There is very rarely an opportunity to say this about sports video games, but there wasn’t anything wrong with EA Sports’ Madden 25. Yes, it felt a little like a revamped version of Madden 13 with new names and stats, but there is only so much you can do with the same game on the same systems.
The best new feature was probably the “Run Free” aspect that EA has been promoting for months now. There was so much control over the running game that seemed to have been lacking in other EA titles. Instead of a controlled run in which you looked for holes or got to the edge, you could really control the jukes and spins of your running back.
The control of the game overall felt much crisper and players moved much more responsively. The physics of the game were really accurate. It feels like the control that you get with players on FIFA mixed with the Madden games of the past that we all love so much.
When the new consoles arrive, sports games are usually the first to make the switch. Once XBOX One and PlayStation 4 finally arrive, Madden 25 should be one of the first games that will be available, and the power of these consoles may turn this game from something that meets expectations to something that far surpasses them.
I highly recommend downloading the demo and discovering the gameplay features yourself, because you can read all you want to about a game, but can’t make a proper judgment until you play it.