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  • Summary: Offensive and Defensive line play is the foundation of Madden NFL 25. Lineman are more than just physical, they are intelligent. Coupled with the ability to make 4x more decisions per second, 300 new blocking interactions create the most realistic running lanes for the ballcarrier andOffensive and Defensive line play is the foundation of Madden NFL 25. Lineman are more than just physical, they are intelligent. Coupled with the ability to make 4x more decisions per second, 300 new blocking interactions create the most realistic running lanes for the ballcarrier and passing pockets for the QB. Offensive lineman will dynamically sort and shift assignments based on threats and angles, starting with intelligently identifying the center of the defense, the “Mike”, countering the over 3x new defensive line moves and the latest blitz packages. Authentic double teams, blitz pick-ups, and line shifts showcase line units working together as one, highlighting the most physical and intense battles in the NFL.

    In Madden NFL 25, feel the anxiety of the crowd as you step up to the line on 4th and goal. Watch your teammates and coaches erupt with excitement as you blaze down the sideline for a game-changing score. Hear Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and new sideline reporter Danielle Bellini follow everything about your career. From injuries to accolades they’ll bring your career to life.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    86
    Madden's debut release onto next-gen is impressive and a solid first step.
  2. Nov 27, 2013
    83
    I will be the first to admit that Madden NFL 25 is not a perfect football game, but the overall package and satisfaction you will receive from game to game is so overwhelmingly genuine that you will be willing to overlook its faults and realize that this is just about as good as it gets for virtual football.
  3. Nov 27, 2013
    82
    That feature alone is not worth upgrading if you already have the game on 360 or PS3. Madden NFL 25 is a ton of fun on its own, but certainly not worth the double dip. If you held out this long, go ahead and grab it.
  4. Nov 15, 2013
    76
    The next-gen versions add more detail pretty much everywhere, but in the end it makes me have to fight for control of my players and worry about little things that aren’t that interesting.
  5. Dec 19, 2013
    73
    Madden 25 has some new aspects but also the same faults of the past, showing how the lack of competition is not good to Electronic Arts products.
  6. Nov 26, 2013
    70
    Pass protection that depicts an offensive line truly working together is a long-awaited improvement that series fans will love, and there are tangible dividends in learning the running game, provided you invest the time.
  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: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Dec 31, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ok so I was pretty upset when I figured out that I had to get a new Madden for the XBOX1 but if you get this you will not be disappointed. Pros. 1.Realistic ness is out standing. 2. Offense is no more so over powerd. 3. Defense and Offense don't over power each other. 4.Quick release.
    Cons. 1.To many fumbles. 2.well actually that is the only con so overall a very good game I recommend you get it.
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  2. Dec 5, 2013
    9
    Perhaps no sports game is more criticized by gamers year to year like the Madden franchise. Hell, I'm one of it's biggest critics. As a 2KPerhaps no sports game is more criticized by gamers year to year like the Madden franchise. Hell, I'm one of it's biggest critics. As a 2K fan, at times it's been hard to swallow what EA feeds us, and the expectations always exceed what we get. Still, I waited for the next gen version of this year's game with much apprehension, but also much excitement. Thankfully, EA Sports has delivered on the best Madden yet, even though there is still some improvement needed.
    GRAPHICS (8): Graphics in Madden 25 are definitely improved, in some areas more than others. The stadiums are incredible, with every detail in tact. The field itself looks great, and yes, you can actually see the individual blades of grass and it's awesome. The player models are near perfect replicas of their real life inspirations. However, most player's faces are nowhere near authentic, and coaches are hit and miss. Some look just like the real thing, some still look like an alien. Also, the referees don't look great, either. But the fans in the stands do look great, so that's also an advancement. Overall, a step up but still not consistently good enough to be called great.
    PRESENTATION (8): Again, presentation is a mixed bag. The menus look amazing, the intro package for all 32 teams is really awesome, and there are a lot of nice touches that make you feel like it's real NFL football. Still, some things need improvement. The commentary, while still good, still has a ways to go. While the call of the game is good, there are almost no references to your past games or where you stand in the playoff race. That's inexcusable for a next gen game. Presentation has come a long way in Madden, but there is still work to be done.
    GAMEPLAY: This is where Madden 25 really shines. Animations look great, the running games feels more real, the defenses are smart, making Madden 25 the most difficult Madden ever, and your quarterback can complete every pass there is. No broken patterns, no money plays, nothing is given to you. There are way too many interceptions, but I'm to the point where I'm OK with that because it punishes you for poor decisions, making the game that much tougher. The alternative is a game that is too easy and never challenges you. Overall, I feel like this is the most polished Madden ever.
    CONTROL (10): Controls are excellent in Madden 25. The running game especially feels good. Passing also feels authentic, and rushing the passer seems to be more effective than in recent years.
    FUN: Football games are always fun, and Madden 25 is no exception. In my time with the game, I have won plenty and I have lost plenty, and the game continues to challenge me to get better. And that's a lot of fun.
    FINAL SCORE (9): Madden football has come a long way. At times, the series has stunk. But I feel like EA has made great strides in the series and we are finally starting to get the football simulation we always dreamed of. There is still a lot of work to be done, especially in presentation, but Madden on Xbox One is a beautiful game with a lot of potential to deliver the ultimate football video game in the near future.
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  3. Nov 25, 2017
    8
    I can explain some of the fairly low scores for this next-gen version of Madden 25. Expectations are high for this game. I think a lot of fansI can explain some of the fairly low scores for this next-gen version of Madden 25. Expectations are high for this game. I think a lot of fans and critics alike feel that it's appropriate to expect an even more realistic, fluent or polished infinity engine compared to what debuted in last year's game. I feel as though the current gen (Xbox 360 version) is what fans were truly expecting in terms of the physics. Madden 25 for Xbox One may have fallen short in this regard due to the fact that this is Madden's debut on the Xbox one console. The Xbox 360 version may feel smoother and more polished due to the fact it's on the same console as Madden NFL 13, whereas the Xbox one version is the start of a feel out process due to the fact it's a launch title and is using the same engine as Fifa 14.

    The game play is really where Madden NFL 25 shines, provided you are willing to invest the time into the hard cutting feature and tackling system. Reaction time is a bit of a challenge for knowing when to cut in, run outside or juke around defenders in any football game, especially when cutting in hard enough will make your player nearly lose all speed/momentum and can also get rejected by running directly into the back of one of his own lineman, tight ends or receivers, (which is why the avoidance feature is useful).

    The tackling system is by far the trickiest feature in Madden 25. Since your defender can cut in just as hard as the ball carrier, this makes steering your defender into him and holding the x button late enough to time the wrap tackle a bit of a chore. Even the CPU controlled defenders end up tackling air sometimes, so it's easy to expect that gamers will probably do this as well. The hit stick feature utilized by the right thumb stick like usual is unresponsive probably to most and takes time learning when to time your big hit because getting burned can really spring the ball carrier for bigger gains.

    The game play should be appreciated by many gamers in some ways but be heavily criticized in other ways. it's probably the most advanced game play experience in any football title. Besides a somewhat polished, smoother physics engine, hard cutting and avoidance factors for the running back and tricky tackling system, the game play should make up for most of the positive reviews here. The precision modifier and right stick combo moves are great ways to be creative with the running aspect of the game, provided you know when to use them. Juking and spinning just before getting hit can easily make your ball carrier fumble the football, so it's appropriate to know when to make the safer play and hold rb to protect the ball. User catches may not be a brand new feature, but the purple check and release rights are a good addition to the passing game for someone who's already familiar with option passing rights. A purple icon will indicate who the cover man is. The back will stay in to block if the defender blitzes but will run his route if the defender remains in coverage. This is similar to the option running plays that indicate who the "read key defender" is. Most playbooks may only have read option plays out of different formations, but some teams (Seahawks for example), have almost every option running play there is including dart options, speed options, veer options and triple options even besides the regular read option play). (You'll want to watch the tutorials which cover just about every new game play feature there is to familiarize yourself with how to use them).

    I agree that some players may look less real than in previous current gen games or the Xbox 360 version of this Madden 25, but EA deserves a break because the graphics were probably created from the ground up. The details of the jerseys and glare of the player's helmets should make up for less realistic looking faces. Also, don't listen to DJgaming. I can agree that the game is glitchy at times but don't see how the games are predicted. Also, deep throws should be caught as long as you're experienced with user catches or lob the ball over the defender when necessary to do so depending on distance between him and the receiver. Also, I don't even know what super packs are and don't see how you need them to win considering I've won many times without them on all pro.

    cons: gamers are unable to practice both swats and interceptions in the skills trainer mode even though it was possible since Madden 2003 in mini-camp. Gamers are also unable to practice kicking and punting as well, although pre-play drills were added.. The biggest letdown in this game though is how often the CPU uses cheating as it's secret weapon. The gameplay is incredibly advanced but is no saving grace for how unfair the gameplay is at the same time. Do NOT buy this game if you only plan on playing against the CPU. You will be very frustrated and disappointed at times if you do. Play head to head with a friend instead. The gameplay is MUCH more fair and realistic then.
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  4. Jan 27, 2014
    7
    I have a problem with Madden 25 !! In season mode you can't play defense!! I hate that you should able to play whole game!! I give the game a 7 of 10
  5. May 23, 2014
    7
    Pretty happy with the game as a first-mover to the NeXT gen. Remember madden 06 was horrible on the 360. Looks good and has an overall goodPretty happy with the game as a first-mover to the NeXT gen. Remember madden 06 was horrible on the 360. Looks good and has an overall good feature-set. Looking for more improvements in madden 15, otherwise i might skip a year.

    Overall good game, but still not enough improvement year to year by EA
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  6. Dec 24, 2013
    6
    Not much of an improvement from the xbox 360 to the xbox one. Just like the ps2 version of 2006 to the ps3/xbox 360 there wasn't much of anNot much of an improvement from the xbox 360 to the xbox one. Just like the ps2 version of 2006 to the ps3/xbox 360 there wasn't much of an upgrade to the game. Expand
  7. Feb 1, 2014
    0
    This is the worst game ever!!!! Whenever you play a game, it is already predicted and is very glitchy even with a new Xbox One. When you makeThis is the worst game ever!!!! Whenever you play a game, it is already predicted and is very glitchy even with a new Xbox One. When you make a deep pass, it never gets caught LITERALLY! They only let you win the game if you use super packs, and super packs are $25 each!!!! Expand

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