Yes, Madden NFL 18, as well as all those that precedes it, is perhaps unknown to you. You may have heard about it during its presentation at the E3 in 2017. This game of simulation of American football exists on our consoles since 1988 (under the name of John Madden Football, former coach and sports commentator, until 1993) you have read it, you arrive at the 30 years of the license.
Warm up or a big step forward?
Madden NFL 18, if this game does not speak to you say that for our American friends it is the equivalent of our Fifa. A license that comes back every year, with some modifications gameplay level but above all a complete overhaul of the teams present. You could take version 17 and spend a day doing the equivalent of the mercato to finally approach version 18.
However, this year (playing from the Playstation 2 versions), a new mode appears and immerses you even more in the simulation, the “Longshot Mode”.
This will allow you to follow the career of Devin Wade from his first steps in the garden with his father until his rise in NFL through his years of studies.
This mode of play joins a bit those of NBA 2K and Fifa, except that this time, you can only modify your hero.
What if we do not know each other?
Here we touch the node of the problem. American football has, like all sports, its rules and its “strategies”. If in Madden NFL 18 the first goal is still to score more points than the opposing team. The way to do it is more complicated than on other sports titles from EA Sports.
Take as an example FIFA, you choose your training according to your way of playing. In Madden, you will surely (almost 90% of the time) choose the “Ask Madden” which will offer you one training over another.
Small point for beginners, on the start page, you are offered to choose three styles of game: arcade, simulation (to privilege) and competition. And to fine-tune, the choice between four “difficulties”: beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert. This gives you an even more personal game discovery.
You will also find that I use the English terms, second flat for this game. Indeed, this license has never been translated into French. You will have to understand the language of Shakespeare to grasp the nuances, the techniques…. and similarly to appreciate the subtleties of the commentators.
Basically, if you are a novice in the world of American football, you will soon be overwhelmed and miss out on a fun free game. However, if you understand English and you learn the basics via the “practice” you could probably put a few slaps on your opponents online. It is not uncommon to come across players who only follow the instructions of the AI and therefore open themselves allegedly to a player freer of his movements.
Graphically speaking, what does it give?
Here comes one of the major changes of Madden Nfl 18 and our least. Usually, when the trailer of a game comes out, we rarely have gameplay pictures. We are sold dream with cinematic worthy of Hollywood!
What was my amazement when I saw the flashing sunlight of a receiver’s helmet! And even if the referees announce penalties, you can see that the glare in their face is real.
The engine has improved the graphics dramatically and added a tremendous amount of detail. Some colors, however, remain very “flashy”, would this be the opportunity to change television?
As for the movements of the players, well, there are still some stiffnesses on the changes of direction which give the impression of a jerky movement. A major concern is still to be noted, the presence of quite a lot of “glitch”. These do not affect the game (or even not at all), but to see his player after a percussion ending on the other end of the field is quite comical.
The work of Frostbite Engine, which should be acknowledged, puts a famous tanned to Ignite who was responsible for the graphics engine of version 17.
The little extras that make it all.
I’ve never been a fan of Utimate Team modes, whether it’s on Fifa, Madden, or any other games allowing this collectible card system to make “The Top Team”.
I keep in memory of the kids having spent astronomical sums to get the card that they missed them in gold version!
However, this year a big improvement of the mode has arrived: the possibility of playing in 3V3. Well, already you have to have two friends who own Madden NFL 18, who know what they are doing because falling on unknown partners will spoil your pleasure especially by the lack of communication.
At the beginning of the game, you will have to choose a role (Offensive Captain, Defensive Captain, and Head Coach). The team will consist of a mix of the three teams “Madden Ultimate Team”.
Small but unnecessary addition that has the merit of being there: another new Play Now Live mode that will allow you to follow the actual NFL season with challenges in the game to rewrite the story or imagine it before does occur. I confess that I did not understand the interest or the purpose of this mode which is clearly not the one that will be the most played. Except if you are team management and strategy buffs.
Buy or not?
Madden NFL 18 is like his brothers EA Sports (Fifa, NBA, NHL, …) a DLC of the previous year’s game, which itself was also a DLC and so on. We modify the teams, we add a mode for the fans…
People who have played in previous versions will be tempted, or even feel “obligated” to play and will enjoy it for sure.
On the other hand, for those who wish to test it, it is like being in front of an object coming from elsewhere. You need basics in this sport, knowledge in English and especially understand the mechanics of the game.
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