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Madden NFL 18 - PlayStation 4

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2347 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun game of football

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    Ghost2277
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    I've been playing madden since the beginning and I've skipped a few here and there thanks to rival games of the time or what have you(NFL 2K5 anyone?) Anyways, I got an email from Sony about my year in review and it said I played 142 hours of madden 18, and I've only had it since November. So apparently it's good, but why? Usually I'm a franchise player but this year's mode just didn't grab me like ultimate team did, I'd say of the 142 hours of madden 18, 120 of those hours were in MUT. Probably more to be honest. The reason I found MUT to be so enjoyable was the way progress was made, it felt like I could build a team without spending money and it wasn't a grind. Plus, the time spent playing the game was spent doing challenges instead of endless 3 minute quarter games. An example would be, you are down by 4 with 3 minutes left on the 50 yard line and you can only run the ball to win. These kept me coming back because I didn't have to commit to a 15 to 20 minute game. Another cool thing is the NFL legends in this mode. As far as graphics, the game looks beautiful with the new engine. Helmets shimmer in the sun, player faces look pretty accurate and the stadiums are stunning Gameplay is better than 16 for sure, but I never played 17 so I can't comment on that one. You can run the ball in a more realistic manner. Passing isn't as bad as 15. Commentary is fresh wirh weekly updates. What isn't good? The amount of weird fumbles, lack of realistic injuries, lack of franchise mode freshness and some odd crashes makes this a 4 star game. I'd rather play madden 07 for franchise. Mode Or NFL 2K5. Bottom line, if you want an addictive game of MUT with some very cool timed challenges(I do mean some sweet challenges too), pick it up for sure. However, if you want a franchise experience you can sink your teeth into, grab a retro console and get an older game of football. 8.1/10.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Madden is pretty bad this year...

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    Arizona
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    Madden usually always has several annoying aspects and if 2k came back i would stop buying madden in a heart beat but this year it's just terrible. I swear if they would just focus on fixing the glitches and refine the game it would be great and I though frostbite might give that a shot but I was wrong. Its clear they spent way more time on the new longshot feature then actually refining the game. The physics of the game are terrible. Players will bump into one another and go flying or stand up and flip another player a few feet in the air. Running backs have no sense of balance, will go flying if your own teammate bumps into you, and players like gurley and DJ get brought down easily by arm tackles from corners. You would imagine players like John Ross and Tyreek Hill would be able to outrun linebackers but they get chased down on a regular basis from behind. AI seems to make no logical decisions. I ran a QB sneak on 4th and inches and the QB for some reason kept his arm with the ball back behind the first down line as running into his own center knocked him down with about 4 yds of open space in front of him. Same issue as always the half back dump off routinely results in them continuing to run out of bounds even with an open field in front of them or making a tip toe catch on the sideline behind the line of scrimmage for no reason. I could probably go on for hours but you catch my drift. I buy it only because i love football but its a sad excuse for a game in all honesty.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another solid effort, but Franchise mode...

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    SunnyDays
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    Madden NFL 18 makes the move to the Frostbite engine and the graphics are better for it. While some of the colors do not pop as much as the did on the Ignite graphics engine, Frostbite brings over raw power to the proceedings with improved stadium and player detail. The big addition is Longshot, a standalone story experience similar to FIFA 17's story mode. Longshot tells an interesting story and the characters are great. It does suffer a little bit from the illusion of choice where there really is none, but most people only play the mode once anyway, so never really notice. The weak shot this year is Franchise mode. It is basically unchanged from Madden 17's. There is a few little touches like preseason cuts and playing time improvements, a draft board, etc., but not enough to make much of a difference. Having said that, the mode is fairly deep and not bad to begin with, so don't let the lack of progress stop you from buying a copy. The on field action did see a noticeable improvement. Running backs do a much better job of getting skinny running through the line, so there is less getting hung up on linemen. The passing game improved too, with more variation between quarterbacks. The last big improvement is defensive, with much more realistic interceptions and dropped opportunities. Throw a dumb pass into coverage and watch it get picked off. Overall, Madden 18 is worth a look and probably a purchase for most fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Keep Madden 17

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    ediddy
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    Are you desperate for more realistic shadows and overall better looking aesthetics and a roster update? If yes then you can probably be forgiven for shelling out 60 for the game. I'll preface by stating I've never been an online player in any way, so this could definitely void the review for some which is understandable. Now on to my review of Single player career...it's the same, almost literally the same. I don't care about MUT. I don't care about your ham handed soap opera. I want to move a team and design every aspect of the move I want to design a stadium. I want chemistry to effect team play. The draft is still good but you nailed that last year. We do this song and dance every year. Little by little you add features that were in previous seasons iterations and by the end of a console's life cycle it's a fully fleshed out game. Meanwhile, on the new console it's like a demo offered at full price with slightly better graphics. I've bought the last 3 copies of Madden consecutively and I'm going to have to take pause before I buy another, some changes need to be addressed with Career Mode because it's becoming fairly stagnant at this point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Game is good. EA online it too limiting.

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    Brad
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    If you like Madden, then you'll like this game. The game improves every year, but I can't honestly say if it's something that if you are not a hardcore Madden fan needs to be upgraded every year. I'm not one of those fans, but yet I seem to upgrade anyways. Why? I don't want to be left out of seeing that's been updated from last season's game to the next. Thing is, we don't really utilize the MUT feature of the game, nor do we play people online. My son and I either play our own franchise seasons or play head-to-head. I have no real desire to play online versus others, but my son (he's ten) would love to. Problem is, with this being an EA game, the system won't allow him to play, even if I as his father say it's okay to. I appreciate EA's efforts to protect kids from the dangers of online predators or language/behavior they would be subject to by playing online games, but I feel that should be each parent's decision. This is why I only give the game 4-stars. It's too bad, that unless his friends' parents as well as myself create user accounts with false information that my son and his friends cannot play each other online in Madden.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Another year, another madden with nothing new

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    Darnae
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    lately the only thing that is different in madden is the cover athlete and the players on the team. Outside of that there is really no difference from last years game. This year it does add the story mode that was a nice touch but I would have like to see it play out no matter what choices you make. For instance if you do not make the throw you just go back and try it over and over again until you do. Maybe if they bring back the training camp that we use to have and the all-time great teams like in the early days that would be a good addition. You could play the 85 bears against the 2016 patriots. Or how about playing in RFK with the Joe Gibbs skins against Dak and the new look cowboys.this would bring a little something to franchise that is in need of a change. Honestly if it was not on sale when I purchased it I might not have purchased this one. This maybe the last madden I ever purchase.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    About the same as previous Madden games

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    pberry5682
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    I upgraded from Madden 16 which my son and I love to play together. The graphics and updated rosters are excellent but one thing we didn’t like is even on the easy arcade mode the game seemed to get a bit more complicated. For example you have to make receivers run the routes for the play accurately or else the throw won’t even be close. My son loved being the receiver in the last game and just tapping the buttons to catch the ball and run after the catch. But now he has to run the route too which makes it more difficult. Also if playing with 2 players it’s a lot more difficult to see who the second player has selected on the field to control. This was more easily visible in Madden 16 with a red or blue shaded circle on the player but in 18 it’s just a small circle. These aren’t big things but enough so that my younger 7 year old son prefers to play the old 16 version instead.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I Don't Understand the Bad Reviews, Great Game!

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    Moneymakesworldgoround113
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    I love Madden 18, and have no idea what these people are talking about with the rest of these reviews. The graphics are more crisp than they have ever been. The extra functionality on defense and offense is great. I love the fact that you can now skip things like timeout scenes, kickoff scenes, etc. It speeds up the game. MUT mode is much better with the new levels scheme, and I have no idea what all these people talking about that is "more expensive". In fact it is less expensive, they have better packs to buy with just coins. Meaning all you have to do is get coins to get some decent players. You don't have to pony up extra money, unless you just want to buy your way to a great team. There are also new stadiums, and new custom uniforms that are pretty sweet. Longshot mode is pretty weak, I have to admit. I wouldn't buy the game if you just wanted to play long shot mode. But, who wants to do that?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game

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    Ewflex
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    I skipped madden since madden 25. I thought this game wouldn’t be a significant change from that version and boy I was wrong. What a great game with way more animations and great presentation on the sidelines. You do see some stiff mannequin figures and repeated player bots at times but the cutscene like animations where team mates talk to each other is magnificent. The commentators are great and every time I boot up the game they are getting updates throughout the season. The commentary never seem to get stale. Long shot is a great campaign and I hope next yr Devine is interwoven into franchise mode. I can’t wait to see how good the animations will be after 2 Years using the frostbite. I thought the microtransactions would be intrusive but I was wrong. I dabbled with Ultimate team and the game liberal gives you points for completing challenges.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    NFL 2K please come back.

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    Nitmare64
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    - The gameplay is glitching and has framerate issues (even in offline modes). - On the All-Madden setting the CPU isn't smarter, it just screws you over more. Corners break to the football the second your QB begins the throwing motion. DL with high ratings can literally never break through. CPU QBs never feel pressure. There's no reason that middle and lower tier CPU QBs should average over a 90% completion rate. - Running the football is a joke. CPU defenders stick to RBs like magnets even when they're already engaged in a block - FG and XP simulation is about a 60% success rate - The new mode "Longshot" is mostly cut scenes. After sitting through the entire "story" you can't even play as the character in the NFL!!! What a waste of time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Solid Entry

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    Wiggi
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    Whether or not someone should buy this game is dependent on how recently they played a Madden game. If you own last year's game, you can probably safely skip this one. If not, it's a great game that plays well. The new Longshot mode sounded fun to me and was one of the main reasons I picked up the game. Unfortunately, it fell a bit flat because all of the characters are flawed to the point where you don't really want to see them succeed. The mechanics during the story change up regularly or are nonsensical (such as steering the ball mid-air) to the point it get frustrating. Plus, if you don't know the ins-and-outs of football, you will be penalized during the story. In summary: the game overall is great, but just don't expect it to be revolutionary compared to previous year's versions and the new story mode was a letdown.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent addition to Madden

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    SithStorm
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    I like Madden 18...not thrilled you have to buy PlayStation Plus to play it. Plus the commentary is too repetitive. I also don't like that the game doesn't recognize how many times you've won Superbowl..for example if you win 28 times in row and consecutive undefeated it should be able to know this...its simple code and programming. Plus the draft should produce instant superstars that start at ratings of 80-90+ to reflect megastars. Overall very good game but Madden continues the trend of underwhelming changes with each new installment. Why not have a better halftime...that gives highlights from the league, a Superbowl halftime show, they no longer show you who retires the player just vanishes, no longer name a Superbowl MVP...all disappointing but in the end it's Football!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Glitches and more glitches

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    Marc3cmc

    Madden 18 has to be the most glitch filled release in years. This years version is essentially Madden 17.5. Longshot mode,is essentially an interactive movie,its nice to go through...once. You'll only play it one time. Frostbite engine has made the game look more smooth and the player intos are nice. Other than that no other presentation improvements can be seen. CFM is the same as 17 just like the presentation. Like all Madden games its all about MUT. It permeates every game mode and 18 is no different. If you like MUT, then 18 is for you. If you are a CFM person,you will be dissapointed in Madden 18.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST, DEEPEST MADDEN GAME YET BY FAR

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    Bigboybutan
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    Having played every Madden game dating back to the original on the 16-bit era Sega Genesis, I can say with the further expansion of last year's MUT team mode, it is very deep and replay value if wanted is almost unlimited. The graphics on the PS4 PRO are the first Ive seen the true difference in this powerfull console and the lighting effects are far better than on the standard PS4 system. This game plays quick too similar to the old NCAA EA great franchise which I always found more appealing than Madden as it was slow. This year finally it has an arcade, fast feeling like that game did. If you like football, you simply will love this gae especially the Longshot story mode-a new feature for Madden games and it is great fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Story mode, roster update, slight graphic update

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    GamerManDan
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    While the story mode was enjoyable and something different, just like in past years only buy a new Madden every years if you #1 do the Madden Trade-in #2 Really need and want roster updates #3 If you waited a few years. I fall into category #1 if it wasn't for the trade-in I would only buy Madden once every so many years. Until they do some patch updates like in the past LOTS of glitches, tackling and movement is terrible and not smooth, I can force a QB strip fumble almost every play. I am sure it will improve but sad that these glitches continue since the 1988 first release.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Minor exhibition improvements but still a fun game

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    flyarsociety
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    Alot of people who reviewed this game gave it 1 star or 2 stars. But honestly that rating couldn't be any further from the truth. This game is a solid game. The arcade mode is fun... you should see plenty of forced fumbles and hard hits. The simulation/exhibition/standard mode is fun too. But it just doesn't have a huge improvement from Madden 17. I think that's most people's gripe about the game. Graphically it looks noticeably better.. but the HUD's & overlays are identical to madden 17. So that's probably why everyone rated it 1 or 2 stars. But make no mistake about it. It's still fun. Its just not leaps and bounds ahead of the previous installment. But for $30, I'd definitely buy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great gameplay and a Story Mode

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    LeoOliveira
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    We all know what to expect from a Madden game, that has not changed in madden NFL 2018, but they did add a single player story campaign to it, which in my opinion is a great way to learn how to play Madden for those new to the franchise, and also a great addition to those who already enjoy the Madden games, but are now exposed to a new gameplay style within the same game. Most sports games would benefit from doing the same and this is a very welcome addition to this title for those of us who prefer to play solo story first, and the delving in to the multiplayer late. This is my first madden game and although a bit more complex than expected, it is still a joy to play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid...

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    swung8ths
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    I've played Madden for over 10 years. The franchise seems to be in a really good place right now, although sometimes I feel like they innovate without a real need... which can just create unnecessary new stuff to learn. In any case, the game is quite good. I mostly play Franchise... but I bought the GOAT content to try out Ultimate... which is fun, but also IMO became unnecessarily complex this year to the point that it seems like a money pit. Nevertheless, Franchise drafting is great (the trade mechanic has tightened for CPU teams), and the gameplay itself is fun, online and off. In all, another solid addition to the franchise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Game

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    CorneliusH
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    Over the last year, Madden has continued to push the bar with its games, and this is no exception. While its not drastic change from last year, the subtle updates make a big difference in making it a realistic experience. From pressing at the line of scrimmage as a DB or trying to get out of press as a WR. Also, the addition of Longshot, the story mode, is much needed and a great experience. I keep telling myself, "This is going to be the last time I get Madden for a while" or "I can't wait for 2K to get back into football", but its hard to do that, when EA actually wants to make a good game. A great pick up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It's Alright

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    Eagle13ofBlack
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    The game can be better. It's pretty much the same thing, excepted a few added (will never use) passing techniques, along with a 3 hour movie of a player that you make some life choices for. I feel like it was a missed opportunity that could of attached to Franchise Mode. I also wish (for several years now) that they have a "Kneel to End Game" instead of just waisting time off the clock. Knee the ball, and put end presentations. MUT has become to big of a deal for Madden, that just isn't that interesting.. Not worth the time, nor the money if you want to get the really good players onto your team.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend