Madden NFL 18 is out now on PS4 and Xbox One, and judging by the spate of new features, EA Sports has been busy in the off season.
The latest entry in the Madden NFL video game series is packing some significant new features, most notably a single-player story mode called Longshot.
Taking a cue from FIFA’s Journey mode, Longshot is a story of redemption in which a promising young quarterback named Devin Wade takes one last crack at superstardom.
EA Sports has also added a new co-operative Ultimate Team called MUT Squads, and given the visuals a bit of a makeover.
Has EA Sports done enough to score a winning touchdown? Check out the Pros and Cons review gallery below…
Madden NFL 18’s biggest and brightest new addition is the Longshot story mode, which is essentially the NFL version of FIFA’s Journey mode.
Proving that virtual sporting stories are here to stay, Longshot adds some much needed character and personality to what can sometimes be a dry and clinical game.
It’s also a handy way of learning the ropes, especially with a game packing as much jargon as this.
Madden NFL 18 also features some of the best match-day presentation in a sports game, not to mention unrivalled character models and animations.
Co-op play adds a new dimension to Ultimate Team, which has been getting a little stale in recent years – and not just in Madden.
Because everything is better when played with friends, MUT Squads is perfect for anybody who’s fallen out of love with Ultimate Team.
Only hardcore fans are likely to notice any significant changes on the field, which isn’t so much of a criticism as an observation.
The Madden NFL series has always been a safe pair of hands, making it harder to radically improve from one year to the next.
Fortunately, EA Sports has managed to introduce lots of new off-field elements that make Madden NFL 18 the best entry yet.
Madden NFL 18 has all the depth of previous years, but new additions like MUT Squads and Longshot make this the perfect package for newbies and veterans alike.