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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
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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: 20 out of 42
  2. Negative: 10 out of 42
  1. Jul 16, 2015
    10
    This is as close to perfect as a football simulation can get. The graphics rock, there are a few visual hiccups but the game play is rockThis is as close to perfect as a football simulation can get. The graphics rock, there are a few visual hiccups but the game play is rock solid and the characters are stunning. 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 28, 2014
    9
    Madden NFL 15 is, to me, the BEST Madden in years! The Graphics are truly Next Gen this year and the gameplay has a balance feel for offenseMadden NFL 15 is, to me, the BEST Madden in years! The Graphics are truly Next Gen this year and the gameplay has a balance feel for offense and defense. Run control is much better than Madden 25. Running is fun again, but so is Defense! This is just an overall great game. If you are a MUT fan, you'll absolutely love the changes this year and if you are a franchise baller, you'll also love the under-the-hood changes to CFM mode, including free agent signing, as well as major changes such as running drills using the new Game Prep feature. This is not a Madden to miss…it only gets better from here folks! Expand
  4. Aug 27, 2014
    7
    I am a bit of a harsh person when it comes to games. I don't usually write reviews to games that I do not play a lot and tend to be blunt andI am a bit of a harsh person when it comes to games. I don't usually write reviews to games that I do not play a lot and tend to be blunt and straight forward. With that said, Madden 15 is a step forward in the Madden franchise. The biggest and most notable improvement is the defense. AI are quicker to react to the ball and will put their hands up while a ball is in the air while defending the receiver (took you long enough EA...) I am not an EA hater, I call it how it is. EA has screwed the pooch on the Madden series the last 6 years. this year, new animations, defensive abilities and passing difficulty make this Madden feel like something new. Passing is much more difficult in this game , a pocket presence is required to effectively pass the ball in Madden. You can now put the ball more accurately where you want it too, with high rated QB s of course. Throwing a ball over the head of a defender and into the running hands of the receiver is better than ever. The d-line and o-line still have some issues, but they work like real lineman should. The running game feels smooth and while the tackling animations may show some funk at times, it for the most part is new and fresh to see. There still is problems with receivers or DBs fighting for the jump ball, or when certain passing plays play out to the routes full extent, I have seen WRs just turn and stare at the QB waiting for something to happen for 3 seconds before running a new route. The commentary is the biggest letdown of the game, I hate it. Overused, lame same old different day plug and chug lines. the halftime show is a joke and should be skipped as fast as possible. some high pitched over hyped white guy saying things like "The running back, takes the ball to the house, for 6, putting the home team up, by 3" Like WTF EA???? The sidelines and fans still look like Madden 10, but that is me being picky. Career mode and Connected Franchise is basically the same, which is my biggest letdown next to commentary. It seems Madden is moving towards a more MUT oriented play experience, (I don't care for that) than giving offline players playability with career and Franchise mode. Overall, this is a nice transition into the next generation of games, however, if EA thinks that they can plug and chug the next game by adding a few tweaks, new music and another menu slide they are wrong, there needs to be another big leap into the next game. 7/10. Ea, please use John Gruden and Mike Tirico.. Expand
  5. Sep 9, 2014
    6
    Firstly, I would encourage everyone to report the user "oejeoioifom " for offending other users with his review.

    Madden 15 makes a few
    Firstly, I would encourage everyone to report the user "oejeoioifom " for offending other users with his review.

    Madden 15 makes a few improvements from last year, however, it does not justify the sixty dollar price tag that is associated with it. Sure, you get improved defensive line control, better passing and slightly better blocking. However, this just does not add up to a significant improvement to the game of Madden.

    Electronic Arts has destroyed innovation in football gaming by buying the exclusive NFL license. Other companies need to be given an opportunity to compete with Madden or else this game is going to continue to stifle simulation football development for years to come.

    Please, do not purchase this product for sixty dollars, make a statement with your wallets.
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  6. Nov 18, 2014
    5
    So the last Madden I bought had Vince Young on the cover. Was never a big fan (full disclosure, I played the 2K series and love it), butSo the last Madden I bought had Vince Young on the cover. Was never a big fan (full disclosure, I played the 2K series and love it), but needed something to play on my new system, I'm a huge NFL fan, and I assumed they just HAD to have improved the game in some way after all these years. So without anything further- AN HONEST REVIEW FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A RETURNING PLAYER AFTER 6 OR SO YEARS.

    Simply disappointing... I really wanted to like this game, if only because I'm resigned to the fact I have no other choice. Animations are robotic, and still amazingly terrible in 2014! This is evidenced before you even start the game by any look at the "best screenshots" EA has selected from player submission for the loading screen. Seriously, it's a joke, especially when graphics have gotten to a point on the PREVIOUS generation of consoles to properly imitate human body movement. I can't remember the last time I looked at a videogame character in the last few years and thought, "that guy just doesn't look right when he moves" (contrast the movement with games like Dark Souls/Shadow of Mordor... then think about the budget EA throws at Madden EVERY YEAR).

    In Madden 25, every CB now seems to play like Revis; forget constesting jump balls (ala Manning and his chuck and pray offense). But, for all the times your secondary is in the right position, the game so obviously compensates for this by giving them all stone hands (if it didn't you'd literally be throwing 5-8 picks a game as a beginner). Really takes away from the immersion when DB's literally drop 5-6 passes that land directly into your defensive player's hands a game.

    But the game has improved physics now, right? What physics, your running back gets sucked into a tackle the second he rubs a defenisve lineman's elbow. I never expected a sports game to feel so UNLIKE the sport it purports to simulate. Unless you're playing an ideal defense for the run, expect to get 2-3 yard runs on most occasions, and stuffed/1 yard gains on obvious running plays. Game is quite undimensional, although I will say when you sacrifice yourself on a few run plays it does seem to open up the play action later in the game.

    So, once again, this was a short Madden review from a player returning after some 6 years absent from the game. I don't know what EA was trying to do with this game, but it sure as hell wasn't football. As a "beginner", it just isn't fun, and it seems like EA has essentially just adjusted difficulty "sliders" to offset whatever exploits they wanted to take out of the game. Not good enough for my dollar again next year. And as sad as it is that we still can't have any sort of competition to make this game better, it's even worse that after 6 years to improve the series, I actually had more fun playing Madden 08.
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  7. Aug 28, 2015
    0
    Honestly, the worst Madden I've ever played. I was excited about this game, and have played Madden since Sega, and WOW. Look, lets be real. ItHonestly, the worst Madden I've ever played. I was excited about this game, and have played Madden since Sega, and WOW. Look, lets be real. It is a sports game, and to quote a famous coach, "you play to win the game."

    When you play a sports game you play it with the knowledge that you will have control of the game. For what ever reason, EA thought it a better idea to make the game situational. Meaning, if the game isn't close, your players will drop balls, fumble, not go after a pass, etc. While the computer controlled team will go all star status until you're in a pinch. Basically garbage. In this game they seemed to really apply detail to human error, far from Madden 10 where you could rack up points so fast it was completely boring. Here they took player control, inserted whatever algorithm, and said ummmmm...no.

    Hey Madden, we play you to be IN CONTROL, not to be told what can and can't happen by your lousy computer system. Oh and btw, Jake Locker, is not that good. That is all
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