Gameplay in this year’s edition of Madden has definitely seen some improvements. However, the true-to-life nature of every down and every game is debated, with some conjecture among the title’s community.
Despite three game styles being available in the settings (arcade, competitive, sim), many believe that the latter doesn’t quite reflect the nature of a typical Sunday in the sport.
Luckily, players have several customization tools at their disposal, with the Madden 21 sliders being the best way to create that life-like NFL action.
What are the Madden 21 sliders?
Sliders can be defined as control elements on a scale that allow you to tune attributes or the likelihood of events in games.
In Madden 21, users can shift (usually from 1-100) aspects like quarterback passing ability or the likelihood of a fumble by a ball carrier, for example.
By default, these settings are usually all set to 50 out of 100, but Madden players have tinkered with these over the years to develop true-to-life action and game statistics, both of which are so crucial in a Franchise Mode deep dive.
In our early Madden 21 sliders, the most notable changes come through slight tweaking on offense, bringing down the accuracy of both the human and CPU quarterback slightly, while also slightly adjusting the likelihood of fumbles by the ball carrier.
Interception likelihood and tackling has also come down a fraction, with the default settings at this stage being a little too favorable to a pick-or-touchdown play.
While it is early in Madden 21’s shelf-life, the tinkering has already begun. It must be noted that these settings are likely to change subtly over the coming weeks and months, with multiple patches set to be rolled out over that time.
How to change the sliders in Madden 21
Head to the cog icon in the main menu and select settings. Here, you will find the multiple tabs of customization that we’ll be adjusting.
For these realistic Madden 21 slider settings, we’re going to play on All-Pro.
Realistic Madden 21 game set-up and sliders
For a Madden game with realistic stats, we recommend the following slider settings.
Keep in mind that while ten-minute quarters seem long, you can quit and come back to the action mid-game, and there are only 16 games in an NFL season.
To achieve a true and authentic NFL experience, you’ll want to control the fate of every possible play for your team, but remember, if you’re playing an exhibition game with a friend or playing online, these settings are likely to be different.
|Quarter Length||10 Minutes|
|Minimum Play Clock Time||20 Seconds|
For player sliders affecting injuries, we’re going to bring the scale up from ten to 25, which is quite a hefty jump.
You can shift to whatever figure you like, but these are the slide numbers that we feel are more reflective of real-life NFL play.
|Player Speed Parity||50|
Realistic Madden 21 skill sliders
These figures affect the relative ability of human and CPU-controlled players to execute desired actions in-game.
As mentioned above, we’ve altered the quarterback passing ability to reflect more realistic completion percentages, among other tune-ups.
|Skill||Player Setting||CPU Setting|
|Pass Defense Reaction Time||50||50|
Realistic Madden 21 kicking and punting sliders
On top of the above gameplay slider adjustments, we’ve tuned the accuracy of punts and kicks for both teams.
With these authentic Madden 21 sliders set, kicking and punting requires a bit more concentration, with the default levels leading to superhuman dead-eye play.
|Kicking and Punting||Setting|
Realistic Madden 21 penalty settings sliders
We’ve upped penalties a little in our sliders to reflect real-world levels of occurrence, though, it’s again worth stressing that you are more than free to leave these sliders in their default settings.
Adjusting too many settings may break-up your user experience, but the figures here roughly produce the same number of infringements during a typical NFL game.
|Defensive Pass Interference||55|
|Illegal Block In The Back||50|
|Offensive Pass Interference||On|
|Kick Catch Interference||On|
|Running Into Kicker||On|
Recommended Madden 21 Franchise Mode settings
With these settings relevant in offline modes, a crucial element to extracting everything good from the sliders is through Franchise Mode.
Here are our recommendations in Madden 21, both in terms of sliders and settings, for you to enjoy a realistic Franchise Mode experience.
- Quarter Length: 10 minutes
- Accelerated Clock: Off
- Skill Level: All-Pro
- League Type: All
- Instant Starter: Off
- Trade Deadline: On
- Trade Type: Enable All
- Coach Firing: On
- Salary Cap: On
- Relocation Settings: Everyone Can Relocate
- Injury: On
- Pre Existing Injury: Off
- Practice Squad Stealing: On
- Fill Roster: Off
- Season Experience: Full Control
- Re-Sign Players: Off
- Progress Players: Off
- Sign Off-Season Free Agents: Off
- Tutorial Pop-Ups: Off
If you’d like a Madden gameplay experience more akin to that of the real NFL, try out the sliders and settings shown on this page.
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