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I haven't cared about a Madden game in years. Don't get me wrong: I love football, but these games mostly just felt like the same thing -- wash, rinse, repeat. For Madden 18 though, EA brought the popular sports franchise over to its Frostbite engine and added a story mode known as Longshot. And it looks fantastic.
The pieces of the "Longshot" story I saw at E3 were enough to hook me, especially since there's no longer an NCAA Football franchise to look forward to each year. Sure, you don't get to play as college-era Devin Wade, but you do get a feel for high school football in Texas and more events that lead up to an NFL scouting combine. If "Longshot" can do for Madden what "The Journey" did for FIFA last year, EA could draw a lot of people back to the gridiron.
The other game that really caught my eye at E3 was Call of Duty: WWII. The last game in the franchise, Infinite Warfare, wasn't my cup of tea, but going back to the franchise's roots in historical conflicts may win me back. The pieces I've seen so far look like vintage Call of Duty with all the tricks today's games allow. It also gives a bit of a nod to Left 4 Dead, with healing system based on health packs (first-aid kits) and more reliance on your fellow troops. Again, I've only seen a glimpse, but it was enough to persuade me to step onto the beaches of Normandy this fall.