Madden NFL 15
has taken up residency on Xbox One and it will take more than a court order to get an eviction. It has been a long time coming, but Madden 15
thrives in its new digs due to its extremely smooth and balanced gameplay on both sides of the ball.
For the first time in a long time (if not ever!), defense is fun. Defensive A.I. and stopping an offense has always been one of the downfalls of the franchise, but with Madden 15, I actually felt in control. The new zoom camera control that allows you to get behind the defense is way overdue, but makes all the difference in the world. One of the most underappreciated positions, playing the snap as a defensive lineman, gives you the ability to manhandle the O-line and stop the rush for a loss or even obtain a coveted sack with just the right amount of control to make it feel like an achievement when downing the play caller. Combine that with quick pre-snap controls (or even voice audibles via Kinect), the ability to swat and strip the ball, and the zoom camera, and it makes for an enjoyable experience all around.
Offensively, the ability to finally run the ball with control makes play calling a blast. Gameplay becomes a chess match where
the defense has to consider the run as well as the pass, unlike previous incarnations where it felt like rushing was an afterthought and only used to pick up a couple of tight yards. When airing it out, reading the defense becomes key as they will have many opportunities to pick you off and the players are very much aware of the action on the field.
Once again, Madden NFL 15ís core is built around two main modes of play, Ultimate Team and Connected Careers (Franchise Mode). Online or offline, these gameplay modes offer the most with Ultimate Team focused on building your team around a fantasy-style hodgepodge of players. The ultimate goal is to build up your team with top talent and take on the world, earning street cred as you go. Online Connected Careers also allow up to 32 teams to compete in full seasons, based on real-world stats, rosters, and rankings.