The day many Madden NFL 25 fans have been waiting on is approaching. I'm not referring to the game's official release that is slated for Aug. 27. I'm not even referring to the release of the pre-release demo. Gamers already got that on Tuesday on both the Xbox 360 and PS3.
The day I'm referring to is the release of the official player ratings. Per Madden ratings czar Donny Moore, the official release will be a three-part reveal, with the first phase taking place on Thursday.
While the initial ratings and rosters will get most gamers started with the game, they aren't likely to be the final rosters and ratings before the regular season begins.
Last year, late additions to the roster like Terrell Owens' brief stint with the Seattle Seahawks were added just before the season began.
You can expect to see something similar happen with this year's release. We were provided a sneak peek into the ratings for the four teams included in the demo.
If you pause the game and look through the depth charts, you can see the full ratings for the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.
Below, you can see the stellar marks for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. With an 80 speed rating and nothing lower than an 87 in any throwing category, he'll be a blast to play with.
I got an opportunity to speak with Moore earlier in the developmental process and he talked about the evolution of the ratings process and shed a little light on a few rookies.
The entire interview is below, but one of the highlights is Moore's description of St. Louis Rams rookie Tavon Austin. According to Moore, the 5'8", 174-pound receiver is going to be one of the most explosive players in the game.
On Thursday, we'll begin to find out just how good some of our favorites are. We'll likely also hear the gripes from fans and maybe even some players about their in-game ratings. It is almost time for the debate to begin.
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