For those of us who didn’t grow up in a Normal Rockwell poster however, American football means something else entirely. It means Madden. It means sore thumbs, it means smack talk in dorm rooms when we should really be in our 200-level Econ class, and it means one of the most hallowed franchises in video game history. And this year, Madden is back for it’s 25th year.
And probably best of all, Madden 25, this time around, features the Madden All-25 Team. Basically a sports video game nerd’s dream, the All-25 Team takes the very best players in the history of Madden, and assembles them into one team. Not the best players on the field, or the best players in history – the best players from previous Madden games. That means you’ll have Madden 2004’s Michael Vick passing to Madden 2009’s Randy Moss, while Madden 95’s Deion Sanders is covering him. Plays get drawn up by the 1977 version of John Madden himself, while 2003’s Marshall Faulk will be able to brilliantly execute any handoff plays you want.
Madden 25 is also being developed for the PS4 and Xbox One, with improved AI features. Now AI units can call and change plays in the middle of a play that’s already happening, simulating how great players and great teams will adjust to break up emerging patterns of play – just like in real games. The PS4 and Xbox One editions of Madden 25 are out in November, while the PS3 and 360 versions are available now.