Professional Madden NFL 20 player Raidel ‘Joke’ Brito secured the prestigious Madden Bowl 2020 Championship this weekend, but the manner in which he secured that victory has left fans of the game feeling a little short-changed.
The Madden Bowl tournament enforces a salary cap when it comes to building an in-game squad of players, and Brito constructed a fearsome offence and defence by choosing not to pick a quarterback for his squad. As those of you who are familiar with the sport of American Football will know, the quarterback is the guy who makes the key passes and throws. Quarterbacks have traditionally been the cover stars of Madden games, too.
Instead of including a playmaker in his squad, Brito made use of the cheap-to-hire Washington Redskins punter Tress Way to handle snaps and therefore relied on a running game backed up by his strong defensive and offensive picks. There's no denying that the approach was a clever one – not to mention effective, as he won the game 17-0 – but what's really remarkable is that he didn't throw a single pass during the whole match.
Sure, there have been instances in real-world American Football where teams have successfully employed a robust running game, but it's unlikely that any professional team could dominate a match in such a fashion without a proper quarterback, or without making a single throw. The win highlights the balancing issues that Madden players have been grumbling about for years; running plays are simply overpowered in the game.
It's interesting to note that EA's stranglehold on the NFL licence came to an end recently, and 2K Sports has already stated its intention to re-enter the arena, although it would seem that full-blown simulations aren't on the table right away.