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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
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  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 29, 2014
    80
    Madden NFL 15 marks a noticeable improvement for the long-standing franchise.
  5. Apr 7, 2015
    80
    You can’t find a better American football game. Not because there is not another game, but mainly because this one is pretty damn good. It looks great, sounds great, and plays great.
  6. Sep 16, 2014
    80
    This year, the changes to the defense and boost in presentation slide it away from “minimal” and feel much more substantial. But unfortunately, I find the player aspect of Connected Franchise to be one of the biggest parts of the whole Madden experience, and it being a husk of its former self is more than a little disappointing.
  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: 32 out of 73
  2. Negative: 19 out of 73
  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 27, 2014
    9
    This game is headed in the right direction. If you haven't picked this game up in a couple of years or you are looking to get into Madden thenThis game is headed in the right direction. If you haven't picked this game up in a couple of years or you are looking to get into Madden then this is the one you buy.

    While the game still lacks true WR/DB interaction, Madden NFL 15 DELIVERS on defense. I like to user my defensive lineman and they have made it possible with the new defensive lineman moves. The new tackle vision cone will give you the help you desire but you better not miss! Zone defense has improved tremendously where before you would see a safety just stand around, now they go after the ball, even if they don't make a play I love to see the effort.

    If you are newbie to this game, I recommend Skills Trainer straight out of the box. It teaches you about basic football concepts that you will need in game especially if you like to play online. Also to take it up a notch try out the Gauntlet where you can have fun and still learn the concepts of the game.

    Connected Franchise Mode has had some upgrades this year that makes it more interesting to gain XP for your players and still give you that true GM experience. One thing that's missing is the ability to renegotiate contracts with older players. If I have a 35 year old Drew Brees who's on the decline, then he shouldn't still be getting paid like the young Drew Brees. This happens in the NFL every offseason where older players renegotiate their contracts or face being released.

    As I said before, Madden NFL football is headed in the right direction. From the intro with Cam Newton to Madden Ultimate Team, Madden NFL 15 is the game that true football fans will love and enjoy!
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  3. Nov 18, 2015
    8
    Madden 15 seems to suffer from what all of the other Maddens ahead of it so. It has most of the same content from previous games with minorMadden 15 seems to suffer from what all of the other Maddens ahead of it so. It has most of the same content from previous games with minor tweaks and updated rosters. Still very fun to play with friends and family. Expand
  4. Nov 18, 2014
    7
    Great graphics. I feel they overpowered the defense and changed the CPU QB. Before the QB would throw the ball in a hurry or out of bounds butGreat graphics. I feel they overpowered the defense and changed the CPU QB. Before the QB would throw the ball in a hurry or out of bounds but now i get more sacks and the QB keeps the high percentage. Its still fun to play but I think they should balance the players out more. Also the deep ball only works for the CPU. Expand
  5. Jan 28, 2015
    6
    I will preface this review to say I am 32 and have owned every madden from 93 on except madden 25.This review is mainly about online play asI will preface this review to say I am 32 and have owned every madden from 93 on except madden 25.This review is mainly about online play as who cant beat the cpu on all pro with little difficulty by now?

    Well another year and another Madden. This year like most years has me starting off liking the game a lot but the more games I play the more fault I find with it. I bought this game at the end of october and it was the sole reason I purchased a ps4 so I basically dropped down 900.00 to play this years madden.

    The Graphics look pretty good next gen I found I was impressed at first but realized I didnt care much about the game looking sharp as I do about it playing sharp. After 500 online ranked matches and being within the top 3.5% on the leaderboard I feel I can accurately depict my feelings for this game in one word;FRUSTRATING. I am frustrated because many of the same bugs that were in the game ranging all the way back from madden 93 are still here. Magnetic tackling is still a problem. Come on EA you cant be bothered to fix a problem that existed way back in the super nintendo days.

    Money plays Still are very much still in the game. No matter how great I am on Defense it doesnt matter when it comes to play action corner routes or a deep bomb. Opponents will constantly spam the same route over and over for over half of their plays. They know you will block most of them but they know no matter how good you play you wont block all of them the game doesnt let you. For instance for years now I find that sometimes when I am pursuing a scrambling qb out of the pocket my defender cant go past a certain point and it just allows the qb right on by for the first or most often times more. Even in a qb contain it doesnt do what you ask it to. After 25 years of Madden there just isnt any excuse EA can give for this disgraceful treatment of its fans. EA needs to bring back fair play. No more stopping opponents on 3 downs only to have them go for it on 4th and 17 or 4th and 13 and make it almost everytime because of the aforementioned money plays. If a football team wouldnt go for it in real life in the given situation then players shouldnt even be allowed because you know they are gonna abuse it. Another issue is punting and kickoffs. A new thing people do is do such a intentionally short punt that the ai doesnt have time to get to field the ball and you dont have time to call fair catch and so the ai lets the ball bounce adding another 35 or 45 yards to the punt. On kickoffs the opponent playing mindgames with the onside or squib picking one of those 2 options and seeing how you are lined up and if it is in the correct formation they will call a timeout and keep everything the same but hope you change formation so they can get the ball back very easily. A lot of times opponents will hold down a key so that in kickoff you cant switch it to onside once you see they went onside.

    Defense. What can I say here EA hasnt got rid of the superlinebacker who is somehow able to bat a pass down that is intended to be to a receiver deep down field. That ball trajectory should be to high for anyone to bat it or intercept it from the linebacker spot. Linebackers shouldnt be able to stop a deep thrown ball in their base area of coverage. Corners controlled by the cpu almost always is somehow able to make a break on the ball even if they arent even aware that the ball is in the air and coming to their receiver they still magically get into position.

    The Screen pass is to much of a money play to the point where almost everyone uses and abuses it. I play fair and dont really use it because of course I could cheat like others but no im not going to I shouldnt have to and EA shouldnt allow this to happen by eliminating the money plays altogether. No matter how much attention I pay to obvious formation lineups and despite knowing what the play is likely to be and almost always ends up being and despite calling it out loud to anyone sitting near me to witness the bs some plays just cant be stopped constantly.

    Anyways, I have used almost all of the characters up I felt I had to write this review even though pretty much everyone who would buy madden has don so due to such a short lifespan for sports titles. If you play honest and want a real challenge friend me on the ps4 and we can play madden. username: smokerjoesteelers and to all of the cheaters who make the game even less fun then it is get a life you are all grown men who have to cheat in a videogame to even be able to compete. It is pathetic that you would pay money to play a game to ruin other peoples play. Until most of these issues are fixed if you have friends who play the best way is in person.

    p.s where the heck is the pass interference penalties? People are bashing receivers and illegal pick glitching interceptions. Until these issues are fixed Madden is done for me. I bought a new system hoping this would make it different and it didnt
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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. Sep 20, 2014
    0
    EA makes the game ever year with supposed "better" graphics. Madden is only fun if you are playing against a friend. I wouldn't play this gameEA makes the game ever year with supposed "better" graphics. Madden is only fun if you are playing against a friend. I wouldn't play this game if it was the last game on earth. Expand

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