Average User Score: 6.0Sep 6, 2014I had moderately low expectations for Madden 15 after a shortened development cycle due to the late lunch of Madden NFL 25 on PS4/Xbox One. II had moderately low expectations for Madden 15 after a shortened development cycle due to the late lunch of Madden NFL 25 on PS4/Xbox One. I couldn't have been more wrong. Madden 15 came strong with major graphical upgrades and presentation overlay focus. One look at Madden NFL 15 and you can see the difference from the previous edition. The detail in the players on the field is simply amazing and VERY close to what we saw in the "in-engine renderings" from Madden NFL 25 at E3 in 2013. You can certainly tell that graphics were a huge focus.
The ability to cycle through cameras on the field during gameplay also helps to show off the enhanced graphical details in Madden NFL 15. As a long time user of the classic camera, I found myself using the new "Zoom View" more and more. It's a great way to see all the improved player details. Combine that with the many new stat overlays and replay camera angles and this game almost looks like a completely new title.
The defensive upgrades are sorely needed after the offensive showcase that was Madden 25. This year the buttons have been re-mapped for defensive line play which puts the bullrush and swim moves on the Square and X buttons respectively. Also added is the ability for user controlled defensive lineman to steer the offensive lineman. Both of these additions work VERY well and thus far I haven't seen them be too overpowered which is very surprising. On lower difficulty levels you receive a prompt for a button press which you must time correctly to have a chance to pull of the moves effectively.
Improved coverage in the secondary and the underneath defenders is also very welcomed. While it isn't the upgrade we all want with completely adaptive AI, it does a much better job of stopping the same plays over and over. The coverages are much tighter in both man and zone coverage alike. You can still find ways to confuse the zone coverage by flooding the zones but that is a part of real football. It certainly isn't as easy as last year.
We also get to see tons of new animations that were able to be unlocked with the new QB Accuracy changes. QB Accuracy can now lead to very poor throws ranging from balls thrown behind or just in range of you receivers to wildly inaccurate throws that end up in the middle of nowhere. These throws depend on your timing when throwing a pass, footwork of the QB when attempting a throw, and most importantly, the accuracy of your QB.
The plethora of animations unlocked by the QB inaccuracy are a part of the effort catches by the receivers. With the ball now able to go in a much wider range around the receiver you will see many catch or attempted catch animations you havent' seen before. That will make for opening up the passing game into a completely different looking animal than we have seen before. While many of the concepts are the same, the animations themselves bring a fresh look to something that had gotten stale.
The kicking game also got some much needed upgrades. The kicking meter has changed once again and we finally have a much more difficult kicking experience. Also changed is the distance at which you can successfully make field goals. You get a much shorter range more difficulty accuracy system makes the kicking game less automatic which is a GREAT thing. The only issue I have is that it seems a lot easier than the early builds I played. I know the majority of the community doesn't want it to be difficult, but many of us football purists love realistic aspects like that.
CFM is the mode I was most excited about with Madden NFL 15. It is by far the mode that I play most every year. So how did it turn out this year? Very good! While I wanted to see coordinators brought in this year, I could understand with a short dev cycle why they didn't make it in.
What I am extremely happy to see is the new player confidence system. What player confidence gives us is simple: It gives us hope! Hope that finding ways to diversify players and make the experience more dynamic. Player confidence makes a huge difference in the game mode and how we spend our time each week preparing for the game. Do we want to progress our players by gaining extra XP or do we want our team strong for the playoff run by boosting their confidence. The system itself works very well and combats the common complaint from last year about being able to make your entire team "80+ Overall". Also new this year are random draft classes. While I haven't been able to spend a whole lot of time with them, what I have seen works very well. Player ratings look pretty good in terms of having their attributes in line with what you would expect for each position. This is another bittersweet addition as I would much rather be able to create my own draft classes.
Madden 15 is the biggest/best football game we have ever seen. Hands down.
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Average User Score: 6.2Nov 24, 2013Need for Speed Rivals brings street racing from the perspective of both the racer and the police officers trying to stop them. SuperchargedNeed for Speed Rivals brings street racing from the perspective of both the racer and the police officers trying to stop them. Supercharged speed machines are everywhere in this game and it really is a challenge.
No seriously... this game provides a challenge, which makes it great! the computer controlled cars will give you a hard time and push you as you advance though the game. You can choose to work on the "Racer" or "Cop" portion of the story at any point and switch back and forth at will. That certainly makes things interesting and helps keep the game from getting repetitive.
Possibly my favorite feature is that if you choose to play online, your friends can jump in with you at any point. They can jump in and race against you or as cops and try and take you out! Through multiple races I can see my friends top scores/times and try to beat them.
As far as the car selections, there are plenty... you unlock them quickly as well. You do have spend speed points to get the cars once you unlock them but I have yet to run low on those. Speed points come with completeing tasks and races. Points seem to be plentiful. But just because you have a fast car doesn't mean you will dominate... learning proper driving tactics and using defensive upgrades such as mines and EMP charges will help get you to the finish line.
Overall this game is a blast... while I'm not yet ready to call it the king of racing... I will say it is a must buy!… Expand
Average User Score: 5.2Nov 24, 2013Madden NFL 25 for the next gen systems is an unexpected upgrade over the PS3/360 versions. While no sports game shows much visual improvementMadden NFL 25 for the next gen systems is an unexpected upgrade over the PS3/360 versions. While no sports game shows much visual improvement from the user controlled angle, all of these sports game look amazing up close. Madden 25 in no exception. The biggest change is in gameplay with the addition of "True Step". Players much slow down to change directions and they will change their footwork and plant their feet accordingly.
Another large upgrade is in the offensive and defensive line play. Blocking assignments have been changed to allow for a more organic experience, including double team blocking. CPU controlled AI is also much improved. On the presentation side we have quite a bit more commentary as well as new user interface in the pause screen in game that provides much more information for the user.
The "Ignite" engine has allowed for many changes to be made under the hood and should provide for much more to be done each year. I would easily suggest purchasing Madden NFL 25 if you have a video game and football fan in the house hold. GREAT GAME. Many of the detractors on these review sites have not played the game, and as dumb as it sounds, have a hidden agenda when giving reviews. Many websites that have given Madden low scores over the last few years have raved at the improvements made so far on the PS4/Xbox One.
Make the choice for yourself, once you play it, you will know you made the right choice.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.0Aug 29, 2013I have been reading some of the "reviews" posted on Metacritic from users about Madden NFL 25 and I have to say it's a travesty that peopleI have been reading some of the "reviews" posted on Metacritic from users about Madden NFL 25 and I have to say it's a travesty that people who obviously haven't even played the game are able to submit reviews in an attempt to keep the scores low. These are people who have clearly not even played the game and are just reading off the features list submitted to the press.
After nearly 3 weeks of play time I would say that Madden NFL 25 is hands down the top down of football gaming. No other game has even come close! No other sports game has a career mode that has the depth of Connected Franchise Mode. Taking over as the the owner and crafting your team/stadium/Coaching staff to build a winner is a great experience. On the game play side of things we are finally seeing the attempt to help differentiate between players with the tiered special moves from the precision modifier controls. Overall this is a very good game with only a few negatives (not enough defensive improvements for one) that will keep true football fans happy all year long. True football fans and students of the game must have this!… Expand