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  • Summary: New broadcast and NFL Films-inspired presentation shows the game in a different light. Evolved player and coach models make personalities appear more realistic, and additional camera angles and player celebrations capture the most kinetic moments of football. Also on board is a new studioNew broadcast and NFL Films-inspired presentation shows the game in a different light. Evolved player and coach models make personalities appear more realistic, and additional camera angles and player celebrations capture the most kinetic moments of football. Also on board is a new studio halftime show with dynamic highlights, analysis and recaps of the first half that tell the story of the game. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Aug 21, 2014
    90
    Madden NFL 15 is a solid title that's actually one of the better editions to date.
  2. Aug 23, 2014
    87
    This year’s game is both exciting and reassuring that EA Sports isn’t wasting opportunities to improve the series.
  3. Aug 26, 2014
    86
    Madden NFL 15 won't break the mold in terms of gameplay innovation, but its new looks coupled with a much-needed improvement on the defensive side of the ball and the Gauntlet mode, add some freshness to the formula and, most importantly, make this the first truly next-gen iteration of the series.
  4. Aug 27, 2014
    80
    There are still a lot of things this series could stand to improve, but Madden NFL 15 represents an encouraging step forward for this series. A small step, to be sure, but still a positive one.
  5. Sep 19, 2014
    80
    The revised skills trainer makes it a perfect entry level game for us on the other side of the pond who are interested in the NFL but need help in the concept and rules department of the game.
  6. Sep 3, 2014
    80
    With gorgeous visuals, great presentation, intuitive controls and deep game modes, Madden NFL 15 is undoubtedly the MVP of American football games.
  7. Aug 26, 2014
    70
    Deficiencies in the passing game along with technical hiccups stemming from the game's often-comical physics still exist, but Madden 15's few missteps do little to detract from an otherwise strong outing.

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  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. Aug 27, 2014
    10
    finally a madden that is getting better its not all the way there yet but this is something EA can build on its looking good so far haven'tfinally a madden that is getting better its not all the way there yet but this is something EA can build on its looking good so far haven't played online yet but im really liking the the improved ai Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    9
    If you are reading this review and others from random internet guys like me I get it as I do the same thing for many games I’m just not sureIf you are reading this review and others from random internet guys like me I get it as I do the same thing for many games I’m just not sure about. It’s especially the case with yearly release titles like Madden as we all wonder – is this version worth putting my previous version to bed or is it skip year?

    This review isn’t for the hardcore, you buy every year without fail and nitpick it death. I get that, as I have my share of guaranteed must-buys. My words are for those like me who are football fans and video game players wanting to see if EA SPORTS can make those 2 worlds collide and offer something that feels, looks, and plays like what we watch on Fall Sundays but is also fun to play solo, with my buddy next to me, and possibly with others across the world. We want depth while at the same time not be bogged down by complicated controls. We want to see amazing catches, savage hits, and nail-biting endings but we also don’t want it to be too over-the-top nor feel like our actions on the field aren’t properly rewarded or penalized. If you can relate to those ideals then read on as this short review may prove helpful for your buying decision.

    I’m going to make it real simple if you are on the fence….Madden 15 is “The One”. You know what I mean. Run, don’t walk – this is the version you need to have, there is no reason to wait for next year. The amount of love and detail that has been added to this version is nothing short of amazing. It looks absolutely beautiful on next gen consoles. The animations are smooth and full of variety. Defense is finally almost as much fun to play as offense. EA SPORTS has put together a package that has an overwhelming amount of depth while at the same time keeping menu navigation and gameplay controls easy enough for anyone to understand. One of my favorite new parts of the game is the training which provides a better understanding of not only how to play the game but also the chess match that is going on between offensive and defensive play-calling in real life. What you learn could fundamentally change the way you have been playing video football and also give you a new appreciation of the sport itself.

    I haven’t played all the modes offered and likely never will get to them all. There are plenty of reviews out there that will go into particular details that you may want to investigate further. Others may focus on glitches but I’ve yet to find anything that is a buzzkill. What I have done is go “old school” and played my boys head-2-head on our sofa and we have had more fun in the past 5 days than we have had in the past 5 years of Madden releases. The NFL should be very proud to see their league brought to life so realistically in a video game.

    Bottom line – Madden 15 is a gem. I’m going to stop writing because you need to stop reading and go get this game!
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  3. Aug 27, 2014
    9
    This is probably the best Madden I have ever played. The graphics are beautiful and the gameplay controls are very well put together on bothThis is probably the best Madden I have ever played. The graphics are beautiful and the gameplay controls are very well put together on both sides of the ball. Playing on defense is actually enjoyable and never been so easy to use before. I would like the see the commentary to be as alive like FIFA or the NBA 2K series and I would like to see it less likely where after the play everyone doesn't do the domino effect every time they bump into someone. I recommend the game though to every football fan and to anyone who is wanting to get into the football genre. Expand
  4. Sep 2, 2014
    8
    Best Madden Yet.

    Madden 15 for the Xbox One is the true next gen Madden. After feeling somewhat let down by Madden 25 (XboxOne) this game
    Best Madden Yet.

    Madden 15 for the Xbox One is the true next gen Madden. After feeling somewhat let down by Madden 25 (XboxOne) this game satisfies that thirst I had for football.

    Pros;
    -When you first pop the disk in you are thrust into the action with a cinematic version of the new gameplay. It's like John Madden is punching you in the face with awesomeness.
    -The audio is very much improved from years past.
    -Stadium sounds are NOTICEABLY better. Break off a big run and your fans will go wild. Playing away and get stuffed on third down, you can feel the stadium bearing down on you.
    -More scanned faces adding to the realism of your favorite coaches and players.
    -There has been a much needed balancing between offense and defense.
    -The play calling screen has been revamped. Now showing previously called plays, success rates of plays, and how many yards averaged per play.
    -The line play has been improved. Olineman block better and at the same time the Dline has new controls to combat the offense and better differentiate between finesse and power moves.

    This game is simply fun. Have been playing a Connect Franchise mode with friends and haven't had any serious issues. Any issue I have had so far can be fixed in a patch.

    If you liked Madden 25 this is about 5 times better in my opinion.
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  5. Feb 10, 2015
    7
    Beating friends and family to the super bowl in Connected Franchise Mode on all madden feels good....Beating friends and family to the super bowl in Connected Franchise Mode on all madden feels good.... 10/10 good! Expand
  6. Feb 21, 2015
    6
    This game was a slight disappointment for me after Madden 25 being excellent on 360 and XB1,my main issues are micro-transactions,awful lagThis game was a slight disappointment for me after Madden 25 being excellent on 360 and XB1,my main issues are micro-transactions,awful lag online and players jumping improbable distances for catches/interceptions everything else is just as good as M25. Expand
  7. Sep 11, 2014
    0
    graphics are cool but the gameplay is AWFUL just like every other madden, i swear EA has been using the same engine for the last 7 years. itsgraphics are cool but the gameplay is AWFUL just like every other madden, i swear EA has been using the same engine for the last 7 years. its the same old choppy, glitchy BS as last year....oh and navigating through the menus is a NIGHTMARE. everything is laggy, there is literally like a 2 second delay after you hit the button, its hard to believe that this is next gen

    another thing, i drafted my team and tried to get a scrimmage going before i started the season but guess what.. u cant!! there is no practice mode in the connected franchise..i dont know how you leave that out of a game...smh.... this is probably one of the worst football games ive ever played. im gona be so happy if/when 2k sports takes over
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