I’ll be honest with you, there was a time when I bought madden every year, I went to every midnight release and I played them for hundreds of hours. This abruptly stopped a few years back as I felt the product became stagnate. I was sadden by this because I really enjoyed the franchise. When I bought into the next gen, my first purchase was Madden 25. To my surprise it was fantastic. What surprised me the most is the AI of the back 7. DB’s, with high awareness are so much more crucial than in past games. They diagnose the play quickly and will jump routes to snag a pick. I can’t sing the game’s praises enough.
This year’s Madden seems to be taking a focus on defensive side of the ball. Which makes the first time since Madden 2005 that the marketing of the game focused on the defense, which I’m sure you already know, 2005 is one of the greatest football games ever made. It colored me excited.