Madden 24 is pay-to-win, even if you spend $500 on your team

TimTheTatman tests Madden 24's pay-to-win mechanics with a $500 investment, but falls short in Ultimate Team.

Madden 24 is pay-to-win, even if you spend $500 on your team
Published by José @ PC Game Spotlight 9 months ago


TimTheTatman tests Madden 24's pay-to-win mechanics

Though the outcome is not what we wanted to see, it is what we expected. After dropping $500 on a team in Ultimate Team, I expected to secure victory more often than not. Instead, I experienced a beatdown in one of the most expensive games in the world.

I wanted to find out if Madden 24 is pay-to-win. With a team worth more than most people’s cars, surely I would dominate in Ultimate Team. Unfortunately, the limitations of my expensive squad became painfully clear in one of the most expensive games in the world.

What I learned from my experiment with Madden 24’s pay-to-win mechanics is that even the best players can fall short in the game if they don’t invest. If you don’t spend money in Ultimate Team, you can still win, but never with the same consistency as those that have spent money on players.

After jumping into Ultimate Team following the Madden 24 release date, I immediately began to invest in my team. I started by purchasing the best players I could find and slowly built my team into a powerhouse.

After spending $500, I was ready to put my money to the test. Unfortunately, the outcome was not what I had expected. Here is my team in Madden 24:

And here is what it looks like when you get crushed in Ultimate Team:

Unfortunate, right? While I knew I would not be able to dominate with my team, I expected to win more often than not. Instead, I was reminded of Madden 24’s pay-to-win mechanics in a very expensive way.

I still believe it is possible to win without spending money, but it requires a lot of grinding. I could not spend hours in the game each day and still maintain a busy schedule. If I had taken a week off work and devoted my time to playing, I might have come out ahead.

This is what I learned from my experiment with Madden 24’s pay-to-win mechanics:

Do you think that Madden 24 is pay-to-win?

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