The day has finally arrived as football fans get to play Madden 18 for the first time. Those willing to spend $79.99 for the G.O.A.T. edition, $20 more than the standard version, will have access to Madden 18 on August 22. This is three days before the standard version is released on August 25 for $59.99.
According to EA Sports, the game will be available for download on PS4 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern on August 22. Xbox One users get an hour head start as you can download the game Monday, August 21 at 11 p.m., which could be a lengthy process depending on your internet connection.
What can fans expect from this year’s game? The two big differences are the Longshot Story Mode as well as the game re-design with the Frostbite engine.
The Longshot mode allows you to play as Devin Wade, a fictional former Texas Longhorns player looking to make the NFL. Think NBA 2K’s My Career mode but different. Madden’s Story Mode is more cinematic, and feels like an interactive movie. In the mode, you get to control Wade as he looks to make it to the NFL.
Your decisions impact Wade’s scouting report and team evaluations. While there is plenty of football in the mode, EA Sports also does a surprisingly good job of character development that is rare for a sports game.
Visually the game looks improved from 2017’s edition. With the Frostbite overhaul, fans will notice the players and uniforms look for more detailed. The lighting and shading during the game allows for a more realistic user experience.
The special G.O.A.T. edition includes one of five elite G.O.A.T. players: Tom Brady, Barry Sanders, Ray Lewis, Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice. It also includes 2,500 contracts, a Madden Ultimate Team pack and access to the game three days earlier.
Check out my initial thoughts on Madden 18 after getting an advanced copy of the NFL franchise. Heavy also breaks down the top Madden 18 players. Keep it here throughout the week as we have you covered for all the Madden 18 news.