The newest 'Madden' title is out now and with it comes a slew of brand-new features that many are claiming make it the best 'Madden' yet.
Though many opinions differed on the selection of Tom Brady for the cover, a resounding number of positive reviews see the gameplay features as an overall success for the latest Madden NFL 18. The updates to several aspects of the in-game mechanics make for a much smoother and precise experience. For example, the new "Target Passing" allows for more precise throws to specific targets and locations, replacing the previous method with a much broader range. In addition, the coaching AI can be adjusted to tailor its selection to the player's specific style, and interactions between the wide receiver and the defensive back have a much larger impact.
EA Sports also added a new feature to the series' popular "Ultimate Team" mode called "MUT Squads." This allows for online 3v3 play that create a team composed of an offensive captain, defensive captain and a head coach. The teams can be formed randomly or selected prior to a match, but near-perfect coordination is necessary for a group to come out victorious in the end.
For the main match-up experience, three new play-styles have been introduced that allow a player to cater a game according to one's preferences in that moment. The first option is called "Arcade" and features high-scoring, fast-paced action that is heavily reliant on making big plays.
The second, "Simulation," is considered to be the most authentic in terms of recreating the true "NFL experience." This mode, much like in the actual sport, has randomness play a much higher role than the other two and practically anything can happen, even given the in-game athletes' ability scores. The last mode is called "Competitive" and is exactly what the name suggests. This option is made for the most hardcore gamers and is based almost solely on a player's individual abilities and knowledge of the game and its mechanics.
Perhaps the biggest change to the game, however, comes with the revamp of the title's story mode called "Longshot." Instead of creating a custom character with a vague backstory, you now play as a man named Devin Wade, a high school football star turned college dropout now seeking another chance at the NFL. The story is brought to life by a star-powered cast including the Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, who takes on the role of Wade's father in the game. In addition to a focus on character development and storytelling, the game features more detailed graphics powered by the new Frostbite engine.
Overall, the game manages to create a fresh experience in the series with the inclusion of new features and updates. "Longshot" has been referred to as a "playable and interactive movie" that adds a new perspective to the latest Madden installment. The game can now be purchased for both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
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