Sep 27, 2013
Long-time fans of sport games will doubtlessly know of the Madden series. Beginning way back on the Sega Genesis with Madden 92, the series has since matured into a blockbuster, high budget series spanning more than two decades. The series is no stranger to mobile gaming and Madden 25 is no exception. But how does it stack up to its legacy?
Compared to its console brethren, Madden 25 doesnâ€™t take itself too seriously. Rather than trading and signing actual players, you instead have a deck of cards on each team that represents your line-up. Each card has an overall rating reflecting their skill and ratings for their various attributes.
There are a lot of plays available with both a Basic and Pro setting for plays. The Basic setting divides the plays up into running plays, short passes and long passes, making the game much more accessible to people who donâ€™t know much about gridiron. The Pro setting shows the normal categories for plays such as Nickel, Goal Line and other sets of plays named after American currency and firearms.
Some things in Madden 25 can only be bought or done with Madden Cash, the gameâ€™s premium currency. Madden cash lets you do things like refill your energy, buy new packs of players and even automatically win games. The game is still a lot of fun without spending money however.
Besides the Solo mode, where you make your way through a series of increasingly difficult challenges and games, there is also a Head to Head mode. You are matched with a random opponent. You then take turns doing an offensive drive. You simply play against their team which is computer controlled. Once you finish your offensive push you either score or turn the ball over and they take their turn.
There is also an auction house where you can bid on other players cards and sell your own. This is quite active there are always new actions and bidding wars.
When it comes to the actual football, Madden 25 is a mixed bag. Offense is simple and fun to play. Passing and running are simple. When youâ€™re running with the ball you can execute many different manoeuvres from jukes to get around defenders to stiff arms to send the stunned opponent on a fanatic voyage to the ground.
Defence however is another story. While you can tap a player at any time to gain control of them this is fiddly and more than a little awkward and you rarely have time to switch to a useful player before the play is over.
Madden 25 has some great sound. Crunching tackles and plenty of speech give the game personality and the roaring crowd and some high energy music gets you in the mood to play some football.
Graphically Madden is quite impressive. Players are well detailed and neat little touches like after touchdown celebrations and players struggling and being pushed around in tackles really makes the game a pleasure to look at.
At the end of the day Madden 25 is a highly enjoyable game and certainly worth playing, especially for free.