One of the new features in the Madden NFL 20 video game is something called the “Superstar X-Factor.” Certain elite players will have their own abilities that give Madden users that extra sense that they are in control of a superstar.
I’m not much of a gamer these days — I’ve probably exhausted my “ESPN NFL 2K5 is the greatest NFL simulation of all-time” takes — so I’ll let the folks at EA Sports better explain what “Superstar X-Factor” entails.
“At launch, there will be 50 players in Madden 20 who have Superstar X-Factor Zone abilities. These Zone Abilities can be unlocked during gameplay by completing objectives tailored to that player. Find out more about each Zone ability, which players have them, and how to trigger and counter them below. “
Seattle Seahawks superstar quarterback Russell Wilson is one of those 50 players who’s got abilities that most other quarterbacks simply do not.
Wilson gets “Blitz Radar,” “Escape Artist,” “Dashing Deadeye,” and “Agile Extender” on his docket. To get through them in order: Wilson is able to identify extra men on the rush post-snap, can scramble out of danger quickly when behind the line of scrimmage, make great passes outside the pocket, and have a higher chance of avoiding a sack from a blitzing defender compared to other QBs.
Sounds pretty fun!
Now we need to address why the hell EA Sports’ graphics have Wilson looking like this. I have no idea what is going on here, both how he looks facially and why his wrists are mangled.
Twitter has taken note of this debacle, with many likening him to San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Man, EA sure doesn’t even try anymore…is that some CPU generated player trying to cosplay as Russell Wilson? It doesn’t even look like him!! Please, tell us again how EA having exclusive rights to the NFL has made football games better? Best NFL game is still ESPN NFL2K5.
— Rommel (@RommelHotS) June 17, 2019
Other than the number, that looks nothing like Russel Wilson.
— Richie Slack (@Richie_Slack) June 17, 2019
That looks nothing like him lmao that game gets worse every year
— Bucs (@zDisasterpiece) June 17, 2019
Well this proves it, Riz Ahmed is the person to cast in any movie with Russell Wilson.
— Steven DeJong (@StevenDeJong93) June 17, 2019
@TheMMQBL why is Jimmy Garoppolo masquerading as Russell Wilson in Madden?
— Trade Back Szn (@AsxItxLies) June 17, 2019
When did Jimmy Garapholo join the Seahawks???
— Bryan (@BSteve_O1904) June 17, 2019
1) That doesn’t look like Wilson, that looks like Jimmy G
2) We just making guys superheroes now? Can’t imagine how even more broken the gameplay will be https://t.co/LZFY6sxXoj
— Josh Liao (@JoshLiao) June 17, 2019
Thats RuSell Wilson
— ATX C-Hawk (@IBabbleOnAndOn) June 17, 2019
This is the worst Madden rendering I’ve seen of a member of the Seahawks since Pete Carroll turned into a 174-year-old man back in Madden NFL 18.
Anyway, Madden NFL 20 is set for August 2nd, so if you’re itching to buy this game and play as Russimy Wilsoppolo, you’ll be able to play it before the Seahawks even have their first preseason matchup.