To say that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Madden NFL 25’s release on the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 at the end of August this year would be an understatement. After a triumphant (and, sadly, likely final) showing from NCAA Football 14, Madden NFL 25 on “Gen 3” consoles left a whole lot to be desired. The game showed some improvements to the on-field gameplay, but its overall package with regard to presentation and features in career modes didn’t compare favorably for me when put next to this year’s college game.
Of course, knowing that a “Gen 4” version of Madden NFL 25 was in the works for Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One likely had some hand to play in my reaction to the “Gen 3” version of the game as well. In these rare years where two versions of a sports game are released, it’s difficult to be completely sold on the first version out knowing that something with more development time is waiting in the wings.
With the previous generational transition in mind—and the infamous legacy of Madden NFL 06 on Xbox 360 still a sore subject for many sports video game fans—there was certainly reason to approach Madden NFL 25 on PS4 with a “wait and see” perspective. For all of the hype invested into the game since its official announcement around E3, no actual gameplay camera footage was made available in the marketing push until the consoles made it out into the wild, leading many to speculate that the game would not live up to its expectations.
The PS4 has officially arrived; so has Madden NFL 25. Was it worth the wait? Read on to find out!