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Madden NFL 25

Milestone 25th Madden game drops the ball on innovation.

What parents need to know

Educational value

While not designed for educational purposes, kids can learn a lot about the rules of NFL football, as well as get a small, virtual taste of what it's like to own, manage, and coach a professional football team. And this is no easy task: Madden NFL 25 is a sophisticated simulation with a sometimes overwhelming amount of things to learn and use. Either playing socially (online and off) or against the computer, kids can sharpen their skills as they plan strategies, execute plays, learn from their mistakes, manage a team, and more. 

Positive messages

As a sports simulation, Madden NFL 25 encourages team play, strategy, professionalism, city spirit, hard work, and healthy competition on the field.

Positive role models

The virtual players and coaches in the game mirror their real-life counterparts and represent all races. As with other public figures, there are some bad apples, but for the most part they're good role models.

Ease of play

EA Sports has attempted to make the game easier to control and for the most part they have. This includes more emphasis on the dual analog sticks and a cleaner user-interface.

Violence & scariness

The game mirrors the hitting and tackling of the real-life contact sport. All players wear protective body gear and helmets, however. There are some injuries that happen, but it's all professionally handled.

Not applicable

As with past Madden NFL games, this new title has branding throughout including banners, JumboTron images, and logos on the atheletes' apparel. This signage advertises ESPN, EA Sports, Nike, and others.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Madden NFL 25 is a sports simulation that tries to model all aspects of pro football from play calling to running, passing, defending, and tackling to team management. There isn't any controversial content built into the game, but be aware that kids who play online with a headset microphone can engage in voice chat and might hear profanity and other inappropriate words or discussions.

What's it about?

Available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 -- and in November, for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 -- MADDEN NFL 25 from EA Sports is the latest in the best-selling pro football game franchise, commemorating 25 years' worth of virtual NFL fun. New this year are 30 bonus moves; a precision modifier for adding some spice and variation to moves like jukes and stiff arms; and a new Owner mode that lets you do everything from signing and trading players to setting prices for tickets, merchandise, and concession stands to renovating your home stadium (or even moving to another city, if desired). The game also boasts an updated physics engine for smoother and more realistic animation including a new Force Impact system for bone-crushing hits.

Is it any good?

On one hand, it's still a fun and exciting game to play. It captures the intensity of professional football, and lets you play as your favorite teams and players. There's also a lot of meat to the gameplay between playing online or side-by-side and among the various modes. The new tackling and "run free" moves offer a few new thrills too. On the other hand, the core gameplay remains relatively unchanged from last year, and the visual presentation is in need of a refresh. There's not enough new here to necessitate an upgrade if you still have Madden NFL 13, but if it's been awhile since your last Madden purchase, and you're intrigued by the 25th anniversary edition of the premiere NFL game franchise, go for it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fact that Madden NFL comes out every year like clockwork. Is it fair to pay the same price year after year for a few new features and new rosters?

  • Are professional athletes positive role models? Should they be expected to be?

  • Which sport do you think makes the best video game experience? Why do you think that is? Is that sport also your favorite to play outside of a video game?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions
Hobbies: sports
Science: momentum, motion, physics
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, prediction, strategy
Available online?Available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:August 27, 2013
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Great boy role models
ESRB rating:E for N/A

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Kid, 11 years old September 7, 2013

The best madden yet!

It just seems smoother when your running with the ball and on deffense it's harder to intercept the football so there aren't many turnovers. Unlike the other maddens you can't domanate another team and the career is way better and easier to earn xp. Bottom line is that this madden is the best of them ALL!
Kid, 9 years old September 6, 2013

good game

okay a little violant but okay for 5 and up
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 8 years old October 6, 2013

Madden 25

it has a little bit of violence. but the players are wearing helmets and its a sport. get it for your kid.If your parents read this review then let you have the game, YOUR WELCOME GO 49ers!
What other families should know
Too much violence