Maybe I'm just expecting too much from gaming anymore, or Madden 25 is just that disappointing of a game, but I came away very unsatisfied. Within playing one half of football I saw many issues that I was shocked made it through QA testing and into consumer's hands. Then there are things that are head scratchers, small details that NCAA gets right, but Madden doesn't. The fact that both games are developed under the same roof makes you just shake you head even more.
The biggest issue so far that I've come across is in the passing game. First off the AI QB's are ridiculously accurate, even after playing with sliders. I know it's a "passing league", but I shouldn't have Blaine Gabbert going 20/22 against me. This also is compounded on the fact that the defensive gameplay in the game is severely lacking, and almost makes you feel helpless on that side of the ball. Now to the other passing issue, wide receivers will catch a ball near the sidelines and make no attempt to stay in bounds. Now this works perfectly fine in NCAA Football 14, but in Madden, it's not even there at all. It's a major head scratcher and frustrating to see your wide out just run out of bounds on a sideline pattern for no reason.
Now onto some cosmetic issues that don't affect gameplay as much, but just are disappointing they aren't fixed from previous versions of the game.
Dynamic lighting was brought into the game in Madden 12, and worked great. The sun moved, shadows creeped across the field through a game, and if you started at 4PM, the game would end at night time. Now this happens in NCAA Football as well, but in that game, it updates at the end of each quarter, but you still see the day transition. Madden 25 on the other hand, doesn't feature this whatsoever. However the game looks like when it starts is exactly how it'll look when it finishes. I shouldn't start a game at 4PM in Cleveland in November and have it finish and still be sunny like it was at 4 o'clock. It is a small detail, one maybe only I pay attention to, but it still bugs me.
Another one is, why are some of last year's rookies, Josh Gordon for example, still a black silhouette in the game instead of actually having their photo there? This is truly nitpicking, but I want the best Madden it can be. Things like this make me feel the game was rushed, pieces from Madden 13 used to finish it, and lack of detail wasn't paid attention to.
Madden is not a terrible game, and I am having fun with it. I'm a huge fan of the NFL and have played every single version of Madden ever released, I love the series. Just things like the above wouldn't happen if we had competition, as EA and whoever else, not going to start talking about 2K Sports, but whoever, would be forced to give us the best game each and every year. Especially this year, Madden's 25th Anniversary, I feel we got a very inferior product from what we deserve.