Madden 25 is finally here and it has already made its mark.
The Madden 25 Anniversary Edition in particular has already set some records on online retailer Amazon.com. The vendor had exclusive rights to selling the Anniversary Edition (which came bundled with DirectTV’s Sunday NFL Ticket) and reported that it has now become the #1 pre-ordered sport game in history.
The incentive of the NFL Sunday Ticket thru DirectTV had a huge impact. It allows for fans to watch any NFL games from any week on any computer, tablet, and/or mobile devices.
Amazon also generously gave us a list ranking which exact cities the pre-orders were coming from the most. Some what unsurprisingly the number one city was New York (unsurprising because they have fans of two NFL teams, and because it’s the largest city in the US)
Here is the list of the top 10 cities that pre-ordered Madden 25:
1. New York
5. San Francisco
6. San Diego
Amazon seemed extremely pleased with their sales, and thus in very good spirits. This may have led them to release these two “fun” facts:
1 – The cover athlete of Madden 25 (for Xbox 360 and PS3), Barry Sanders, would need to run over 15 billion yards in the time it would take for all the people who pre-ordered the game to watch every NFL game.
2 – The cumulative weight of every pre-ordered copy of the Anniversary Edition would require more than two full football teams to successfully bench press.
Enjoy the game!
You can access this master list by clicking here.
If you don’t have time to read through the whole thing we’ll give you some quick tidbits:
Best in the game: J.J. Watt at 99 overall.
Second best: Cameron Wake and Geno Atkins tied at 97 overall.
Then Muhammad Wilkerson (96) and DeMarcus Ware (94).
Best two in the game: Patrick Willis and Von Miller tied at 97.
The second tier at 95 overall are Aldon Smith and Clay Matthews.
Lance Briggs is the fifth best, 94.
Best in the game: The island of Darrelle Revis, who is a 97.
Second tier finds Richard Sherman and Eric Weddle for (96)
Third tier finds Charles “Peanut” Tillman and Jarius Byrd at 95.
Just a quick heads up – the Madden demo that we told you about earlier is now available for download.
You can download it via Xbox Live or Playstation Store.
You will be able to experience the new features as well as play as Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and/or the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.
Enjoy! The full retail game comes out in just a couple weeks!
The day that the Madden 25 demo will be available for download has been uncovered to be the 13th of August. It will be ready for download on both the PlayStation Store and the Xbox Live Marketplace.
The demo is set to feature 2 modes: Skill Trainer and Play Now. The Skill Training mode (which is one of the new features of the franchise) allows for 4 special practice types that aid you in getting your Madden game set. These are “Precise Run”, “Controlled Pass”, “Option”, and “Ball Hawking”. It will take some practice to master these four drills.
After you have practiced you can play the two “Play Now” matches. Your options are the replay the the 2012 Super Bowl between the 49ers and Ravens or to rematch the Packers and Seahawks.
Once you have had your Madden gameplay fix you can watch the two new videos. One of them is a trailer featuring Robert Kraft (Pats owner) who inspires you to succeed in “Connected Franchise”. The second is a montage chock-full of new features exclusive to Madden 25.
Rejoice in the long awaited 25th edition of Madden by pre-ordering it now! You will also receive special Franchise Packs for Ultimate Team and Connected Franchise!
It was a battle of old school and new school running backs for the cover of Madden NFL 25, and old school won. After over 700,000 votes online, Detroit Lion’s hall-of-famer Barry Sanders beat Minnesota Viking’s NFL most valuable player Adrian Peterson for the cover of the franchises’ next game. The final vote tally was 58% for Sanders, 42% for Peterson.
In the “Old School” bracket Sanders had to beat Ron Rivera, Marcus Allen, Ray Lewis and finally Joe Montana. In the “New School” bracket Peterson had to beat out Carson Palmer, LeSean McCoy, Rob Gronkowski and Arian Foster. In the semifinals Peterson beat Foster 64% to 36% while Sanders almost lost to Rice, a close 52% to 48%.
Sanders took to Twitter after the announcement to voice is excitement.
“I would like to thank all the fans that voted…”
“I am shocked, excited, humbled, elated. I am also proud to be the Madden 25 Cover athlete.”
“…the fact that I won is pretty sweet, but very surprising and amazing.
This is not the first time that Barry Sanders has been on the cover of a video game. He and Robert Griffin III shared the cover of EA’s NCAA Football 13. This marks back-to-back covers for Sanders and also marks back-to-back Madden covers for a Detroit Lion’s player (Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson was on the cover of Madden 13).
Side Note: The state of Michigan seems to be dominating the covers of video games. The fans of sports’ games have chosen a Michigan player as their cover athlete(s) at least 5 times in the last 3 years. Detroit Lion’s Barry Sanders twice (Madden NFL 25 and NCAA Football 13, though he technically wasn’t a Michigan player in college), Detroit Lion’s Calvin Johnson (Madden NFL 13), University of Michigan’s Denard Robinson (NCAA Football 14) and Detroit Tiger’s Justin Verlander (MLB 2K12).
Latest Madden 25 News!
EA Sports, the makers of one of the most popular franchises, has (unsurprisingly) confirmed a new Madden game for the 2013-2014 season. Unlike previous titles however, the new madden game will NOT be titled Madden NFL 14. EA has instead opted to go for the title “Madden NFL 25″. This decision was made to celebrate 25 years of the long running franchise, from 1989 to 2014.
As confirmed by the image above, Madden 25′s release date will be August 27th, 2013. Click here to pre-order your copy from Amazon.
Not many new features have been revealed yet, except that EA plans on including the faces of 17 real NFL referees to the game. The cover athlete is currently being voted on, it will be either a current or past player. You can vote by clicking here.
Side note: Interesting to see what EA plans to do if the franchise reaches 2025 (which would again be Madden 25).