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First 'Madden NFL 15' screenshot stars Colin Kapernick and his tattoos

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EA Sports released the first screenshot Wednesday for “Madden NFL 15.” The timing coincided with the big new contract for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick so he naturally stars in a shot of the PS4 and Xbox One version of the football sim along with his tattoos.

The first “Madden NFL 15” shows a number of improvements in the player models but also some remaining oddities. First though, the screenshot is a clear indication that the NFL is finally allowing EA Sports to include tattoos on players. However, while the recreation of Kapernick’s arm tattoos is accurate, will that be the case for every player in the game? Likely not as NFL starters and stars get the extra attention to detail.

The player model overall does have a higher level of detail than “Madden NFL 25” but that is to be expected now that the EA Sports Tiburon studio has another round of development and experience with the PS4 and Xbox One. Still, there are some extra details like the jersey fitting around the padding better, more detail on Kapernick’s non-throwing hand glove and the addition of the hand-warmer pocket.

Despite these new additions, Kapernick’s right arm hits touches down in uncanny valley territory. It can best be described as “off” and that is likely due to the requirements of the animation engine. Still, you can’t help but be impressed by the improvement in realism that has been added from “Madden NFL 25” to “Madden NFL 15.”

As for Kapernick, he signed a six-year contract extension with the 49ers that will keep him as the team’s signal caller through the 2020 NFL season. The deal reportedly will pay up to $126 million depending on incentives and bonus targets with $61 million of the total guaranteed.

“Madden NFL 15” is currently set for an August 27 release to the PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. Expect the game to feature prominently during Electronic Art’s E3 press conference on Monday, June 9.

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