycle whereby one year sees a rampant revolution, while the next introduces a more modest evolution. And this year's game is certainly the latter, but that doesn't mean it's not an exciting release.
Tweaks have been made to how player attributes affect real performance, adding a level of realism to the game, while Madden Ultimate Team remains the principle attraction of the whole affair, even if there hasn't been much in the way of improvements. Still, if you loved it last year, you'll love it this year.
Elsewhere there's a few subtle touches that make the broadcast element more realistic, and the new Big Decisions feature in Franchise Mode makes managing your team easier.
And while the game could certainly do with some fine-tuning, overall it's a worthy entry in the franchise that sits at just as high a level as its predecessor – plus, it's more playable