Madden 15: Release Date, Ratings Info, New Features and More

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2014

Houston Texans' J.J. Watt before an NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons,  Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
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Madden NFL 15 is a week away from hitting shelves, and you probably want all of the information you can get on the new game. Luckily for you, we've provided a glimpse of the game below.

From information on where to get the ratings to the game's new features and more, we've covered the Madden bases—sorry, wrong sport—here. If it's in the game, well, it's in this article.


Release Date

August 26 in North America and August 29 in Europe



PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One



SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 15:  Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts to a play  against the San Diego Chargers at CenturyLink Field on August 15, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The ratings can be found here.

Richard Sherman, J.J. Watt and Calvin Johnson are the only players who earned a 99 overall rating.

Said Madden "Ratings Czar" Donny Moore on Sherman:

The Madden NFL 15 cover athlete is the top-ranked CB in each of the following categories: Strength (72), Catching (82), and Man Coverage (98). He's also ranked second in Zone Coverage (96), AWR (94), AGI (96), Play Rec (95), and Jumping (98). Now do you see why he is rated 99 overall?

Yes, yes we do.



Player Sense 2.0

This new feature is pretty exciting. The idea of defensive backs behaving more naturally has been an upgrade that I (and many of my friends) have wanted for years.

I love the idea of players with a higher zone rating actually reflecting that on the field while I already know I'll be utilizing the ability to disguise coverages with regularity. 

While the NFL has in general moved to a more pass-heavy style, and Madden has reflected that, it has at times gotten too easy to throw the ball in the game. Now, with a new emphasis being placed on intelligent play in the secondary, there will hopefully be a greater balance between throwing the ball and defending against the pass. 


Tackling Mechanics

If utilized correctly, the tackling cone looks like one of the more exciting new features to Madden in years. In many ways, it accurately reflects what it is like to make a tackle in real life. Any defender knows that the way he attempts to bring a ball-carrier down in real life will vary depending on where he is positioned in relation to the player.

If you are able to get in close against a slower player, you can go for the big shot. If you find yourself faced off against a speedier tackler in space, you want to play it safe.

This new feature is going to make defensive play much more fun.


The Gauntlet

This looks like a fun new way to polish your skills in the game and learn how to best utilize the new features.


War in the Trenches 2.0

Last year, my favorite new feature on next-gen systems was that offensive linemen would form a realistic pocket, which made the nasty habit of dropping your quarterback about 20 yards to avoid the rush obsolete.  

This year, an added emphasis on the defensive line has been added. Now there is as much gameplay depth and as many options for how you attack an opponent as you get on the offensive side of the ball. I generally play as a defensive lineman, so the new War on the Trenches is a really exciting feature. 

Anything that adds gameplay depth is a plus in my book. This is an exciting new chapter for the series.


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