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Madden NFL 18 Review

December 19th, 2017 by

Madden 001Games such as Madden, Fifa, NBA Live and most other sport based games are looked at with a different type of eyes by fans of the genre. I mean let’s be honest, there are not many genres, or games for that matter, that could charge £50 for a roster update and some new player ratings. Sometimes this is all a new years iteration boils down to; other times something great happens.

Madden this year thankfully falls into the latter category. This years iteration has rewarded its fans with a multitude of new ways to play the game. It takes all that is good from the last three years versions and adds a sprinkling of FIFA’s The Journey with its newest way to play – The Longshot.

The Longshot is Maddens new single player story mode where you are placed into the role of Devin Wade, a quarterback from Texas with a slightly colourful past, as he and his friend Colt try to make it all the way to the bright lights of the NFL. When EA incorporate the guys at Bioware to help develop the story you know the bar has been set high.

The Longshot is fairly short at about five hours long, but features an amazing amount of environments and seamless transitions between game and cut scenes. Most of all it is simply fun to play. Throughout the story you must make bold choices that will affect both you and Colts chances of making it to the big time. Think of it less like a short single player game and more of an extended interactive movie. If your version of Devin actually makes it to the NFL then, much like FIFA, you can use him in your Ultimate Team. However even better news, unlike FIFA, you can also use him in your franchise mode too.

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Ultimate Team has also evolved with the inclusion of MUT Squads. A three on three online mode that allows you to team up with your friends against a multitude of online opponents. MUT Squads effectively brings together the fun of multiplayer and “squad gaming” all within the framework of EA’s Ultimate Team.

No one looked at Madden 17 and watched the blades of grass blow calmly in a breeze and thought aloud “This needs to be more detailed”. This is why EA this year have concentrated on the actual mechanics and making the game more balanced. This sucks if, like me, your go to team are the Miami Dolphins but it does make for more realistic score lines and in turn more lifelike league standings.

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Madden NFL 18 is one of the best versions of the franchise I have ever played. It’s easily accessible to new players and has lots of new tweaks for seasoned pros. A lot of games in the genre just don’t feel right and I often have the gut feeling that you would be better waiting for a price drop or flash sale; Madden is not one of those games. Strap yourself into 2018 and prepare for an awesome experience.

Midlife Gamer Rating: 9.5/10     Format:  Xbox One, PlayStation 4  Release Date: Out Now

Disclosure: Midlife Gamer Staff Writer Simon Stevens reviewed his personal copy of Madden NFL 18. The title was reviewed over the course of 8 days For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.


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