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    Madden NFL 18 Unveils Story Mode "Longshot" at EA Play 2017


    MEET THE CAST



    DEVIN WADE

    This forgotten college star, played by JR Lemon, returns home to pursue his dreams and find football redemption.




    CUTTER WADE

    Played by Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali, Cutter was once a great athlete who dedicated his life to Devin and their shared passion for football.




    COLT CRUISE

    Played by Scott Porter, this happy-go-lucky jokester is a fiercely loyal friend who cares about Devin’s shot in the NFL as much as his own.




    DAN MARINO

    One of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Marino serves as Devin’s mentor who doesn’t always play by the rules.
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    Playable combine in the game for first time since Madden 06, per Michael Young on EA Play stream.

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    From what I read - you NEVER play an NFL game in this story? Seems odd since its Madden NFL 18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLW View Post
    From what I read - you NEVER play an NFL game in this story? Seems odd since its Madden NFL 18.
    That is exactly what Game Informer is reporting. Appears you do mini-games, drills, 7-on-7, etc. but it ends once you reach the NFL. Basically, a playable/interactive movie, of sorts.

    Perhaps the mode's biggest risk is that gamers do not get to play Wade in an NFL game. That being said, the league is still present. Gamers get to interface with NFL owners and coaches, and even meet NFL legends like Dan Marino and Chad Ochocinco. Young says that one of his favorite moments of the mode is when Marino tells Wade a gripping story from his playing days. All this leads up to Wade getting drafted by an NFL team.

    After the mode is complete, players recieve content and rewards in Madden's Ultimate Team mode, including solo challenges related to The Longshot, players, uniforms, and coaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdj View Post
    That is exactly what Game Informer is reporting. Appears you do mini-games, drills, 7-on-7, etc. but it ends once you reach the NFL. Basically, a playable/interactive movie, of sorts.

    Perhaps the mode's biggest risk is that gamers do not get to play Wade in an NFL game. That being said, the league is still present. Gamers get to interface with NFL owners and coaches, and even meet NFL legends like Dan Marino and Chad Ochocinco. Young says that one of his favorite moments of the mode is when Marino tells Wade a gripping story from his playing days. All this leads up to Wade getting drafted by an NFL team.

    After the mode is complete, players recieve content and rewards in Madden's Ultimate Team mode, including solo challenges related to The Longshot, players, uniforms, and coaches.
    Typical Madden/Tiburon shortcomings. They finally do something that could push the immersion to the best it's ever been... and then default to the MUT $$$ making crap. That's terribly disappointing.

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    http://www.gamesradar.com/9-things-y...m-its-creator/

    9 things you have to know about Madden 18’s ‘Longshot’ story mode – direct from its creator

    A few nuggets from the article.

    Our motto for four years has been, ‘it’s a movie you can play.’
    “We really do feel like you’re playing a true campaign mode.
    more in the style of a Telltale game than what you’ve seen in other sports game career modes.
    “We have 45 characters. All ages, genders, races. Kids, women, old men, cowboys boots… stuff you’d never have seen in Madden pre-Frostbite.
    We couldn’t just have scenes with just two people talking; we had to have people in the background doing their jobs, movie-quality blocking, characters that might take a month to make despite being in only one scene. No being cheap, no cutting corners. We’ve got up to 11 cameras in these scenes, and I think people will be shocked by the acting quality and cinematography.”
    “Devin’s father is played by Mahershala Ali, who just won an Academy Award for Moonllight. To me, this story mode having that gravity, and level of actor in it, is mind-blowing.
    “[For it to continue in future years] we have to have success, and the fans have to say they want it. Imagine this is the pilot. If the fans love it, I would love nothing more than to continue these characters. That being said, it was written in a way that this feels like a complete journey, like how Rocky 1 could have been a one-and-done movie. But I do believe Devin and Colt have more stories in them, and I’ve been working on that just in case. You never know.”

    EA has lost their ever loving flipping mind. This article, the comments in it. Move over Francis Ford Coppola.
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    Jesus fucking Christ EA. Just give me a goddamn amazing franchise and player/coach career mode. I don't want to play some dumbass interactive movie and MUT can fuck right off, and EA can fuck right off too for making that whole dumbass mode nothing more than a means to push MUT shit on you as a "reward" at the end.

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    Not having played this there may be good things here but my interest is in this is zero. This seems like a waste of resources to me.

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    •It will be a playable sports movie. That means the character, Devin Wade is the playable character and you’ll play in a pretty linear fashion.
    •Longshot will feature moments from Devin’s pop warner days all the way through college.
    •You actually won’t play a single NFL game in the mode.
    •The story is an origins story that takes place between the NFL combine and NFL draft across a three-month window.
    •The story is a redemption story.
    •The mode is a ‘campaign mode’ but for sports.
    •There’ll be college football games you play in.
    •Devin Wade is a HS QB in Texas football and goes on to play FBS. Now he’s back with his all-heart but under-talented wide receiver best friend named Colt Cruise.
    •The blocking and acting are cinematic in nature.
    •There are multiple endings to the mode, and the choices you make have impacts on which of the endings you see.
    •7-on-7 padless football is featured in the mode.
    •An interactive NFL combine is included. You’ll throw a route tree and take pocket movement drills.
    •Branching dialogue.
    •The mode will include a lot of education on the game of football.
    •Texas 7-on-7 leagues were observed to get the 7-on-7 action right.
    •There will be ultimate team awards available to those who participate in the mode, including Dan Marino.
    •45 characters are included in the story.
    •Devin’s father is played by Mahershala Ali, an Oscar winner.

    http://www.operationsports.com/madde...able-colleges/


    As per the OS post. So there seems to be disagreement on whether you can play college or not. This sounds like you get to play a few scenes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaymo76 View Post
    As per the OS post. So there seems to be disagreement on whether you can play college or not. This sounds like you get to play a few scenes.
    Unless you could play exhibition games with the College teams, no thanks.

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    I have zero interest in this, I never play MUT. I just want to play a good game of NFL football. Man I wish they would put more effort in gameplay and fix things that are still a problem....

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    EA with several blogs on the feature, but still no signficant gameplay, CFM, or MUT clips or info as we approach a month before release.


    https://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/...t-scott-porter

    https://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/...gshot-jr-lemon

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdj View Post
    EA with several blogs on the feature, but still no signficant gameplay, CFM, or MUT clips or info as we approach a month before release.


    https://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/...t-scott-porter

    https://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/...gshot-jr-lemon


    The info out there is pretty much it. The mode will NOT be deep. It's a story telling mode with minimal football. What upsets me more is NO additions to CFM other than adding a draft board. Now that the MADDEN team is a split MADDEN/LIVE team only hurts this game IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaymo76 View Post
    Now that the MADDEN team is a split MADDEN/LIVE team only hurts this game IMO.
    Madden/Live content or Madden/NBA LIVE?

    I've seen people throw around some things in regards to the team on social media that I don't think are quite accurate, unless things have seriously changed at EA in the last year (which I don't think has occurred).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdj View Post
    Madden/Live content or Madden/NBA LIVE?

    I've seen people throw around some things in regards to the team on social media that I don't think are quite accurate, unless things have seriously changed at EA in the last year (which I don't think has occurred).
    The article I read at OS stated that the NBA Live team and the Madden team have a merger of sorts to work on common features and help "prop" up live and help madden transition to frostbite. That's according to an OS story anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdj View Post
    Madden/Live content or Madden/NBA LIVE?

    I've seen people throw around some things in regards to the team on social media that I don't think are quite accurate, unless things have seriously changed at EA in the last year (which I don't think has occurred).

    http://www.gameinformer.com/b/featur...hise-mode.aspx

    This was a good read.

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    That's really interesting. I do not doubt that they've helped the Live team in some regards, but I find it tough to believe they couldn't do more with CFM in M18 given they have a team in Austin that (as I have been told in the past) is basically strictly CFM devoted. I would think it would be engineers pulled from Orlando for Live, not devs from ORL or Austin. From there, I don't get how or why they wouldn't hire additional engineers since Madden has had a great year in sales & digital revenue. Of course, CFM doesn't make post-release money like MUT, so...His statement comes across more as an excuse, IMO.

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    So... a month out and we basically have a roster update, this Tell Tale mode and the same game play from last year?

    Looking like another year of Game Fly, easy plat, return.

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    Gameplay trailer and blogs coming yet this week according to Rex Dickson on Twitter.

    Between M18, 2K18, and Live 18's lack of info this year thus far, it's been a very weak pre-release cycle for some of the sports titles.

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    Definitely weak although established franchises like 2K can get away with it. Live needs more help.

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