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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. 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. Sep 25, 2014
    7
    The ultimate team is even worse than last year I just spent 102k on packs and now I have 682 coins and no players if you get the game just forThe ultimate team is even worse than last year I just spent 102k on packs and now I have 682 coins and no players if you get the game just for ultimate team don't waste your money you'll just be upset like me Expand
  5. Sep 5, 2014
    6
    (For context, Madden'11 was the last edition I owned, though I play the demos every year)

    I can't wait until EA loses their NFL exclusivity
    (For context, Madden'11 was the last edition I owned, though I play the demos every year)

    I can't wait until EA loses their NFL exclusivity deal. These games, THIS ONE in particular, are just so lazily thrown together. I buy a copy every few years just because I love football so much, but this time I can't even stand it. For every one thing they add, another is removed from the previous edition. I'll be trading it in to try and cut my losses. Not once have I ever been so disappointed with a game I bought around release as to want to trade it in the day after purchase.

    It is the best looking Madden to date. That being said, it doesn't look mind-blowingly "next-gen" either. Some aspects like the field, helmets, faces and skin look amazing while the sidelines, stadiums, and some of the clothing on the coaches and fans look 8 years outdated. The sound is great when it doesn't glitch out occasionally so that you have to watch everything muted for a minute or two.

    The gameplay is frustrating. Defensive backs STILL undercut nearly every ball you throw, have unnatural acceleration, and have total awareness of where the ball is at all times. As soon as your QB's arm goes into motion to throw to a WR, every single DB has already completely shifted their momentum and is heading for the ball. Deep balls are impossible unless there is blown coverage. In fact, if your WR doesn't have a good 4-5 yard lead on the defender, in any route, the defender WILL make up the ground and undercut your throw. Every. Single. Time. Running back AI is atrocious in modes where you don't control everyone. They'll run east and west along the first down marker when all they have to do is take one step forward for a 1st down. O-line STILL let's pass rushers through unmolested on most plays, so that quick slant throws are the only way to even have a chance. These are all things that were touted as "fixed" in previous editions.

    The defensive gameplay is described as completely reworked, when in fact it's the same controls as previous years; but with on screen prompts to tell you when to disengage from blockers and make tackles. All this was already in previous games, you just had to look at the controls under the menu.
    Create-a-team is gone. Superstar no longer involves the NFL Combine or getting drafted. You just pick who you want to play for and set up a generic background story to get assigned stats. They did improve the way you build XP and Confidence in between games, though. And you won't automatically start if you're not the best QB on the team, finally.

    There are glitches throughout; some are funny like the Tiny Titan glitch, while most just ruin your game. Teams calling timeouts when they don't have any, causing the game to freeze until the playclock runs out and giving you a Delay of Game. Loading screens getting stuck. The screen blacking out but with the game still running until you reboot. Playbook categories getting misaligned and jumbled if you shuffle through them too much. The EA servers constantly boot you off and you can't reconnect without exiting the game completely. The list goes on. I've never seen so many glitches in a Madden game.
    I've learned my lesson by paying full price for this game. Never again. I'll stick with bargain bin copies of older editions to get my football fix until either EA changes their development strategy or some other company puts out a licensed NFL game.

    Do yourself a favor and grab the game from Redbox if you're still unsure. EA didn't make a demo this year, which after playing the full game, is no surprise.
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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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