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  • Summary: New defense features and mechanics allow fans to confront their rivals with an arsenal of new pass rush moves, new open-field tackling mechanics, two new defensive cameras and more. For the first time, you can determine exactly when the ball-carrier is in your tackling range, and chooseNew defense features and mechanics allow fans to confront their rivals with an arsenal of new pass rush moves, new open-field tackling mechanics, two new defensive cameras and more. For the first time, you can determine exactly when the ball-carrier is in your tackling range, and choose either a conservative tackle or try for a high-risk, high-reward aggressive take-down. Further, new mechanics to jump the snap, cajole blockers off-balance and disrupt the backfield make it more interesting to play as a defensive lineman or blitzing linebacker. What's more, enhanced defensive AI means that your teammates will better know their assignments and be in position to make a play, allowing players to be more aggressive, with the knowledge that their teammates have their back. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Aug 22, 2014
    91
    Just enjoy the game for what it is; which not only is the best Madden game in quite some time, but the overall most accurate and realistic football game I have ever played.
  2. Aug 27, 2014
    90
    This is the first time since Madden NFL 10 where I've had that a-ha moment where all I want to do is go play Madden, and it's not because of some role-playing device in the career mode, or a nifty collection of throwback uniforms, or the fact there was a military flyover before the Super Bowl...It's because the gameplay is focused to raising my knowledge and skill rather than accommodating or minimizing the lack of it.
  3. Aug 22, 2014
    87
    The increased emphasis on defensive play, a great new play-calling system, and the return of long-time favorites makes this year’s Madden one of the best in recent memory, even if it could still use work in regards to its stale commentary and longstanding bugs.
  4. Aug 28, 2014
    80
    Even with the infrequent hiccup, unavoidable video segment or occasionally tiresome menu, Madden 15 has taken major strides in defining its place in the series. Hammering QBs after slipping past a blocker is all the more invigorating thanks to a flattering, defense-minded camera.
  5. An engrossing ecosystem. [Nov 2014, p.90]
  6. Sep 13, 2014
    80
    15 feels like a significant step forward. Not only in terms of mechanics, but in terms of improving players knowledge and skill at the game through finesse and feedback.
  7. Aug 21, 2014
    60
    Madden NFL 15 is an enjoyable football game on the surface, but its dragged down by a thousand little issues, including a poor interface, odd glitches, the inability to skip certain cutscenes, and more. As nice as it is to see it take a step forward in terms of accessibility, it still has a ways to go before catching up with the likes of FIFA and NBA 2K.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 59
  2. Negative: 16 out of 59
  1. Sep 17, 2014
    10
    The game is perfect. Well made game. Strategy is good play.
    Bad review user is incomprehensible, Brain is Stone.
    Have u a Madden NFL 15,
    The game is perfect. Well made game. Strategy is good play.
    Bad review user is incomprehensible, Brain is Stone.
    Have u a Madden NFL 15, Best a select product
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  2. Oct 4, 2014
    9
    --MADDEN IS BACK! I didn't play it last year and barely madden13. I still bought it cause I'm almost 40. That means my generation buys it--MADDEN IS BACK! I didn't play it last year and barely madden13. I still bought it cause I'm almost 40. That means my generation buys it every year cause we always have :( ugh! Losers! But I swore last year was my last year, but it's a new console so it deserves a shot..
    ------IT DELIVERS------
    --it's SOOO ADVANCED compared to just madden12. I decided to go buy the guide so I can master defensive adjustments.. Ya only get 2-3 seconds b4 the opponent hikes the ball and I'm always whacked out.. Back in the day triangle and down presses the box triangle right makes em tight cover and triangle and the position made em blitz or zone or double cover. I had that,, but I'm soooo lost,, I'm not even eff'n close to figuring it.. But I will! Either from playing or reading that guide. Like I said, I bought. Madden 92 when I was a teenager so of course I knew ALLLLL the ins & outs every year, and I'm a diehard BUFFALO BILLS FAN AND only play Buffalo. I'm used to mediocrity and a dolphin and jet sweep and a. Patriot split is like a Super Bowl for me baby..lol
    --Can you believe they realistically JACKED THE Bills 1st round pick in the draft.. Wtf! I know we traded it to move up for Sammy Watkins. So I had to restart and get our pick back..
    Username is Mcsipp
    --the presentation is great, announcers are the best since madden and summer all.. Dang it madden,, lay down you're voice already.. Even at 90 years old it would be awesome,
    ---music SUCKS!! It almost ruins the franchise mode or everything outside of being on the field.. Dude,,,it's non stop football instrumentals.. What the heck man.. madden soundtracks was awesome for years and years.. I would even listen to inner city rap,,and I bet inner city would listen to the rock. We'll,,maybe not but I still lived real music and the fact that it was outta my control

    ---fix the edit players!! Remove the option to edit the ratings= it's cheating... We would then even PAY$ for a roster update..meaning roster upgrades become special.. Now they aren't relevant and I haven't even gotten 1 yet(offline franchiser)

    --I gave it a 9 because the people who give a ZERO ARE TROLLS AND ITS A SHAME that this is allowed.. It's a fact that this game is between 7-9 every year. The presentation and graphics and mechanics do that. A 2 or a zero just means anger... There must be a way to fix this because it just means I can't rely on the user score and that's who's opinion I care about,,not some company who is paid to review games. So angry reviewers should put a 5 or 6 that shows dislike and the comments can explain why...

    Good job EA sports!
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  3. Aug 30, 2014
    9
    I'm a huge Madden fan, and every year this time we all know it's football season. I was really looking forward to the new defense system andI'm a huge Madden fan, and every year this time we all know it's football season. I was really looking forward to the new defense system and how it would look on PS4/XB1. Needless to say I am hugely impressed, the graphics are breathtaking and the gameplay is so smooth and effortless. The new "Pass rusher" is a great way to put pressure on the QB or to stop the run. I know this is probably the best Madden in at least five years. I you love Madden or only pick it up every now and again, this is a must buy for any sports fan. Expand
  4. Aug 27, 2014
    8
    I haven't bought a Madden game in five years. This is one of the best Madden games I have played in a while. My only gripe is they don't letI haven't bought a Madden game in five years. This is one of the best Madden games I have played in a while. My only gripe is they don't let you customize your player's face in connected franchise mode. This Madden feels more realistic. I'm glad they improved the defense instead of like a lot of the previous games where everyone could break tackles easily. You had to score 30+ plus points just to be competitive. Expand
  5. Dec 14, 2014
    6
    If you have played Madden the last couple of years, you're not missing out on much. The game play is mostly the same with some bothIf you have played Madden the last couple of years, you're not missing out on much. The game play is mostly the same with some both improvements and disappointments. One thing that personally annoys me is the soundtrack Madden has put in the last few years, but lets talk about the important things. I've only played this for PS4.

    PROS:
    Some new and improved concepts in Madden 15 are the defensive controls. New animations on the defensive line make it fun running threw the o-line and getting to the QB. There's also a new method for conservative and aggressive tackling. It's a feature I don't use much, but seems to be a plus for the new addition. They have kept and improved the skill drill games and those are always fun to do. They also put some new animations in for tackling and catches which is always welcomed.

    CONS:
    I feel like the cons out weigh the pros in this year's Madden though. One thing they have taken out is the coin toss. The flipping coin toss! Instead, they now have you choose what you would like to do if the coin toss is in your favor and decides it before the game starts. I personally HATE this. That's just one fundamental feature Madden should have. Another one is something Madden has never improved on and that is the feature of challenging plays. Refs will make the wrong call, but the challenge will never reverse the play like it would have in real life. The only way successful challenges are called is automatic and usually only for fumbles. Sometimes it feels as if you cannot direct a user player in certain directions. There has been many times we're on defensive I try to turn up field yet my player will go in another direction. I'm not sure of the cause of this but it is extremely annoying.

    Madden 15 is overall a fun game and fantasy drafts always make for an interesting season in franchise mode. I'm a big fan of the franchise and will probably end up getting next year's no matter what. EA Sports just needs to throw in some basic football fundamentals and Madden would be absolutely awesome. Hopefully they'll do it soon but I'd would recommend everyone to at least try it out.
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  6. RGM
    Aug 27, 2014
    4
    Playing Defense on the PlayStation 4 version of Madden 15 is really unsatisfying. Rushing the passer is limited to pressing a button when anPlaying Defense on the PlayStation 4 version of Madden 15 is really unsatisfying. Rushing the passer is limited to pressing a button when an icon appears on the screen. Since playing coverage isn't fun, playing defense boils down to just cheering on your AI characters while waiting to play offense again. You don't feel in control of the action. The changes made this year on defense were definitely for the worse.
    Offense is more fun, but you still don't feel in control, especially running the ball. Running just feels weighted and slow, and you will hardly EVER see a big play come out of the running game. Passing is decent, but i remember it being more fun on the older PS3 versions of the game.
    Graphically this game is a joke and EA should be ashamed at their failure. They must have the worlds worst character artists. All the players have same blocky-glued on jersey look. It's really disappointing because this game is on PS4.
    The modes are similar to previous years, In connected franchise you can play as a player, coach or owner. But the frequency of injuries (especially to your stars) becomes very annoying. I swear every other game it seemed at least one of the star players would get an 8-11 week injury.
    Ultimate team is a thing again, and their is a new gauntlet mode to keep your mind off how terrible an idea it was to pre-order this.
    Do not buy this game.
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  7. Nov 8, 2014
    0
    Anyone who says Madden 15 is anything above below average needs to be checked into a loony bin immediately! Either that or all of theseAnyone who says Madden 15 is anything above below average needs to be checked into a loony bin immediately! Either that or all of these positive reviews are just people getting paid by EA Sports to write good reviews about their game. For the past 3-4 years Madden has been garbage! This madden in particular is literally the SAME THING as Madden 25. Want to save money? Then buy Madden 25 instead of this crap, because it truly is the same game. I give it a 0 because the game play is awful, there is no imagination or creativity towards the Franchise Mode, the players on the field cheer after making a tackle even though their team is losing 35-0 in the 4th quarter, and finally the crowd continues to be non-realistic. How is half the stadium filled with fans without jerseys on? How does not one Pittsburgh Steelers fan NOT have a terrible towel? How is a Jaguars home game sold out every week when their team sucks? Spend your $70 on another game besides this one like i did! I am proud to say that this is the first year i decided NOT to buy Madden. I am sick and tired of spending my hard earned money on a game that a 12 year old girl could make! Expand

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