Excerpt: Madden NFL 25 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is a tremendous game of virtual football. The gameplay was sharper than ever, the presentation was fresher than ever, and the 25th anniversary touches made it a wonderful ode to the series.
Summary: Madden and I have never been friends. I don't hate the game, football just isn't my sport and the sport I do watch, I don't play the video game for. I've been exposed to football and Madden because of friends and family. My best friend and was an avid Madden player and Washington Redskins fan.
Excerpt: While I’m not the most dedicated football game fan in the world, I’ve spent my fair share of time with various games. I always had a fondness for the Joe Montana Football series on the Genesis and Sega CD, and I’ve played with NFL 2K1 , All Pro Football 2K8 and Blitz: The League over the years.
Conclusion: On that note, you're probably just fine waiting for next year to make the generational leap with this franchise. Unless you've held out this long on buying Madden 25 on any platform, and really, really just want a new--albeit middling--game of football to play for the next few months, Madden NFL 25...
Excerpt: Since the days of NFL licensed electric football, people have been trying to replicate the pro game in their living rooms for ages. Back then people had to use their imagination quite a bit, but thankfully for today’s generation we can plop down on the couch and fire up our favorite video game...
Excerpt: There are moments when Madden NFL 25 is awesome. Thanks to long-needed improvements in key areas, every type of football philosophy can be successful this season. Want to pound the ball up the middle? No problem. Feel like being a mad bomber? Fire away.
Pros: Powerful running game, Moving your franchise, Being a historical player
Cons: Occasionally bizarre physics, Too many interceptions, Rather ordinary commentary
Summary: A superb and detailed imitation of TV football, an occasionally exciting gameplay experience, and what can feel like an exercise in monetisation from EA.
Pros: Excellent player animation and physics. Detailed simulation of watching the big game. Playing offense can be thrilling.
Cons: Confusing to newcomers. Microtransactions are crass. More geared towards fantasy football management than actual gameplay. Defense plays itself. Snickers Really Satisfies™, repeatedly, in every game.