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Madden 21 Editions: Which One Should You Buy



There are three Madden 21 editions available to buy in 2020, with an option to spend almost $100 on the new Madden game if you love spending all your time playing Madden Ultimate Team. Our Madden 21 editions comparison explains what you get so that you can decide which one to buy and why there is a $40 difference in the price of the editions. The best Madden 21 deals already offer up to $20 off the MVP edition with EA Play and Madden 20 ownership.

If you want to spend $20 to $40 more on Madden 21 you get to play the game three days early, start with a lot of MUT items and upgrades that will give you a head start on the best Madden 21 MUT team and a few other added items.

Here’s how the different Madden 21 editions compare, what you get and what you need to know before you buy one. We’ll also help you figure out which Madden 21 edition you should buy this year.

How the Madden 21 editions compare.

The Madden 21 release date is August 28th for the standard edition. The Deluxe and MVP Madden 21 editions arrive three days earlier on August 25th. The early Madden 21 release date is August 21st for anyone who subscribes to EA Play. Here’s how to play Madden 21 right now. When you join EA Play, you get a collection of Madden 21 items including MUT packs.

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Madden 21 is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. If you buy the Xbox One or PS4 version, you can expect a free upgrade to the Xbox Series X or PS5 later this year. There are some restrictions on how the upgrade works, but it is something most people can easily upgrade to.

You can buy Madden 21 at GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, and digitally on PlayStation and Xbox as well as Origin and Steam.

Madden 21 Comparison

This table shows you the main differences between each of the Madden 21 editions, including early access, the number of fantasy packs, and other bonuses.

Madden 20 Editions Standard Edition Deluxe Edition MVP Edition
Price $59.99 $79.99 $99.99
Digital or Physical Both Both Digital Only
3 Days Early Access to Full Game No Yes Yes
Gold Team Fantasy Packs 5 12 17
Choice of 1 of 32 NFL Team Elite Packs No Yes Yes
Choice of 1 Uniform Pack Yes Yes Yes
1 Large Training Quick Sell Pack No Yes Yes
1 Lamar Jackson Elite Item No No Yes
1 Madden Championship Series Pack No No Yes

You get all the Madden 21 packs at once, so the more you spend upfront, the quicker you can build up a good Madden Ultimate Team collection.

Madden 21 Standard Edition

What is in the Madden 21 standard edition?

The Madden 21 standard edition includes a few pre-order bonuses, so even if you opt for the entry-level version, you get a lot of value when you pre-order this version. The cheapest Madden 21 edition includes the same base game including all modes and new features. If you are planning to play mostly online or exhibition games with friends this is the version you should think about getting. The biggest difference that you may run into if you play with friends is that this version arrives on August 28th, three days after the more expensive options. You still get 5 Gold Team Fantasy Packs and a Uniform Choice for Ultimat eTeam.

There are no discounts yet on physical versions yet, but if you buy this on Origin Access or EA Access on PC and Xbox One, you can save 10% off the purchase price.

If you plan to play Madden 21 casually and you don’t spend much, if any, time in Madden Ultimate Team, you should save the $20 to $40 and go with the standard edition. Playing 3 days early isn’t worth $20. Plus you can still play even earlier with EA Access or Origin Access.

$59.99 at GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, and digitally on PlayStation and Xbox as well as Origin and Steam.

Madden 21 Deluxe Edition

What is in the Madden 21 Deluxe Edition?

Buying the Madden 21 Deluxe Edition is the best option for many players. You get a decent amount of bonus items, you can play early and you can choose if you want to buy it on disc or digitally. You can save 10% if you are an EA Access or Origin Access member.

Here’s what all you get in this version;

  • 3-Day Early Access to Madden NFL 21 (8/25/2020)
  • 12 Madden Ultimate Team Gold Team Fantasy Packs
  • 1 of 32 Players from NFL Team Elite Packs
  • 1 “Your Choice” Uniform Pack

Buying this version means you may not feel the need to spend a bunch of money in the game as soon as you start, but you are essentially paying $20 more upfront instead of through in-app purchases. The Deluxe Edition lets you start with a better team and it will help you blast through some of the early MUT challenges.

If you play MUT, but you don’t want to spend $100 on Madden NFL 21, this is the edition for you. This is also the only special edition that you can buy on a disk.

$79.99 at GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, and digitally on PlayStation and Xbox as well as Origin and Steam.

Madden 21 MVP Edition

What you get with the Madden 21 MVP edition.

The Madden 21 MVP Edition is the top of the line version with a ton of bonus items and it costs $100. The only deal is with Origin Access and EA Access taking 10% off, which is a nice discount, but it’s still a $90 copy of Madden — so keep that in mind.

This edition comes with;

  • 3-Day Early Access to Madden NFL 21 (8/25/2020)
  • Lamar Jackson Elite Item with Power Up
  • 1 Large Quicksell Training Pack
  • 17 Madden Ultimate Team Gold Team Fantasy Packs
  • Madden Championship Series Ultimate Champion Pack
  • 1 of 32 Players from NFL Team Elite Packs
  • 1 “Your Choice” Uniform Pack

If you spend most of your fall playing Madden, this is a great way to get a significant amount of Madden Ultimate Team content. You will be able to easily start with a very good Ultimate Team. This is digital-only, but that simplifies the upgrade to PS5 or Xbox Series X later this year if you are upgrading.

$99.99 at PlayStation, Xbox, Origin, and Steam.

Madden 21 Disk or Digital

When you choose which Madden 21 edition you want to buy, you need to decide if you want to buy Madden 21 digitally or on disk. This year it is more important to keep this option in mind.

If you plan to upgrade to the PS5 or Xbox Series X, you can upgrade your Madden 21 edition to the same version on the new console. You need to stay on the same brand, so Xbox to Xbox and PlayStation to PlayStation, which is to be expected. The other catch is that if you buy the disc-less version of the console you will not be able to upgrade a disc version of Madden 21 to the new console.

When you buy Madden 21 on a disk you can let a friend borrow the game and you can trade it in. Sharing a digital game is harder, but you don’t need to switch discs when you change games, you can pre-load the game so that you don’t need to wait for Madden 21 to install on the release day after you put the disc in.

There is still some value to buying Madden 21 physically, but for many gamers, this is the year to go digital.

Madden 21 vs Madden 20: Exciting New Features

Skill Stick Upgrades

Skill Stick Upgrades

The Madden 21 Skill Stick features allow you to use the right analog stick to link together skill maneuvers in new fluid ways. IN most cases you will be using this when you re running, but this also includes Pass Rush Moves and plenty of defensive features. 

You're likely already familiar with using this to spin, juke, and hurdle, but now you get more control and will be able to link these moves together in more fluid ways so that you can get past your opponent. 

This year, there are dead-leg and slide hurdles that you can combine with the rest and then use the ball-carrier system upgrades to show your opponents that you can really do. 

There are also now pass-rush moves and combos and you will need to vary your moves since repeated attacks will be met with counters by the offensive line. Combine this with diversified playcalling and you will be ready to dominate. 

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