As the NFL regular season kicks off this week, Madden NFL is pulling out its finest equipment to get back on the road. With a Tom Brady as well as a scripted campaign packed in a GOAT (Greatest of All Time Edition), does Madden NFL have the way to stand out as the best of all time?
If you are interested in EA Sports, you will no doubt have noticed that NBA Live and Madden NFL are embarking, this year, the FIFA step with their own scripted mode. Named Longshot, this one places us in the skin of Devin Wade, a young talented quarterback wanting to integrate one of the 32 teams of NFL. While we thought we would follow the classic course of a pretender to a position in the major American league, Longshot takes us against and proposes a scenario that we were far from imagining at first glance.
It is hoped that you will not see yourself pass the various events of the Scouting Combine, Draft, camps and pre-season games before playing at least one NFL season. In Longshot, dramaturgy counts more than sport. Whether in form or in substance. Indeed, the adventures of Devin will not follow a quiet way and the main thing of the plot will take the form of a reality show called “Longshot” (not crazy the types) supposed to allow the emergence of a future NFL player who has not passed the Combine selection tests.
As much to warn you right away, the segment dealing purely with reality TV is painful to follow. Between the deliberately unbearable characters and the treatment reserved for our hero, one can not say that one follows the classic path of the American Golden Boy. Fortunately, this adventure is rich in references of all kinds, in particular to the award-winning series Friday Night Lights. It’s Scott Porter (Jason Street in the series) who will take on the role of your best friend. Kyle Chandler was missing so that the winks do not turn into a declaration of love but it will not be for this time.
From a technical point of view, Longshot is actually disappointing. Even in hindsight, it is hard to see how pre-computed cinematography can be less successful than game sequences. If Devin Wade is very faithfully restored, his friend Colt Cruise is already a little less so, and even not worth talking about the other characters come with a few years of delay.
To finish with the chapter Longshot, it seems essential to talk about its contents hand in hand. First, you have to know that during the four big hours needed to see the end of the scenario, we do not play a single full game. We can play certain phases of the game by controlling only the quarterback. We will also have the right to 7-on-7 games rather refreshing as well as a few exercises of cover reading, launch timing or even precision. These can take a form that is confusing when you are familiar with the classical confrontations offered by the game. Chain some contextual actions before selecting the place where the ball must fall, or even stranger, to control the ball’s trajectory once that this one is in the air clearly is not part of the habits of the players of Madden.
After all, why not, a scenario such as Longshot, or The Journey for FIFA, is an opportunity to attempt different phases of gameplay while trying to attract a new audience. It is precisely on this last point that the mode must imperatively review its copy next year because, at the moment, some questions asked require a very good knowledge of American football (for example guess the name of the formation of the the attack based on a photo taken in match) or to retain the combinations and sequences of games called by the offensive coordinators. All this has discouraged the neophytes. If American football clearly deserves to be open to an uninitiated public or rejected by too many rules, the scenario proposed by this Madden is absolutely adapted to this type of audience.
When focusing on the rest of the game, the face-to-face, the Madden Ultimate Team, the MUT Draft or the franchise mode, EA Tiburon teams really found the right recipe last year, have renewed this year to deliver a Madden NFL 18 of excellent quality with a few details. The first of these concerns the basic camera that happens to be very close, in the back of the players. So that when it comes to kicking, it is not uncommon to get caught by a defender who has come to shoot us from one side and that we will not have seen coming.
Since it is necessary to quibble to scratch a few defects, we can also say that the number of interceptions returned Touchdown, the famous Pick-6, are far more present than usual for or against us. In itself, this is nothing dramatic that adds spice and spectacle. We will just have to pay attention to the cover readings as a ball thrown on a cornerback will end up very often in our end-zone.
Speaking of spectacular action, how not to emphasize the return of Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch, in the strength of the Raiders. The player he missed last year to sublimate the Madden NFL 17 racing game. It is now done for this year and as far as the highlight machine has not gone and we will surprise a few times watch slow motion actions with the power to lift crowds.
Graphically speaking, this Madden 2018 version does not really contrast with its predecessor and remains solid overall. The only downside is the lawns which look pretty dirty. It just feels like playing an old synthetic from the 80/90 years that has not been maintained for a long time or then on a lawn that has never been watered. We played well in Los Angeles, Green Bay or Boston, the climate is not for nothing. The lawns are just ugly. Nevertheless, the paintings in the colors of the teams on the gridiron, leave nice effects on the equipment of the players after the contacts a little too pronounced with the ground. Madden 18 Coins PS4/ Xbox One in store now, you guys can click www.madden-store.com for it.