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  • Summary: Gameplay in Madden NFL 19 was developed with two primary objectives: 1. Player Control across the field; 2.Immersive NFL Experience from start to finish. To achieve these objectives, EA's goal is to deliver the most significant animation upgrade in Madden history. Madden NFL 19 introduces aGameplay in Madden NFL 19 was developed with two primary objectives: 1. Player Control across the field; 2.Immersive NFL Experience from start to finish. To achieve these objectives, EA's goal is to deliver the most significant animation upgrade in Madden history. Madden NFL 19 introduces a package of features known as Real Player Motion – featuring authentic player movement, more player control and responsiveness, and player signature behaviors that will immerse players into the NFL each and every game. [Electronic Arts]
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Madden NFL 19 - Official Reveal Trailer | E3 2018
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Aug 14, 2018
    90
    An incredibly complete package and is among the best sport sims you can play currently.
  2. Aug 1, 2018
    90
    A stunning return to form for the annual football franchise – and one of the finest all-round Madden packages in years.
  3. Aug 8, 2018
    85
    This year’s mastery of the Frostbite engine offers an impressive visual experience with players represented close to reality. Visually and audibly its a success. At the same time, improvements in important game modes, Franchise and Ultimate Team, guarantee weeks of fun that will be driven by the start of the regular season and endless interaction with the community. Madden NFL 19 is a satisfying experience, one of the best entries in years. But is it like winning a game with a Hail Mary pass? Not yet, but it's close to happening.
  4. Aug 5, 2018
    80
    You’re right to be sceptical of EA Sports’ buzzwords by now, but Madden NFL 19’s headline Real Player Motion really does result in a more fluid game of football. The presentation may be familiar, but the game feels great on the field, and that consequently enhances all of its headline modes. Longshot: Homecoming may be short, but Tiburon’s teen drama is well-presented and well written, while Franchise mode includes some oft-requested features, like draft classes. Ultimate Team, meanwhile, continues to be a grind – but it’s an addictive one that’s made all the more compulsive by the roster of gameplay improvements made elsewhere.
  5. 80
    While the new foundational changes are awesome and it’s more fun than ever to play Madden, it almost feels like it isn’t enough in comparison. It especially stings that the Longshot sequel feels so unsure of itself, despite its high production values. It’s easy enough to recommend Madden 19 to sports fans, but if I’m trying to get someone new started, it feels like last year’s game is required reading to get the most out of this year’s entry.
  6. Aug 20, 2018
    75
    Another step forward, even if it isn't exactly a big one. Real Player Motion and a couple of other subtle improvements ultimately outweigh the dragging Longshot mode and some strange happenings on and off the pitch.
  7. Aug 20, 2018
    60
    The attention paid to solo players in MUT and some Franchise improvements are certainly noticeable and deserve credit. However, when the game is littered with a multitude of glitches, a weak story mode and no other big notable changes, it makes Madden’s price tag more difficult to justify.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 118
  1. Aug 8, 2018
    10
    I’m absolutely in love with this game. Haters are already hating, but that always happens. The addition of the following positions with theirI’m absolutely in love with this game. Haters are already hating, but that always happens. The addition of the following positions with their own unique ratings has really improved the experience: power halfback, slot wide receiver, rush left end, rush right end, rush defensive tackle, sub package linebacker and one or two others that I can’t think of at the moment. The graphics and player animations are completely overhauled. Strategy is upgraded. If you like football, and you aren’t a negative Nancy, buy this game. Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2018
    5
    It's really about what you'd expect from a Madden game. There's nothing really new or revolutionary about it, and it delivers the expectedIt's really about what you'd expect from a Madden game. There's nothing really new or revolutionary about it, and it delivers the expected experience. I'm personally not a fan of Madden Ultimate Teams, and the story was rather painful to slog through, but franchise mode and exhibition mode have always been the bread and butter of the Madden franchise, and they continue to deliver the mindless entertainment of Maddens past. Expand
  3. Aug 25, 2018
    2
    I'll state this right off the bat: I'm someone who essentially only plays franchise mode. Just not into MUT like a lot of people are nowadays.I'll state this right off the bat: I'm someone who essentially only plays franchise mode. Just not into MUT like a lot of people are nowadays. I understand why EA would cater to their most popular mode that just so happens to rake in the $$$. But as a longtime fan of Madden? I'm offended EA continues to consistently give us a completely stale Franchise Mode. It's the same, and it's lazy.

    The rest of this review is going to be me simply ranting about a few specific things I don't like about the game.

    Team Re-Branding:
    How many years in a row have the options for team re-branding stayed exactly the same? Just embarrassing at this point. Re-branding and design is an area that NBA 2K absolutely blows Madden out of the park in. Which is yet another sad reminder of the type of game we'd have if 2K could still make NFL games...but I digress.

    Fantasy Drafting:
    Something I always love doing in Madden is starting up franchise mode, making myself the owner/coach of every team, and doing a huge fantasy draft where I make the picks for every team. In past versions, there was a ticker on the left hand side of the screen showing which picks have already been made and which teams were coming up. This year, it's gone! It makes no sense to me why they would take that away. This may sound like a pointless complaint, but that's the sort of weird crap I do with this Madden every year, and having that taken away is a big deal to me.

    Customized Draft Classes:
    Draft classes you can upload to franchise mode? That's awesome. I love that. That's one thing I can easily applaud them for. But it might be the only thing.

    Soundtrack is Generic and Terrible:
    Does anyone remember a time when the Madden soundtrack was actually legit? Feels like it's been getting progressively worse since the early 2000s. I remember how exciting it used to be hearing a new Madden soundtrack for the first time and getting all of those sweet jams stuck in my head. Heck, even to this day almost 15 years later I still have Yellowcard's "Way Away" playing in my head on loop... all thanks to Madden 2004. But Madden 19? I simply have no words for this abomination of a "soundtrack." It's a generic disgrace. I can only assume they're going this route now in order to save money on song royalties. That's so incredibly weak on their part.

    Thoughts on Actual Gameplay:
    I know they've improved a few things here and there...but I promise you that I literally couldn't tell a single difference in gameplay between 18 and 19. I'll admit that I don't have the keenest memory of what 18 was like (it's been awhile) and that I also didn't play 19 for very long. Would I have noticed some differences if I had played a lot longer? Probably. But if I didn't notice anything different within the first 5 or so minutes of playing both defense and offense? That's all the time I needed in order to realize it's simply not worth the 60 bucks.

    I'm glad I played it safe by renting it at Red Box first before opening up the copy I had just received from Amazon. Now I can return it with peace of mind knowing I only wasted a few bucks instead of 50. I wholeheartedly recommend renting first to anyone else who purchases annual sports games. I can't believe this is the first time I every thought to do that...but I'm sure glad I did.
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  4. Oct 2, 2018
    0
    I KNEW IT I KNEW IT!!! HOW DOES THIS GARBAGE HAVE "realistic animations" DEANDRE HOPKINS WHO IS BY FAR THE BEST PLAYMAKER IN THE LEAGUE HAS AI KNEW IT I KNEW IT!!! HOW DOES THIS GARBAGE HAVE "realistic animations" DEANDRE HOPKINS WHO IS BY FAR THE BEST PLAYMAKER IN THE LEAGUE HAS A -1000 IQ AND LETS THE BALL BOUNCE OFF HIS HELMET!!! AND PEOPLE MAKE 10000000 YARD PASSES WITH 10 PEOPLE ON HIM!! AND IF I WAS A NEGITIVE NANCY WELL I FOUND A PLUS IN NBA 2K18 ITS ANIMATION IT WAS SMOOTH AND OUTSTANDING BUT BACK TO TOPIC. IT IS LACKLUSTER IN EVERY SINGLE WAY YOU SEE IN THIS UNENJOYABLE WORTHLESS TRASH THAT THEY SHOULD BE PAYING YOU 100,000,000,000 DOLLARS FOR PLAYING IT MUT IS NOW IDIOTIC I SPEND 80$ OF MY OWN MONEY AND I HAVE TO PLAY FOR A LIMITED TIME 80$!! JUST LET ME KEEP PLAYING I BOUGHT THE GAME WITH A 20$ ADD ON! AND THE DRAFT CLASS MODE BARELY EVEN WORKS!!! I DON'T KNOW HOW EA KEEPS DOING IT BUT THEY MAKE THE WORST GAME OF ALL TIME WORSE!! NBA 2K18 LOOKS LIKE A WONDERFUL MASTERPIECE WITH THE GREATEST MYCAREER OF ALL TIME WITH AMAZING GAMEPLAY AND THAT GAMEPLAY OF 2K18 WAS HORRIBLE!!! YOU CAN RUN COVER 6 WITH DOING A AUDIBLE ON THE LBS AND D-LINE AND THEY WILL GAIN A 30 YARD PLAY DEFENSE IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLAY!!! FRANCHISE MODE "immerses" ME BY SHOWING THE SAME 3 ANIMATIONS OF MY COACH FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE!!! THIS GAME IS BROKEN AND IT DESERVES A NEGITIVE RATING!!!!! Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2018
    0
    The moves are better when running the ball. Still, on screens the lineman do not block and simply run right past defenders and the QB releaseThe moves are better when running the ball. Still, on screens the lineman do not block and simply run right past defenders and the QB release time is so slow its insane. The QB throws the ball horribly on the 10 yard hitch, if you dont throw it perfetly, the ball flies way over instead of underneath. To be honest madden 19 isnt very great and im a huge fan but it makes me not even wanna play because its still **** up. Expand
  6. Aug 7, 2018
    0
    Madden NFL 19 is great game ever i playing.. Real Player motion feel so smooth and fluid.. defense playing pretty very well.. graphic lookMadden NFL 19 is great game ever i playing.. Real Player motion feel so smooth and fluid.. defense playing pretty very well.. graphic look amazing on player model and helmets and field grass.. Franchise Mode is very good with Players Archetypes with skill points, new depth positions and schemes fit.. Expand
  7. Mar 11, 2019
    0
    All they care about is ultimate team and not the gameplay. This is not a simulation game but a game based off of animations.

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