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'Madden 18's' Longshot Story Mode Is A Heartfelt Ode To Friendship And Football

'Madden 18's' Longshot Story Mode Is A Heartfelt Ode To Friendship And Football
From Uproxx - August 17, 2017

Leading up to the release of Madden 18 (read our review here), expectations for a mostly on-rails story experience in a Madden were low. NBA 2K, FIFA, The Show and Fight Night have all had some semblance of story mode that puts you into the shoes of a pro player, and the last thing the world needs is another Friday Night Lights or Varsity Blues or Rudy story. Its with much relief and a surprising amount of enthusiasm that Maddens Longshot story mode has exceeded all expectations.

The center of the story is the fictional University of Texas dropout Devin Wade. After his fathers tragic death in his freshman year of college, he throws seven interceptions in three-and-a-half games, then abruptly quits the team and joins the Army. Now hes back for redemption three years later and next to his childhood friend Colt Cruise, who has the most Texas name ever. Colt and Devin are trying to make their way into the NFL by catching the eye of scouts at the regional combine in Indianapolis, but instead, Devin gets an offer to star in the reality show Longshot, which promises weeks of one on one training with a Super Bowl-winning coach ahead of the super-regionals. This is Devin Wades best chance to get back in the NFL.

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