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Average User Score: 5.5Aug 26, 2014The game looks and feels a little too similar to Madden 25. Maybe they put the effort into the newest gen consoles, but the offering on theThe game looks and feels a little too similar to Madden 25. Maybe they put the effort into the newest gen consoles, but the offering on the 360 feels A LOT like a minor update than a full, new, improved game.
Madden 15 is not a bad game in and of itself, but if you're buying it for a different or improved experience, plan on being disappointed. The menus, graphics, presentation, sound clips and even gameplay elements are very derivative-- even more than in previous years. Not worth the $60 as an upgrade, in my opinion, and this is coming from someone who has picked up the new game every year since its inception.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Sep 13, 2010If you liked Bioshock 2, you'll certainly like Minerva's Den. Solid story, fun new weapons, and interesting new plasmids. I don't usually buyIf you liked Bioshock 2, you'll certainly like Minerva's Den. Solid story, fun new weapons, and interesting new plasmids. I don't usually buy DLC, but I purchased this on a whim and wasn't disappointed.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7Aug 14, 2010Some thoughts about the full game now that I've had a chance to get a couple of games in. A couple of high notes:
The good: -The game feelsSome thoughts about the full game now that I've had a chance to get a couple of games in. A couple of high notes:
-The game feels more like real football. The developers obviously went out of their way to change some of the core code for the gameplay, and, so far, the changes are mostly good.
-The "Strategy Pad" isn't a big deal. The hardcore Madden guys were really whining about this, but the reality is that it's nice to have all of your adjustments accessible in one place. It's an adjustment, but one I think I'll try before switching back to the old system once they patch it in (because of the whining).
-"GameFlow" works. I really thought I was going to hate this feature, but I don't at all. You set up a gameplan and GameFlow gives you a play...if you don't like it, you can audible. Speeds the game up tremendously. Games went from an hour to 30 minutes or so without feeling like you lost anything.
-No more stupid animations. Also speeds up the game. You don't need to worry about the did he/didn't he charade for first downs and touchdowns.
-Players play smarter. Both receivers and DBs play the ball. The WR won't stand still while the DB jumps the route.
-Running feels more natural: Because of the new blocking system (which works better) and the new right stick control, it feels better running the ball. You have more control over the runner.
-The sound is much better. The commentary is light years better than last year (but not perfect), but the stadium sounds are on the money. Sounds like a real game.
-They didn't touch franchise mode. Franchise mode is still a shell of what it was on the PS2, which is ridiculous. This year they focused on the gameplay, but I still think they could have had a team working to improve some of the bells and whistles. That they didn't is a disappointment. From what I understand, this will be a focus of the next iteration...but I hate looking forward to next year's offering when this one is fresh. If they'd enhanced this, I'd be much happier with the game.
-Sponsorship integration sucks. Hey, I just paid a bunch of money for the game...it annoys me that they're trying to rape me with ads. There's an "Old Spice Swagger" attribute, and I don't even know what the hell it is. Even the achievements have sponsors. Too much.
-Nickle and diming me also sucks. People can buy boosts (read: cheats) that they can use online. farging hate that. Takes away the even playing field for people that don't want to shell out more money. Awful practice, but it won't affect me all that much because I generally only play people I know these days. Still, I find it distasteful.
-People will be back to abusing Vick online. Vick can't throw for shtein...but he can run like hell in this game. He'll be really annoying to play against. Also, while we're on the subject of Eagles QBs, Kolb is rated too low, particularly his accuracy. He and Vick have essentially the same overall rating, but Vick has the physical tools that will entice people to choose him over Kolb, I think. I think Kolb needs a bit of a boost.
- I like it, and it's an improvement over previous versions. I'd be closer to loving it if the made substantive changes to the Franchise mode.… Expand