Madden 15: Release Date, Top Player Ratings, New Features, Preview and More

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 22, 2014

image from Madden 15, provided by EA Sports

Madden 15 is now available for Xbox One users who subscribed to EA Access, but for everyone else, the game officially releases on Tuesday, August 26. 

If you're looking for an in-depth review of the game, we've got you covered. After spending countless hours with the PlayStation 4 version of the game, my full review is available here.

If you're already sold on buying the game this year, here's some of the details about the newest version of Madden.

The Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning, New England Patriots' Darrelle Revis and San Francisco 49ers' Patrick Willis are among the highest-rated players in the game.

Click here to see the ratings for every player on every team.

New sports video games mean new features added to enhance the old concepts. Here's a breakdown of the biggest new additions to the Madden franchise.


New Defensive Controls and Enhancements

The biggest improvements in Madden 15 are in gameplay. For the first time in the series' history, there is balance between the defense and offense.

Reading coverages and knowing the matchups is as important as it has ever been.

From the new tackle cone, to the vastly improved artificial intelligence of defensive backs in pass coverage, real football fans will enjoy this year's gameplay.


The Gauntlet

Because there are so many new wrinkles to the gameplay, the Skills Trainer is a must for new and experienced Madden gamers. 

It's sort of a long process, but it's worth it to learn how each new gameplay mechanic is supposed to function. Once you've completed the Skills Trainer, you can test your skills in the Gauntlet.

It's narrated by the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton, and it's a stage-by-stage test of everything you learned in the Skills Trainer. In addition to refreshing your skills, there are over-the-top boss battles at the end of every stage.

For example, gamers will be asked to kick a 110-yard field goal in hurricane conditions to get past the first level. There are other fun tasks to complete in this departure from simulation-style gaming.


New Presentation

Presentation hasn't been a strong suit of the Madden franchise, but this year's game takes steps in the right direction. While it still isn't on-par with NBA 2K's presentation, it's easily the best we've seen from the Madden series.

Phil Simms and Jim Nantz have improved and more organic dialog, and there's finally a halftime show. Yay!

When you partner this improvement with the stunning visual appeal in the game, this is one of the most compelling Madden releases in years.


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