First Look: Madden NFL 19

Madden 19 was released a little over three weeks ago on Friday, August 10. My days of pre-ordering and grabbing franchise games like this are long gone. For one, I’m a husband and a dad now, so I try not to spend too much time (or money) on gaming. Now don’t get me wrong, I still like to game in my spare time, I just don’t nearly invest as much into it as I use to.

Back in the day, I would purchase games as soon as they dropped, and spend countless hours playing getting familiar with new controls and features. Nowadays, I’m usually months behind (sometimes years) by the time I actually get the latest games. Since the games I play most typically get released around August and September, my strategy lately has been to stick it out until Black Friday and get a 2-for-1 deal, but this year was a little different.

I joined an online franchise league for the first time in Madden NFL 18 (about 3 months before the release of Madden 19). I jumped into this league pretty late, but luckily I got accepted and was assigned a random team. I was picking up where someone else left off, so this was pretty much a trial/practice run before the league was renewed in Madden 19. Hence why this time around, I needed to make sure I had the game if I wanted to score a team ahead of time once the league was transitioned.

Fast forward to today. I completed my 1st full season and my team sucks. Or maybe I just suck. Either way, I’ve only won two games thus far as league competition is strong. It’s pretty common to suck your first few seasons, especially if you have a bad team or if you’re new to playing online. My team does suck and I am a few years removed from the game so we’ll see how things go.

I’ve always enjoyed playing Franchise Mode, especially as an owner or a player. As an owner, it’s always fun to relocate and rebuild the not so popular NFL teams, and as a player, it’s exciting to “get in the game” and see how I would do on the gridiron as a quarterback in the NFL.

Checkout my Madden Franchise YouTube Mini-Series for highlights, gameplay and more.