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‘Madden 25’ scores as football game of the year

By Brendan C. Hinkle ’16
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Fall means that the Arizona air cools down, fall sports begin and with it comes the annual release of “Madden.”

The yearly release of the popular football game brings sports fans and video gamers entertainment. The games are usually named from the year that the game was made, but this new game is called “Madden 25” in support of the 25 years of Madden.

“Madden 25” brings a whole new gaming experience to players. In previous Madden games, a gamer could make his own player and use that player in games.

In the new “Madden 25,” player making has been updated and you can choose everything from how well the player performs, to his facial features and muscle structure.

The “Madden 25” graphics run off of an Infinity 2 Engine, making every tackle look as realistic as possible. There is no more crazy splaying legs after a tackle, or linebackers tripping over each other after play.

Madden has definitely stepped up their game in the realism of “Madden 25.”

Graphics aren’t the only thing that makes “Madden 25” a good game.

The play calling is even simpler and more navigable than previous Madden games.

If a gamer had never played football before and didn’t know what any of the plays meant, he could still be able to find the right play using “ask Madden.”

Ask Madden is a feature in most Madden games where the game suggests a play. However in “Madden 25,” the ask Madden feature gives more options for plays.

“Madden 25” even has an updated Franchise mode, where gamers can make their own players, and be drafted and signed to NFL teams and play as the position of their desire. The better the created player does, the better he will become and he will be drafted to better NFL teams.

“Madden 25” definitely comes with new features and better performance than previous Madden games. However, the game has its flaws.

Some gamers report the game to freeze constantly, especially during online matches. EA Sports has begun to fix the problem, but at the moment it is a concern for some.

Another downfall of the game, some say, is that they expected a lot when Madden put and anniversary year on the box. Most people expected the game to be much better than it is, and to have more features than it does.

“Madden 25” was a bit of a letdown for some.

Overall, Madden did a good job with the new release. The game has better graphics and features than any other Madden game so far. The navigable gameplay makes calling plays easy.

Overall, I would review Madden a 8.5 out of 10 for good graphics and easy gameplay, but various bugs need to be improved.