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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
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: 12 out of 62
  2. Negative: 42 out of 62
  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. Nov 13, 2017
    8
    I'm a first time madden player.
    Pros:
    - graphics are great. - longshot is fun if you don't over analyze - beating your friends online is
    I'm a first time madden player.
    Pros:
    - graphics are great.
    - longshot is fun if you don't over analyze
    - beating your friends online is fun
    - gotta use strategy and planning
    - don't care about MUT

    cons:
    - gameplay physics could be improved (e.g. players running into each other during crossing routes, and fight for interceptions are terrible.)
    - online rage quitters
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  3. Aug 22, 2017
    6
    The graphics are nice and the commentary is good, but other than that, this game is average at best. I understand they moved to the FrostBiteThe graphics are nice and the commentary is good, but other than that, this game is average at best. I understand they moved to the FrostBite engine this year and they added the Long Shot mode (Story Mode) but it's just lacking. I found myself becoming increasingly more frustrated by not actually being able to play. The whole mode is constant cut scenes with a minor amount of actual game play. I am over half way through the mode and have played two games so far. The rest of the time you essentially watch a movie and you have to press the button quickly on quick time events. The worst part of this mode is you don't even actually make it to the NFL. Really EA? You don't even get to the NFL? So disappointing. And then there is CFM. I am a huge Franchise guy and I love taking my team from nothing to the Super Bowl. That is the primary reason I have purchased every Madden every year since Madden 2003. But the only new addition to CFM this year has been a draft board. I like the draft board, but how is it that the Madden community is still pining for features that we had over TEN YEARS AGO???!!! This is ridiculous! My hope is that this year they were unable to make a bunch of changes because they were forced to switch over to the FrostBite engine and they were forced to put in a story mode, so hopefully next year we can see a bunch of the improvements we want to see. Expand
  4. Aug 16, 2018
    0
    Its basically the exact same game as last year yet again. 0 out of 10 until they give me an actual new game. Until then get the hell out ofIts basically the exact same game as last year yet again. 0 out of 10 until they give me an actual new game. Until then get the hell out of here with this crap. "Ground breaking achievements" lmfao what are you people talking about? It's the same exact game!! Expand
  5. Feb 12, 2018
    0
    With all the pay-to-win scandals going on Im surprised this game hasn't gotten punished for it. Its taken away from once engaging modes likeWith all the pay-to-win scandals going on Im surprised this game hasn't gotten punished for it. Its taken away from once engaging modes like cfm and the long gone career mode that is standard in almost all other sports games. The game play hasn't changed for years now, and is completely animation based. Theirs absolutely no skill gap in the game due to literally everything being tied to animation. Unless the skill is exposing the terribly awful AI in the game. The customization is a joke, when compared to games like NBA 2k, which has hundreds of different items for you player to wear, or any other sports game out. And each player actually looking like how they look. While madden is filled with outdated and a small selection of equipment for our players, And big name players in the league having inaccurate equipment and looking nothing like how they look. Overall it is an incredibly lazily made game. The NFL should be ashamed to have this game represent their brand. Expand
  6. Sep 13, 2017
    0
    I created this account to give this game a 0. Game-play wise, nothing really changed from last year. However, they did remove draftI created this account to give this game a 0. Game-play wise, nothing really changed from last year. However, they did remove draft champions being free to play, and made it pay to play through Ultimate team. Note, I only play online. However, every year fans ask for more stuff in franchise mode and every year EA does little to nothing to it and then tries to monetize the game more. The big thing they added this year was a story mode. What a joke. I won't touch that pile of crap game mode for 1 second. Again though, I play online only. That is why draft champions was so fun, and now I cant play it unless I wanna pay an additional like $3-5 for each goddamn game of it. EA is a bloodsucking money hungry machine. Unfortunately every year their sales do well so they continuously keep on the same path of "lets see how we can monetize the game more." I mean FFS its already $60, I'm not putting in any money to Ultimate Team. Screw that, and you remove a good F2P game mode and make it P2P. The only big thing added again, was story mode, no thanks. I wish I didn't pay the $60 every year just for updated rosters, but it keeps me entertained for several weeks throughout the season. At least they didn't screw the actual game-play like they did in madden 25. Jeez that was real garbage too. Expand
  7. Sep 8, 2017
    0
    It would do nothing but bring me joy to go on Twitter one day and see that Rex DICKson either resend or got fired. This game is worth **** andIt would do nothing but bring me joy to go on Twitter one day and see that Rex DICKson either resend or got fired. This game is worth **** and everyone at EA sports should should be ashamed. And then, they have these **** "Game changers" that are suppose to be the "voice" of the community, but the only seem to be streamers looking for pub. Screw them and EA. Rex is getting fat off of my coin and doesn't deserve a dime, he should really consider a career change. He sucks at his job. SAVE YOUR MONEY Expand

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