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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: 37 out of 66
  2. Negative: 19 out of 66
  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. 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. 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. 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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