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  • Summary: Madden NFL 18 takes a significant visual leap with the power of the Frostbite engine. See stunning new stadium exteriors surrounded by vast cityscapes and watch the spectacle of NFL gameday come to life in the most photorealistic game to date. Play each matchup to your specifications byMadden NFL 18 takes a significant visual leap with the power of the Frostbite engine. See stunning new stadium exteriors surrounded by vast cityscapes and watch the spectacle of NFL gameday come to life in the most photorealistic game to date. Play each matchup to your specifications by selecting from three new Play Styles or play the best real world match ups each week in Play Now Live! With the introduction of even more ways to play, coupled with your modes, Madden Ultimate Team and Franchise, this is Madden like you've never seen before. Expand
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E3 2017: Madden NFL 18 - Longshot Official Trailer
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Aug 16, 2017
    90
    Madden NFL 18 may be the biggest leap forward in the franchise since going to 3D in 1999. The tightest and crispest Madden to date, it looks and performs stunningly, all while adding tons of little things to correctly represent the game of football.
  2. Aug 18, 2017
    90
    EA Tiburon continues to find new ways to improve their Madden series and so far, at least in the last few years, they’re doing a good job of bringing worthwhile experiences to gamers.
  3. Sep 12, 2017
    90
    Madden 18 is the best installment of the series in the last years. Very solid and with stunning graphics thanks to the Frostbite engine. Great both for the veterans of the genre and for the newcomers.
  4. Sep 7, 2017
    83
    So, is it worth buying two years in a row? The answer is probably a bit of a cop-out. No, it’s not. But, this is only because annually released sports sims never are. But – and this is a big “but” – Longshot is different, and it’s an experience worth having. MUT has never been more engaging, while online is packed with modes and runs great. Madden has never been friendlier to new players, and, who knows? Like me, you might learn something new about football.
  5. 80
    If you are holding out hope for wholesale changes and improvements, I think that is probably a little unrealistic based on the annual release cycle and you will come away disappointed. Personally I look forward to the fresh roster updates, appreciate subtle tweaks to a series that I have been playing yearly for more than twenty years and thoroughly enjoyed the two major modes additions.
  6. Sep 6, 2017
    75
    Another year, another Madden. Unfortunately no big changes in gameplay, but Longshot is a fun addition to the game. The Frostbite Engine looks nice, but is still kind of buggy. Overall EA gets a pass with a decent Football game.
  7. Aug 18, 2017
    60
    As far as adding anything new and of value, Madden NFL 18 is mostly devoid, and for that reason it’s also difficult to recommend when you have just a one-year-old predecessor that will offer the same core experience for half the money.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 57
  2. Negative: 38 out of 57
  1. Aug 24, 2017
    10
    This years Madden has some pretty groundbreaking change. Considering previous titles and features, this is one of the more packed feature setsThis years Madden has some pretty groundbreaking change. Considering previous titles and features, this is one of the more packed feature sets in probably a decade. MUT squads, Longshot, and Play Now Live, all together with a new engine make this the most desirable Madden in years. Definitely worth acquiring. Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2017
    8
    Madden NFL 18 Longshot
    Making me care for something I otherwise wouldn’t
    Madden 18 calls itself the madden for everyone... and after hearing
    Madden NFL 18 Longshot
    Making me care for something I otherwise wouldn’t
    Madden 18 calls itself the madden for everyone... and after hearing such great things about its story mode I put this statement to the test... and I wasn’t disappointed…
    Longshot is essentially a 4 hour interactive movie where you play as Devin Wade, a former Texas Longhorn Quarterback who walks away from football after his father dies and comes back for redemption... as he sets out to get drafted by the nfl…
    And some execs come knocking to give you the opportunity of a life time to join their reality show longshot to get you out into the public eye, get coached by a legend and increase your shot of getting drafted
    I personally have no interest in football period… but I loved practically every moment of this campaign
    There is a dash of gameplay here but for the most part youll be making dialog choices improving or decreasing your standings in the eyes of nfl scouts.. As anything you do or say can perceive how the public sees you…
    though your choices in the game are a bit of an illusion... your standings are effected… but the game still sets out to tell you its story with minor tweaks based off of what you choose, wit h3 alternate endings based on these choices and your in game performance…
    These are the parts, surpsise.. I didn’t like that much…
    There are multiple choices questions and quick time events to boost your performance and iq score…
    which I didn’t mind too much, but every once in a while you’re thrown into a game to come back from an upset, or sometimes just throw down on the field with different rules tied to runs, passes, and downs…
    thankfully the game does a great job at helping football noobs like myself understand what to do, spoon feeding your scenarios before you have to actually play a little bit…
    and how you do in these moments effect your chances of getting drafted..
    These moments are enjoyable and a nice break from the story...
    But they aren’t deep and I can understand madden fans being disappointed with the story…
    But as a game for everyone as it claims... I was completely fine with how little playing you actually end up doing here…
    I sorta started to get the feel of being a star quarterback…
    but the system even with its arcade feel never quite clicked with me…
    I had a hard time throwing the ball to the right person without that person then just dropping…
    and playing defense I was just awful locking myself in defense stances... I still managed to get through these sections and get lucky a few times to come out on top boosting my scores...
    The story here though, the characters, the writing, the comedic moments, the ups the downs, its all great..
    Its compelling from start to finish
    everyone has a bit of charm to them, from your best friend, to the slimy producer
    I enjoyed the entire supporting cast...
    This really was a great experience…
    Is Madden 18 worth picking up just for this touching story mode though?
    I believe so.
    And luckily for you if you’re a fan of storytelling but not so much football... sports games end up in the bargin bin way quick... so if oyu see a sale snatch it up..
    But hopefully EA wises up and releases this as a standalone
    I give Madden NFL 18’s Longshot
    an 8.5/10
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  3. Aug 23, 2017
    5
    I've played NCAA or Madden just about every year since Madden '01. I've seen many of the changes and retracting those changes and thenI've played NCAA or Madden just about every year since Madden '01. I've seen many of the changes and retracting those changes and then implementing the old as new again. So is Madden. This is one of the worst Maddens in recent years for Franchise mode. Please keep in mind I only play franchise mode offline, so my review is tailored to that. PS4 Pro is my console.

    -The new Frostbyte engine sucks. To, me I can really only tell a difference in the lighting, not much else. In exchange for that, we get MAJOR performance issues, and again this is on the PS4 Pro. The game will randomly freeze for a few seconds during a play, which is game-breaking to me. Needs hotifixing immediately. This happens fairly often and is very frustrating.

    -The Frostbyte engine may also be responsible for funky animations this year. I'm encountering more scenarios this year where what happened on the field does not match what happened under the hood.

    -Not much new in Franchise mode this year. Some minor things like auto-scouting college prospects and regression have been added back. Owner mode is in dire need of an update. For example, the Bears have a trainer whose regression trait is "bad". Why wouldn't I fire him immediately like in the real NFL? Why are there no coaches other than head coach? Why is the owner mode the same as it has been for 15 years, whereas NBA 2k owner mode is much more robust?

    -Even more commentary said out of context than last year. I'm not sure if the move to the new engine caused this or what. Not very much new commentary either.

    -No notification in game who was injured. Commentators oblivious to this. Injury notifaction has been in past Maddens, not sure why it's not it's not implemented in this year's version.

    -Halftime show/post game wrap up is still poor compared to 2K sports games and real NFL broadcasts.

    -Legacy bugs were not fixed, like your depth chart rearranging from the the splash screen still does not stick.

    -Run game is undertuned on the inside and off tackle. Over-tuned run plays on the outside for some plays, broken on others (again). I don't know if this is because the game expects you to use more play maker moves and less follow your blocks or what, but it doesn't feel good unless I use only "cheese" runs with base slider settings.

    The good:

    -Kicking/Punting has been made harder this year. If you go outside the limits of the meter, expect an auto-shank at 50+ yards, a needed change.

    -Pass interference is called at a more realistic rate, while holding and illegal block in the back calls are slightly less frequent.

    -Away from the ball injuries are now actually possible in game and do happen, just like standard injuries.

    -QB accuracy has been reduced on the medium-low end. I was playing as the Bears rookie QB and 1/4 passes were just complete ducks that were uncatchable balls, some lead to interceptions. More RNG interceptions are not fun, especially since you have limited control over it. Granted, the animations are quite over-exaggerated so it makes your QB look like a wild-armed pitcher sometimes.

    -Still a solid game of football and the only NFL one out there.
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  4. Apr 21, 2018
    1
    They need longer to work on these games. EA cant handle licensing other peoples product. The game is the end product of a company who has aThey need longer to work on these games. EA cant handle licensing other peoples product. The game is the end product of a company who has a monopoly on sports games and leaves us with disappointment. Unfortumately this is the only choice you have. Please let somebody else make a football game! Expand
  5. Jul 7, 2018
    0
    How do you give a -10000000000000000000000000000000000000000/10 rating. Gameplay is the worst in football game history, season mode isHow do you give a -10000000000000000000000000000000000000000/10 rating. Gameplay is the worst in football game history, season mode is atrocious I actually saw the browns go 7-9 IN THERE FIRST SEASON!!!! Often insanely glitchy QBs won't move or it shows just grass 90% of the time and that does not include the 1000s of glitches online! I'm not buying madden 19. Edit: I just played atari 2600 football even worse than this game Expand
  6. Feb 3, 2018
    0
    Madden nfl 18 has a lot of problems with server connections causing me to forfeit drives and head to head games it's so screwed up I may notMadden nfl 18 has a lot of problems with server connections causing me to forfeit drives and head to head games it's so screwed up I may not play anymore. One thing for sure I will not pay to play unless you fix the issues with the game Expand
  7. Feb 10, 2018
    0
    Like some others here, Madden 2018 on PS4 inspired me to create an account on Metacritic. Because this game. IS. SO. AWFUL. The computerLike some others here, Madden 2018 on PS4 inspired me to create an account on Metacritic. Because this game. IS. SO. AWFUL. The computer AI is total garbage, and cuts corners in an attempt to "make it a game". So you know how your defense is pitching a shutout with 3 INT against a garbage quarterback? I hope you didn't put too much effort into that, because now they're going to give up 25+ yard plays, miss tackles, blow coverages, and do everything they can to get the other team "back into the game." For example, I was playing the Chiefs and they started Mahomes. I was up 42-10 with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Final score: 42-30. This is not a typo. On one play my CB strafed, then literally didn't do anything else and stopped moving. This was man coverage. Guy stopped moving entirely. Nice "simulation realism", EA.

    On a side note, this is the only video game I have ever physically destroyed, so there's that distinction.
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