Image from Madden 25 Demo
Ever hear commentators and sports chatterboxes refer to a specific player as the glue to his or her team? Well, in Madden, the glue is the gameplay for the series. While some versions may or may not have held things together to every gamer's liking, the last two versions have been quite sticky.
To make the adhesive even stronger, EA Sports has added the following elements:
The Run Free concept is based on giving ball-carriers the ability to use every tool in their toolbox to elude or power through opposing tacklers. Run Free is executed with the use of Precision Modifiers.
These stick controls are enhancements on staples of the Madden franchise: Spin moves, dives, hurdles, stiff-arms, and of course, truck sticks. With the use of the left trigger (L2 on PS3) gamers can add more effectiveness to these maneuvers and even create new moves.
Holding the trigger allows your player to momentarily slow his pace only to explode into the move of his choice.
This concept births hybrid moves like truck spins, jab steps and juke-spin combos. There is even a stumble recovery feature that creates a window of opportunity for the ball carrier to regain his balance, or leap for the last few crucial yards.
With the right ball carrier and a mastery of the skills that best fit that player, a gamer can be quite formidable in the open field. That's the whole point.
Infinity and Beyond
Madden 13 was a groundbreaking point for the series because of the incorporation of the real-time physics based Infinity Engine. The engine brought a renewed realism and got rid of canned animations almost entirely.
In Madden 25, Infinity Engine 2 works to enhance the concept while marrying itself to the Precision Modifiers.