Madden NFL 25
With a new physics
engine and a new connected careers mode and Kinect capabilities, Madden
25 is looking to score a touchdown with the fans. The game is looking
good, playing ok, and prompted some gleeful moments as if I really
scored a touchdown in real life.
Let’s talk about that Kinect capabilities. Madden 25
makes use of the Kinect’s voice recognition. Using a mind boggling
amount of vocabulary to work the magic and call plays and other
functions during the game. I was often confused in what to do with this
option and its merits. Stumbling through them is not the way, using some
of the game tutorials will get you proficient in no time. There are
some commands that are surprisingly well done in the game, opening the
game up even more and making it even more exciting. Setting the offense
to concentrate right or left, voicing out load to challenge a play call.
Players may use the buttons more often than not until
they are at ease with the voice controls and what they do. There had
been times the Kinect did not register what I was saying, it was unclear
if this was the Kinect just not tuned in…or if it was player error by
not pronouncing the command or making it load enough…or if the game just
did not pick it up. I found myself keeping to the buttons and
halfheartedly using the Kinect commands. As I progressed into the game
more I found I was more at ease using the commands, I still ran into
times that the game did not recognize commands at times.
Madden 25 is one of those game franchises with a lot
of value for a gamer.
The game Modes in Madden 25 gives a lot for a gamer
to play with, digging deep into the different aspects that the franchise
has to offer.
Connected Franchise is a big deal, it’s the new name
with a few new tweaks. It was called Connected Careers before.
Connected Franchise keeps all the fun stuff and smooth’s it out even
further for the player. Skill progression and XP for the players and the
coaches have been tweaked. Making it easier for players to upgrade
sooner and get out onto the field. There has been a big boost in the
amount of XP that a player can earn during games and practices. The nice
thing about the XP and gaining it this year is that even if you do not
achieve set goals, there is still an award of at least part of the XP
for completion of the drill.
Skills trainer is one of my favorite things about the
game. This gives the gamer a chance to learn some of the game nuances.
In turn practicing to improve the gamer utilizes what Madden NFL 25 has
to offer by way of game play. Skills trainer does not seem to go very
in depth, opting it seems to give basics as the gamer tests out some of
the options and things like modifiers. The precision running system is
one of my favorites. Executing some of these modifiers is very simple,
just a press of the left trigger gets you going. Using the modifiers
gives the animations of executed moves more panache.
Gamers get a lot of control in the game. Surprisingly
so. Some of the new moves gracing the precision modifier are pretty darn
impressive to see, and may even cause silly grins as the gamer leads
their virtual football team to another touchdown.
Here are some of the moves and a bit about what they
I am a fan of this one. Stiff –Arms. Using this
against a defender. Particularly cool is when it’s used by a player with
a strength rating over 90. The Stiff-Arm moves helps keep would be
tacklers at bay.
A fan favorite and real life favorite when it’s
pulled off well is a Spin move. Using the modifier with the spin move
makes the runner cover up and protect the ball from the defenders better
than just a normal spin move.
Dives are another visual eye candy that a gamer can
use in a game. Being just inches away from a first down…using Dive will
cause the runner to…well dive for it and grab the extra few yards.
Precision modifier causes the player to outstretch the arms with the
ball and go for as many more inches as they can gain. This dive is extra
cool when close to the goal line. Diving over the backs of team mates
and into the end zone. Celebrate that hard earned touch down!
The Precision modifiers are evened out with Hurdles,
stumble recovery, truck and truck spins, jukes and various combinations
of over 30 moves. This all makes for a rather exciting game play
Using precision modifier does give the opponents a
few extra moments to pull things together, because activating precision
modifier slows the player down. Unfortunately there are no precision
modifiers for defense, just the same moves as always. That’s ok, it does
seem to balance out fairly well.
Cut scenes leave a lot to be desired and seem to
recycle the same few. Variety is the spice of life and it would have
done well to show a lot more going on around the field than what these
cut scenes do.
The interface it seems got the most noticeable
overhaul. It looks good. With menus presented and looking almost like
you’re browsing an internet page. The menus and interface are straight
forward and easy to catch onto even if you never played a game in your
life. The settings and modes of the game are presented in simple title
format showing a gamer exactly what they will get choosing those
One of the all new things within Madden NFL 25 is the
connected franchise Owner Mode. As an owner gamers are given a lot more
responsibility. Amongst the many choices, as an owner you can rebuild
your stadium, or relocate. Set prices for everything being sold for the
franchise. Listen or not listen to advisors, and then of course manage
and coach the team. It all ties into the money the franchise is making,
so be careful because you do not want to run out of money by making bad
There are a lot of deep nuances to Madden NFL 25,
some of which seems to have happened from player feedback. It all comes
together and makes Madden NFL 25 a worthy successor to the franchise,
it’s just not a game changer as they say. Those fans that are hoping for
some challenge will be pleased that amping up the difficulty level to
All Madden gives a good challenge. The AI is better than past games and
seems to be on a level playing field with the player controlled team.
Madden NFL 25 tweaks the hell out of the franchise
and brings a few new things to the table to make any football gaming fan
Have fun, play games