The lights are on
While the reviews have been lukewarm, America still loves
football -- and EA Sport's venerable Madden franchise.
According to an Electronic Arts press release, Madden NFL 25
sold more than one million units during its first week at retail (ending
September 2nd). EA claims that this will make it the biggest selling game for
August 2013 - which would be impressive. These are based on internal
estimates, not NPD data, but based on recent sales charts moving 800,000+ units
in the last few days of August would make it pretty likely to be number one on
Fans have already played six million hours of Madden 25 online.
It will be interesting to see how the next-gen version of the game, bound for
Xbox One and PlayStation 4, will fare both critically and commercially.
Our Take:The massive popularity of football,
coupled with EA's exclusive deal with the NFL, almost guarantees commercial
success for Madden. However, this generation has not been as successful from a
quality standpoint - as evidenced by our lukewarm review of the game.
Let's hope EA truly delivers on the promises its made about the next-gen version
of Madden. Even better, let's hope the NFL decides to once again allow for
competition in the video game football market.
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Well good for them.
I only got the game for the NFL season pass... Havent played it once.
Hopefully the next gen version is better.
not surprising when you consider Madden's popularity and the fact that it's the only football sim on the market. It should do even better once the next gen versions release.
Can't wait to see what this does on the next gen. I bought last years copy and think I'll stick with that till I get a PS4. I wasn't to impressed with Madden 13, in fact it was the first madden I've purchased since late 90's. The sad fact is I bought it cause it was the first Lions player I think that has graced the cover.
Here's hoping to much improved next gen technology!
We need a streamer at the top of the site that just has headlines that don't need articles to go with them... like this one.
MAdden 25 was hardly an upgrade from last year. I just can't wait till I see Madden 15 on next gen.
so would bread if it was the only bread in the world.
SMH.....I guess the saying that "there is a sucker born every minute" is true. In this case there is obviously a million.
I'm actually enjoying Madden 25 more than the last 3 entries, it's not perfect by any means but the animations are a bit better. I'm really looking forward to see the next-gen iteration in November, I hope it's worth it.