The last time I played EA Sports’ Madden was back in 2009 on PSP, and I was absolutely addicted to it.
The game made my 3-hour daily commute to and from school a breeze, and I’ll never forget the endless 1-on-1 multiplayer battles with my friends at recess.
So, naturally, I was excited to get my hands on Madden 18.
I was pleasantly surprised with the look and feel of Madden 18 on Xbox One, with the new ‘Frostbite Engine’ serving up a spectacle of clarity and quality. You can really feel the atmosphere from the crowd and the stadiums look absolutely stunning.
While the variations of play can be a little overwhelming for someone who hasn’t played a Madden in nearly a decade, you can’t fault the smoothness of the graphics.
I didn’t know much about American football before I started playing this game, having only watched a handful of Jarryd Hayne’s matches back in 2015/16.
It took a bit of getting used to.
The game helps you to learn all the intricacies of the sport, which I think is the best way to familiarise yourself with the popular American pastime.
The new story mode Longshot was brilliant, particularly because my day job involves finding tomorrow’s sports stars with Club Roar.
I could put myself in Devin Wade’s shoes – a forgotten college football player who desperately wants to be drafted into an NFL franchise.
The cut scenes are beautiful and you get plenty of options to forge your own path to glory.
The only downside to this new mode is that it is too short.
The Ultimate Team and online format extends this game’s value, along with Career Mode and Play Now; where team lists can be updated to reflect the actual squads in the NFL each week. How cool is that!
I enjoyed playing Madden 18 so much that I’ve actually started watching weekly NFL preseason highlights on YouTube.
The only other game that has introduced me to a new sport on the same level is FIFA.
I would recommend all gamers to put Madden 18 on your wishlist, even if you’re not a sports nut.