For the gamers among us, we always get sucked into buying the latest release of Madden. New players, roster updates, new features and of course, the rookies… The latest release was dropped only a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t wait to get a look at the Madden 22 rookie face scans, allowing us to play with the latest talent to be added to our teams roster… or not?
As a Dolphins fan, I couldn’t wait to get Tua and the boys on the field in a franchise mode… I’d get to use Jaylen Waddle, Jaelen Phillips, Jevon Holland, and all the other players I will celebrate this season on Sundays. So I fired it up, only to find that Jaylen Waddle in fact, looks like this…
Now, I’m not usually one to pick holes in games. However, when the actual gameplay is no different to last year, and the in game experience is also the same… the very FIRST thing I would hope to see is that the exact players we’ve bought the game for, the brand new rookies that we’re all getting excited about, might have been worked into the game properly? Perhaps it’s a COVID issue in getting the players in for scans etc, that’s the only reason I can think of… but otherwise this is a garbage effort.
EA has basically built it’s brand upon pure laziness in recent years, and this just adds to the list. I could have done this myself in Madden 21, and created a player called Jaylen Waddle and given him some stats. That’s not why we buy the new game. So I did some research. It turns out that EA has taken the time to create 7(!!!) of the 32 first round draft picks from last season. Just 7. Second round onwards you can forget about it.
Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Penei Sewell, Justin Fields, Kyle Pitts, Micah Parsons & Mac Jones. That’s it. So for a game that cost me £60 + for the most basic version, I get to use a generic looking Jaylen Waddle and play essentially the same game as last year with a few different menus.
Now when EA do actually create the player likenesses, they look unreal. Look at Micah Parsons…
It’s not all doom and gloom however, and I know that Waddle along with some of the other first rounders will eventually get their likenesses in the game. However it should come WITH the game. I don’t understand why it’s not there already. Some of these players are so highly anticipated by their fan bases, it’s just very disappointing to see. Trey Lance doesn’t have one, nor Patrick Surtain, Najee Harris, Devonta Smith, etc etc. Jaylen Waddle was the 6th overall pick. He should have been implemented into the game.
EA is working hard to improve franchise mode and there will be a September update to implement things like new scouting features, so we’ll see what comes with that. They’ve also added the beginnings of some new features to the mode, with more control over weekly training and development of your head coaches skills etc.
There is hope yet for the first rounders, I looked back at last years class to find that Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy, Ceedee Lamb and Justin Jefferson all had fantastic scans and great likeness in the game, but yet CJ Henderson, a top 10 pick, is still a generic face. I just wish EA would try a little harder for it’s consumers.
Madden 22 Rookie Face Scans