Madden NFL 15
What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
- time management
- achieving goals
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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?