Madden 19 Review
Another year with another Madden title releasing but, this year is different and I will tell you why. Madden 19 took everything that was wrong with Madden 18 and improved it in some fashion. After spending 10 hours on this game trying out every feature and every nuance I have developed some opinions.
First, let’s just say it to get it out, Madden 18 took made a lot of mistakes whether it was Madden Ultimate Team being lackluster, The Franchise mode being bland, or even the lackluster gameplay at times. Last year the best thing that came out of it was the debut of Longshot mode so the big question coming into Madden 19 for a lot of NFL diehards was simple. So today we are going to break down Madden 19.
I felt the best place to start had to be the sequel to the shining feature of Madden 18. Longshot Homecoming took me a little over 3 hours to complete so one late night sit down is all it will take. I’m not going to spoil the story as here Daily Gaming Report we hate spoiling the story for other gamers around the world. This sequel was very good in my opinion and it branched right off where we left off in Madden 18. I do think the plot was a little cliche and predictable but it was well acted and it made sense which is very important.
If you want to get rid of some rust or learn new controls before you jump on to online play or even regular play I recommend trying Longshot first. Longshot does a good job of holding your hand but also giving you some difficulty later in the story. The bad things about Longshot homecoming has to be it only taking 3 hours and the plot but, as a gameplay perspective, I hold it in high regards.
I spent most of the 10 hours on Franchise and for good reasons. For the past few years Franchise in Madden has been cut and dry with a spice of bland. EA did us right this year with Franchise mode and I have to say I’m quite impressed. They added custom draft classes which makes the franchise mode way more realistic and immersive and you can even share that draft class with the world.
Madden 19 Franchise mode just seems like the most improved feature this year, they added more customizable options which has the whole community excited. They also added offensive and defensive schemes this time around. And while diehard football fans may not see the benefit in this, casual players will benefit from this greatly.
They did not touch Free Agency or the Draft itself which is a bummer but hopefully next year they add more contract options and quite possibly a better presentation for the draft. If you are not a Franchise mode type player just give it one try this year and I promise you will be hooked in the first 20 minutes.
Madden Ultimate Team
The formula for Madden Ultimate Team has been the same since its debut in the series. You collect cards and grind for the whole year to hope you have the best team in the world but, credit to EA every year they add something new to the formula and this year is no exception. This year requires you to upgrade players to fit your team’s mold, and the more you play the more you can upgrade.
I will be honest with you if you want a really good team and do not want to spend money on in-game purchases this will be a year-long grind just to get a 95 overall rated team. If you love the grind and testing your skill this is the mode for you and it is the best “Fantasy” team building you can get in Sports games.
Madden is always beautiful when it comes to graphics but they outdid themselves this year with the realism of stadiums and face captures. Madden 19 best new gameplay feature has to be their improvement on a real player motion. When I first downloaded the 10-hour trail I did 25-minute simulation game to watch it and it looks real. Players do things they do in actual life and quite frankly before I even played one down I was impressed with the features and the overall improvement.
Madden 19 primary focus is the gameplay which it should be. Madden 19 improved on the many mistakes they made with Madden 18. The story mode might be cliche but the gameplay makes up for it. The franchise mode is the highlight of the first 10 hours I played and honestly, I see myself easily going 100 or 200 hours through the year on it. Madden Ultimate Team will be a grind but if you love a good grind and proving yourself then you will enjoy it.
Madden 19 is a far better game than Madden 18 and it will have the longevity to be played until Madden 20 (Might be called something different) releases in 2019. Comment down below if you took part in the 10-hour trial and tweet us some clips to get a shoutout on our twitter.
Madden 19 releases on August 10th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, & PC.