As many of you are already aware, the demo for the highly anticipated Madden 25 launched today. The demo allows you to choose between playing the Ravens vs. 49’s or the Packers vs. Seahawks. The demo also provides you with the Skills Trainer as well as a video explaining the Owner mode or the features of Madden 25.
After playing as the Seahawks against the Green Bay Packers, I can say without a doubt that we are in for a great game. The players were responsive, the action crisp and the details very nice. There are going to be those who will say the graphics are not a vast improvement over the Madden 13. I disagree as it is extremely evident in the cut scenes. If you didn’t know you were playing you could mistake yourself for watching the game. One thing I really did enjoy was the focus on the coaches. When you score a touchdown, Pete Caroll calling for the extra point was a nice touch, as was McCarthy complaining when one of his players committed a penalty. I think if this is the Demo version, the final version of the gameplay will be great!
This is essentially the exact same thing as last year but with the inclusion of new combos for you to learn. For instance, if you want to learn to spin and then hurdle, this is the place for you. I am not a big fan of the skills trainer but there are diehard fans out there who spend days with this part of the game.
Aside from the two hands-on games and the skills trainer, we are given a video by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, explaining the upcoming Owner mode. As Kraft explains, even owners are fans at heart. Apparently in the owner mode you will be able to handle every aspect of being an owner, from ticket prices and giveaways to salary cap and rosters. While all of this sounds appealing to me, aside from the vignette, there was no actually show of this in action. It can either be enjoyable, or extremely detailed to the point of aggravation.
The features video discussed the upcoming Madden11 team, which is the All Madden team they have been slowly revealing over the past 3 weeks. The one thing it did discuss that I am anticipating is the community share mode where you will be able to either create your own custom roster or playbook and share it with the Madden community or download other players rosters and playbooks. Opening the game up to people to create their own rosters and playbooks is not only a challenge I look forward to but it allows people who have a more advanced understanding of football to really put their skills to the test.
The video also discussed the 10 game season mode which you will be able to play at your own pace and earn coins. You will also be able to have 4 game playoff and Super Bowl system in which you can also earn coins for. The coins will probably be used to purchase decks of cards in hopes to gain new players for the All Madden team. The video didn’t really discuss it.
Overall, I think we are in for a great addition to the Madden legacy. The simple fact that you can play as Barry Sanders again should be more than enough for most people to pick up this game August 27th. Until then, there is more than enough enjoyment to be had in the Demo.