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Madden NFL 25 Playstation 4 and Xbox One Review

111713-MaddenEA Sports’ Madden NFL 25 has arrived on next-generation consoles and is looking better than ever, but is it enough to warrant a purchase for gamers?

The first thing you’ll notice about the next-gen version of Madden is the crowd actually, which comes alive in the next generation console and reminds you of the fact after each accomplishment during the game.

If you’re looking for souped-up graphics you will get some here, but it’s not too great of an increase from the previous generations … yet.

Unlike previous generation jumps you will find that there is no longer a need to start over anew with a loss of game features.

Connected Franchise

- Owner Mode

That means that Connected Franchise mode remains in this version of the game. It allows you to beautifully set your team’s finances, staff and marketing, as well as relocate a franchise to one of 17 locations, including:

  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Mexico City
  • Toronto
  • San Antonio
  • Orlando
  • Salt Lake City
  • Brooklyn
  • Memphis
  • Chicago
  • Sacramento
  • Columbus
  • Portland
  • Austin
  • Dublin
  • Houston
  • Oklahoma City

That’s right, Houston gets a chance for a second franchise, should you want that kind of thing to happen.

You’ll be able to customize a team name, uniform and stadium, as well as maintain the happiness of fans.

It’s a feature that would have butchered this next-generation title and a is a joy to have added on.

Players/Coaches

Want to play as Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders or Joe Montana? You’ll be able to do so and see how they would do against the modern-day NFL athletes.

How about coaching as Mike Ditka or John Madden? That’s possible too as over 50 legendary players and coaches are available to choose from in Connected Franchise.

Madden Share

A very cool, new feature is Madden Share which allows you to create and upload rosters, playbooks, sliders and more to share with the world.

Gone are the days where you’ll need to download them from a flash drive and into your game. It’s a very cool feature that had been lacking for so long. Why it took years to arrive is beyond one’s thinking.

If you are used to playing Madden on previous console generations you’ll feel right at home with the next generation.

Take full advantage of the $10 trade-in offer if you own the game on a previous generation console, where for $10 you’ll be able to swap that for a next-generation version of Madden.

Here are some videos of the gameplay:

Verdict:

The trade-in program offered for this game is great, allowing you to upgrade for just $10. You have nothing to lose. The game even allows you to transfer your Ultimate Team from previous console generations.

Aside from that it would be one to pass on as the graphic increase is marginal.

The ability to take screenshots and share video as well as live stream is very cool if you are into that.

But for the hardcore sports fan the only real difference you’ll notice is the crowd, which actually responds accurately, albeit a little too raucous at times.

Gamers: Buy
Sports Fans: Stick to the current generation

Jon Jones Named Cover Athlete for EA Sports UFC Game

The first cover athlete for the upcoming EA Sports UFC game has been revealed to be UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

110413-JonesA vote has begun for fans to select the second cover athlete on Twitter utilizing the following different hashtags:

  • #VoteJohnson
  • #VoteCruz
  • #VoteFaber
  • #VoteAldo
  • #VotePettis
  • #VoteBendo
  • #VoteWeidman
  • #VoteSonnen
  • #VoteBisping
  • #VoteGus
  • #VoteJDS
  • #VoteRousey

Fans can also vote on the UFC website.

The game is set to be released May 5, 2014 on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera to be Cover Athlete for MLB 14 The Show

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 6.17.58 PMDetroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has been named the cover athlete for Sony’s upcoming title MLB 14 The Show, which will be released Spring 2014 for the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita game systems.

Cabrera was selected by the players of the MLB, who are given the opportunity to nominate one another for the honor.

Some of the features fans can look forward to in the upcoming title include:

  • Saves from MLB 14 The Show can be carried over to future versions of the game
  • Improved graphics on the PS4
  • An all-new quick counts option, which promises a 9-inning game in under 30 minutes
  • A new advancement system in Road to the Show, along with a new intuitive player creation process and an all-new pre-draft prospect showcase
  • A share feature

You can also see some graphical difference between the PS3 version and PS4.

(h/t Playstation Blog)

Electronic Arts Will No Longer Produce Tiger Woods PGA Tour Games

102813-TigerTiger Woods and Electronic Arts are no longer in business together, the video game company announced Monday, ending a 15-year relationship between the two.

It brings an end to the “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” video game series, one that has sold $771 million worth of games over the course of the relationship.

Woods’ agent Mark Steinburg has said that his client is in negotiations with another company regarding his video game rights. Meanwhile, EA will continue to utilize the PGA Tour name.

This announcement comes a month after EA said it would no longer produce its NCAA Football game as part of a settlement with ex-players.

Woods has only two remaining sponsors from his 2009 extramarital affair: Nike and NetJets, a plane sharing company.