With Tuesday's release of Madden 15, everyone wants to know whether it is worth the purchase.
The game has been one of the most popular franchises in video game history, and most fans are willing to buy the newest version every August regardless of how the latest version looks. On the other hand, some want to make sure there are significant improvements before putting down the money.
One reason to buy the new game is the updated rosters. This is something that comes every season, but a real gamer does not want to be playing with outdated teams and inaccurate portrayals of the league's top players.
Here is a look at the top-rated players at each position, courtesy of EASports.com:
|Peyton Manning (98)||Adrian Peterson (98)||John Kuhn (93)||Calvin Johnson (99)|
|Aaron Rodgers (98)||LeSean McCoy (97)||Mike Tolbert (92)||Brandon Marshall (96)|
|Drew Brees (96)||Jamaal Charles (97)||Marcel Reece (92)||Andre Johnson (95)|
|Russell Wilson (93)||Matt Forte (95)||Anthony Sherman (90)||A.J. Green (95)|
|Tom Brady (93)||Marshawn Lynch (95)||Jerome Felton (88)||Dez Bryant (94)|
|Jimmy Graham (97)||Joe Thomas (98)||J.J. Watt (99)||Ndamukong Suh (97)|
|Rob Gronkowski (96)||Evan Mathis (97)||Robert Quinn (97)||Geno Atkins (96)|
|Vernon Davis (94)||Josh Sitton (97)||Cameron Wake (96)||Gerald McCoy (95)|
|Jason Witten (93)||Trent Williams (94)||Calais Campbell (96)||Kyle Williams (95)|
|Greg Olsen (88)||Joe Staley (94)||Cameron Jordan (93)||Jurrell Casey (93)|
|Patrick Willis (96)||Von Miller (96)||Richard Sherman (99)||Jairus Byrd (96)|
|NaVorro Bowman (96)||Aldon Smith (96)||Darrelle Revis (97)||Earl Thomas (95)|
|Luke Kuechly (94)||Justin Houston (93)||Joe Haden (95)||Devin McCourty (94)|
|Derrick Johnson (91)||Lavonte David (93)||Patrick Peterson (93)||Eric Weddle (94)|
|Jerod Mayo (91)||Robert Mathis (93)||Vontae Davis (92)||Charles Woodson (88)|
|Kam Chancellor (93)||Brandon Fields (96)|
|Troy Polamalu (93)||Matt Prater (95)|
|T.J. Ward (91)||Andy Lee (95)|
|Eric Berry (90)||Robbie Gould (93)|
|Reshad Jones (89)||Justin Tucker (93)|
The good news is the latest game has more improvements than just new rosters. Here are the latest reviews from around the web discussing the impressive changes.
Among the many additions to come from the new game, the most notable change is on the defensive side of the ball.
For the first time ever, the defense is viewed from the reverse angle. Players can face the quarterback and get a more realistic look at the game through the eyes of a lineman, linebacker or safety. You can now read the offense and react just like your favorite players.
Additionally, the artificial intelligence has improved on that side of the ball to make the better players in the game even more important.
Alex Rubens of IGN explains the difference from past versions:
For years, defensive play in Madden has always been a chore you have to do in between the fun parts where you’re trying to score. Things are different this year, and it's a hugely important and long-overdue upgrade. Defense now feels impactful, like you’re in charge of how things play out instead of just waiting for the offense to mess up.
Every year we are hoping to see significant changes in the game, and the efforts on the defensive end help support this.
Meanwhile, the graphics are what everyone usually looks forward to every summer. While upgrades should be expected on a yearly basis—especially with the next-generation consoles—this year seemed to take a bigger jump than normal.
USA Today provided its opinion on the new look:
Review: 'Madden NFL 15' -The graphics, details and lighting are all improved. http://t.co/CrdrpBo2V1— USA TODAY Video (@usatodayvideo) August 21, 2014
If you don't want to take someone else's word, a look at some of the screenshots should convince you:
Every year, the Madden franchise comes closer to truly replicating the real version of these players, and this is the best yet.
This leaves on the gameplay as the big question mark, but this is once again top notch. Richard Grisham of Games Radar notes that while the game is tougher than ever, it is extremely realistic:
The offensive and defensive line play continues to improve, as your ability to find running lanes and hit them feels true-to-life. Momentum and physics prevent your ability to slash and cut into holes as quickly as you may like, but they resemble how real players move and react. Running up the middle seems a bit easier this season, and it’s definitely tougher to net those big yards on outside tosses and stretch runs.
Although some hardcore fans might be upset when they struggle in the early going, the key is to make things as realistic as possible, and Madden 15 does just that.
Instead of simply throwing out the same old game, EA Sports provided a big improvement with the latest version to make this worth having.
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