Tom Brady is the cover athlete for Madden NFL 18; Teaser Trailer confirms Story Mode

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Posted May 12th, 2017 at 7:00 am

The riches continue to flow for the New England Patriots and fans of the team as Tom Brady has been named the cover athlete for Madden NFL 18. This marks the first time active players from the same team have appeared on the cover in back-to-back years. Rob Gronkowski of course fronted Madden NFL 17. Brady will be the first quarterback to grace the cover since Drew Brees did seven years ago.

Brady’s selection comes as a surprise, obviously not because he isn’t deserving, but rather the money offered for the deal and time required for promotional purposes has generally proven unappealing to long-established superstars. Brady certainly doesn’t need the money or exposure that the Madden cover brings with it. EA Sports likely had to pay far more than usual, reported a few years ago to be low six-figures, to bring him on board.

It’s fitting that this is the year Brady is to appear on the cover, as there’s not going to be a better story than leading the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit late in the third quarter to win the Super Bowl. He threw 28 TDs in the regular season to just 2 INTs and for over 3,500 yards despite missing the first 4 games due to suspension. Brady finished the season rated 96 Overall, placing him behind only Aaron Rodgers at the position.

To go along with the news is the first teaser trailer for the game which also confirms the introduction of a Story Mode.ย The first feature details on the game came earlier this morning along with info on pre-order bonuses and the “GOAT” special edition. It’s also possible that Online Team Play will be making its return.

  • BravesFan24

    A deep career mode in Madden has been long overdue. The news that has been leaked on this game so far definitely has me interested.

    • Rich

      Deeper career is different than a pre-designed story mode with plot. I don’t know.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    The visuals look amazing!

  • Dounte

    I know one thing they better have the players on the sideline with their real jersey numbers I know that… Better not see one or more generic players either!

    • Rich

      Yeah love seeing a cut to of the coach and seeing #12(Aaron Rogers) look like some no name….it is minor but does ruin the polish.

  • hungryandrew

    How many “In Game Footage” Madden trailers are we going to fall for? They’re all lies.

    • Iown You

      Yeah, we can never forget the “Actual Gameplay Footage” horseshit they pulled with Madden 25. Nothing that comes from EA Tiburon or its shill girlfriend, Operation Sports, should be trusted.

    • MoneyMayweather

      Yes it looked like same ol gameplay but we don’t know how it plays yet. it can look wonky but play beautifully in our hands that’s the hope.

  • hungryandrew

    No they won’t go back to your dirt nap.

  • Roth Wood

    Madden’s curse is real !!!
    People laught about that, but …..I don’t believe in witches but they are real !!!

  • Rich

    I’m not really a fan of Story mode because usually it is some odd ball story that I cannot relate to…especially with NBA2k’s AWFUL VOs which really eliminated most who talk…normal. Now if this just follows the person from his last year of college, then offseason and camps to draft and then live the season then that would be great. I don’t need cinematics for sport games I guess…the play on the field is the drama…I play other games for a story. So either way I hope they had a Weekly wrapup show in the CFM ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ClubSteve

    pasta, i guess my hunch with brady on the cover came true. no need for a madden cover vote this year. when i heard about the GOAT edition, my first thought was brady too. wonder how goodell feels about this as well. even the suspension didn’t hinder him getting the cover and now he’s the face of the NFL, at least on the video game anyways.

    • monty

      Goodell cashed his 40 million this year.. I think hes fine with it.

      • ClubSteve

        you got that right….maybe a goodell cover for next year?

  • Andy Boi

    as long as he aint called frequency vibrations spike lee you moron

  • Andy Boi

    they normally pick players who have had a career year and statistically ypur never going to have back to back career years thats your curse

  • Khaleel Ward

    A new career mode is needed. But it all comes down to gameplay and execution.

  • Khaleel Ward

    I hope they bring back the skill games. If there is a career mode the combine should be in there.

    • Rich

      Yeah…I loved those when you would do a certain position. Mind you they needed quite a bit more variety to keep you wanting to play. But still was great. Along with an actual draft combine would be great. I honestly think the solo career mode could be it’s own game if they allowed you to start in Last year of HS or Last year of college and then progress through the years by working out, doing drills, mini games, etc that included so much depth. Then get scouted, having good interviews, team workouts, the camp workouts, etc. Then maybe if you could not get to NFL you could go to Canada for a couple years and then try again….so much stuff they could do. Sure people say…you should just do that in real life…but I’m 41 and im not doing that ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ClubSteve

      the combine and the pro bowl skills event competition as well. heck, pro bowl teams too, why not?

  • Roth Wood

    Do not get too excited about Frostbite Engine.
    It’s the same of FIFA 17 and if I’m not mistaken, FIFA physics still sucks a lot.

  • Glen Willett

    Hopefully the career mode lasts more than one season long like the FIFA version.

  • SockfulOfNickels

    The upgrade by FIFA really made no difference in the first year on the field.

  • Roth Wood

    Just wondering….
    I would like see a Madden’s game cover showing some NFL teams logos.
    Stadium pictures, something like that.
    One thing that i miss is listen some Madden tips by himself. I know he is old but can be something recorded from his own playbooks.