The brutality in games nowadays is increasingly squeezed. If with football there were already jokes on the show “Chaves” that the greatest sport on Earth is seen as a fight, in American football does not look very different. While in the United States, “our” football is called Soccer, Football is their traditional football.
Madden NFL 18 certainly comes to prove that everything that is good can improve even more than expected. If last year’s edition of the EA Games game was a huge success, the next season of the title manages to overcome it without much effort. Of course there are some limitations, but nothing so considerable as imagined.
Super Bowl is a kind of ‘Brazilian Championship’ for this type of competition. The name NFL is just that: National Football League (AMERICAN NATIONAL LEAGUE). It is the largest sports event with the largest television audience in the country, watched annually by millions of people in the United States and around the world. It is no wonder that the sport has long won its version for consoles, making this event one of the largest and most expensive television advertisements, where sponsors disburse small fortunes to display their advertisements at halftime. That’s exactly what happens with the Hollywood movie trailers.
Going straight to the point, Madden NFL 18 offers three distinct modes to please fans of the franchise, being: the famous Arcade mode, which makes the game more dynamic with long passes, many yards and tackles. In fact, it is the most common way to play your game. The second is Simulation, for those who want to see in their match the recreation of American football in all elements of their mechanics. Last but not least, there is Competitive, an option for those who like to challenge other players and want to use their style of play to climb the Madden ranking worldwide. You might find there a New England Patriots player (current winner of the competition) playing online and you tear him apart just by knowing the rules perfectly.
In NFL 18, the communication between players and coaches becomes totally fundamental, after all everything is a matter of tactics. There is no way to proceed without a tactic of attack and defense. It’s not just going out punching players that appear in front of you. Unlike most sports games, we are facing a game where 80% is a dead ball and a lot of strategy. It was about 45 minutes to finish a four-quarter match, where – at least for the most part – it was only a strategy to keep going or retreating. Although we assimilate well what is done or not under a lot of yards, here we have several unknowns that, if you are not familiar with the genre, forget, after all there is no way to play NFL without the least understanding of the sport.
In spite of the new movements inserted with impressive results (starting with the passes and receptions), the game leaves something to be desired in terms of understanding. To begin with, there is no tutorial so explanatory like this, because we have the game that is all in English, and it is very difficult to understand the mechanics with specific words and techniques. The difficulty, incidentally, is something that many people are not accustomed to with the series. Therefore, even for English speakers, it will be necessary to search Google a few times for translating commands to play tutorials, to train and start games at a slightly lower level simply because of lack of understanding. It is worth remembering that the Brazilian market is still not big enough to receive these EA games in a translation. It would not be worth all this work if we think about it, after all, even though the sport is great in North America and has been growing exponentially in different parts of the world, it has been developed for a very small niche.
To make things better, we now have a story mode called Longshot, and just as we have Alex Hunter in “FIFA”, we are faced with the story of Devin Wade, a Quarterback who had his high school glory days playing at Mathis Bullfrogs, but who did not excel in college. Devin Wade has his confidence shaken as he loses his father (Cutter Wade) in an accident when younger. Now the player is supported by his friend Colt Cruise and end up attending a local event in which aspiring professional players show their skills to prospective NFL Football League scouts. Wade’s life turns into a riot only when the player is invited to participate in a reality show called Longshot. This program is led by Jack Ford, a sports coach who will test the limits of all players in order to turn them into professional players, meaning we will have Wade being tested by Jack during the narrative.
In terms of gameplay, these quarterbacks have several pass options, no longer being as limited as they used to be. Recipients also have more variations to catch thrown balls. The controls are not as inviting as this and it was difficult to know which button to exchange players. In spite of the regrets, the best manual control of the passes gives new breath to the game. In addition, the statistics of each character make a lot of difference. On the other hand, incomplete throws and reception failures are more realistic in both animations and gameplay. The exchanges are more dynamic, the evolution of the players is also faster, even starting with a weak team, it is possible to evolve well in the first season, remembering that the game requires the least knowledge so you do not take that itch of the opponent, OK?
In NFL 18, players have more choices when it comes to carrying the ball, with even more customized moves, and depending on each player’s ability, size and speed, will make everything even more real to their eyes. There is more effectiveness in shoving and shoving, and your players are faster than ever, even more efficient in dribbling and turning.
As with any American football game, we learned that defenses will make you a winner, after all they line up their players and win championships. As much as I try to give more, in our experience with Madden NFL 18, we saw how a perfect pass can dismantle a well-armed marking, although it is a task so arduous that it sucks to give it to the one who tries. Even if we try to run with the ball, it’s still very complicated.
With each new title of the franchise, it seems more realistic and with an immeasurable fluidity. The game runs at 60 frames per second without hesitation and in addition, the interaction of the fans, the hymns and everything else is all very believable. Graphically, we have the best of the franchise, with fans’ movement in the stands and the incredible details of the stadiums, with the right to messages on the big screens. In fact, the game reminded me of the movie “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises”, where Bane implanted bombs in the underground of the stadium and entire Gotham with intent to leave the police locked down.
Madden NFL 18 manages to be intense and faithfully reproduces good and unfriendly American football. Although it is not the football that we know, it is still a sport spectacle. Violent? Perhaps! Sporty Who knows! Fair play We do not know if there is! All we know is the game is good and worth giving a try.