Madden NFL 25 Review

I know it’s been awhile since I reviewed anything on this site. This is my attempt to get back into reviewing games again and I decided to start with my latest Xbox One game… Madden NFL 25.

Madden 25 is the latest installment in the long running Madden series that started back in 1989. Over the years we’ve seen some really good Madden games and some really bad ones. Whenever a really good feature was added to the game it would either be completely messed up in the next installment or taken out and added in a new Madden game a few years later and called a “new” feature when we all knew that it wasn’t.

Madden NFL 25 is a step in the right direction, but it does have it’s fair share of bugs. I love the way the Xbox One plays games because Madden games are known to freeze during loading screens or after you win a game and that happened to me after I won a Super Bowl.

I remember saying quite a few words that’s better left unsaid and going back to my Xbox dashboard. When I reloaded the game it picked up right where I left off. That’s one of the reasons why I love my Xbox so much because I didn’t lose any progress at all.

maddennfl25_10aAnother big problem that this game has is the brain dead A.I. This problem is very noticeable in Superstar Mode, or whatever that mode is that allows you to play as a single character. I’ve given the ball off to my halfback to many times to watch him run the wrong way or stand there and take a big hit for a loss when there was a hole the size of Texas he could have run through.

The A.I. has cost me many losses, but since I love football I didn’t let that take me out of the game. I did rage quit a few times because of it, but I kept going back for more like I do with every other Madden game.

Graphically, Madden 25 is just okay. It won’t wow you because every other sports game out there looks better than this in comparison. The best looking sports game out right now is NBA 2K14. Madden is in serious need of a graphics update because honestly it’s looked the exact same for the last few years and I don’t think that’s going to change any time soon.

imagesMy favorite mode in Madden 25 is Connected Franchise mode. In this mode it gives you three options to play your game. You can either play as a single character, a head coach, or as a owner. I really loved playing as a owner because of the media questions that would pop up from time to time and you could build hype for your team throughout the course of the season.

You also have to keep an eye on your fanbase because unhappy fans won’t pay to see their favorite teams play. This is a good idea, but it lacks polish. Fans always seem to be unhappy. I won a Superbowl and my fans still weren’t happy with me and I was losing a ton of money because of it.

Winning games isn’t the only thing you have to do to keep your fans happy. You also need a good roster or you’ll hear them complain about your weak running game or defense. I love building up my roster and micromanaging everything in the game as much as I like throwing TD passes or picking off a pass and running it back for a big TD.

Madden 25 is an addictive game and it has a ton of replayability if you’re into sports games like I am. After you win or lose a game you can see what every sports critic thinks of your performance or lack of performance by reading their feedback in the news panel.

If you throw for 400 yards and 8 touchdown passes like I did against the Packers than you’ll be the talk of the week and might even win the MVP for that year if you can stay consistent.

Playing online is where Madden 25 shines the most. I love playing full seasons against other players to see if I can win the biggest prize of them all. I won two Superbowls in four seasons with the Cleveland Browns against other players and it was fantastic. I’ve had plenty of nail biting moments that’s literally come down to the last second.

Throwing a TD pass to Josh Gordon with one second left on the clock to advance in the playoffs was epic and I could only imagine how the loser felt when I did it.

This game does have plenty of faults, but I think the fun that I had with this game offsets all of the problems I had with it and I would recommend this game to any football fan if you don’t already own this game.

Our Verdict: 7/10

The bugs in this game really does affect the overall score, but this is still a really good game if you can find it for a good price like I did.

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Author: Drakulus

I'm a hardcore gamer that enjoys every type of genre there is. I'm also a father of four kids, two girls and two boys, and love to write about whatever pops into my head.

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