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EA Sports' Ultimate Team mode has thrived across the brand's titles, and this year's Madden takes some cool ideas from its brethren.
Chemistry returns to the mode, so this year you'll get bonuses for assembling a roster of players that fits into a specific offensive or defensive scheme. This chemistry dynamic should also cover teammates, as they would be running the same scheme as each other. The concept is simple but powerful. If you've played FIFA's version of the mode, then you know that a high chemistry rating can count for a lot.
Like the Ultimate Team mode in this year's NCAA, Madden NFL 25's UT features eight tiers and a 10-game season that contains an eight-team playoff mode. This comes with the chance to earn a bye past the Wild Card round (500 points for a win), with 1,000 coins and one pack as a reward for a Divisional Round win, 1,500 coins/1 pack for the Conference Championship and 2,000 coins/1 pack for the Super Bowl. If you don't want to participate in the online play of Head-to-Head seasons in Madden 25, you can also play the computer in solo challenges. Regardless if you play online or offline, the mode does, however, require an online connection.
Finally, the Best Lineup button in Madden's Ultimate Team mode now picks from your reserve and active players, truly giving you the best lineup option.
Madden NFL 25 comes out on August 27 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Versions of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are expected sometime before the end of the year. Electronic Arts has not yet officially confirmed if Ultimate Team will be coming to the next-gen versions of the game.
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