Madden NFL 19 Fails to Convince with His Story ‘Longshot: Homecoming’ (Part 2 of 2)
We continue with this analysis on Longshot 2 or Longshot: Homecoming. Remember that here we will analyze the results of the story from an objective point of view. On the last occasion we talked to them about this story without depth, so let’s pick up where we left off.
Why a virtual court?
Apparently, EA Sports increased the time dedicated to a ‘virtual field’ in response to the comments and suggestions of many of its players. “One of the most common requests was that the players wanted to feel more involved with Longshot from a game perspective. With that, this season players will find four times more playing opportunities, and will be involved in more actions on the court, “wrote EA in a blog post.
Without a doubt, Homecoming is more fun than Longshot, because there is more game involved. However, Longshot was our favorite video game experience of 2017, while Homecoming is one of the versions of 2018 that we least like so far. Why? Because playing Madden NFL 19 has nothing to do with history.
A Series Of Weak Points
Homecoming focuses on the protagonists we mentioned, however, the game allows you to control an entire team. That means there is never a chance to surprise the player, or to have a significant impact on the story while the game is running.
History is bound to unite in some way, while trying to make the results of each match align with the cinematics that support it. The weak points are more obvious when you lose. While you can repeat a game several times to win, the story announces the victory as if it were not a big deal, and suddenly, the ropes of the story become obvious. You realize that the game you’re playing, and the story they tell you, are not connected.
While Homecoming does not take advantage of its previous success, it follows a formula that is found quite frequently in other games. For example, The Neighborhood of NBA 2K18, and The Show’s Road to the MLB Show, are designed to follow a lifelong dream of professional sports players. Both campaigns offer a different way of playing basketball and baseball from the perspective of a player rather than a team, but the stories in each one leave much to be desired.