Madden NFL 25 Review
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Madden NFL 25 Box Art
System: Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360
Dev: EA Tiburon
Pub: EA Sports
Release: November 19, 2013
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

Not all changes made to the game fall under the category of “improvements.” One of the more noticeable issues is the difference in frequency of injury. It’s common to see four or five players a game get carted off the field in injury. In one game, I lost the same quarterback to two different injuries: one for a few quarters, and then another that took him out for the remainder of the game. Injuries can be turned off, however, so this issue can be avoided by adjusting the options.

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The announcers are another issue players may want to avoid. Despite the extra power of the PS4, the announcers rely on the same repetitive dialogue throughout a game. Before a player’s first exhibition match ends, they will have heard at least a few repeated phrases by the commentators. Also, the situational awareness of the dialogue is spotty. The same, semi-successful run play can either be a bold choice in “establishing dominance” or an unimaginative play call that will ensure the coach “can’t win a game.”

This game benefits in a few other ways by being on the next-gen hardware. One of the most surprising ways is in the autosave function. In the middle of a Connected Franchise game, I had to leave, and instead of exiting the game and saving, I put the system into standby mode. When I next booted up Madden, I was asked if I wanted to resume my Connected Franchise, which saved at the moment I turned the system off, mid-game. Also, the PS4 touchpad can be used to send receivers into motion, and Madden is also compatible with the Vita’s Remote Play capabilities.

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One of the biggest complaints about Madden is that the game basically does the same thing every year. This next-gen iteration doesn’t carry enough innovation to counter that argument. However, this new Madden perfects the classic formula. With the best visuals for the series ever, and near-flawless gameplay aided by powerful hardware, Madden 25 for the Xbox One will satisfy Madden aficionados and casual sports gamers alike.

By
Justin Cloyd
Editor / News Director
Date: November 18, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
The players, coaches, and crowds look better than they ever have. The main gameplay receives a touch-up that makes it look sharper than its Xbox 360 counterpart.
4.5
Control
Madden 25’s fluid controls always perform the desired action.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The cheering crowd highlights tense moments well, but the announcers talk constantly, despite having little to say.
5.0
Play Value
Madden thrives on its replay value, and this new version might be the most re-playable Madden yet.
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • With 10X the detail, Madden NFL has never looked so real. See every nuance of a player’s face, equipment, and clothing as the line blurs between the players in the game and their real-life counterparts. Combined with high-fidelity animations that deliver the smoothest, most authentic looking player interactions ever, Madden NFL 25 delivers next definition visuals.
  • All-new True Step player motion calculates incredible detail in every step, delivering unprecedented control. Players now have the ability to foot-plant, cut, and shift momentum in an authentic way, unlocking the agility and explosiveness of the NFL athlete.
  • All-new Player Sense unlocks the human element in Madden NFL as players scan the field, anticipate situations before they happen, and maneuver with instincts and awareness. More than 50x contextual calculations bring intelligent ball carriers and defenders to life, as they sense obstacles and react on the fly. Player Sense combines the physical aspects of football with the mental.
  • Offensive and Defensive line play is at the heart of football, and now it’s the foundation of Madden NFL 25. 4x more decisions per second and 300 new blocking interactions create the most realistic running lanes for the ball carrier and passing pockets for the QB. Offensive lineman will dynamically sort and shift assignments based on threats, countering over 3x new defensive line animations and the latest blitz packages, highlighting the most physical and intense battles in the NFL.
  • Feel the anxiety of the crowd as you step up to the line on 4th and goal. Watch your teammates and coaches react with excitement as you blaze down the sideline for a game-changing score. Each stadium is dynamic, filled with energy, emotion, and action. In Madden NFL 25, feel the pulse of every game, every score, and every play.

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