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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: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  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 21, 2014
    90
    This might be the best all-around Madden game in the last ten years.
  3. Aug 28, 2014
    90
    The defensive improvements make playing defense fun for the first time in quite a while. The improved tackling offers more challenge and choice while the guessing of the snap gives you something to work at when pass rushing.
  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: 38 out of 67
  2. Negative: 19 out of 67
  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. 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
  3. Aug 29, 2014
    8
    After the underwhelming and poor Madden 25, EA Sports stepped up it's game with Madden 15. The game features new presentation style, muchAfter the underwhelming and poor Madden 25, EA Sports stepped up it's game with Madden 15. The game features new presentation style, much improved visuals over Madden 25's next gen edition, new defensive mechanisms, and some other minor features that make the game worth playing. However, a few aspects, including the connected careers mode, need some refurbishing and feel identical to the previous games. The commentary is just ok and the score is purely annoying and needs to be tossed for real music. However, Madden 15 is a worthy improvement over the previous few and is a fun game for both casual and hardcore NFL fans and gamers. Expand
  4. Feb 3, 2015
    7
    Not the best Madden I've ever played (madden 12 was the best in recent memory ) but they for next-gen systems its the best one on the marketNot the best Madden I've ever played (madden 12 was the best in recent memory ) but they for next-gen systems its the best one on the market now....ultimate team is easier to play now with the upgraded interface....end zone celebrations havent changed , all video games are overpriced but if u are a fan of series, fan of football video games like the online muliplayer, play with friends or enjoy ultimate team it will do the job for u.... Expand
  5. Feb 24, 2015
    6
    Poor animations, terrible blocking A.I., a lack of player authenticity (wrong body types, wrong and/or missing equipment, wrong jersey types),Poor animations, terrible blocking A.I., a lack of player authenticity (wrong body types, wrong and/or missing equipment, wrong jersey types), a real-time physics engine that can best be described as "over-sensitive" and "broken", a focus on MUT, and a complacent, apathetic development team that scoffs at every user wishlist request as being "too minor for us to care about" (here's looking at you Clint Oldenburg), all works to continue to hold Madden back from the greatness other sports games achieved two generations ago.

    Despite all of those issues, Madden 15 manages to be a fun game, albeit one that consistently shows flashes of unfulfilled potential and sloppy production values that have carried over since the development of Madden 06 and have never been conquered. A development team with real passion could run it in for a winning touchdown. Sadly, EA Tiburon is not that team; EA Tiburon is a team that chooses to pass middle-field from the 1-yard line and get intercepted each and every season.
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  6. Sep 15, 2014
    4
    graphics are great imho but I find the tendancy for the playcalling through coaches suggestion to be repetitive. same plays over and over andgraphics are great imho but I find the tendancy for the playcalling through coaches suggestion to be repetitive. same plays over and over and over again where it calls more passing plays over run plays even thou your team is known for ground and pound. virtually no deep balls pass ( usually end in a interception or drop ball. feels like sometimes a defender just suddenly appears to bat ball down or intercept. as their are times when the passing symbols take to long to show up meaning by the time they show up it to late to throw to that receiver. Expand
  7. Sep 3, 2014
    0
    This game is a joke... again.

    Pros: N/A Cons: -Linebackers still have crazy verticals and reflexes -Forget about throwing a deep
    This game is a joke... again.

    Pros:
    N/A

    Cons:
    -Linebackers still have crazy verticals and reflexes
    -Forget about throwing a deep ball, cornerbacks will pick you off almost every time
    -Menu's are terrible to navigate
    -The new confidence makes the game impossible
    -Still have 1'2" players which dates back to before madden '05
    -WR's never fight for a pass
    -Cannot skip the into to games
    -There is no such thing as momentum
    -Zero penalties called

    This feels like an older madden with new graphics. Actually I would take madden 05 over this game. If they want to fix anything fix your physics engine, it's so unrealistic. Maybe I'm asking too much, but for a huge company like EA sports it cannot be that hard. Long live NFL2k5!!
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