Video games focusing on sports have one mission objective: to keep players engaged with the ultra-fast gameplay that's happening on their screen and keep them living in the moment. Madden NFL 19 accomplishes this perfectly with further developer enhancements that added features and improvements not seen in previous years. Indeed, this year's instalment of Madden is the best of what the football franchise has to offer.
One of the most well-received improvements to the Madden game this year is something that's been requested for quite a few years now. It's known on screen as “Real Player Motion” and allows for players to have greater control over their football superstars in moments where the game could quickly change. Real Player Motion makes the game seem much more fluid and easy to handle, which is especially important for beginners who are just coming to terms with the mechanics of the game. Players will be able to spin, duck, and dive with ease and be able to execute these commands during pivotal moments that could otherwise forfeit the ball to an opponent and cause them to score.
This level of fluidity also crosses over into visual excellence. Everything looks smooth when played on high settings using a compatible high definition screen. It's especially noticeable when players execute speed changes and tackle commands to their players on the field, which are all highly responsive and can be put into action when a player feels it is in their strategic interest.
The artificial intelligence has also had a noticeable boost in performance. While difficulty levels are hard to program into any sports game, the computer opponents will respond in a way that closely mimics what players would expect to see in a real live football game. Defensive linemen will push through a sprawl to pursue the halfback; safety players will often reach a fumbled ball before it reaches an out of bound area; and players running a fly will dash across the screen with lightning speed and precision. It all comes across as well-thought and it's clear developers reached for some assistance from coaches and football fans alike to create a technically sound football game.
Madden NFL 19 has received generally positive reviews in the gaming world and holds an impressive 80/100 score for its PC version on Metacritic. It also holds similar ratings across gaming review leaders IGN, GameSpot, and Game Informer. Those who are looking for one of the best examples of a modern, well-executed football game would be hard pressed to find one that has lived up to the impression that Madden NFL 19 has left on the gaming community around the world.
American football is renowned for its high intensity action combined with quick plays and hard hits. The experience found within Madden NFL 19 is one that replicates the actual game perfectly. Fans of the sport would do well to add this game to their libraries immediately.