Madden NFL 18 is an American football sports video game based on the National Football League and published by EA Sports for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The 29th installment of the Madden NFL series, the game features New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the cover, the second straight year a Patriots player has the distinction, following tight end Rob Gronkowski.
It was released worldwide on August 25, 2017, although those who pre-ordered the “G.O.A.T. Edition” were able to play it three days earlier. It is the first game of the series since Madden NFL 2005 to not be released on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and also the first game in the main series to be available on only two platforms since Madden NFL ’94.
Madden NFL 18 introduces a story mode known as Longshot, which follows Devin Wade, a quarterback from Mathis, Texas, as he tries to reach the NFL, and will include high school games and college games, as well as the NFL Scouting Combine.It will be the first game in the series to use the Frostbite engine.
Madden NFL 18 received generally favorable reviews from critics, according to review aggregator Metacritic. The new game mode Longshot, however, was met with a mixed reception, with some calling it “game changing” and praising the story, while others referred to it as an “ambitious disappointment” and criticized the lack of actual football gameplay in the mode.In its 8.6/10 review, IGN wrote: “The shift to Frostbite doesn’t refresh Madden NFL 18‘s gameplay much, but Longshot is a memorable single-player mode.”