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Quite a few Madden NFL 15 reviews have hit the web this morning and we have rounded them up for you. If you find any others, post them and we will update the list.

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# 1 SVCbearcat10 @ 08/21/14 08:55 AM
I'm not trying to be a Madden *****, but I don't think Madden is ever fairly reviewed. Reviews always compare it to past iterations of the game. While I think that should be a component, it needs to be put up against other sports games as well. Plus this game, for whatever reason, brings out such strong emotion that unbiased reviews are hard to come by.

I'm not doubting this won't be the best Madden game in a while. However, when compared to other sports games, you can tell that it isn't at the same level. Physics are typically off, players slide across the field rather than 'true step', etc. However, the review score indicates that it's just as good.
 
# 2 charter04 @ 08/21/14 09:01 AM
I know some criticize the sports game reviews from places like IGN or Gameinformer but, the GI review by Matthew Cato was very good. He hit the nail on the head and mostly covered all the things most around here want.

I've been a GI subscriber for years so I'm glad they have a guy reviewing who knows what he's talking about.


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# 3 Gorilla Glass @ 08/21/14 09:02 AM
The reviews seem to be in the green.

I love to read site reviews, but there's nothing like personal reviews.

Let's go 12 o'clock!!!!!
 
# 4 roadman @ 08/21/14 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by SVCbearcat10
I'm not trying to be a Madden *****, but I don't think Madden is ever fairly reviewed. Reviews always compare it to past iterations of the game. While I think that should be a component, it needs to be put up against other sports games as well. Plus this game, for whatever reason, brings out such strong emotion that unbiased reviews are hard to come by.

I'm not doubting this won't be the best Madden game in a while. However, when compared to other sports games, you can tell that it isn't at the same level. Physics are typically off, players slide across the field rather than 'true step', etc. However, the review score indicates that it's just as good.
That's all up to you, though.

You and I know the legacy issues are still prevalent, but, in the end, it's your choice, not a choice influenced by a stranger on the internet.
 
# 5 Cowboy008 @ 08/21/14 09:15 AM
Wow it sounds like Madden maybe pretty good this year.
 
# 6 tss @ 08/21/14 09:23 AM
 
# 7 tss @ 08/21/14 09:33 AM
 
# 8 l8knight1 @ 08/21/14 10:22 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by charter04
I know some criticize the sports game reviews from places like IGN or Gameinformer but, the GI review by Matthew Cato was very good. He hit the nail on the head and mostly covered all the things most around here want.

I've been a GI subscriber for years so I'm glad they have a guy reviewing who knows what he's talking about.


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I will criticize GI in that they attack CFM shortcomings out of the gate without seemingly to have played a down of the game first. I'm in the gameplay first camp. Good game bro's review was incredibly complete top to bottom.
 
# 9 DBMcGee3 @ 08/21/14 10:28 AM
Hopefully Gamefly doesn't keep me waiting too long for this one, but there's just no way I'll drop $60 without getting plenty of hands-on time with the game. I've had too many years of buying it based on reviews, or just an itch to play a football game, and then 2 weeks later I'm bored with the game and tired of all its broken aspects. I end up going back to Gamestop with my tail between my legs, hoping they'll give me half what I paid for the game.
 
# 10 Cowboy008 @ 08/21/14 10:42 AM
In GoodGameBro's review he said something about his kicker losing confidence because of a missed kick when it turned out he didn't miss any. Will they be able to patch that?
 
# 11 Jakeness23 @ 08/21/14 10:48 AM
The only competition Madden has is other sports games that aren't football, but instead of comparing it to its peers like other games and genres are, they compare it to past iterations. There's no way Madden is that good. If they compared it to NBA 2K or FIFA, no way is it above a 3 or 4.
 
# 12 SageInfinite @ 08/21/14 10:53 AM
Madden always gets good reviews no matter how terrible it is.
 
# 13 adub88 @ 08/21/14 10:55 AM
I enjoyed the US Gamer review the most, and it wasn't anywhere near as long as some of these other reviews. I feel she captures how a lot of people might feel like after a few weeks with the game. I think our excitement about it being football season again, and just an overwhelming itch for a football game, cause us to have amnesia. I don't deny this game taken a step forward, but it's just that, a step.

Whether we knew in advance or not, we are in the 2nd year of these next gen consoles, still lacking penalties, player movement unchanged, animation quality still lacking. I don't think people would be as hard on the game if we didn't see other sports titles(FIFA, NHL,NBA2K) doing the very things we ask for every year, and doing them well.

It seems like every year I'm telling myself, maybe next year. I just want to play a football game again and not be bored with it after a week or two.
 
# 14 roadman @ 08/21/14 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by SageInfinite
Madden always gets good reviews no matter how terrible it is.
Eh, Sage, that hasn't been true the last few years, though. The reviews, based on my memeory, have been mediocre at best.
 
# 15 charter04 @ 08/21/14 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by l8knight1
I will criticize GI in that they attack CFM shortcomings out of the gate without seemingly to have played a down of the game first. I'm in the gameplay first camp. Good game bro's review was incredibly complete top to bottom.

you really think they haven't had to game for a while now? I'm sure they have played CFM plenty.
 
# 16 kenlovin @ 08/21/14 11:12 AM
This was my first exposure to Goodgamebro, and I have to say I am impressed. Very detailed review, gave me all the info I needed. I feel like I don't even need to read another review.
 
# 17 GiantBlue76 @ 08/21/14 11:15 AM
I read a few reviews late last night (which included a few of the ones that were posted in the OP), and I notice the common theme. There are improvements, but they are not enough. This is always the common thread with Madden. These micro-steps towards a complete and well-implemented football game take WAAAAAAY too long, and with the power of exclusivity, it adds an entitlement to say, "be patient, it takes time" from the developers. a decade is too long to wait just to get the stuff back that we had in past games, and quite frankly, these reviews sound almost like a cut and paste from last year (and the year before). While I can appreciate the passion and effort (and candidness) of Rex and team, the execution is still very lacking. Since Madden is the only football game, I want to see it compared more to its peers like The Show, FIFA, and NBA 2k. The fact that anyone could say that the presentation is on par with NBA 2k and FIFA tells me that they are clearly watching or playing a different game than I am seeing. The commentary in Madden is still bad (this after nearly 4 iterations of the game when we were told this "new technology" would be used"). FIFA has multiple broadcast teams and the banter flows smoothly. NBA 2k has the TNT branding and it replicates quite amazingly. NHL has the real NBC Sports team and branding. What does Madden have, the EA Tiburon Sports network that shows highlights with dead space and zoomed in camera angles that don't allow you to see the play unfold?

Also, in the videos, many OSers were speaking up about the "inaccuracy system" not being prevalent enough and sure enough it's been commented on in a few reviews already. Skyboxer also mentioned it. Eh, I could write so much more, but really I'd just be regurgitating the same stuff I have for 7 years and what good comes out of it?

I just wish the bar would be raised more for this game and the expectations would hold this team more accountable. Reviews are powerful, and this game should never earn anything past a 7 if you were to compare it to not only its peers, but to itself from 2 gens ago and other competing football games of the past. The one thing that can actually gain the ear of the, apparently, tone def EA execs would be review scores and that doesn't happen because they are always inflated. Oh well, hopefully the guys who really enjoy Madden can have a great year with the game. For me, I'm just exasperated and completely worn out with this game. It's like pulling on a rope for 9 years and never being able to gain any ground.
 
# 18 LorenzoDC @ 08/21/14 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by roadman
Eh, Sage, that hasn't been true the last few years, though. The reviews, based on my memeory, have been mediocre at best.
They still end up with about an 80 on metacritic, green rating. When you read the reviews, you can tell how the highest ones are by people who read the EA press release and who don't play sports games by habit.

I'd say the reviews have been weaker the last couple of years, but still inflated. The trend of the general reviewers tends to lag what hard core gamers think about the game by a couple of years, in my view.

With that in mind, after last year's uninspiring versions of the game, reviews might be weak this year even if the game is really better.

This is why I will pay much more attention to these boards than any published reviews, and wait to decide about buying until about September 10th or so.
 
# 19 roadman @ 08/21/14 11:31 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by LorenzoDC
They still end up with about an 80 on metacritic, green rating. When you read the reviews, you can tell how the highest ones are by people who read the EA press release and who don't play sports games by habit.

I'd say the reviews have been weaker the last couple of years, but still inflated. The trend of the general reviewers tends to lag what hard core gamers think about the game by a couple of years, in my view.

With that in mind, after last year's uninspiring versions of the game, reviews might be weak this year even if the game is really better.

This is why I will pay much more attention to these boards than any published reviews, and wait to decide about buying until about September 10th or so.
Yep, the reviews have been 7.5 two years out of the last three years at OS, but people will believe what they want to believe.

7.5 is good, not great.
 
# 20 SageInfinite @ 08/21/14 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by roadman
Eh, Sage, that hasn't been true the last few years, though. The reviews, based on my memeory, have been mediocre at best.
I mean I hate to go by metacritic, but to my understanding it's a culmination of all the scores reviewed by the media, and Madden has scored no lower than a 74, and that was for Madden 06, which we all know was one of the worst Maddens in it's history. All the other games scored in the 80s.
 

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