Get a dose of Super Bowl fever and take to the field with this hands-on look at Madden NFL 25 for PlayStation 4.
Get ready for gridiron
It's a game of big players and even bigger hits – and Madden NFL 25 celebrates all the glitz, glamour and action-packed history of American Football on PlayStation 4.
For the uninitiated, American Football is a deceptively simple game; your team gets four chances to carry the ball 10 yards up the field. If you manage to do that, you can take another four chances to make another 10 yards – and so on, until you reach the End Zone and score a touchdown for six points. Easy, right?
Not quite. While you try to make some yards with intricate offensive plays, your opposition will be throwing everything they've got at you to snatch the ball away or bury your Quarterback under a pile of bodies. In Madden NFL 25, you'll take on the role of player, coach and on-field tactician to lead your team to victory... and maybe get a shot at the most coveted prize in sport, the Super Bowl.
Line up for the first down
If you're not familiar with the rules of American Football, Madden NFL 25 offers plenty of options to guide rookies through the game. On-screen hints give pointers on honing your skills, certain plays are suggested for your position on the field, and you can always use the "Ask Madden" option when setting up your offense or defence to see what the experts recommend.
Within your coach's Playbook, you'll be able to see exactly how your chosen offensive or defensive strategy should play out, giving you the best chance of making it over the 10 yard line – or stopping your opponent from gaining any ground. And of course, the in-game manual is always on hand by tapping the Options button to walk you through the basics of the game, all the way through to more advanced tactics.
Each team has their own playbook filled with their signature plays that you can choose from as their coach, giving experienced players an incredible level of depth and realism.
It's game day
When you're ready to take to the field and begin your NFL career, you'll have the option to immerse yourself in the game in a number of different ways. You could simply pick your favourite team, choose an opponent and kick off a friendly game, either versus your PS4 or against a friend offline or online.
To really get your teeth into Madden NFL 25 however, begin a Connected Franchise to take on the role of a single player working their way through the ranks of football stardom, or become a coach, strategizing for your players and leading an entire team on the road to the Super Bowl. Finally, you could choose to be the owner of the team and make the business decisions that come with a successful sports franchise, like building a stadium and attracting the best player talent.
Each mode offers a very different experience and various ways to connect with friends and other online players as you try to develop your team into world-beaters. To really experience the entire NFL, you can control one player, coach or owner for each of the 32 teams in the league and switch between them at any time by pressing the R3 button.
Playing the field
For a different way to play, try the Madden Ultimate Team mode and start building your star-studded roster by collecting and trading player cards with other wannabe NFL stars online. You can add to your collection by purchasing additional card packs, then focus on building your Ultimate Team by combining players from all over the NFL whose chemistry makes them an all-star squad.
Connect online, and you'll be able to download all of the latest rosters and player stats direct from the NFL, meaning your game is as realistic as possible. Teams will be completely up to date with their current players – or you could choose not to download the latest roster and make your own fantasy draft instead.
You can access all the special events happening in the NFL for the week you're playing in and take part in exhibition matches that mirror the real-life gridiron action – like taking a starring role in the Super Bowl. You could also re-play some classic moments from the most recent NFL season or re-live some classic matches from the sport's past, and try to change history by putting your coaching style on the game.
If that's got you pumped and ready to put in some big hits, EA SPORTS Madden NFL 25 is out now for PS4 – and you can download it from PlayStation Store today.
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