What we're playing: Madden 18, Cuphead and Destiny 2
  • sheliasmithsonsheliasmithson October 2017

    Welcome back to Gaming IRL, a month-to-month segment where several editors talk about what they've been playing in their downtime. This month, like considerably from the world, we've been playing Destiny 2 and EA Sports' latest and greatest. Also Cuphead. Plenty of Cuphead.

    Madden 18

    When EA revealed a story mode for Madden 18 back at E3, I was already hooked. The restricted portion on the so-called "Longshot" function I saw in LA only cemented it. I hadn't paid focus to Madden Mobile Coins in years, but the addition of a narrative storyline that had a healthier dose of Friday Evening Lights and a NCAA Football tease was sufficient to produce me take notice once more. Confident, "Longshot" would be the football equivalent of "The Journey" in EA's FIFA franchise, however the story mode feels like a terrific add-on to a title that's typically all about playing games and managing rosters.

    "Longshot" starts like any fantastic football story does: Little ones playing catch inside the yard. You very first meet the principle character, Devin Wade, pretending to win a major game with his most effective pal Colt Cruise (How's that for a Texas football name?) and his father, Cutter. The narrative quickly speeds ahead to Devin and Colt leaving just before sunrise to drive to an NFL regional scouting combine -- what may very well be the duo's last opportunity to create an expert roster. Devin was a 5-star recruit at Texas but quit football entirely soon after his father died. Now he's looking to make an not possible comeback.

    From there, the story is told by way of a series of flashbacks to Devin's high school and college days. You can only play via those higher college games, so don't get your hopes up for any mini version of NCAA Football to fill that void. The tiny sections of Friday Evening Lights-esque action are equal components enjoyable and thrilling as the stress is on you to save games on the arm, legs and skill of Devin Wade. Due to the fact you don't need to choose plays or be concerned about other elements in the game, you may just focus on making the throws and choices needed to win. It may seem a bit weird for die-hard Madden fans, but the condensed action keeps the story moving at a good clip. Additionally, it aids that Devin is fundamentally Cam Newton 2.0.

    I enjoyed these sections exactly where Devin dons the Mathis Bullfrogs' green and gold more than any other section of "Longshot." Certainly, you get a brief appear at what it is like to undergo the draft process, like interviews, football IQ tests and drills -- lots and plenty of drills. That stuff was all quite exciting, but for me, these high school games stand above the rest it. There is also a reality show storyline that makes "Longshot" peak 2017.

    Even with all of these items, telling Devin's existing story by bouncing back-and-forth with flashbacks is often a small clunky. It makes sense, but the pace from the story appears to sputter at times. There's much more drama surrounding that Television show than appears necessary, nevertheless it does make Devin's prep for the rest of the draft method much more interesting than if he have been education on his own. It is just a little more than the major at occasions.

    I won't spoil the ending, but "Longshot" provides Madden 18 Coins fans something further this year and delivers a foundation for other story modes in future releases. For me, "Longshot" isn't quite as compelling as FIFA's "The Journey," but it is a solid initial work inside a new franchise. It really is very good adequate that I'm seeking forward to seeing what EA does next with Madden 19.

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