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  • Summary: See every nuance of a player’s face, equipment, and clothing as the line blurs between the players in the game and their real-life counterparts. Up to 4x the texture resolution breathes new life into stadiums, crowds, the field, and even the ball itself. Combined with high-fidelity animations that deliver smooth, authentic-looking player interactions, Madden NFL 25 promises to deliver Next Definition visuals.

    All-new Player Sense unlocks the human element in Madden NFL. For the first time, players scan the field, anticipate situations before they happen, and maneuver with instincts and awareness. The ability to make up to 50x as many contextual calculations brings intelligent ballcarriers and defenders to life, as they sense obstacles and react on the fly. Ballcarriers leap over fallen players, blitzing linebackers slide past teammates on their way to the QB, and so much more, combining the physical aspects of football with the mental.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 20, 2013
    95
    Some may find that it’s too realistic, but I believe that Madden purists won’t be able to get enough of it.
  2. Nov 18, 2013
    86
    This new Madden perfects the classic formula. With the best visuals for the series ever, and near-flawless gameplay aided by powerful hardware, Madden 25 for the PS4 will satisfy Madden aficionados and casual sports gamers alike.
  3. Whether you're a rookie or an in-the-know veteran, this is an enjoyable package. [January 2014, p78]
  4. 75
    The running game is traditional, and NFL enthusiasts will dig into the experience with a gridiron fist. The common issues with past Madden games still linger, but the pros are beginning to outweigh the cons for the first time in a while.
  5. Apr 13, 2014
    70
    Madden NFL 25 is the best American football game on the market. Mainly because it's the one and only. Even with this series EA seems to have fallen asleep, focusing more on the reaffirmation of the good aspects of the past rather than the introduction of something new.
  6. Nov 26, 2013
    70
    For each anomaly, like a poor facial render of a head coach, there's a subtle detail, like a wide receiver who tries to keep both feet in the field during a catch.
  7. Nov 22, 2013
    60
    Madden NFL 25 doesn't represent enough of a leap forward to make it either a technical showpiece for your new console, nor a more exciting football game than what EA already put out a few months ago.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 12 out of 32
  1. Nov 17, 2013
    10
    With the next generation of gaming consoles being released, it's time to pick up and play the next generation of Madden. I have been playing Madden NFL Football going all the way back to Madden 1992 on the Sega Genesis. With each new system that's been released over the years, the first game I always pick up is Madden.

    With Madden NFL 25 for the PS4, this game is much more than a graphics update. It looks and feels like a completely different game than it does on the XBOX 360. Not only are the graphics top notch, gameplay has been much improved as well. If your game plan is using the running game first like mine is, you will notice just how much the offensive line blocks better than it ever has before in the game. Believe me, I took full advantage of finding holes and following my blockers to run for big gains.

    As far as graphics go, you will be hard pressed to find a better looking sports game. The players look like themselves and the football fields look incredible. If you took the time, you could count each blade of grass on the field. My only disappointment is there's still no baseball diamond in September and October in Oakland. Since the were included in the PS2/XBOX versions of the game, I thought for sure that they would be included in next gen Madden but they aren't. Maybe next year.

    My biggest pet peeve in the Madden Series is no longer a problem. The sidelines and crowds are move alive and interactive than ever. For years, both the sidelines and the crowds looked liked zombies. That's no longer the case. Players now interact with each other, Coaches interact with other Coaches as well. Coaches now wear headsets like they do in real life games. The crowds come alive when the home team makes a big play. Even Oakland Raiders Coach Dennis Allen celebrated when the Raiders score a come from behind game winning touchdown.

    If you are looking for a great sports game to go along with your PlayStation 4, I suggest you give Madden NFL 25 a shot. Getting your video game football fix has never been better.
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  2. Dec 31, 2013
    9
    This game has a few physics engine flaws but is a huge improvement from the ps3 model. The AI is harder and tackling is much better. The game speed seems to have gotten a bit faster also making it more challenging. A few improved camera angles and way faster menu speeds. A big improvement on an already decent game Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2013
    8
    Madden NFL 25 for the next gen systems is an unexpected upgrade over the PS3/360 versions. While no sports game shows much visual improvement from the user controlled angle, all of these sports game look amazing up close. Madden 25 in no exception. The biggest change is in gameplay with the addition of "True Step". Players much slow down to change directions and they will change their footwork and plant their feet accordingly.

    Another large upgrade is in the offensive and defensive line play. Blocking assignments have been changed to allow for a more organic experience, including double team blocking. CPU controlled AI is also much improved. On the presentation side we have quite a bit more commentary as well as new user interface in the pause screen in game that provides much more information for the user.

    The "Ignite" engine has allowed for many changes to be made under the hood and should provide for much more to be done each year. I would easily suggest purchasing Madden NFL 25 if you have a video game and football fan in the house hold. GREAT GAME. Many of the detractors on these review sites have not played the game, and as dumb as it sounds, have a hidden agenda when giving reviews. Many websites that have given Madden low scores over the last few years have raved at the improvements made so far on the PS4/Xbox One.

    Make the choice for yourself, once you play it, you will know you made the right choice.
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  4. Mar 20, 2014
    7
    Overall Madden 25 is a solid game. My major gripe with this franchise is that there's little change overall between each game. I'd love to see more and more customization with each game, and you'd think that'd happen, but unfortunately it just hasn't with recent Madden installments. Madden 25 certainly does not break that chain. Mechanic wise it's good, the only issue I've run into is that I wish there was at least an option for user controlled player tackle assist. By this I mean "more suction" to the player you wish to tackle. I can't tell you how many times my user controlled player has simply brushed up against an opposing player rather than tackling or even tripping up the opponent. Other than that there's not much to complain about mechanic wise. If you're a football fan, Madden 25 is a great pick up. If you're a football game fan, it's solid and average at best. Expand
  5. Nov 16, 2013
    4
    Disappointed. That's the one word to describe my feelings toward this game. I thought EA had just rushed through current gen to work harder on next ten, but I was wrong. This game is just a port to the PS4. The presentation and gameplay are exactly the same, and worst of all, the graphics are barely an improvement over the current ten consoles. Why would you do this EA? What makes you think educated people will go out and purchase the same game they got months ago with minimal graphical improvement. Pure disappointment. Expand
  6. Mar 5, 2014
    4
    How can anybody give this pile of crap a 10? Are your standards that low or have you never watched an NFL game before. The commentary alone is simply embarrassing to listen to. Yes, yes, the graphics are nice I will admit that. The gameplay is still awful, CPU DBs will cover an entire half of the field and run the 40 in 2.5 seconds when going for a ball in the air. Whatever happened to Franchise mode? EA is lucky they bought the NFL license because 2K sports would be making football games that made this crap look like an Atari game. Imagine NFL 2K14 on next gen? I wish. Expand
  7. Nov 24, 2013
    0
    Hexagon first down markers and side line player animations pulled from NCAA 14 along with the create a coach whose shoulders glitch through his shirt this is complete trash DON'T BUY IT!! Try and rent it like I did but its trash none the less! Expand

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