Every year, the start of the NFL season comes right after Madden releases the latest version of their popular video game franchise.
This year, Madden looks to take the next step with Madden 15, which will fully utilize the next-generation hardware of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with Madden NFL 15.
Madden NFL 15 reviews have arrived, and while many are still piling in, there is certainly enough information available right now to get a strong grasp of what the game provides this year. That's because the EA Access subscription service offers members the chance to download new EA games up to five days before their official release and play them early.
I myself have run through a test-run of the game. Here is a look at some of the reviews on the web right now, most of which I agree with.
Madden NFL 15 provides enough improvements in gameplay and presentation over last year's debut on the new generation of consoles to feel like the first true start to "next-gen" football.
For the first time in a few years, both sides of the ball are enjoyable and exciting to play, providing a balanced experience on the field. Career modes remain a weak point in the overall package, and some gameplay legacy issues remain to be addressed as the franchise continues to develop, but this year's game comes recommended as a "Buy" at launch.
Madden NFL 15 is the best the series has looked and played in years, and is very close to coalescing into something truly impressive. One or two more years under these new consoles and more changes like those featured this year, and Madden just might reclaim its old glory.
Madden NFL 15 -- not unlike past Maddens -- prides itself in its new defensive capabilities. With that said, Madden 15 has the most detailed and complex defenses in the video game's history.
With so many options and actions for your defensive player to perform, your mind will be going a mile a minute trying to figure out the best way to get off the line to sack the quarterback.
Madden NFL 15, I can honestly say is a turning point for me in my gaming life. The amount of detail and time put into a complete sports gaming experience is evident throughout. And it is a great game to get gamers as a whole on board.
Madden has hit the ground running this console generation and is in a better position to push forward than it has been in a while. This year's game is like the lone bright spot of the last generation: Madden NFL 13. That year we got Connected Careers and an improved passing game. Madden 15 improves these two facets, but it feels like other areas of the title have not progressed enough. Despite this uneven performance, Madden 15 demands you raise your game to the next level, and hopefully is in the process of raising its own.
GI Rating: 8.0
Madden NFL 15 releases August 26, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.