Madden NFL 25 PS4 review: Not the tightest spiral, but gets the job done
30 November 2013
Excerpt: The next-gen version of Madden NFL 25 didn't bring everything I expected it to bring, much like my Denver Broncos in last year's playoffs. I wanted a Super Bowl win, and instead, the Broncos lost their first playoff game at home against the Ravens. Like the Broncos, the Madden NFL 25 on the PlayStation 4 is great during the regular season, but falls just short of Championship aspirations.
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).
Review: Madden NFL 25 has super bowl ambitions but falls just short
10 September 2013
Excerpt: For me, August means a few things: the New York Mets are playing meaningless baseball, I get another year older, my electric bill gets to the highest of the year, and Madden releases. With the next-gen Ignite engine landing this November with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this is the time for Madden 25 on current-gen to put its best foot forward.
Summary: Last year’s entry did a lot to change the way you play Madden, and this year’s entry simply tried to tweak that formula. The result is that Madden NFL 25 is a better game than ’13, but only by a small margin. It doesn’t do much to entice long time players to pick it up. However, if you missed last year’s entry, this is probably the best football game to ever hit the market.
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?