Madden NFL 19

EA’s inevitable annual follow-up to its football series, Madden NFL 19, has been officially announced. EA announced the game and shared the first details on what to expect from it and when it’s set to release on PS4 and Xbox One.

One of the key features of this year’s game is something called Real Player Motion Technology. EA says with this “new animation system that unlocks next level responsiveness and player personality, players will experience more precision as they run, cut, catch and celebrate on the gridiron this season.” The company also touts that Madden 19 offers “more authentic ways to build an NFL roster [and] the ability to train and develop players.”

Franchise mode, which was largely unchanged in last year’s game, will see some new additions. With both single-player and multiplayer support, you can select from offensive and defensive schemes based on the way you want to play, though the company didn’t detail exactly what that entails. This will somehow tie into an “intuitive progression system” that’s “based on authentic positional archetypes” and allows you to choose between building a winner now or focusing on the future. Franchise mode also gets a Custom Draft Class Creator so that you can create draft classes manually.

Ultimate Team is another area seeing improvements. New training tools will allow you to develop players, while solo challenges will get a more competitive twist with MUT Solo Battles. These feature a leaderboard (with accompanying rewards) that let you compete with other players by taking part in single-player games.

Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition

Suggested retail price: $80

The Hall of Fame Edition has 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, wide receiver, Terrell Owens on the cover. It costs $20 more than the standard edition, but it gets you the core game, plus a number of extras. It also lets you choose between Owens or four other NFL legends (Brian Urlacher, Rod Woodson, Dan Marino, and Terrell Davis) to add to your team. Additionally, you get 12 Gold Team Fantasy Packs, one Elite Madden 19 cover athlete (TBA), and two All-Madden Uniforms.

As above, pre-ordering from Best Buy gets you a $10 reward certificate redeemable at Best Buy, but Newegg gives you $10 off the price from the start. And if you pre-order it anywhere, you get access to the game three days early (August 7).

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