1). True Step- When I first saw this in motion I was a bit on the fence, I wasn’t sure how well it would translate I to the final product. I am pleased to report that it works extremely well. True Step completely changes how you play (especially the running game). Setting up your blockers is the key to success and waiting until the hole properly opens up before hitting the acceleration button is tricky but rewarding. If you make a false move you will end up shuffling your feet and getting tackled. Proper angles and calculations are a must with true step.
2). War In The Trenches- Here is another feature I wasn’t too excited for. Not that it wasn’t needed, I was more concerned that it wouldn’t be done completely or be that noticeable. Once again… I was wrong! This goes along with the true step as you certainly have to read your blockers in the run and passing game. Double teams are there and make sense most of the time. You will also see elite Defensive Lineman make a mockery of scrub offensive lineman you have on the squad. I have seen some spectacular pass rush moves that seemed organic. Huge upgrade here in my opinion. Still some small issues but nothing game killing.
3). Improved Presentation- Possibly the first thing I noticed about the presentation upgrades was the new pause menu UI. When you pause the game to change your depth chart or view a replay, you will see a stat box for you quarterback showing his completion percentage and overall yards/touchdowns/interceptions. Also after a few games in I noticed many lines of commentary that agent there in the current gen versions. In several instances I heard Jim Nice and Phil Sims talk about a rivalry while bringing up specific points in the history between the two teams.
4). Online Is God- Yes… I said it. Lag free and cheese free, just the way we want it. The head to head games I have played have been smooth like butter, almost to the point where you forget you are playing online. True enough that the elimination of 90 degree cuts at full speed and such has removed a layer of garbage ball from the game… and that’s good enough for me for now. I can out strategize the other player as can most of you, the unrealistic stuff is mostly gone…
5). Competent AI- The main reason I rarely play offline is because the CPU can never give a decent challenge. Once you find that sweet spot, you can attack it every play. The only defense for that has been backing sliders around to the point where the game almost cheats. On next gen, there will be none of that. The AI adjusts (to a degree) to your play calling in an attempt to shut you down. If you continuously run the same play it seems like they will start to read it and stop it. Obviously it’s not going to be perfect but it is certainly an improvement. I have lost games where I didn’t feel like I was being chested, more so that I made bad decisions. That’s what the game of football is all about.Is Madden NFL 25 for next gen a perfect game?!? Of course it isn’t! But it’s far and away the best football game I have played in my 34 years. It is a great start to the next gen consoles, everything is there that we could reasonably expect, and its basically bug free. Agree or disagree with Madden being the best sports game on Next Gen? One thing you can’t deny is that the game took a huge leap forward in such a small window. Read More →