Virtually every new Madden franchise release is met with the same combination of excited hype and same-old reviews. “Madden 25” marks the silver anniversary of the franchise and is proving nearly as successful as its predecessor in sales. The game has received mixed reviews from Kotaku’s rating of “not worth playing” to joystiq’s 4 out of 5 stars.
Early on the game got some press for being an extremely realistic portrayal of football. Yet reviews of the game have focused on whether this iteration’s features make the game better or worse. The last Madden game saw a huge overhaul with a lot of unsmoothed wrinkles.
According to some “Madden 25” still has some of those old wrinkles. The consensus is that the physics engine is one of the best. However the new ‘Precision Modifier” may not be worth the trouble. The new feature makes running the ball a lot more fun yet it may not be entirely balanced.
Most Madden fans will get the latest EA Sports release each year more for the updated roster than the new features. This game has some more depth in Owner Mode however the lack of female owner avatars is a little inexcusable. Other changes like Online Seasons and challenges contribute to making “Madden 25” better than last year’s game.
Yet in experience this game seems a little too familiar. As usual the competition-less sports game franchise is a smidge better than the last but perhaps not enough to justify a purchase for a soon to be obsolete console. Is “Madden 25” worth your money?