Cam Newton is a Madden connoisseur. He told me so himself.
I had an opportunity to speak to the Carolina Panthers star just prior to the release of Madden 15.
Make no mistake about it: Newton isn't just one of those non-gaming athletes asked to lend his time and likeness to the promotion of a new title.
Cam plays the game for real.
He discussed his involvement in "The Gauntlet," Madden 15's skills-based mini-mode.
Gamers are challenged to complete simple tasks such as completing passes against several different defensive formations. If successful, you advance to a boss level where the challenges get more difficult.
In the first stage, you are charged with kicking a 110-yard field goal in hurricane-strength winds.
It's a pretty fun deviation from the game's simulation-based gameplay. Where does Newton fit in with all of this?
He's the voice of the mode. Cam sprinkles in his personality, sense of humor and style as he teases you for unsuccessful attempts and declares "boss level" whenever you advance to the final challenge of the current stage.
There's nothing like being trolled by one of the NFL's best quarterbacks.
In case you haven't seen the mode in action, here's a snippet:
Aside from talking about The Gauntlet, Newton broke down the similarities and differences between playing quarterback in the NFL and in Madden.
While he loves the game, don't expect to hear any stories about him using it as preparation for Sundays.
He believes his experience in real life is part of what makes him so tough to beat in Madden. I'd love to find out firsthand. I challenged him to a game, and he accepted. We'll have to see if we can get that one-on-one matchup done.
Take a listen to the interview to hear the full story on The Gauntlet and more.
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