The Best Aspect of Madden NFL 20 You Are Not Playing
For the second year in a row, I've jumped into a brand new Madden 20 coins match more excitedly than ever. Not for the new gameplay mechanics, updated roster, or even-more-lifelike images, but to see where the stories of my old pals Devin and Colt have been led.
Madden NFL 20 ($60; PS4, Xbox One, PC) includes a sequel to the surprisingly touching Longshot story mode from the past year's installment, which accompanied high school football stars Devin Wade and Colt Cruise in their last-ditch attempt to make it to the NFL by way of a reality show. While its own sequel, Longshot: Homecoming, is not quite as ambitious or focused, it also cuts out much of the bloat from last year's game to deliver a fun football story with a bigger emphasis on the actual"football" aspect of things.
Longshot: Homecoming picks up where the last match left off, with Devin (J.R. Lemon) and Colt (Scott Porter) adapting to life after the NFL Draft. Devin fights to get a job as a fourth-string quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, while Colt is back home in Mathis, Texas, captured between his NFL aspirations along with a shifting hometown that suddenly needs him more than ever before.
This is really Colt's narrative -- the cocky former star receiver comes with MUT 20 Coins for sale a tremendously satisfying and emotional character arc, whereas Devin's more rote NFL adventures feel like an afterthought.