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Platform 360, PS3, PS4, xbox one Publisher EA Sports Developer EA Tiburon Release Date 2013-08-27

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Madden NFL 25 review: wide open

The "25" refers to the game's milestone anniversary. When the EA Sports guy yells at you (for the 3,873rd time) that "IT'S IN THE GAME!" at the opening of Madden NFL 25, it's for better and worse: NFL players have asses of varying size, NFL coaches are looking to college for offensive innovation and NFL owners worry about things like marketing and merchandise. Whether it's load screens dripping with nostalgic screen grabs from the previous 24 releases, or modes that allow you to build and draft teams of legendary NFL players, Madden NFL 25 celebrates the hell out of Madden throughout the game. And somewhere in there, developer EA Tiburon has built a more approachable game of football than it has in years — even while Madden NFL 25 gives a giant foam hand pat on its own back. Madden...

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Sony has responded to Electronic Arts' announcement of a subscription-based service for its Xbox One games, by claiming that the Netflix-style deal offers poor value. EA Access offers up a slew of EA games for one flat rate of $4.99 a month or $29.99 annually. Members can gain access to FIFA 14 (pictured), Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, via the service's beta, as well as discounts and early access offers. Must Read Owning games is coming to an end Like Microsoft, Sony offers its own subscription service to owners of its console. PlayStation Plus charges a subscription fee in return for access to certain full games and special offers. Sony is also preparing to launch PlayStation Now, a streaming service offering older games. The company said it was offered...

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Madden NFL 15 hazes rookies by showing them their ratings

Training camp hasn't begun yet, so let Madden NFL 15 be the one to tell these rookies, who have been told all their lives how special they are, that they really aren't. This is a pretty smooth video. EA Sports set up first-round studs like Johnny Manziel, No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins, and No. 7 overall pick Mike Evans, asking them what they thought they'd be rated, then dumped a cold bucket of truth on them. No, Johnny Football, you're not "an 88 to a 92." In fact, in the latest Madden NFL 25 roster — this is the one reflecting players' ratings at the end of a full season, the highest rated rookies were Sheldon Richardson of the Jets and Star Lotuleilei of the Panthers, at 86. And Richardson was the defensive Rookie of the Year last season. Eddie Lacy of Green Bay, the offensive...

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Rookie quarterback turns to Madden to prepare for NFL training camp

Teddy Bridgewater, drafted at the end of the first round by the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, has until July 25 before training camp officially begins. He's getting ready, ESPN reports, by importing the Vikings' playbook into Madden NFL 25 and using the video game to prepare for opposing defenses. "It helps because you get one more rep than you had in practice, actual practice," he told ESPN, calling the plays "virtual reps." "Any chance you get to take an extra rep or go the extra step, extra mile, it's going to be very beneficial transferring it to the field," he said. At the University of Louisville, Bridgewater did the same thing with NCAA Football 14 — presumably with "himself" on the roster. (He could get a check somewhere north of $1,000 for his three appearances, as "QB#05" in...

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A new Xbox One bundle featuring Kinect, a Forza 5 download card and a bonus game of your choice is available at a 19 percent discount from Walmart for $499, $119 less than its typical $618 price tag. The company is offering a choice of one of 18 games to be included in the bundle: Titanfall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, FIFA Soccer 14, NBA 2K14, Madden NFL 25, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, NBA Live 14, Need for Speed Rivals, Fighter Within, Just Dance 2014, Level Marvel Super Heroes, The Lego Movie Video game, Thief 4, Zumba Fitness World Party, Angry Birds Star Wars, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition and Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes. The discounted Xbox One bundle can be purchased online here.

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Madden NFL 25 Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 08/27/2013
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Tiburon
    • Score 8.5
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 08/27/2013
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Tiburon
    • Score 8.5
  • PlayStation 4
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Tiburon
  • Xbox One
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Tiburon
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