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Madden NFL 15A Solid Gameplan Makes the Difference

by Yo Snyder | 2014-09-12 | Games, Reviews
Not what I was expecting. That pretty much sums up my feelings on Madden 25, last year’s edition of the long-running football sim franchise. For a game that was supposed to celebrate the 25 year history of the franchise, as well as bring it to the shiny new next-gen consoles, to say it was a disappointment would be a major understatement. It was really just another iteration along the same trajectory the series had been going along; certainly nothing uniquely celebratory about or anything particularly “next-gen”, including the nominally improved visuals. So when Madden 15 was announced, reverting back to its usual numbering system, I was worried it would also revert back to its ways and deliver more of the same-old, same-old. And it does do that in some areas, but there are enough improvements and enhancements to help this edition feel, especially on the next-gen systems, like something that’s headed in a fresh direction. There’s a really solid foundation to build on year for the coming years, and a really fun football game as well; on both sides of the ball. That’s right, I said that Madden 15 is fun to play on both sides; offense and defense. The many enhancements to the defensive gameplay makes it feel, for the first in the franchise that I can remember, like playing defense can make a difference in the game. This is no longer just waiting for the offense to make a mistake, this is an opportunity to change the game, or keep the momentum, depending on whether you’re ahead or behind. I feel like I can make impactful plays on defense just like on offense by getting to the quarterback with a big hit to knock the ball loose, by sniffing out that screen play quickly enough to snuff it, by getting position on a wide receiver so I can make a play on the ball. All of these things are made easier and more intuitive in this year’s Madden, making defense actually fun to play. Things like a zoomed in camera that’s behind your... read
 

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