Summary: The running game is traditional, and NFL enthusiasts will dig into the experience with a gridiron fist. The common issues with past Madden games still linger, but the pros are beginning to outweigh the cons for the first time in a while.
Pros: Ignite Engine rekindles gridiron running game, More natural coverage reactions, Faster menu navigation
Cons: Madden issues of old return, Automation, Unnatural AI block shedding
Excerpt: It’s been a great generation of sports games. We’ve been able to experience so many fantastic innovations in the way of visual improvements, game features, and online capabilities. It’s also been very interesting to observe how different publishers have cornered the markets of different sports.
Summary: So, another year, another excellent effort from EA Tiburon, who continue to push things forward. There is always room for improvement with any game – and here there a few niggles: the poor crowd visuals, dull commentary, perhaps even a slightly unfair advantage for the player who wields the best...
Excerpt: In examining this year's sports titles, one fact has become painfully evident to me: The interactive sports world requires the next generation of consoles if it's to take the next step in regards to immersion, realism and innovation.
Conclusion: The venerable Madden monolith returns for a 25th season, and it's quite possibly the most realistic Madden to date and just as much fun as it was in 1988. Deep franchise and career modes and online gameplay options round out this excellent offering.
Pros: Improved Infinity Engine for more realistic physics. Engaging franchise and career modes. Fun for both rookie and pro players. Hundreds of new plays. Improved running game.
Cons: Idiotic commentary (as always). Occasional unrealistic player movements and collisions.
Summary: Take my review of last year's Madden 13 . Give it a roster update. Associate any players I named who've been swapped around like pogs with whatever their new team is. Axe a missed dangling participle or two. Tighten up the mechanics of writing. Maybe there was a misused em dash.