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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  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 9, 2014
    8
    EA Sports actually came through with a solid Madden game this year. The game-play feels smoother because of things like the new d-lineEA Sports actually came through with a solid Madden game this year. The game-play feels smoother because of things like the new d-line controls, and the harder difficulties feel less game breaking than other previous versions of Madden. The player lock is great, especially on defense where you can break through the line for a crushing sack. Ultimate Team is good, but the Connected Franchise really puts the icing on the cake here. Connected Franchises grant you the ability to play as a player, coach, or owner. Also, the ability to play Connected Franchise online with friends makes an amazing experience. However the lack of depth in the career modes can become dull. If Madden 15 was able to do something similar to NBA 2K's my career; it would be incredible. Also the lack music in the game leaves you with the same repetitive theme song over and over. Expand
  5. 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
  6. Jan 29, 2015
    5
    Good: Graphics are improved, gameplay is solid, and I loved the mode where they teach you how to read and run plays properly.

    Bad: There is
    Good: Graphics are improved, gameplay is solid, and I loved the mode where they teach you how to read and run plays properly.

    Bad: There is such a limited amount of content if you don't want to play online with a bunch of fools. MUT is fun, but it would be so much better if the amount of coins you get was higher and if they offered more challenges to earn the coins. However, it's obviously just part of the MONEY GRAB that EA constantly runs now. Seriously?? You want people to pay real money, and at that upwards of $50-100 do get packs of fake cards to use in a game? Ridiculous. Stop supporting these fools. Don't buy this tack-on crap. The core game should automatically get you more people to use on your team, faster.
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  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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