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Madden 25: Review, Tips, Achievements and Roster Updates Info

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 14, 2017

Madden 25: Review, Tips, Achievements and Roster Updates Info

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    Madden 25 released to EA SPORTS Season Ticket subscribers today and there is much to discuss about the latest entry in the Madden series. The questions, answers and abundance of information couldn't be seamlessly included in my initial hits and misses review, so I created this article to tie up most—if not all—of the loose ends.

    The companion elements to Madden 25 can often be ignored for the betterment and detriment of the product, but the good far outweighs the bad in this year's version. Despite a few omissions from Madden 13, that was my overall feeling with last year's game as well. But I'm even more pleased this time around.

    So you have the game, you're thinking about buying it or just curious about others' takes on it.

    In any case, here you'll find a few tips to improve your skill as this Madden season progresses, a full list of achievements for gamers who wear their gamer scores like a badge, and information on what could be included in the upcoming roster updates.

    Let's kick the extra point on the initial coverage of Madden 25.

Tips

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    Know Your Team

    Madden 25's playbooks, schemes and distinct player ratings make knowing your team essential. Depending on how good you want to be at this year's game, you must learn the skill sets of the players on your team.

    How much speed do you have on the outside? Which receivers have the highest catch-in-traffic ratings? This information is paramount for you to know whom to go to in tight situations. 

    It doesn't matter if your slot receiver has a 98 speed rating if he doesn't make tough catches over the middle. Throwing him the ball in tight spots will only lead to that "what just happened?" look after he drops crucial passes on third down.

    On defense, you have to know the speed and coverage abilities of your defensive backs and linebackers. Learning this information will allow you to make adjustments and prevent you from being victimized in mismatches.

     

    Don't Ignore Precision Modifiers

    The new tools given to ball-carriers are legit. This isn't just a gimmick in gameplay that you'll never need to use. Holding the left trigger (or L2 on PS3) will unlock a variety of spins, jukes, trucks, stiff arms and hybrid moves.

    You're only hurting yourself if you don't take advantage of them. Aside from the competitive edge, they also look pretty awesome when performed correctly.

    I highly suggest that even the most-skilled Madden player go through the Skills Trainer once or twice to master this new gameplay mechanic.

Achievements

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    Madden 25 has a total of 41 achievements/PlayStation Trophies, per Xbox360Achievements.org and PS3Trophies.com.

    Here they are:

    Madden NFL 25 Master
    Congratulations on earning every Madden NFL 25 trophy!

    Going for Gold
    Earn gold from a drill inside the Skills Trainer

    QB Camp
    100% completion of all passing drills inside the Skills Trainer (All gold medals)

    Stick Skills
    100% completion of all rushing drills inside the Skills Trainer (All gold medals)

    Defense Wins Championships
    100% completion of all defensive drills inside the Skills Trainer (All gold medals)

    Knowledge is Power
    100% completion of all pre-play drills inside the Skills Trainer (All gold medals)

    Happy 25th Madden
    Score 25+ points in one game and celebrate 25 years of Madden Football (no SuperSim, OTP, or Co-Op)

    Verizon MVP
    Combine for 75 points total, with your opponent (no SuperSim, OTP, or Co-Op)

    The New Breed
    Score a rushing and passing TD with a QB in a single game (no SuperSim, OTP, or Co-Op)

    College Influence
    Score a TD on an option play (no SuperSim, Skill Trainer, Practice, OTP, or Co-Op)

    Unstoppable
    Truck a defender during a run (no SuperSim, Skill Trainer, Practice, OTP, or Co-Op)

    Arm's Length Away
    Stiff arm a defender during a single run (no SuperSim, Skill Trainer, Practice, OTP, or Co-Op)

    Giver
    Post a piece of content to Madden Share

    Taker
    Download a piece of content from Madden Share

    Quality Gift
    Download 3 pieces of content from Madden Share

    Feedback
    Rate a piece of content you've downloaded from Madden Share

    Get Your Feet Wet
    Complete an online ranked head to head game

    Only Seventeen
    Score 17+ total points in online ranked head to head games

    Nice Round Number
    Score 34+ total points in online ranked head to head games

    Beginning the Journey
    Win a MUT Seasons game

    Playoffs?!
    Make the playoffs in Ultimate Team Seasons

    Well Rested
    Earn a first round bye in Ultimate Team Seasons

    Complete the Journey
    Win a MUT Seasons Super Bowl

    Mr. Suitcase
    Complete a MUT collection

    You Know the Business
    Build a MUT team with a team chemistry of 30

    Really Clicking
    Build a MUT team with a team chemistry of 70

    Completely Gelled
    Build a MUT team with two team chemistry ratings at 60

    The Mogul
    Win a MUT auction

    Flying Solo
    Win a MUT Solo Challenge

    This One is Hard 3.0
    Build an 85 rated MUT team

    It's Still Easy
    Create a MUT team

    Blaine Gabbert Legacy Award
    Using a created player, coach, or owner - surpass a legacy score of 2

    Ron Rivera Legacy Award
    Using a created player, coach, or owner - surpass a legacy score of 575

    James Laurinaitis Legacy Award
    Using a created player, coach, or owner - surpass a legacy score of 565

    Cortland Finnegan
    Using a created player, coach, or owner - surpass a legacy score of 2200

    Jermichael Finley Legacy Award
    Using a created player, coach, or owner - surpass a legacy score of 750

    Matt Forte Legacy Award
    Using a created player, coach, or owner - surpass a legacy score of 500

    Marvin Lewis Legacy Award
    Using a created player, coach, or owner - surpass a legacy score of 1250

    Drew Brees Legacy Award
    Using a created player, coach, or owner - surpass a legacy score of 9000

    John Elway Legacy Award
    Using a created player, coach, or owner - surpass a legacy score of 13,950

    Walter Payton Legacy Award
    Using a created player, coach, or owner - surpass a legacy score of 15,450

What to Expect from Roster Updates

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    The rosters in the retail version are accurate up to June 21, per Madden ratings czar Donny Moore:

    June 21 was cutoff RT @BMaziqueFPBR: #Madden25 Late Signings to Look Forward to in First Roster Update @EAMaddenNFL http://t.co/aREAU3355G

    — Donny Moore (@Donny_Moore) August 22, 2013

    There will be updates shortly after release and throughout the season, but late signings, preseason and training camp injuries may not be reflected on release day—unless there is an update at launch.

    There will obviously be a ton of player movement, but here are some of the happenings that will be reflected in future updates.

     

    Dustin Keller's Injury

    With the Miami Dolphins tight end suffering a season-ending knee injury, per Marc Sessler of NFL.com, both Miami's real-life and Madden passing game will take a hit. If you're a really big Keller fan—or you just want to cheat the system—start your Dolphins Connected Franchise before the update or use the default rosters.

    Aside from that, you won't be playing with Mr. Keller this season.

     

    Arizona Cardinals Snag Two Veterans

    In the retail version, both John Abraham and Eric Winston are free agents. However, the Arizona Cardinals inked both to one-year deals to shore up two weak areas on their team, per Fox News. The Cardinals have only one offensive lineman with an overall rating above 80 on the initial roster.

    Winston's 88 overall mark will make him an instant starter for you in Madden 25. Abraham is rated an 89 overall and should also make an immediate impact for the cyber Cards.

     

    Jon Baldwin-A.J. Jenkins Trade

    The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers swapped underachieving wide receivers on Aug. 19, per Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. With Michael Crabtree on the shelf with an injury, Baldwin is a big receiver who will help the legions of Niners fans that choose to play with San Francisco online.

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