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Madden NFL 15

 

 

SCORE: 93

Madden NFL 15 

 

Madden NFL 15 brings one of the biggest changes to the franchise in some time. Families are finally given the opportunity to impact the football game on defense. Like the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks did against the best offense of all time. Yes the Seahawks are very powerful in Madden NFL 15.

I normally hate the skills section of Madden games. They are dull, boring, and long. The skills section in Madden NFL 15 teach important things. Like pressing up on the D-pad to change the camera view while on defense. Or to use the A button for a conservative tackle. How do we do an aggressive tackle? With the X button. I used the Xbox One controller in case you are looking for a frame of reference.

Madden NFL 15 is heavily into the online modes and functions. Which is a real shame for families who do not allow online gaming. There is also the problem of bandwidth in online games. I know it allows gamers to play one another all over the world. There are some people out there you don't want to play though. Keep that in mind.

The D-pad up camera angle new view for defense does not work in local multiplayer modes. Which is a shame. This encouraged me to play more of Madden NFL 15 by myself. That way I could enjoy having the camera behind the defense. This adds some realism to defense.

I feel like we have more control in Madden NFL 15. It can take some time to learn all of the different moves. Both on offense and on defense. Practice makes perfect. The more I played Madden NFL 15, the better I got. There is also a crowd sourced play calling. I ignored that because I am not one of those who follow the rest of the herd off the cliff. The Gauntlet mode is sort of fun with its bosses every five levels.

Quite a few families have complained to Family Friendly Gaming about the lack of a season in modern day Madden games. Here is what you do. Play a Connected game. Pick offline mode, and then pick the coach. You can also pick the owner if you want to impact the stadium. Picking coach is the closest to a normal season. You will earn XP points that can be used to improve the players and/or coach.

The presentation in Madden NFL 15 has been improved. I loved seeing the half time stats, and little video of the quarterbacks before they came out on the field the first time. There is also stats on how other players have done with certain plays. I ignored what other people were doing because it is only a wasteful distraction.

The announcers are slightly improved over last year. They still say things from time to time that make little sense (in terms of the situation in the game). The graphics in Madden NFL 15 look fantastic. The fans are kind of blurry though. It is still impossible to block a punt, or field goal. I also still find it impossible to break a kick off or a punt return for a touch down. Maybe next year EA Tiburon can address those things.
- Frank

 

Graphics: 96%
Sound: 90%
Replay/Extras: 91%
Gameplay: 98%
Family Friendly Factor: 90%

System: PS4/PS3/Xbox 360/Xbox One(tested)
Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Tiburon
Rating: ‘E' - for Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY
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