Madden NFL 18 (Review)

Football is back and we all know that means is that Madden is back. Madden NFL 18 is the first installment that have the Frostbite Engine inside the game. Also, this is included “Longshot”, the first story mode in Madden. With all that said, is Madden 18 good? Yes, it is and it’s better than Madden 17.

Positives

  • Presentation is life-like

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Frostbite Engine has improved the graphics in a incredible fashion. From stadiums to field, everything is looking fantastic than ever. B

  • Running game is improved

Last year in Madden 17, elusive running backs were kind of useless because jukes and spins were hard

  • Open-field blocking awareness is better

Finally, open-field blocking is fixed. Now, on runs and screens, wide receivers has better intelligence when blocking instead of running past the defenders to allow the tackle.

  • Longshot story mode is fun

I really enjoy the Longshot story mode. At first, I didn’t know how to feel about because the story doesn’t carry into the NFL. However, this story is really good.

  • Addition of in-game adjustments

 

  • Different game styles

In this year, Madden introduce different game styles: Arcade, Simulation, Competitive. I discussed about this in my article. With my experience, I enjoy all of them. My favorite is competitive because I feel that it rewards you for your user skills.

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Negatives

  • MUT Draft

MUT Draft or “Draft Champions” is still fun. Now with five extra rounds, it’s more enjoyable than ever. However, my complaint is that there is no unranked mode anymore. This is probably not a problem for some people but I don’t like the idea to buy tickets to play MUT Draft. The game mode is still fun and I recommend to try it.

  • Lack of gameplay in “Longshot”

As I like said, I enjoy the “Longshot” story mode but my problem is the lack of gameplay in some scenes. For example, I wish we could have more gameplay in the combine such as participating in the 40 yard-dash and other drills. I do love some of the drills they have. I just wish there were more.

  • Target Passing

I feel that “Target Passing” is a waste of a feature. At first, I was really to try this out. After I tried it, I don’t like it at all. The controls are confusing for to use and it takes too long to execute it. By the time I figure it out where to throw the ball, I get sacked or the defender there to deflect the pass. I feel that they should bring back “QB Vision” instead of this feature. Maybe somebody find a way to use it but I can’t do it.

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  • Minor glitches

Like every video game, Madden 18 have plenty of glitches that are either small or game-breaking. For me, I have my game crashed a couple times. I say that this need to be fix in the next patch.

Conclusion

All in all, Madden NFL 18 is better than Madden 17. EA Sports actually listen to the community and did a good job with this.

Rating: 8.5/10

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NBA Live 18 Demo Impressions: (Can it Compete with NBA 2K18?)

After a year hiatus, NBA Live returns with a demo of NBA Live 18. Now, the big question is: Can it beat NBA 2K18? Despite of not playing NBA 2k18, I would NBA Live cannot beat 2K. However, I can say this is good alternative from NBA 2K. NBA Live team did a good job with this year despite some flaws. But first, let’s talk about the positives.

Positives:

“The One” is better than MyCareer

I will admit, “The One” storyline and gameplay is way better than NBA 2K’s MyCareer. With the storyline being about coming back from ACL injury by playing in street games and the draft combine, I enjoy it. Also, they have the crew from “First Take” discussing about your player which is pretty cool. The customization in the game is greater than 2K’s by having different hairstyles, better face scan, and more clothing options. Last thing I will praise about this mode is the upgrading system. I really love this system in NBA Live because it requires you to play and be good at the game to earn upgrades instead of spending money to get quick upgrades.

Dribble Moves

I know some people are going differ with this but I like the dribble moves in NBA Live 18. At first, I didn’t like at all because I was used to 2K’s dribbling control. Once I got the handle of it, I started to have with it.

Negatives

Inside Shooting needs tuning

For the gameplay, inside game is a major problem in the game. For every great layup animation, there is an atrocious animation. It usually frustrating for the defense side. I seen multiple times where guards would make a contested layup with four guys surrounding him. Unless he’s Michael Jordan, that should not happen regularly. EA Sports needs to tune this before the release date.

Servers

The servers in the demo are pretty inconsistent. In one game, it works really good. On the next few games, it get pretty terrible where I get kicked out. There are plenty of players complaining about this. I found usually because EA always have good servers compared to 2k. This needs to be fix so EA can have an advantage on NBA 2k.

All in all, I think NBA Live 18 is pretty  decent game and I would recommend it to pre order it to get it for $40. If I give a rating, it would be a 6 or 7 out of 10.

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Madden NFL 18: Gameplay Impressions

Finally, we have got gameplay from Madden NFL 18 yesterday. Multiple youtubers who went to EA Studios captured footage of the game and released it. Here’s some footage from iMaveriq, CookieBoy, KayKayEs, and Sport Gamers Online:

Aftrr watching these videos, I can say that the presentation improved a lot. Some player models look good, thw grass is more detailed. However, I was disappointed that there wasn’t huge weather effects such as wear and tear during rain and snow games. Other than that, I can’t really judge the gane until I play it on the 17th but this left me excited to play it.

Madden 18 Gameplay Improvements

Hello, my name is Anthony Payton and here are some gameplay improvements in Madden 18. EA Sports discussed many issues that the community had with Madden 17. Here’s the complete list: https://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/news/2017/fixes

Some of the improvements include off-ball injuries, removing ball hawk mechanic for users, removal of swerving, better fumble recovering, and better curl and flat zones coverage. I was happy to hear to hear these improvements to be on Madden. The ball hawk mechanic being removed will show your skills on user coverage. Removing of swerving is also good because it was a annoying exploit that a lot of players use and it kind of ruined the passing game unless you know how to stop it. The biggest improvement I love is the flat and curl zones. Now, the flat zones should underneath routes more effective. Also, they add the “no cover zone” rule for curl flat zone because last year they usually leave corner routes open. Now, they would cover those routes.

What is your favorite improvement in Madden 18? Comment below!!!