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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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The latest must be the greatest in sports video games

Ask a fan for his favorite sports video game and you'll rarely get a current one. You may not even get one for a console still in production. Warhorses like NHL '94, Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball and the venerated NFL 2K5 come up a lot. Among mine are NCAA Football 2004, MVP Baseball 2005 and College Hoops 2K8, and none of those series even exist anymore. Nostalgia may have a lot to do with it. In present day, however, there still is the deep, demanding expectation that the latest edition be better than anything preceding it, if not everything ever attempted in that sport before. One might think an audience that cherishes old and long-since outdated titles might be more forgiving if the latest version of FIFA or NBA 2K isn't as compelling as a landmark entry earlier in the series. I share...

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Friends List: Does Madden belong in museums?

Today on Friends List, Editor-at-Large Chris Plante asks Reporter Samit Sarkar: Does Madden belong in museums? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Do games need to be finished? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.

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NFL licensing deals for Madden series haven't expired, says EA

Electronic Arts' licensing agreements for its Madden NFL series of football video games haven't expired, and the publisher plans to continue the franchise for the foreseeable future, said EA CEO Andrew Wilson during an investor call today. "Contrary to some reports, we still have a number of years left on our agreements there," said Wilson, who was the head of the EA Sports label before ascending to the CEO position last September. "And the relationship that we have with both the NFL and the NFL Players Association continues to be extremely strong." EA has two main licensing deals in place that make the Madden series possible. The publisher pays the NFL for everything related to the league's branding and its 32 teams, and has a separate deal with the NFL Players Association under...

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Digital sales, next-gen software drive EA's fiscal Q3 2014 results

Electronic Arts had a solid third quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, with results led primarily by the publisher's digital business and by sales of software on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the company announced today. EA's fiscal Q3 2014, which ran from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013, included the launch of both next-generation consoles, and in the month of December, EA was the top publisher in the West on both systems. EA DICE's Battlefield 4, EA Tiburon's Madden NFL 25, EA Canada's FIFA 14 and Ghost Games' Need for Speed Rivals came in as the publisher's top-selling next-gen titles. Across all platforms, FIFA 14 ended up as the best-selling game in Europe during the month. Digital net revenue on a GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) basis in EA's third quarter increased 27.7...

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Madden NFL 25 predicts Broncos win Super Bowl XLVIII in overtime

The Denver Broncos will defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday — in overtime — according to a simulation of the matchup in Madden NFL 25, publisher Electronic Arts announced today. Every year, Madden NFL developer EA Tiburon pits the two Super Bowl teams against each other in the video game to simulate the Super Bowl and see what happens. This year, the studio played out Super Bowl XLVIII in Madden 25 on Xbox One, and the big game came right down to the wire. Perhaps owing to the blanket of snow on the field, defense ruled the first half of the game. Late in the second quarter, outspoken Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman picked off a Peyton Manning pass and took it to the house to send the Seahawks into the intermission with a 10-7 lead. The Broncos struck back...

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EA paid YouTube video producers to promote its next-gen games

Like Microsoft, publisher Electronic Arts is also compensating YouTube video producers who post footage of its games, including titles Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed Rivals, according to documents posted on NeoGAF. Under EA's program, named Ronku, video producers could earn money for showing footage of the next-gen versions of Battlefield 4 and Need For Speed Rivals. Certain Ronku "assignments" encouraged highlight specific moments in EA's games, such as demonstrating "how you will cross the line" in Need for Speed Rivals, or taking down an entire skyscraper in Battlefield 4 multiplayer. Participants for both games could earn $10 per thousand video views for a maximum of three videos. According to the agreement, participants could not post copies of the assignment or document...

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Museum of the Moving Image looks back on 25 years of Madden

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, N.Y., and EA Sports teamed up for an exhibit opening tomorrow, Jan. 9, that celebrates 25 years of the Madden NFL football franchise. The "Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running" exhibit will run through Feb. 23, and is designed to explore the series' "aesthetic evolution, cultural legacy and enduring focus on simulation," according to a press release from its organizers. Five playable versions of Madden will be on display: John Madden Football, the original 1988 installment for Apple II computers; Madden NFL '94, the 1993 Sega Genesis version, which was the first with licensed NFL teams; Madden NFL 99, the 1998 PlayStation game, the first with Franchise mode; Madden NFL 2005, the 2004 Xbox game, which focused on defense with the Hit Stick...

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Here's how to upgrade your current-gen games to next-gen

Below is a list of all next-gen upgrade offers that are still active and how to redeem them. Games included in the following the offers feature seven cross-generation multiplatform titles released this fall: Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14 and Need for Speed Rivals. Brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us is only part of the offer on PlayStation platforms. Amazon Xbox One gamers can trade in the Xbox 360 versions of a handful of titles to get their Xbox One counterparts for as little as $9.99 per upgrade. Amazon will accept Xbox 360 games purchased from its website or elsewhere for an $25 bonus credit toward the same title on Xbox One on top of the 360 game's trade-in value. To take advantage of the deal, go to this page...

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GameStop's Winter Sale features GTA 5, Gran Turismo 6, more

GameStop began a four-day Winter Sale today, with price drops on dozens of titles across consoles, handhelds and Windows PC such as Grand Theft Auto 5 and Gran Turismo 6. Here are some of the highlights: 16 GB PlayStation Vita Memory Card: $19.99 Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14, Need for Speed Rivals (PlayStation 4, Xbox One): $49.99 Battlefield 4 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC): $39.99 Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One): $49.99 Gran Turismo 6: $39.99 Grand Theft Auto 5: $39.99 Tearaway: $19.99 The sale runs from Dec. 26 through Dec. 29. Check out the full list of discounts on GameStop's website. Amazon is also matching many of the deals, such as the price drops of at least $10 on the PS4 and Xbox One games listed above.

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Here's what you need to know for Friday, Dec. 6

Second gaming ceasefire held for Sandy Hook but skepticism remains Antwand Pearman is organizing a ceasefire for online shooters "to make it an annual event in remembrance of those who lost their lives to violence." Though well-intentioned, some wonder if it might unintentionally imply between video games and real-world violence. Minecraft's first opera will be livestreamed this week [Update: Watch it now!] A group of college and high school students teamed up this week to bring Mozart to Minecraft. We have the details and the video stream in our article. Best Buy tournament focuses on gamers, not in-store experience During the next few weeks, Best Buy will sponsor a series of Madden NFL 25 tournaments. The winner will be crowned Dec. 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the...

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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