New York Sports Video Game Examiner Patrick Hickey Jr. gives you his thoughts on “Madden 25” on the PlayStation 3. The last current generation football game exclusive to the 360 and PS3, does it live up to the hype or does it end its reign of dominance on the PS3 on a sour note?
Fantastic Presentation: The commentary of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, combined with superb stadium sound effects and camera angles really brings “Madden 25” alive. The injection of player stats during gameplay also always lets you know who’s performing and who’s not.
Offensive Game is Polished: The passing game is smart as the offensive line works realistically and logically to provide QBs with enough time to make a play. The Precision Modifiers and Free Run elements give the gamer more control over the ball carrier than ever before. The updated physics engine updates and locomotion animations make it all look wonderful as well.
Chock Full of Extra Modes: From Ultimate Team to Connected Franchises and Owner Mode, there’s something to do for everyone, regardless of how much they enjoy the sport. The Skills Trainer mode helps newer gamers break everything down and learn on the fly without feeling like they’re in a boring tutorial.
Control can be Overly Complicated at Times: The Run Free control scheme works after some time invested but on the fly it can be a bit cumbersome. Most gamers won’t know how to take in all the fidelity. Whether that’s a good or bad thing at this point remains to be seen.
Game is Offensively Bias: Defense is fun to play, but it often feels like the same control and gameplay additions made to the offensive side of ball just aren’t on the other side. You can’t shake the feeling that you’re about to give up a big play.
The Tackle Stick Works, But isn’t Perfect: When you nail a monster hit, the tackle stick is an exciting and intuitive gameplay addition. When it doesn’t work, you feel and look silly. Like Run Free, it requires practice. Maybe too much.
“Madden 25” may not convert every third down, but its amazing presentation, wonderful animations and tender, love and care with its plethora of features, make it possibly the best football game on the PlayStation 3.
“Madden 25” is scheduled for an August 27 release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game has also been announced for the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, but currently has no release date.