An old buddy returns in Madden NFL 20’s new story mode


Madden NFL 20’s new story/profession mode is Face of the Franchise: QB1, replacing Longshot right after two chapters. But it brings back the very best character, and does not make fans wait extended to greet him, either.

Coach Jack Ford! And he’s voiced by Rus Blackwell, whose efficiency gave the character some emotional depth in 2017’s Madden NFL 18, exactly where he reluctantly mentors Devin Wade via a reality show competitors neither of them genuinely trust.

Ford is just as connected to the designed player in Face of the Franchise, also. Right here he is, prior to the initially game with your designed player, going more than a transform in plans that has agitated the star wide receiver.

Longshot’s initially chapter was borderline avant garde for a solution and a sport recognized as iterative and conservative, respectively. In terms of gameplay, it was mainly an elaborate on-boarding for the primary game. But Longshot’s story, written by longtime Madden developer Mike Young, was an exceptional piece of needle-threading. It remained upbeat but realistically cognizant of how difficult it is to truly make the NFL, specifically for players who wash out in an emotional tailspin in college. The “director’s cut” ending, if you got it, was the very best point in sports video gaming for 2017.

Here’s Ford/Blackwell in the initially Longshot’s very best scene. It requires strong scripting to do this, but it also calls for wonderful acting to make some thing so expository sound believable.

So, hearing Blackwell’s voice on the bus in Face of the Franchise, I had the identical reaction as I did when Clementine meets up with Kenny in the ski lodge in The Walking Dead: Season Two. It was like getting reunited with an individual who’d shared some thing complicated and profound.

Sadly, not each and every Madden fan felt as strongly about the initially Longshot’s virtues. The truth the mode by no means plays a down in the NFL was a drawback for some, who have been expecting a narrative additional tied to the league, with additional open-ended gameplay to boot. Final year’s followup chapter, Homecoming, lacked a lot of that character as it moved into safer territory with its story and challenges. It also didn’t have Jack Ford, but Colt Cruise’s character arc was an attractive substitute, at least.

Anyway, Jack Ford located a strong second act as a coordinator with the Oklahoma Sooners — or whomever you select for your quarterback at the starting of Face of the Franchise. So, two years later, Longshot delivers yet another delighted ending.


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