Madden 25: Xbox One, PS4 Release Date, Features and More

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2013

Madden NFL 25 Graphics via EA Sports
Madden NFL 25 Graphics via EA Sports

The release of the PlayStation 4 console on Nov. 15 and Xbox One on Nov. 22 has created a frenzy around the video game community, and that has once again rehashed the excitement for the release of Madden NFL 25 on both next-generation consoles.

The new versions of Madden NFL 25 will be available for purchase the Tuesday prior to each console being released (Nov. 12 for PlayStation 4 and Nov. 19 for Xbox One, per EB Games), and will give the fans of the game series the chance to have the software ready as soon as the hardware arrives.

EA Sports has been teasing the release of this game for months. With a steady array of graphics, videos and screenshots from the next-gen consoles, the industry is ready for the mainstream release.

Some fans may be skeptical about buying the game for the new console—whether it’s because they bought it for Xbox 360 or PS3 or they aren’t buying the first wave of next-gen games—but this is a purchase all gamers and football fans alike must make.

The Improved Madden NFL 25 Graphics via EA Sports
The Improved Madden NFL 25 Graphics via EA Sports

The changes start and end with the graphics. EA Sports claims that the graphics are 10 times better than they have been in the past, and that is reflected in the screenshots and gameplay show on the company’s website.

Add in the improvements that the Ignite Engine will have to the simplest gameplay—everything from True Step player motion that makes running more realistic to Player Sense helping gamers use their instincts and awareness—and there is no doubt that this is a new-and-improved version of the game that was released earlier this year.

One of the most underrated portions of the next-gen release is the emphasis on the offensive and defensive lines with the War in the Trenches engine. EA claims four times more decisions are made by both lines and over 300 new interactions have been added. That equates to a more entertaining run- and pass-blocking visual.

The most exciting change comes in the form of the Living Worlds upgrades. With the crowds, stadiums and every other aspect of the sport coming to life in a realistic way—as well as a renewed focus on detail of those forgotten necessities—there is little doubt that this will be one of the most visually stimulating sports games ever released.

For those gamers buying the Xbox One, you will be given the chance to try CoachGlass exclusively for the Microsoft console. Acting as a coordinator, the feature offers players a chance to get insight from the computer about tendencies and the strengths and weaknesses of an opponent.

With so many fundamental changes and an emphasis on using the upgrades the next-gen consoles offer, there is little doubt that this is a must-own purchase for hardcore gamers buying Xbox One or PlayStation 4 upon their respective releases.