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
Conclusion: Concept: The game features the second iteration of the Infinity physics engine and the return of owners mode
Graphics: There’s not a lot new to see, and the faces and bodies of coaches and owners look odd and out of proportion
Sound: Nantz and Sims are great to listen to, even if their comments and the context haven’t improved greatly
Playability: I never felt comfortable when tackling, even after fiddling with the tackling assist and/or heat seeker tackle settings...
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. 2K Sports, for example, has taken a firm stranglehold in the basketball arena (although EA looks to bounce back with the NBA Live series returning for a next-gen debut).
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. While it's true that significant progress can be difficult with an annual franchise, it's also true that one expects to see worthwhile upgrades with each new installment.
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.
Pros: Infinity Engine 2 brings much needed improvements to the already successful first entry in Madden NFL 13, The much anticipated return of Owner's Mode has made it well worth the wait, Precision Modifier is a great addition, and will have you running the ball much more
Cons: Audio could still use some improvements, Should you just wait for the PlayStation 4 version?
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Conclusion: We're at the point in the generation where sports games are refining rather than innovating and have been for years. Thus we have the most polished Madden game so far, but one with only a few new features.