First a review of the Game:This is a fairly detailed simulation of NFL football. It will give players a real appreciation for all of the mental gymnastics that coaches and players in the NFL go through on every down. However, for a casual video game player, the number of options per second is overwhelming to the point of frustration. I have sat down 4 times to play the game and every time I have gotten up an hour or two later very upset at how difficult it is to have fun. I buy the Madden football approximately every other year: This is the worst Madden game I have played since 2001.Pros Lots of game modes and features Nice animations and good graphics Decent sound (if you turn off the stadium noise to get rid of the music) Lots very precise options for controlling playersHowever...Cons The game is frustratingly difficult to pick up and play. Going through the training mode I see that there are dozens of combinations for how to throw the football, how to run, and how to make moves on defense. There are pre-snap options for every position and every situation. If you do not spend many hours mastering all of these things then you will not win games, you will not finish challenges, and you are unlikely to have fun. To limit the number of options the game offers a "game flow" mode. This is where the AI makes the best guess as to what play to run next on defense or offense. Sounds good. However, I found it picked the same 5 - 10 plays repeatedly. This was not only dull, but also ineffective. Also, the "game flow" menu does not show the play with nice little Xs and Os so there is no way to determine if the play makes sense for the situation unless you already know the play by name. The game menus are dynamic and slow to load. The icons seems to move around a bit. It takes a lot of reading and load time from the time the disc is put in to the time you are ready to play. In previous Madden games it was easy to restart a game or practice when playing solo. In this version the only way to restart is to quit out to the menus and restart the game entirely from scratch. Given how slow the load times are (even with the game installed to the hard drive), the frustration level goes up fast. If you do not buy the game new, then you will have to pay extra to get to all of the game's features. The computer quarterbacks rarely miss passes. Colt McCoy should be in the hall of fame instead of being a backup for the 49ers based on his insane completion percentage. A lot of time is wasted watching after each play. The game spends more time showing the coach talking into his clipboard than I thought possible. There are constant replays of the action. On broadcast TV that is great. When I am trying to play a quick game... stop it! Get on to the next play!Sunday TicketIt works on PC, iPhone, and Android phone just fine. On phones be sure to download the Sunday Ticket app, not the DirecTV ap.It does not work on my internet capable TV because there is no way to install Adobe Flash on my TV. To get the games on the big screen will require streaming from a PC, as far as I can tell.The number of games that are blacked out is frustratingly high. If a game is available as a broadcast in my market, then it will not be available with the Sunday Ticket. Also, so far, Thursday night and Monday night games have not been available despite not being broadcast. Pre-season games were not available either; moot point now. I expected that only games that were not sold out at the stadium would be blacked out, so my expectations were way too optimistic.Total Package SummaryIf I find one or two games per Sunday to watch instead of the local broadcast game(s) then I will get my money's worth with ease for the entire package. I plan to sell the game back ASAP - it is just not fun. All in all, if you have been a big fan of previous Madden games then you might be frustrated with this one, but you could get your money's worth if you use the Sunday ticket too. Good luck.
So I've been buying Madden for many years, and this is my favorite in terms of realistic-ness and overall flow. Plus I got 17 weeks of Sunday Ticket which is awesome. Here's the breakdown:Gameplay: Think Madden 13 but smooth. power running isn't it's forte, but hey, that's the NFL now. Offense and defense is fluid and I like that there are "precision" skill moves now.It's nice that linebackers can't swat 40 yard bombs over the middle anymore also (cause I mean, cmon, Clay Matthews isn't going to swat a 50 yard bomb from Stafford when he bit on play action).Passing is much nicer now too. Brought back the whole receiver icon will fully light when the player is ready. Routes also actually matter also (I've found that in previous versions, you could exploit horribly be doing either screens, slants, verticals, etc).Franchise Mode (RIP): Still have connected careers - so doesn't look like we're going back ever to the old way (I personally hate scouting and doing ALL owner / coach tasks). Can do a fantasy draft now though which is nice.Owner Mode: OMG don't do this - I don't know who thought me pretending to be Mara or Irsay or someone is fun. My desire to change concession prices ranks pretty low.Player Mode: Same as Madden 13 - can pick high, low or undrafted, make your own, play as a current player, etc. Same progression model as last year as well.Overall: I have logged too many hours already in the game. Worth the money in my opinion if you get this before week 3 of the regular season (otherwise just get the regular version).Another positive is that like the NFL this year (so far, yeah it's only week two) most teams are about even with each other, minus the really bad teams. Makes for more fun in opinion since there are no clear cut Super Bowl caliber teams (like real life!)
Madden NFL 25 is okay. Son likes it but was frustrated because when the first player he picked for his ultimate team (who graduated from our local high school) happened to be on the Jets and the system then forced his Ultimate Team to be the Jets as his team (he's a Russell Wilson and Seahawks fan). There's no warning that this is how it works and there is no way to go back and redo selections or to reset your ultimate team (without deleting your EA Sports account and starting a new one) - even though the season had not started.The main reason we bought this for him was so we could have access to the NFL Sunday Ticket package. We have a new Kindle Fire and it's made for entertainment so it's easy to plug it into your TV with the hdmi cable. We were really surprised that THERE IS NO NFL SUNDAY TICKET AP FOR THE KINDLE FIRE!!! This was going to be our way to watch the Seahawks now that we're in Florida! Only option now is to watch it on a small screen of a smart phone or on a computer. REALLY!?? What's Amazon thinking?!Why would Amazon send out e-mails promoting this product when their own devices won't work with it?!If you are thinking of using the NFL Sunday Ticket portion of this package with a Kindle Fire, don't bother. Just buy the game and forget the NFL Sunday Ticket package.
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