Let me start off by saying this, I am so happy Madden is back. Every year I get NCAA to get my football fix, but once Madden NFL comes out, it’s a whole new world.
I pre ordered mine at Gamestop, and by doing this I got a few perks. If you are into the Ultimate Team feature I received a pack with legendary coach Bill Walsh and Joe Montana and another pack with those 2 plus Steve Young and Jerry Rice. They are also available in Connected Careers which I find interesting.
Madden 25 has evolved along with the offenses in the league making the option available. Obviously the Giants do not have that in their repertoire but teams like the Skins and the Hawks do.
Now to the game, I decided to play at the Cowboys (all-madden difficulty) without adjusting their rosters after the update. Cowboys are ranked at a 79, the Giants at a 74, you can view a nice Giants roster break down (pre update) by Ralph Vacchiano here. I adjusted the Giants depth chart to the best of my ability based on preseason games and depth charts online even with some players missing.
The “run free” part of the game is actually pretty nice, I need more practice, but the precision spin and juke definitely work, especially with Wilson.
Maybe it is because I have been playing NCAA for the past month or two, but the pre-play camera angle is too high and distanced for my liking. You can switch it in the settings to “zoomed” but that is too zoomed for me, so I just stuck with “standard”.
Tuck is a monster if swim move is utilized. I had him coming off the left end (right side if looking at TV) all game, 2 sacks fumble forced and recovered
JPP was not doing much on the right end against Tyron Smith (87 overall)
Put in Moore for Tuck (71 overall)… had a much harder time getting off blocks
NASCAR package is available. However you have to sub around the defensive line, game does not have it right.
Jason Witten (96 overall) was owning every linebacker against him.
Dez Bryant (92 overall) had no problem getting open if Romo had time.
- was running a lot of man, however.
Dan Connor has some power with the hit stick, forcing a fumble from DeMarco Murray.
The line I had out there is the one the Giants will use against the Pats.
- Beatty kept Ware (94 overall) away from Eli
David Wilson can catch the ball, his game speed is also very, very fast. I love speed backs.
- Ran a lot of counters, Pugh did a good job on the right side, didn’t test Ware
Cruz is 2nd on the depth chart, if you want him in the slot in 3 wideout sets, put him as 3rd in the depth chart.
- 95 speed is a tremendous asset.
- Salsa and Roc Nation are in the game.
- Great getting around the press.
Eli looks great if you can work precision passing correctly. (89 short acc, 85 mid acc, 83 deep acc)
Andre Brown is not fast enough for me with 88 speed but has 88 trucking if you are into that.
Ended up beating the Cowboys 35-21. Started experimenting the NASCAR more at the end, I just can’t get a hold of it.
So that’s it for my Madden 25 Giants edition. If you have Xbox 360 feel free to add me at Kazman21, would love to play.