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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Aug 21, 2017
    95
    In the end, football fans can’t go wrong with Madden NFL 18. Yes, there are a few hiccups, such as the lack of interactivity in Longshot and a steeper difficulty curve for newcomers, but none are related to the core gameplay mechanics which improve year over year. The visuals are stunning, the animations are more lifelike, and the level of control in the passing and running game is unparalleled. Though EA Sports is only competing against itself in terms of the NFL, they continue to evolve.
  2. Aug 24, 2017
    90
    Madden 18 marks an unusually large shakeup in a series that, due to its annualized releases, rarely features much more than small, iterative changes.
  3. Aug 23, 2017
    86
    The shift to the Frostbite Engine definitely lets Madden NFL 18 look fantastic, and Longshot makes great use of that to tell a short but powerful against-all-odds story.
  4. Aug 22, 2017
    80
    To the hardcore fan, Madden NFL 18 will be an inconsistent experience. For every change or improvement made in the form of Frostbite or MUT Squads, there's a raw aspect or a neglected aspect, such as the Franchise's inconsequential tweaks, the presentation shortcomings in Longhot or the irritating loading screens. If you are new to the franchise, on the other hand, this is a solid sports game.
  5. Sep 14, 2017
    80
    Madden 18 is a rewarding and highly enjoyable game that offers its players a chance of glory and a free reign over how they want to become a franchise legend.
  6. Aug 29, 2017
    80
    Finally! A football game that literally anyone could play, but that does not mean everyone will enjoy it.
  7. 60
    Madden NFL 18 marks a second consecutive year of Madden football in a holding pattern. Features and additions to this year's game either just don't feel noteworthy, or miss the mark entirely.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Aug 31, 2018
    8
    This game is fun, and better than Madden NFL 17. The new story mode adds value to the game and is a great addition to the game series. TheThis game is fun, and better than Madden NFL 17. The new story mode adds value to the game and is a great addition to the game series. The graphics look better and more realistic also. Now onto the gameplay. Every once in a while the controls aren’t that great, but normally it’s fine. This game is fun! Expand
  2. Dec 18, 2018
    8
    I have been playing Madden since I was a kid. Starting out with Madden 03 and Madden 05 (which I still play to this day), when I jumped fromI have been playing Madden since I was a kid. Starting out with Madden 03 and Madden 05 (which I still play to this day), when I jumped from 05 to 2017, there was stuff I liked (graphics and addition of more plays and formations) and things I thought they actually made worse (fluid movement on defense and lack of certain features in Franchise Mode). When I got 2018, it played a lot better on defense I thought. The controlled player on defense definitely responds to your inputs better, which is always a plus.
    I don't play Ultimate Team, so I don't have any experience with the micro transactions and other problems others have had in that mode. I did play through the "story" mode, and it was pretty good for what it was. The voice acting was good and it was cool to make choices that had impact on the final outcome. I only wish they had made it go farther into his story, but that's how they get you to buy each years installment. Offline franchise mode is where I spend 99% of my time in that game. It is a little more bare bones than Madden 05 for example, but there is a lot of features that are improved from that title. The scouting of college players is cool, as is being able to build your draft board. The weekly training is also a cool way to build up players experience. There are some things I think could have been improved on. The ability to do formation subs is cool, but it doesn't work 100% if you build your own playbooks like I do. Honestly though, those are just small things that don't really kill the experience that badly. What can mess it up a little is the repetitive commentary and sometimes just flat out wrong commentary. For example, I miss a pass in the red zone and they say I'll have to likely kick a field goal, but the missed pass only made it 2nd down. Again, not the worst, but it can make you scratch your head a little.
    Overall, this is a good game with mostly fluid controls and lots of things to do. If they could just polish it up a little, it would be great, but this EA we're talking about, so I won't hold my breath.
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  3. Jan 31, 2018
    8
    Madden 18 is a solid football video game to play during the NFL season. I think the graphics are unreal and the commentary is updated everyMadden 18 is a solid football video game to play during the NFL season. I think the graphics are unreal and the commentary is updated every week with news on players and teams. This year's game has three new modes to use during a game. They are Arcade, Simulation, and Competitive. I like Arcade the best because there are bigger hits and more big plays. This year's Madden Ultimate team also includes the three new game modes during the solo challenges. I think the challenges this year are so much fun and I have enjoyed playing MUT for the last 4 months. The connected Franchise mode is also fun to play, but the top players are near impossible to trade for which is annoying. Finally, the most anticipated mode to play on Madden 18 was Longshot. Longshot was the biggest disappointment in this game. I was expecting to play more games in college and high school. Ever since the discontinuation of the NCAA football games there hasn't been a true "Road to Glory" mode on Madden and I expected this mode to be exactly what I was looking for, but it was far from what I expected. It was basically a movie and you would play like 2 games. It was a complete waste of time and I was unhappy with that. Overall I think they did a good job this year, but I would like to see more of a college season during Longshot next year if they decide to improve it or totally go away from it. Expand
  4. Sep 4, 2017
    7
    Good but not great. For those who have been playing religiously year in and year out this installation will seem a little foreign. TheGood but not great. For those who have been playing religiously year in and year out this installation will seem a little foreign. The controls for the most part are the same. What takes a while to get used to is the different variations of player movement now that the game uses the frostbite engine.

    In true Madden-ing fashion; you'll find yourself tempted to throw your controller through your TV while your left arm goes numb and your neighbors learn new curse words. But when you pull off the long play or make the great tackle it all seems worth it for a brief moment in time.

    Longshot mode is...well...interesting. It's like a football soap opera where you get invested in the story simply to have an open ended conclusion because the developers are greedy and want to force you to buy next years game in order to find out how your player is doing in the NFL. The story was rather predictable and some of the practice gameplay seems real hollow.

    I'd love to give this game a higher score simply because it looks amazing and the commentators are great but I can't due to the finicky player movement and lackadaisical tackling.
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  5. Oct 6, 2017
    4
    I had purchased Madden 17 with high hopes. I love football, love a good computer simulation and had heard great things about the greatI had purchased Madden 17 with high hopes. I love football, love a good computer simulation and had heard great things about the great graphics offered in Madden. So I purchased the game and gave it a try. Admittedly I was surprised at the complexity of mastering the game controls, as well as the extensive playbooks available on both offense and defense. Still, the complexity only added to my excitement and my hope that Madden would be an engrossing and accurate simulation of NFL football, sans the bruises, broken bones and CTE of the real thing.

    Unfortunately I was disappointed in Madden 17, and am even more disappointed in Madden 18.

    Without question, the graphics are outstanding. One thing I will acknowledge as an improvement in ’18 over ’17 is far better rendering of the faces of the players, coaches and referees. Gone is the pseudo-“Zombie Apocalypse” appearance of the faces. Also, the stadium and gameplay graphics appear to be somewhat cleaner and sharper than before. Sad to say, great graphics is the best thing Madden has going for it. The music track is terrible. Seriously, it stinks out loud. It is almost as if one of the millennials who wrote some of the code for the game just dumped their playlist into the game and said “Yeah! That’s cool!” Uh, no…it’s not.

    The Franchise Mode can be entertaining. “Longshot” is okay, but just okay and really adds little to the value of the game itself. The biggest problem with Madden has been and continues to be the way the game plays. Playing against the CPU you have 4 levels to choose from in ascending levels of difficulty: “Rookie”, “Pro”, “All-Pro”, and “All-Madden”. “Rookie” is where you learn to play. As expected, it is meant to be easy and after a few tries you could play as the Cleveland Browns and be able to blow out the New England Patriots. “Pro” is considerably harder and less forgiving, and more so as you advance to “All-Pro” and finally “All-Madden”. Also, you can choose to play in two different modes: “Arcade” and “Simulation”.

    I assumed simulation meant just that: a simulation based on the actual abilities of the players on a team roster. I also assumed when I played I would be the virtual coach of the team, with some additional control of the movements of the quarterback, receivers, ball carriers, and some of the defenders. But it appears EA defines “simulation” somewhat differently than most of us. Here is what happens:

    A typical game will go like this” Let’s say you want to play as the Packers against the 49’ers. You will score a couple of times in the first half, and be ahead by a score of something like 17-7 at the half. Not an unexpected result given the match-up. But then, almost like clockwork, something changes. The CPU controlled players seem to gain almost superhuman abilities, the human controlled players begin to drop passes, fumble, or commit penalties right at critical times, and somehow CPU controlled defenders can manage to sack the QB while playing a Cover 4 offense where 2 or three defenders penetrate the offensive line virtually untouched by a defender. Aaron Rodgers will start underthrowing a receiver by 10 yards (regardless of whether you choose “bullet pass”, “touch pass”, or “lob pass”), Victor Bolden or Trent Taylor will make two or three one-handed pass receptions on third and long, Randall Cobb will have a pass bounce off his hands, and have it tipped by no fewer than 3 defenders before finally being caught by a 49er DB and returned for a “Pick-6”. This crap occurs in virtually every simulated game. I had emailed EA about this months ago basically wondering what was up. I was told, “we make every effort to make the game entertaining and competitive”. Competitive? Hmmmm…. I thought this was a simulation. So in other words the game is set to actually cut the point spread if it’s deemed by the CPU to be too wide? Yeah, that’s not how football…or any sport…really works. Well, unless a gambling syndicate is involved but we won’t go there.

    So if are looking for is a video game with an AI engine which seems to have a lot in common with the AI from the old arcade game “Space Invaders” (just make things go faster as you level up), this is the game for you. If you are looking for a game that does a great job of simulating a true NFL game, save your money. This is not what you are looking for.
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  6. Mar 6, 2018
    3
    The updated graphics are the only nice thing I can say about this game. Other reviewers have already mentioned in length the litany ofThe updated graphics are the only nice thing I can say about this game. Other reviewers have already mentioned in length the litany of problems with this years entry. One person even has an entire youtube channel dedicated to the problems with Madden 18.

    Madden 18 is the reason I will no longer purchase any future Madden products from EA going forward.
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  7. Nov 18, 2017
    0
    Published by one of the most hated companies in the gaming industry that treats its players like scum, do not buy this game under anyPublished by one of the most hated companies in the gaming industry that treats its players like scum, do not buy this game under any circumstances EA doesn't deserve a single cent of your money. Expand

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