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5:15 PM on 01.31.2014

Breaking Madden's Super Bowl is better than this Sunday's

We approach another manicured, partially tax-exempt-NFL, $9B/year industry football game this Super Bowl Sunday. We'll be lucky to get a sign of life like Richard Sherman's postgame interview two weeks ago. No, it will be a ...

Steven Hansen


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10:00 PM on 01.27.2014

Madden 25 predicts a Broncos Super Bowl win

The Super Bowl is this weekend, fittingly attended by teams from both states wherein pot is legal, though housed in New Jersey, where, at the moment, snow does not seem imminent despite recent cold. As Madden 25 tells it, th...

Steven Hansen

2:45 PM on 12.12.2013

Applicant for college coaching job cites Madden skills

As the resident Destructoid staff North Dakotan, I feel oddly obligated to report whenever there's videogame news that can be tenuously tied to my home state. As such, the University of North Dakota had a recent applicant for...

Brett Makedonski

12:00 PM on 12.05.2013

Impressions: Madden NFL 25 (Xbox One and PS4)

It's tough to feel the need to upgrade to a "next-gen" version of a game when so many of them are practically identical to the product you already bought. Though some PS4 and Xbox One titles have drastic differences like a va...

Chris Carter



Madden 25 CoachGlass may be the best way to call defense photo
Madden 25 CoachGlass may be the best way to call defense
by Steven Hansen

Stats run sports. Yes, we have heartwarming stories of moxie and upsets and unexpected onside kicks right after the Super Bowl halftime show and they make for great narratives, but numbers are invaluable at easily quantifying what used to take a wicked good eye and more memory than is worth expending.

Anecdotes say Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is a choke artist who can't finish games. Numbers show that from 2008 to 2012, the number of game winning drives or fourth quarter comebacks he orchestrated increased each year, including five of the Cowboys' eight wins in 2012.

One the failings of Madden has been an inability to convey information and to teach football. Madden 25 took some steps to address this with the Skills Trainer, while CoachGlass goes a step further, actually working in-game to allow you to make informed decisions with an intuitive interface.

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4:15 PM on 10.18.2013

Mmm, EA wants you to 'feel it': Next-gen Madden trailer

Skip to about 1:40 for a nasty hit. Now that we're in the year 2025, it's time for a next gen Madden game. Madden 25 released a couple months ago, but on smelly and dumb old news hardware. Next month, it's coming to fresh an...

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 10.02.2013

Watch Madden 25 designers describe grass

EA Sports has dropped a new video hyping the next-gen visuals Madden 25 will be sporting on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year. Leveraging the power of the Ignite Engine, the team has developed what they refer to...

Conrad Zimmerman



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New releases: Killers everywhere
by Fraser Brown

I'll be spending this week playing catch up, but there's no dearth of new releases. Killer is Dead is tempting me, because bloody hell it looks flashy, but I'll probably leave until I'm not drowning in games. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is notable too, if only because it was originally a shockingly poor MMO and had to be entirely rebuilt. I've not been impressed with the results, and found myself sick of it after a weekend. Others seem to be getting more out of it, however.

Also on the docket this week, we've got Lost Planet 3, which is nice if you're sick of the summer heat; Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes to the PC, which pleases me greatly; and some burly American fellows kick a ball around in Madden NFL 25. There's more too, but you'll have to scroll down for that.

Anything floating your boat this week?

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Review: Madden 25
by Steven Hansen

Take my review of last year's Madden 13. Give it a roster update. Associate any players I named who've been swapped around like pogs with whatever their new team is. Axe a missed dangling participle or two. Tighten up the mechanics of writing. Maybe there was a misused em dash. Replace it in a way that is (probably) grammatically correct. Add some flourishes here and there. Some new puns, maybe.

You now have my review of Madden 25.

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8:00 AM on 08.09.2013

GameStop wants to help you trade up from 360 to Xbox One

I bet GameStop is a little happier selling Xbox Ones now that the used game market is back. To show this support, the company is running a somewhat neat promotion. If you are a PowerUp Rewards member and buy select games for ...

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 07.24.2013

Boom! EA loses $11 million Madden lawsuit

In 2011, we reported that Electronic Arts was being sued by Robin Antonick, designer of the original John Madden Football, who was claiming unpaid royalties for derivatives of his work after realizing subsequent early Madden ...

Steven Hansen







Madden 25 going crazy with one-handed catches photo
Madden 25 going crazy with one-handed catches
by Steven Hansen



Madden 13
was really the shot in the arm the franchise needed after several years of feeling remarkably stale. The implementation of a physics system in retrospect seems paramount for something striving to be simulation football and last year finally brought it, resulting in the most different feeling title the franchise has seen probably since the generation began.

The anniversary-named Madden 25, celebrating 25 years of the franchise, goes back to familiar ground a bit. It's once again a game of refinement, tweaking, and iteration, featuring an evolved version of last year's physics engine, which cleans up some of the rough edges from the prior game.

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1:00 PM on 05.22.2013

EA's E3 conference includes first look at Star Wars plans

Electronic Arts' E3 press briefing will provide viewers with a first look at what the company plans on doing with its multi-year Star Wars deal with Disney, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau announced. The new Star Wars titles...

Keith Swiader

5:45 PM on 05.07.2013

Expect new games from EA Sports, BioWare, and DICE at E3

During an investor call today, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau briefly discussed the company's plans for E3 2013. As expected, June is going to be a big month for the new home consoles. "Regarding next generation consoles, w...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 05.01.2013

Yikes: Madden skipping the Wii U this year

EA Sports has confirmed to Nintendo World Report that Madden NFL will be skipping the Wii U this year. EA stated the following: "We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013. However, we have a strong partne...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:30 PM on 04.25.2013

Barry Sanders is your Madden 25 cover athlete

Barry Sanders has won the vote between new- and old-school NFL players alike, taking the spotlight from Adrian Peterson to rush onto the Madden 25 cover with a 58 percent margin. I'll always remember Sanders as one of most e...

Chris Carter