This year’s edition of Madden takes success from the competition, and implements it on the gridiron.
One of Electronic Arts biggest namesakes is the Madden series. It’s a staple I’ve gotten nearly every year since Madden 2000. You can see me lose a last second battle here in last year’s version, Madden 17.
I bought a lot of sports games last year. Madden. NHL. NBA 2k. WWE 2k. I went all-in. In the end, I spent a lot of time playing NBA 2k and the career mode. So when the “Longshot” mode was announced, I instantly thought: “this is a lot like the NBA 2k career mode.” Upon further review, I truly believe Madden just upped it’s attractiveness to not only avid Madden gamers, but to the casual fan who wanted something deeper.
This is truly exciting. Madden hasn’t really had a mode like this before. Yes, in years past, you could go from the NCAA game with your college athlete, and then take him to the pros in Madden. That was it though. You were not building from a story. Now, there’s feeling and meaning, just like there was in NBA 2k with “Orange Juice.” As EA Sports describes this:
“Longshot is Madden NFL’s first-ever cinematic and playable story mode where your decisions lead forgotten prospect, Devin Wade on the pursuit to hear his name called on NFL Draft day.”
You go from high school to draft day. The days of simply making a football player and getting drafted are over! The fact they’re utilizing a story into the development of your character adds so much more, in my opinion. Add that on to improved graphics, new gameplay features, and an already classic game that a lot of people already look forward to every year, and you’ve got a potentially solid football game for 2017-18.
This year, EA is offering the G.O.A.T. Edition, also featuring Tom Brady. It’ll cost you an extra 20 bucks, but with it you get:
- 1 Elite player from your favorite NFL team
- 12 Squad Packs
- 2500 contracts in Ultimate Team
- One uniform pack in Ultimate Team
Madden 18 comes out on August 25th. If you pre-order through Amazon Prime, you can get the game on release date through the digital code download. However, if you pre-order the G.O.A.T version pictured above, you get the game 3 days early. If you have EA Access, you get discounts and the game early. What a time to be alive, right?
Brunner 1.0 is the reigning loser of Geek Play: Madden and is hoping to get retribution this year.
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