The original Longshot was one of the biggest additions to Madden NFL 18 last year. It was a Telltale-esque cinematic story mode that followed the tale of Devin Wade, a former college star that gets a chance to re-enter the NFL after quitting due to a reality TV show.
Editor’s Note: Spoilers for Madden NFL 18’s Longshot and the first hour of Madden NFL 19’s Longshot: Homecoming below.
The story’s canon ending has Devin get drafted into the NFL and his friend Colt Cruise writing a song about him that reaches #1 on the charts in Finland. Longshot: Homecoming picks up one year after the original Longshot. Unfortunately, your choices from the original don’t carry over due to technical issues the developers over at EA Tiburon ran into; instead, Devin now finds himself as a fringe player on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys and is really struggling to remember plays an do well.
Devin’s Coach Earl is trying to help him improve, but it getting frustrated at his apparent lack of skill or effort. In this first hour (which you can check out below), most of Devin’s gameplay sections have him trying to pull off successful plays or drives in order to impress this coach, and his performance determines how his coach reacts. Longshot: Homecoming boasts more interactive football gameplay portions than last year did, but unfortunately gets rid of the number of dialogue options that its prequel had, at least in the portion I played.
Colt is faring too well either, becoming close to broke and falling on hard times after his brief success. Out of nowhere, his dad shows up for the first time since he was four and asks Colt to meet with him. Sadly, when Colt does so the next day, his father ditches him and leaves him with Loretta, his half-sister that he never knew about. Longshot: Homecoming has Cole trying to become a father figure for his sister as he decides what he wants to do with life: pursue his NFL dream at all costs, or settle for what he has.
The first hour of Longshot: Homecoming definitely sets up some interesting plot threads, and I’m eager to see out how they play out in the full game. I’m also happy it’s showing the less glamorous side of being an athlete, as that’s something sports media often ignores.
Anyways, you can watch the first hour of Longshot: Homecoming below. Madden NFL 19 releases for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 10, and you can pre-order it on Amazon. For more on Madden NFL 19, check out DualShockers’ preview of the game on PC and our interview with Creative Director Ben Haumiller.
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