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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-fidelitySee 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: 18 out of 34
  2. Negative: 13 out of 34
  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 playingWith 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. Nov 18, 2013
    9
    -Overall-
    Within the first hour or so of playing this game, I quickly saw some early positives. Now, after having played 10 user games and
    -Overall-
    Within the first hour or so of playing this game, I quickly saw some early positives. Now, after having played 10 user games and tinkering around in practice mode, my opinion is even more favorable. This is clearly a good game that incorporates simulation aspects long missing from past EA football games, while still retaining a big fun factor. We're finally at the point where if you see something screwed up in the game, it's more because "it's a video game designed by imperfect humans," as opposed to "it's an EA football game designed by morons." Commishes in "sim" leagues may find less of a need for those micromanaging gameplay rules ("no zigzagging," "no immediate sprint-outs from the pocket on pass plays," etc.) because the game sort of polices itself.

    Note: this is a more concise version of a review that I've posted elsewhere

    -General Player Movement-
    My biggest complaint about EA football over the years is that the pixelated players have never come close to moving around on the field like you would expect real human beings to move around. This has been the core problem related to various follies in the game: players moving like they're on ice skates, players unrealistically warping to the ball or to a spot on the field, ballcarriers changing directions at extreme angles with no foot planting and barely any change in speed. After reviewing numerous highlights after my user games, I can say this is a huge area of improvement for the game, with several positive consequences.

    -Realistic Running with the Ball
    It took me about 5 or 6 user games to really get a handle on TrueStep, and along the way I really gained an appreciation for how well the mechanic works. At first, it felt clunky and a little unresponsive, because my muscle memory was so used to controlling ice skating players whose weight didn't shift when changing directions. But after awhile, you start to see the benefit of not trying to make ridiculous cuts with your ballcarrier (or trying to sprint directly toward the far sideline and cut upfield), and running within the design of the play is now increasingly important. Once you have the hang of it, you'll be back to picking up good yards on the ground in situations where you would expect to do so, and when you watch the highlights/replays, you can see how you're picking up these yards honestly. Special moves are perfectly calibrated, neither underpowered nor overpowered, and can be effective when used judiciously instead of just spamming them.

    All that said, if you're user controlling Jamaal Charles, and he hits a hole with daylight in front of him, he's able to take off for big gain. One of the best things I like about TrueStep is that it limits backs to realistic cuts but doesn't limit the explosiveness of backs who are explosive.

    -Mobile QB Users Beware
    We've all seen (and done) the ridiculous plays with QB's out of the pocket. Like sprinting or drifting out of the pocket with the mobile QB (or even non-mobile QB) so that you can take off for big yards (after swerving a defender in a spy assignment) or buy tons of time to make a pinpoint throw downfield. One of the biggest things I noticed when I started playing user games on PS4 is that this has been toned down. The combination of TrueStep and better defender pursuit means that it's harder to just take off and pick up big gains on plays that are not designed runs. That's not to say that you don't have to worry about Cam Newton and Mike Vick and RG3, etc., but you can now more reasonably work against the frequent take-off-and-run users and they will be generally less successful in using that approach to the game. And using a 65 SPD quarterback to swerve a spy is certainly tougher, if not impossible.

    -Better Defender Reaction and Pursuit
    I'm going to venture to say that there is still no gap assignment AI in the game; however, the pursuit angles taken by defenders seems considerably improved, and it has the effect of LB's often working to plug the holes they should be plugging in the run game. On plays going to the edge, smart LB's will take smart angles, rather than a terrible angle concluded by a dumb dive and miss. Of course how much "better" this stuff is depends on the players involved: highly rated defenders will play like highly rated defenders.

    In pass coverage, defender reaction to receivers and the ball is the best I've seen in EA football. No, it's not perfect, and yes you will see defenders occasionally glitch out, but in 10 user games I've seen numerous occasions where a defender in zone coverage played intelligently and made a realistic play based on where receivers were located and what routes were being run. I've seen flat zone defenders backpedal when nothing was goidng to the flat, I've seen CB's in hook zones take away curls and out routes. These are plays that you simply did not see in previous versions of the game.

    More to say but I'm hitting the character limit. Highly recommend this game.
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  3. Dec 15, 2014
    9
    This game is awesome, all you need to do is download community built rosters to get the most up to date teams and boom you have Madden 15This game is awesome, all you need to do is download community built rosters to get the most up to date teams and boom you have Madden 15 without spending the money. Love the game-play, love the visuals, the only problem for me is repetitive commentary but it is not exactly game breaking. Definitely worth getting. Expand
  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 seeOverall 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 onDisappointed. 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 isHow 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 throughHexagon 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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