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Madden NFL 25 Review

Developer: EA Tiburon | Publisher: EA Sports
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 08/27/13 | Genre: Sports

This year marks the twenty-fifth year of Madden Football. Twenty-five years, spanning a multitude of console and PC generations that is nearly as old as I am. Madden NFL 25 sports a new name, celebrating the achievement of twenty-five years, a brand new interface, new rosters, an all-new graphics engine, and new controls to close out the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 generation of consoles on the eve of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releasing.

Madden 25 once again features everything you would come to expect from the franchise.  Players can be the coach, GM, control a particular player, or just take control of anyone on the team like before.  The big change is the Connected Franchise mode. Here you take control of a coach--present or hall of famer--a player--current or a Legend as a rookie--or an owner. 

One thing I didn’t like is the interface.  The User-Interface, or UI, is made up of clunky tiles similar to the Xbox 360’s interface.  These tiles are slow to move between and just doesn’t work well at all.  On top of that, moving between menus brings up load screen after load screen.  Though this isn’t a deal breaker for the game, I hope they work on the interface in next year’s game.

Inside the game, things really look a lot better than the clumsy interface.  The Infinity Engine is used to get rid of “canned animations” so players move and react on the field like they would in real life.  This means that you won’t see a set animation used when a player gets tackled, for example.  You will, however, see some of the same set animations used during time outs and between quarters. For example touchdown celebrations are reused constantly and trainers will always be squirting water into the same players’ mouths. 

I still find that passing is a bit easy with Quarterbacks able to go for over 90%+ accuracy with no trouble.  While it is true that a real life NFL Quarterback can have one of those “magical days” and hit their receiver no matter what the Defense throws at them, it happens far too often within Madden 25.  The AI does not do a good job picking up receivers--especially over the middle of the field and they do not match up.

Overall, this is the best version of Madden Football ever made and is a must buy for fans of the pro game.  Though there are still some issues that keep it from being perfect, I give it a Buy It rating.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 10/11/13
ESRB Details: This is a football simulation game in which players can select teams from real NFL rosters, create and run plays, arrange playbooks, improve skills, and create/manage a franchise. Football games are presented with extensive player statistics and commentary from professional broadcasters.
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