Madden: A Metacritic history

The first game in the Madden franchise released all the way back in 1988, with John Madden Football. Since then the series has seen a release every single year, going through five different generations of consoles, as well as PC, mobile and handheld systems.

This look at Madden’s Metacritic history starts with Madden NFL 2001, the first to have review scores on the site. It will only look at the main games in the series, so no handheld/mobile only games or spinoffs will be accounted for. It will also only factor in console/PC scores and not those for handheld/mobile.

Madden’s Metacritic history

17 out of the 19 (89.47%) games in the Madden franchise on Metacritic have an average score over 80. However, only 3/19 (15.78%) have a score over 90. The last time a Madden game reach those heights among reviewers was Madden 05. Since then the series has consistently gotten about the same aggregate scores with each installment.

Average Metacritic score of every Madden game

The graph below shows the total number of combined reviews for all non-handheld/mobile systems that each Madden game has been on.

Number of Metacritic reviews for each Madden game

To calculate the average critic score for a game I weighed the number of reviews. As an example, for Madden 17 I took the 30 Xbox One reviews and multiplied it by there average score of 83. I then did the same for the PlayStation 4. I then took both those numbers, added them together and divided it by the total number of critic scores to get the average Metacritic score.

Game Year Systems Metacritic Score # of Critics Avg Critic Score
Madden 01 2000 PS2, N64, PC, PS1 91, 89, 78, 90 25+6+13+14 = 58 87.63
Madden 02 2001 PS2, Xbox, GC, N64, PC, PS1 94, 90, 89, 78, 71, 88 23+16+12+5+10+9 = 75 87.49
Madden 03 2002 PS2, Xbox, GC, PC, PS1 95, 92, 92, 89, 84.5 25+16+13+12+2 = 68 92.35
Madden 04 2003 PS2, Xbox, GC, PC, PS1 94, 92, 94, 91, 80 29+27+19+13+1 = 89 92.79
Madden 05* 2004 PS2, Xbox, GC, PC 91, 91, 90, 85 30+39+26+12 = 107 90.08
Madden 06 2005 360, PS2, Xbox, GC, PC 74, 88, 86, 86, 78 48+29+39+21+16 = 153 81.77
Madden 07 2006 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, Xbox, GC, PC 80, 76, 81, 84, 83, 82, 80 54+25+35+29+27+14+15 = 199 80.80
Madden 08 2007 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, Xbox, GC, PC 85, 81, 76, 78, 76, 75, 75 46+31+29+11+6+4+6 = 133 80.36
Madden 09 2008 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, Xbox 83, 85, 82, 67, 80 50+38+19+4+1 = 112 82.91
Madden 10 2009 360, PS3, Wii, PS2 85, 85, 77, 67.66 58+41+23+3 = 125 83.11
Madden 11* 2010 360, PS3, Wii 84, 83, 75 47+36+6 = 89 82.98
Madden 12* 2011 360, PS3, Wii 78, 79, 75 55+31+3 = 89 78.24
Madden 13 2012 360, PS3, WiiU, Wii 81, 83. 75, 72.5 36+22+9+2 = 69 80.6
Madden 25 2013 One, PS4, 360, PS3 73, 74, 80, 76 18+13+32+19 = 82 76.58
Madden 15* 2014 One, PS4 80, 81 19+37 = 56 80.66
Madden 16* 2015 One, PS4 84, 83 23+37 = 60 83.38
Madden 17* 2016 One, PS4 83, 82 30+35 = 65 82.46
Madden 18 2017 One, PS4 82, 82 22+40 = 62 82
Madden 19 2018 One, PS4, PC 82, 80, 80 19+26+6 = 51 80.74

*Madden 05 is on the PS1 but has no Metacritic reviews on the site.

*Madden 11 and 12 are on the PS2 but has no Metacritic reviews on the site.

*Madden 15, 16 and 17 is on the PS3 and 360 but has no Metacritic reviews on the site.

 

Despite not factoring in the handheld or mobile scores into the above graphs for the mainline Madden games, I did take separate note of them to share in the table below for anyone interested.

Game Year Systems Critic Score # of Critics Highest Score Lowest Score
Madden 02 2001 GBA 76 3 80 70
Madden 03 2002 GBA 75 5 82 60
Madden 04 2003 GBA 70 9 90 50
Madden 05 2004 GBA, DS 79, 68 9+25 = 34 85 (2) 40
Madden 06 2005 GBA, DS, PSP 71, 66, 75 7+9+23 = 39 90 40
Madden 07 2006 GBA, DS, PSP 68, 70, 78 4+9+18 = 31 90 56
Madden 08 2007 DS, PSP 71, 75 11+10 = 21 80 (4) 50 (2)
Madden 09 2008 DS, PSP 66.33, 68 3+8 = 11 80 60 (3)
Madden 10 2009* PSP 79.5 2 80 79
Madden 11 2010 PSP, iOS, iPad 66, 78, 77 1+8+4 = 13 100 50
Madden 12 2011* iOS 71 6 100 50
Madden 13 2012 Vita 63 6 70 (2) 55
Madden 25 2013 iOS 39 8 70 20

*Madden 10 is on the iOS but has no Metacritic reviews on the site.

*Madden 12 is on the PSP but has no Metacritic reviews on the site.

 

Finally, let’s take a look at the highest and lowest scores that each Madden game has received, as well as what percentage of reviews gave a game a perfect score of 100. Oddly enough, since Madden 10 every game in the series with the exception of Madden 17 has not gotten a lower score than 60 from any Metacritic review.

Game Highest Score Lowest Score % of 100s
Madden 01 100 (9) 67 15.51%
Madden 02 100 (11) 40 14.66%
Madden 03 100 (20) 74 (2) 29.41%
Madden 04 100 (25) 60 28.08%
Madden 05 100 (9) 56 8.41%
Madden 06 100 (6) 40 3.92%
Madden 07 100 (2) 30 0.10%
Madden 08 100 (1) 45 0.75%
Madden 09 100 (4) 58 3.57%
Madden 10 95 60 (4) 0%
Madden 11 100 (1) 60 1.12%
Madden 12 100 (1) 60 (10) 1.12%
Madden 13 100 (1) 60 (3) 1.44%
Madden 25 95 60 (11) 0%
Madden 15 91 60 (2) 0%
Madden 16 95 60 0%
Madden 17 91 70 (5) 0%
Madden 18 95 60 (2) 0%
Madden 19 92 60 (2) 0%

Highest score and lowest score on Metacritic for each Madden game

Sources and info:

Featured Image: “First Madden NFL 16 Screenshots Released” by BagoGames is licensed under CC BY-2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madden_NFL

http://www.metacritic.com/ (used to find the games, critic reviews, and scores)

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

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