Madden NFL 15

Common Sense Media says

Family-friendly Madden packs defensive punch for this year.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Madden NFL 15 emulates the real National Football League (NFL) game, including its teams, players, and stadiums. The game doesn't have any controversial content and promotes healthy competition and athleticism.

Positive role models

Because the game mimics the real NFL, the characters -- who are mostly football players -- might be considered positive role models if they're worthy role models in real life. Most of them are, thankfully. They also play together as a team, follow a code of conduct, and get exercise.

Ease of play

Similar to the past few versions, Madden NFL 15 is easy to pick up and play, putting an emphasis on the dual analog sticks for choosing plays, running, and throwing. Along with a tutorial, this edition adds more than 50 drills and exercises. The game also goes out of its way to break down offensive and defensive plays, so newcomers can understand what's happening on the field and react appropriately. This strengthens your game regardless of whether it's your first time or your 25th time playing.

Violence & scariness

Professional football is a contact sport, so players will tackle one another, but everyone wears protective gear to prevent injuries (which might still happen in some modes).

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

As with most other pro sports games, Madden NFL 15 has branding on the players, on equipment, in the stands, and around the stadium. It can be apparel companies, the NFL itself, and team logos or TV broadcast graphics and sound effects. 

Privacy & safety

Gamers can play Madden NFL 15 against other players online, even complete strangers. Thanks to support for headset microphones with popular consoles, players can communicate with others freely -- and possibly be exposed to inappropriate language. Since there isn't anyone monitoring or filtering comments or discussions, online play isn't recommended for younger players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Madden NFL 15 is a sports simulation that mirrors real professional football matches. Gamers can play as or against their favorite teams in the NFL or create a player from scratch -- even based on their own likeness -- in some modes. There isn't any controversial content, but be aware of lots of advertising (on billboards, on apparel, and so on) and the fact that, if they're using multiplayer modes, kids could talk online to complete strangers.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • time management

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Madden NFL 15 is very engaging and fun for football fans, as it lets them play as or against their favorite teams. Kids also will learn about the rules of the game, which can be applied in real life.

Learning Approach

Players will learn how to play professional football and about the associated codes of conduct, athleticism, city pride, teamwork, and healthy competition. Players learn how to analyze and react to offensive and defensive plays, with a "try as you go" method of teaching.

Support

The game has many tutorials. It also has a handful of drills and exercises to help new or younger gamers familiarize themselves with the controls, rules, and game options.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • time management

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Kids can learn how to play professional football as it mirrors the real NFL, along with learning about codes of conduct, athleticism, city pride, teamwork, and healthy competition. They'll learn the concepts behind offensive and defensive play sets and will learn how to analyze and adjust to action on the field. Madden NFL 15 wasn't designed to be an educational game, but its accessible tutorials and easy-to-grasp concepts teach newcomers and veterans alike football strategy.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

One of the most beloved -- and, not surprisingly, best-selling -- sports-game franchises is back. MADDEN NFL 15 ups the ante once again with a deeper, more connected, and more attractive offering in the pro football series. Specifically, this edition's game brings a new layer of defense on the field -- including new tackling moves and camera angles -- built to take on the very best offensive rushes in the National Football League. Also new in this edition is fans' ability to call plays with a crowd-sourced recommendation engine built from millions of games played by the online Madden NFL community. Along with significantly improved player models, stadiums, and animations -- especially with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions -- Madden NFL 15 adds an all-new NFL Films-inspired look for a more dramatic, broadcast-style presentation.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on the cover of this edition, Madden NFL 15 has tackled its way into stores and is met with much excitement. It lives up to the hype -- but don't expect too much different over last year's offering, Madden NFL 25. A quick rundown of the highlights includes a revamped defensive game with new moves and camera angles; a new set of pass-rush options to best your blocker and disrupt the backfield; presentation-grade graphics; up to six gameplay cameras; plenty of preshow and mid-game shows and commentary; and a new crowd-sourced recommendation engine that uses data from millions of online games to find the best selection of plays possible for each situation.

As with most EA Sports titles, you're probably fine to buy a new version of the game every other year or so (unless you really want the new team lineup that's in sync with the NFL), but Madden NFL 15 really brings its A game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Madden NFL 15 could possibly get kids to be more active and play football outside. Naturally, EA Sports wants you to play the video game, but how can parents turn interest in the game to outside activity? Check out our blog on handling screen time with kids.

  • Talk about the yearly release of sports games. Are these basically roster-updated titles, or is there enough new content to justify the purchase of a new game?

  • Madden NFL 15 packs a ton of branding and logos from different companies across the entire game, from the menu screens to the individual players. Is this heavy amount of branding an attempt to fully recreate the real-life environments, or do you feel like there's a large-scale attempt to sell to players?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Price:$59.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:August 25, 2014
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
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Kid, 10 years old September 7, 2014
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9
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LEARNING

awsome game

one sex talk but very good but the game was $59 99 on xbox 360
What other families should know
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Kid, 10 years old August 26, 2014
AGE
8
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LEARNING

Madden NFl 15

Very Good game Caroline Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton walks you through the Xbox One and PS4 edition ounce you first put you game disc in your game product.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Adult Written byDaltonOwens February 24, 2015
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

A Great Football Sim

The only thing I can think to mention outside of it just being football one would watch on TV, is that the Madden Ultimate Team mode puts monetary value on certain players and encourages players to purchase better players whether it be through micro-transactions (using real money) or in-game coins earned through playing.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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