As every year, EA arrives in force from the beginning of August to start its sporting season. American football, ice hockey, football and, this year, the basketball will be linked to EA Sports. And as tradition has it, it is with the NFL that the publisher opens the debate. Focus on this 2018 edition which once again fulfills all its promises.
For fans of American football, the Madden license has been a benchmark for many years. Complete, technical and realistic, it is a bestseller in North America, year after year. Even if its conquest of the European market is less easy, the game imposes itself more and more, with a nice media base concerning the NFL and quality that does not fade. And this episode does not deviate from the rule.
Still immersive, Madden NFL 18 will delight American soccer fans, whether novice or expert. With its system of tutorials always more advanced, impossible not to grasp all the cogs of the game and consequently, chain successes in the different modes of games, always present. From exhibition mode to career mode, to Ultimate Team mode (which is at the top of its art) or the Longshot mode, the American version of the famous Journey mode of FIFA 17. This mode is nice, interesting but a bit too narrative . We will spend all the same very pleasant moments of play.
In game, Madden holds his role as a great man of the American football game with honor. Pushed by the Frostbite engine, the game is beautiful and fluid and the gameplay more precise yet. Supported by permanent updates and a more advanced multiplayer mode, the game is a pleasant pastime and it will be appreciated to link the games and spectacular actions, ranging from touchdowns to tackles more real than life. On-line, the coop mode makes its big comeback and guarantees hours of fun with friends, provided of course to own both the game!
In terms of blackheads, there is of course the absence of a French translation which, if it strengthens immersion, is a handicap for a European public not always used to handling Shakespeare’s language with ease. Note also the loading times a bit long, especially before a game or in the Longshot mode.
Madden NFL 18 is an excellent game of American football, for enthusiasts but also for those who want to discover this sport so particular little known in Belgium. Despite some small defects, it remains a model of the game of sport and, more complete than ever, imposes on the field.