- Every year,
rates the skills of nearly 3,000 professional players based on more than 50 different attributes.
- Just five players have managed to earn a 99 overall rating, the game's highest possible player score. Seven players made the "99 Club" last year.
- The creators of
say they want the game to feel more realistic this year, leading to lower ratings overall and larger skill gaps between players.
- "Madden NFL 20" is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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"Madden" has been the top football video game for more than a decade, and each year, the development team at Electronic Arts rates NFL players based on more than 50 different attributes. The game's highest possible rating is a 99 overall, but only a select few players make it into the coveted "99 Club" each year.
Only four players in "Madden NFL 20" earned a 99 overall rating when it launched on August 1, and three of them were defensive superstars. However, "Madden" updates its ratings every week during the season based on player performance. "Madden NFL 20" cover star Patrick Mahomes managed to reach a 99 overall rating during week 4 after his impressive start to the season.
Last year, seven players reached the 99 Club, but only one of them managed to maintain their max rating for a second year. The creators of "Madden NFL 20" say they want the game to feel more realistic this year, leading to lower ratings overall and larger skill gaps between players.
"Madden NFL 20" is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can also access the game by joining EA's Origin Access Premier subscription service.
These are the top-rated players in "Madden NFL 20":
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback
Mahomes is the reigning NFL MVP and the cover star of "Madden 20." He was rated 97 overall when the game launched on August 1, but his impressive performance during the early weeks of the season boosted his ratings up to the maximum overall score.
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams defensive end
Aaron Donald is the only player to earn a 99 overall rating in both "Madden 19" and "Madden 20." Donald's elite edge-rushing skills also earned him The Associated Press' Defensive Player of the Year Award the past two seasons.
Donald's ratings for strength and power moves are the best for any player in "Madden 20," and he'll be able to employ a variety of special moves as a pass rusher.
Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears outside linebacker
Mack had a monstrous year for the Bears after being traded by the Oakland Raiders one week before the start of the season. The 2016 Defensive Player of the Year excelled as an outside linebacker in the Bear's 3-4 defense; Mack spent most of his time as a defensive end while he was with the Raiders.
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans wide receiver
Hopkins is the only other offensive player to earn a 99 overall rating in "Madden 20," and his stats for catching, jumping, catches in traffic, and spectacular catches are the best in the game. Hopkins was voted first-team All-Pro for the second consecutive season last year and averaged nearly 100 yards per game.
Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker
The Seahawks' legendary "Legion of Boom" defense is no more, but the team can still depend on Wagner to anchor the defense. The middle linebacker has amassed more than 100 tackles in each of his seven seasons with Seattle. Wagner's ratings for tackling, pursuit, and hit power are the best in "Madden 20," and his pass-defense skills are excellent as well.