Madden NFL 15 feels like a reboot for the series. Defence, which previously felt like a time to check text messages and emails, now becomes an integral part of play.

Being able to battle at the line of scrimmage to try desperately to get a sack really adds impetus to every snap. Rather than simply leaving it to the AI to duke it out for possession, the player now becomes an important part of the action. The only issue is that unless you’re playing on All-Madden, sacks are far too frequent, but hopefully a patch can address this.

There’s been a high barrier to entry in the Madden series, but 15 comes with an excellent tutorial that even well-versed players could learn a thing or two from. Not only does it teach basic controls, but also more in-depth concepts like reading defensive set-ups. It’s a great addition that’ll have you feeling like a true tactician rather than randomly hitting X, Y or A.

Coupled with this is the great new community play selection. Offensive or defensive plays are offered based on the context, drawing data from both community and AI behaviour. Your choice of three plays will be accrued based on opponent tendencies and community popularity, both of which will show you their success percentage and the average yards gained. It incorporates the SmartGlass features included in Madden NFL 25 in a much more seamless way, meaning you no longer select plays based on whether they’re simply “man”, “zone”, or “blitz”.

Persistent issues of the series sadly remain. Commentary still sounds disjointed and forced, the player impact engine frequently results in hilarious collisions, and online stutters too frequently for a game released in 2014. Progress has been made, but there’s still plenty for EA to sort out.

Madden NFL 15 is an excellent return to form for the series. Yes, it’s still plagued by legacy issues, but the leaps taken on defence, coupled with the spiffy new graphics and excellent gameplay, make this an essential purchase for longstanding fans and a great starting point for players looking to jump on board.

Version Tested: Xbox One.

8 / 10

  • Defence now as fun to play as offence
  • Looks much better
  • Great tutorial for new and experienced players
  • Legacy issues still persist

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whatishappening

That much info given in this review. Does the writer know anything about the NFL or past Madden games? The 'legacy' of the series is referenced, but only in basic and shallow ways. No real comparison.

Thank god Eurogamer is doing it for the UK sites.
Posted 16:12 on 29 August 2014
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stevenharris

I have seen the promos players are really original, I think if i get files to make players real as i made in Don bradman
Posted 10:49 on 29 August 2014
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renegade@ boycee

Sort of, I certainly like the sport, I watch the Super bowl etc but I enjoy how it plays as a game, it fits without the adverts and time outs. think I will look into it, its more a case of can I justify the cost etc. But thanks for the reply.
Posted 16:31 on 28 August 2014
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boycee@ renegade

This year's game has an excellent tutorial that helps explain the basics of not only the game but some sporting concepts too. You probably need to understand the rules, though. Hope that helps!
Posted 15:57 on 28 August 2014
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renegade

Right. I don't understand "Football" but love the idea of Madden love the way it plays, but I only play the demo normally. Is this worth it, and will the game help me understand what Im doing. Cheers
Posted 14:55 on 28 August 2014
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Bretty

I keep hearing positive things for this game. I really am interested. The last NFL game I really enjoyed was the first NFL game for the Wii.
Posted 14:29 on 28 August 2014

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Madden NFL 15
8
Out of 10
Madden NFL 15
  • Defence now as fun to play as offence
  • Looks much better
  • Great tutorial for new and experienced players
  • Legacy issues still persist
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Release Date: 29/08/2014
Platforms: Xbox One , PS4 , Xbox 360 , PS3
Developer: EA Tiburon
Publisher: EA SPORTS
Genre: Sports
Rating: TBC
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