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Madden NFL 25 - Xbox One
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2013
Platform for Display: Xbox OneEdition: Standard
Let's make this clear from the outset: this is not a brand-new game, but rather the "director's cut" of the title that released a few months back. Those expecting a whole new "Madden" will be disappointed, but look a little deeper and there's much to discover.

First, the game looks better and runs smoother; there's more detail everywhere, from raucous crowds to sideline personnel, but it doesn't scream "next-gen" like some other titles. There's still work to be done going forward, but it's not as if "Madden 25" looks ugly -- far from it.

While the graphics might not dazzle, the immediately-noticeable improvement to the game's animations take gameplay up a notch. The war in the trenches that decide football games -- intricate battles between defensive and offensive linemen -- are far more dynamic and realistic. No longer do the lines simply ram into each other like buzzing electric football players of yore; they move with purpose, and they're a bit smarter to boot. Combine that with a more realistic running game, and one finds a new level of depth and challenge -- along with the satisfaction that come with success.

The end result is a more thoughtful and rewarding on-field experience, where play-calling and execution involves much more than snapping the ball and mashing the "sprint" button.

Unlike the last time "Madden" moved forward from one generation to the next, nothing's been left behind; all the modes you'd expect are there, from the multi-season Connected Careers mode to the card-collecting Ultimate Team -- if you're migrating from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One, all your cards will come with you; a godsend for those that have dumped plenty of hard-earned cash into the fantasy-team extravaganza already.

It's a very solid package, filled chock-full of content, and it's easily the definitive version of "Madden 25"; a game that creeps ever closer to becoming a true-to-life simulation of the NFL.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2014
Platform for Display: Xbox OneEdition: StandardVerified Purchase
Many of the reviews you see are coming from people who have played previous version of Madden. I have not.

I can sum it up in one phrase - "Huge Learning Curve," So, before buying this game, take this phrase to heart "Know thyself". Know what kind of games you like and dislike.

To keep it short, this is not a game you will pick-up and just play. You will spend hours learning how to play it before you play it. Granted, all games have some measure of a learning curve, but the learning curve here is a different level. You practically need charts next to you to remember everything you can do.

Just be forewarned.

The graphics are great, it it has various game play options, it is, ultimately, a fun game. But requires a time commitment that some gamers may not have.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2014
Platform for Display: Xbox OneEdition: Standard
I picked this game up a few days ago, I usually favor the college football games but there aren't any available for the next generation systems so I went with there pro counterpart.

The grapics ARE updated not matter what other people are saying they might need so glasses or try being honest. The gameplay has a very realistic this time around. I find the game really fun no complaints here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2014
Platform for Display: Xbox OneEdition: StandardVerified Purchase
Love the graphics. Lots of gameplay options. Madden just keeps getting better every year! You feel like you are there!
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2013
Platform for Display: Xbox OneEdition: Standard
Madden NFL 25 on Xbox One is an excellent start to this generation of football games. The graphics, presentation, and gameplay are all noticeably improved and the package is undeniably a step-up from current generation (X360, PS3) football.

Madden 25 on X360 and PS3 plays a pretty good (but not perfect) game of football. Madden 25 on X1 simply improves on the current-gen game in all aspects, which I'll quickly list here:

-Graphics. Madden on Xbox One is a gorgeous game. If you've been following the pre-release hype, you've probably heard (and maybe laughed) about EA mentioning the "blades of grass," but damn it if the grass isn't beautiful in this game, especially around center field logos. Realistic lighting, higher resolution players, coaches, equipment, and gorgeous stadiums highlight a really fantastic looking game. You definitely have to play it on a big 1080p TV to appreciate how good the game looks, since the ESPN MNF clips certainly didn't do Madden next-gen any visual justice.

-Gameplay. The big innovations here are "war in the trenches," "contextual awareness," and other miscellaneous improvements, most notably side line catches, which it seems like EA finally got right. War in the Trenches is a fantastic upgrade that people have been asking for for years and EA has done an excellent job with this feature, as the first time you see a DE bust straight through a double team is a sight to behold. Contextual Awareness is also a great feature, as it helps your RB's not run straight into their linemen and WR's and DB's make smarter plays on balls in the air. It doesn't always work, and there's some debate about how much user control should be taken away for the sake of "realism," (running, for example, is much harder on next-gen than current-gen, although this is undeniably a good thing) but I'm really digging the way next-gen Madden plays. Dropped the game speed to slow and been having a blast for two straight days.

-Presentation. There are a lot of cool new camera angles, the commentary is *slightly* better, highlights are back on Xbox One, and the crowd looks great. There are some issues here, however, as the commentary is still often inaccurate, which shatters immersion, and the Living Worlds feature hasn't lived up to the hype. I feel like the lack of women in the stadium (you get 40-60,000 men and men only) might be a bug because it seems like such a bizarre oversight. The sidelines are much improved, but still lacking, and I'd like the crowd--whether all men, all women, or both--to be more invested in the game, as it seems like their heads do not track the action and their reactions to big plays are often delayed or non-existent. Although the "Living Worlds" feature is underwhelming, I'm still happy to give Madden 25 a 5/5 on Xbox One based on the amount of fun I've had w/ the game the past 24 hours.

Overall though, this is a great looking, great playing game of football, and I haven't even begun to fool with sliders, dive into a Connected Franchise, or even figure out Coach Glass, which is Madden's unique and dynamic companion app for tablet devices using Xbox SmartGlass. There's a lot to play and do here in Madden 25 on Xbox One, which is remarkable when you think about what a stripped down, empty game Madden 06 was, which was the first Madden game on Xbox 360 and PS3. The potential for this generation is limitless at this point, and if you love football or are just looking to get the most out of your new Xbox One, then you'd be silly to pass on Madden this year.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2014
Platform for Display: Xbox OneEdition: Standard
This game is horrible EA doesn't care, this game is strictly made for profit so many bugs and horrible graphics for next-gen.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
Platform for Display: Xbox OneEdition: StandardVerified Purchase
EA sports has been aware of the problem since August and have done nothing to correct it. The game freezes up in Ultimate team mode, Online play , pretty much anything that has to do with connecting to EA server making it completely worthless. The worst part is When building Ultimate team i spent real money buying players cards, really stinks that i cant even get to them let alone use them. This is plastered all over Xbox one forum PS4 forum Microsoft Etc.. Dont buy until they fix or release new game, this game is worthless if you plan on using any features and im sure that you are
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2013
Platform for Display: Xbox OneEdition: Standard
The good:
Moderate graphics bump

The bad:
Kinect interaction stinks- often changes play when I didn't try to
Multiplayer fails to connect to many games - reboot Xbox to resolve
Intermittent sign in error
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
Platform for Display: Xbox OneEdition: Standard
Madden 25 freezes on my xbox one whenever it attempts to connect to the EA servers. If at the start you immediately cancel the attempted connection you can play offline but any attempt to update the rosters or connect online and the game freezes (you can go to the home screen and quit the game from there).

There are hundreds of posts on the EA forums since the game was released reporting similar issues. There has been no real response from EA. This is completely unacceptable and highlights EA's lack of concern for its customers (something I will think very carefully about doing again)!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
Platform for Display: Xbox OneEdition: StandardVerified Purchase
I would caution anyone from purchasing this version of Madden 25. After the December update from EA, this game locks up if you try to access anything requiring connection to EA's network. This doesn't just include head-to-head games but also Madden Ultimate Team, Online Connected Franchise and more. So disappointing to spend $60 for what really is a fancy coaster.

What's worse: To date, EA has not responded to the MANY complaints and forum posts regarding this problem.

I am returning my copy to Amazon for a refund.
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