Madden NFL 25 promises to deliver both strategic necessity and intense game play; from crushing tackles to deep passes to legendary players, the only thing missing from the virtual game seems to be the smell of grass and sweat. Of course, reviewers have noted a few less-than-stellar features (including the tedium of Owner Mode) in Madden 25, but all in all, EA should be able to if not exceed expectations, at least meet them. After all, they’ve eschewed their tradition of naming each version after its year in order to draw attention to the fact that Madden 25 marks the franchise’s 25th anniversary.
Platforms and Engine
Although gameplay on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be tighter and easier to control thanks to the Infinity Engine 2, fans will have to wait for the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to get the benefits of everything Madden 25 has to offer. The two new consoles, both due for launch in late 2013, will make use of the new Ignite sports game engine, which will supply more precise tracking, a higher degree of fluidity, and better AI. The EA Sports Ignite engine, in short, will give gamers cutting-edge visual detail (for example, the field degrades as you play) and exact player handling.
Although the ability to play as a player or coach returns in Madden 25, Connected Franchise mode also allows gamers the chance to play as an owner, managing everything from concession prices to parking. Because perhaps this ability won’t appeal to everyone, EA has revived a few features from earlier versions of Madden NFL, including the abilities to revive or relocate teams. Ultimately, however, many of the game’s basics remain the same; it’s the power of the Infinity Engine 2 (and, in the future, the Ignite engine) that improves the Madden experience. Players will no longer tumble over each other and will look more realistic in general.
By and large, reviewers have taken to Madden 25 and most have recommended it as a must-buy. IGN’s Jack Devries calls it the “best football game experience” he’s had until now. GamesRadar’s review notes that Madden 25 is more than just a roster update, calling it a better version than Madden 13. FanSided gives the game a grade of ‘A minus,’ noting that although there aren’t many new “bells and whistles,” the improved gameplay makes it worth the money. Note that these reviews are all for the XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game; the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions promise to be even better.
Although Barry Sanders, the legendary Detroit Lions Hall of Fame running back, won the honor of gracing the cover of Madden 25 by fan vote, he will ultimately split the honor with the finalist he beat. Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, will be featured on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One covers, while Sanders will remain on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. Despite having to share his victory, Sanders has been quoted as feeling proud and excited to have won.
The release date for Madden NFL 25 on PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 is Aug. 27, 2013. Sony’s PlayStation 4 is due for release on Nov. 15, 2013, with the Xbox One scheduled to hit the shelves around the same time. Madden 25 will be a launch title for both platforms. If you’re a Madden fan, 2013 should be a great year for you — and if not, this might be the year to become one. To Pre-Order from Amazon, click the links below..
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