Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles is now the highest-rated player in Madden 18, beating the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees to get the game's first 99 rating.
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Madden 18's artificial intelligence is designed to react to every play, simulating live football right down to the human error. One formation, however, has puzzled the computer-controlled defence and players are using that mismatch for easy, consistent yardage.
Today, Electronic Arts and the NFL announced the launch of the Madden NFL Club Championship, an esports event that involves all 32 of the NFL's teams. The competition, which will be part of this year's Madden NFL Championship Series, starts on August 22, which is the game's preorder release day. Starting today, would-be competitors can sign up to represent their NFL team of choice.
Madden NFL 18 has a story mode, a first for a Madden game. Called "Longshot," it follows the career of fictional would-be quarterback Devin Wade. Unlike Madden 18's Ultimate Team mode, which allows you to feel like an all-powerful football god who can make record-setting numbers of touchdowns per game, Longshot isn't about winning. Instead, it's a story about overcoming loss and grief, in life and in football.
In addition to having the worst cover of all time, the new Madden will have a scripted story mode, following the successful NBA 2K series in its attempt to summon REAL DRAMA out of digital sports. Here's hoping it will be good -- and that you can skip the cutscenes. Here's the trailer, via EA's press conference.