Madden 18 Review

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Madden 18 Review

Madden 18 is a popular National Football League (NFL) based game published by EA Sports in the year 2017. The game belongs to the part of game series namely Madden NFL. It is a video game featuring unique and comprehensive gameplay starting from high school and college level football then finally taking the players to the NFL. There are both single-player and multiplayer game modes in Madden 18, which provides both individual and team fun experience for the players. It is one of those American football games, which follow a story and keep the players highly engrossed throughout the gameplay. It is also one of the early games, which started to use the Frostbite engine.

Madden 18 Review

Madden 18 Review


The game was published by EA Sports, which is one of the biggest game publishers in the world. The company has issued 29 installments of the game whereas Madden 18 is the 29th installment. The game was developed by EA Tiburon, which is a highly popular game developer company in the world based in Florida, USA. The company was acquired by EA sports in the year 1998 and ever since it has been involved in developing major games of the company. The game can be played on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is also the first game in this series of NFL games, which was not released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is also the first game in this series of NFL games, which PlayStation 3 did not support since Madden NFL 2005. However, it is also the first game, which has been made available on different platforms since the Madden NFL ’94.

The official poster player of the Madden NFL 18 is the patriot quarterback Tom Brady. The appearance of Tom Brady on the poster of official Madden 18 marks the 2nd straight year when a patriot player appeared on the poster. This year, however, there was strong competition between Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. In order to select the player to appear on the official poster of the game, EA Sports did not hold a vote but instead selected the player personally and featured on the poster. The game was initially marketed in a trailer where Tom Brady made an entrance in the Super Bowl LI.

There are around 40 feature songs in the gameplay including some of the most popular soundtracks. Many popular artists such as Waka Flocka Flame, Big Sean, Imagine Dragons, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Stormzy, Kendrick Lamar, Steve Aoki, Killer Mike, Big Boi, and others offered their vocals for these tracks. With the help of EA Trax option, the official score of the Madden NFL 13 can also be played.

In this article, we will discuss and review the gameplay, graphics and user experience of the game and share the reviews made by some of the most popular game review platforms in the world. However, before making a review of the game, we will look into some of the important facts and figures associated:

Facts and Figures Associated with Madden 18 NFL

Below are some of the significant facts and interesting points associated with the game:

  1. The official gameplay of the game is known as Longshot. It is a story based plot which follows the life and struggle of a young player named Devin trying to make it to the National Football League. He is not a rising star but an amateur player trying to make it on the bigger stage. This aspect of the gameplay differentiates Madden 18 NFL from other games in the league.
  2. The Longshot plot was written by Mike Young who is the creative director in the company. The plot has three different acts. The first act of the game is called the regional combine. The 2nd act of the game is called the Longshot TV show and the third act of the game is called Davin’s return.
  3. EA Tiburon, which is a highly popular game developer company in the world based in Florida, USA developed the game. EA Tiburon was acquired by EA sports in the year 1998 and ever since it has been involved in developing major games of the company. It was originally founded in the year 1994.
  4. There are more than 40 songs and soundtracks, which the players can play in the game. Within the game, the original score of Madden NFL 13 can also be played. Many popular artists such as Waka Flocka Flame, Big Sean, Imagine Dragons, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Stormzy, Kendrick Lamar, Steve Aoki, Killer Mike, Big Boi etc.
  5. In order to develop the gameplay, the developers used motion capture on the actors. Some of the actors in the game include JR Lemon who plays the main character Devin, Mahershala Ali who plays the role of Devin’s father. Scott Porter plays the role of the colt. Other characters in the game such as Ross and Julia are played by actors namely Marem Hassler and Ricky Wayne. There are a number of other characters in the game, which are portrayed by different actors making an interesting and well thought out gameplay.
  6. The official poster player of the Madden NFL 18 is the patriot quarterback Tom Brady. The appearance of Tom Brady on the poster of official Madden 18 marks the 2nd straight year when a patriot player appeared on the poster. In order to select the player to appear on the official poster of the game, EA Sports did not hold a vote but instead selected the player personally and featured on the poster.
  7. The game can be played on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is also the first game in this series of NFL games, which was not released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is also the first game in this series of NFL games, which PlayStation 3 did not support since Madden NFL 2005.
  8. The game is listed in the genre of sports.
  9. It is one of the first games to use the Frostbite engine.
  10. The game has both single player and multiplayer controls. This means that the players can play this game individually or as a team. This provides a unique and fun user experience for the players.
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The Gameplay of Madden 18 NFL

Madden 18 is the first game in the series, which uses the frostbite engine. The official gameplay of the game is known as Longshot. The game offers a comprehensive experience to the players starting from high school soccer, then leading the players to the college level football and then taking the players to the league level football. It is a story based plot which follows the life and struggle of a young player named Devin trying to make it to the National Football League. He is not a rising star but an amateur player trying to make it on the bigger stage. This aspect of the gameplay differentiates Madden 18 NFL from other games in the league.

There are a number of different kinds of subtle game-play changes. In Madden 18, a new feature was introduced known as the “game style” feature. This is associated with the level of the difficulty of the game. This feature allows users to have more fun and entertaining experience while playing the game. With the introduction of this feature, there are now three different kinds of gameplay, which the users can select and play. The three different kinds of gameplay in Madden NFL 18 are as follows:

  1. Arcade: This is an easy level gameplay style in the Madden 18 NFL introduced particularly for those players who are more interested in enjoying the low level of difficulty. This gameplay helps the beginners and less experienced players enjoy the game without having to spend too much time trying the master the tricks and techniques of the game.
  2. Simulation: This is a medium level gameplay style in the Madden 18 NFL introduced particularly for those players who like to enjoy the medium level of difficulty. This gameplay helps those players who have spent quite a few months learning the tricks of the game. They can, however, enjoy the game without having to spend too much time trying the master the tricks and techniques of the game.
  3. Authentic NFL: This is the hardest level of gameplay style in the Madden 18 NFL introduced particularly for those players who are highly skilled in the game and learned all the tricks and techniques of the game. The difficulty level of this mode is extreme and AI incredibility skilled techniques have been used in order to make it difficult for the average players to ace it. This gameplay helps hardcore players who have spent quite a lot of time learning the tricks of the game.
  4. There are a number of other subplots and minor game styles in Madden 18 NFL, which can help the players improve their skills and get themselves ready for the final showdown.
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Longshot Plot

The official gameplay of Madden 18 NFL is called Longshot. The Longshot plot was written by Mike Young who is the creative director in the company. The main character of the game is Devin who wants to become a pro-NFL player. However, unlike many other games, Devin is not a rising start but an average player who is trying to make his mark in this field. The story then follows the struggle of Devine in order to reach the NFL main event.

The plot has three different acts. These acts follow different stages of the life of Devine trying to make his mark in the America football players. The first act of the game is called the regional combine. The 2nd  act of the game is called the Longshot TV show and the third act of the game is called Davin’s return. Below is the basic description of these different acts in the gameplay tracking the progress of Devine towards NFL main event:

  1. Regional combine: In this act of the game, Devine with the assistance of Colt is trying to found his feet in the America football game. He is thinking about his relevant success in high school events. After his success in the high school events, he has to face the hardships of the university level America football. Devine was studying at the University of Texas when he had to go through a rough patch in his career. Here, colt motivates Devine in order to try reaching him to his full potential. There are quite a few arguments between Devine and Colt since Devine develops a habit of quitting instead of giving it that entire he can. This habit of quitting frustrates Colt who calls him out for this practice.
  2. Longshot TV: In this act of the game, Devine has quitted after having major disagreements with his coach Colt who has been trying to help him find his feet in the America football game. After his success in the high school events, he had to face some difficult time at the University of Texas. However, at the beginning of the second act, Devine makes a return to the Longshot Studio and reunites with Jack. Here, he apologizes with jack for leaving the longshot studio in the first place. Jack introduces Devine with a friend who then starts to coach him. In this act, a number of different events take place such as Devine visits the Military base in Dubai along with his new coach. He has to play a few challenge games where he has to rise up to his talents.
  3. Devine’s Return: In this act of the game, Devine’s career has started and he has now started to take part in his level American football. Here, there are three different possible endings to the game. Devine’s and Colt have to compete in order to be selected for the league games. The gameplay varies depending on which of the two players are selected for the different rounds of the season. In a popular act, Devine finally manages to reach his full potential and colt congratulates him and apologizes for not believing in him earlier.
Madden 18 Review

Madden 18 Review

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Madden 18 NFL Review by Major Game Critics

Almost all the major game review critics have offered their review of the game. They have scored the game based on different factors out of 100, 10 or 5. Below we have stated the ratings given to the game by these popular game critics:

  1. Metacritic: It is one of the world’s best game aggregator in the world. It scores the games out of a total score of 100. For Madden 18 NFL, it has scored the game 82/100 for both games plays on PlayStation and Xbox One. This score puts the game in the elite family, which have managed to secure above 80 rating from the game critic.
  2. Destructoid: It is one of the world’s top publishers in the world offering reviews for different PlayStation and Xbox games. It has also scored the EA sports 29th installment of the NFL series game. It scores the games out of a total score of 10. For Madden 18 NFL, it has scored the game 7/10. This score puts the game in the elite family, which have managed to secure above 7 or above rating from the game critic.
  3. EGM: It is one of the world’s top publishers in the world offering reviews for different PlayStation and Xbox games. It has also scored the EA sports 29th installment of the NFL series game. It scores the games out of a total score of 10. For Madden 18 NFL, it has scored the game 7/10. This score puts the game in the elite family, which have managed to secure above 7 or above rating from the game critic.
  4. Game Informer: Game Informer is a publisher offering reviews for different PlayStation and Xbox games. It scores the games out of a total score of 10. For Madden 18 NFL, it has scored the game 8.25/10.
  5. Game Revolution: Game Revolution has scored EA sports NFL series games. It scores the games out of a total score of 5 stars. For Madden 18 NFL, it has scored the game 3 stars.
  6. GameSpot: It has also scored the NFL series game. It scores the games out of a total score of 10. For Madden 18 NFL, it has scored the game 9/10. This score puts the game in the elite family, which have managed to secure 9 or above rating from the game critic.
  7. GamesRadar +: It has scored EA sports NFL series games. It scores the games out of a total score of 5 stars. For Madden 18 NFL, it has scored the game 3.4 stars.
  8. IGN: It scores the games out of a total score of 10. For Madden 18 NFL, it has scored the game 8.6/10. This score puts the game in the elite family, which have managed to secure 8 or above rating from the game critic.
  9. Polygon: It scores the games out of a total score of 10. For Madden 18 NFL, it has scored the game 8/10. This score puts the game in the elite family, which have managed to secure 8 or above rating from the game critic.