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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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!!!

Madden NFL 18: Gameplay Trailer Breakdown

Finally! EA Sports released some gameplay footage for Madden NFL 18. The one-minute trailer shows some gameplay improvements such as the all-new Target Passing, coaching adjustments and different play styles.

Also, on the EA Sports website, there are articles discussing these new gameplay mechanics. I will briefly discuss them and give my opinion on them.

Target Passing

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This new passing mechanic allows the user to control the destination of the throw to the receiver by leading the receiver or throwing the ball between defenders. I like this idea but I want to see how if works because the description shows difficult to attempt in competitive gameplay.

WR/DB Interactions

With WR/DB mechanics, there will be more coverage situations for the passing game. The mechanics is based on press vs. beat, which the player uses the left and right stick to either press or beat left and right. Here’s a picture of different results:

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I love this being add to the game because in Madden 17, I feel that speed was the only difference between wide receiver and cornerback. Now, that depending on how break out of a press or how you press becomes a factor, it would help the game.

Play Styles

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In Madden NFL 18, there are three different styles to play. There are arcade, simulation, and competitive. Arcade style is fast-paced and more action packed compared to other play styles. Simulation is the closest you will get to real football. It stays true with players’ rating and health and the NFL rules. Competitive style is for tournaments and online players. It based on the player’s skills in the game.