NBA Live 14, Madden 25, FIFA 14, and UFC Coming to XBOX One

In what was surely one of the biggest gaming events of the year, Microsoft announced their new game console called the XBOX One.  During this announcement, EA Sports executive Andrew Wilson took the stage to show off a little bit about what to expect from sports video games on the new system.

A trailer, available below, displayed the first footage of FIFA 14, Madden 25, UFC, and NBA Live 14.  All of the sports games available on the XBOX One will be built on what is being called the “Ignite Engine.”

A release date for the XBOX one nor the games mentioned above was not released other than that we can expect the XBOX One to be available by the end of the year and that all 4 games will be available within the next 12 months.

More news on both the XBOX One and EA Sports’ next generation titles will be available in a few short weeks at E3.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section.

Madden 25 Defensive Gameplay Trailer

After publicly announcing that a defensive trailer would be released on Monday, EA Sports backtracked and said they would instead release it when they are ready.  That day has come, 2 days later, in the form of a YouTube video under 90 seconds.

It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense on how it could take 2 additional days to put finishing touches on a video that is only about 60 seconds with all the intro/outro fluff cut out.  EA Sports has really been struggling with their marketing of late recently as PastaPadre noted in a recent blog post.

The trailer focusing on defense in Madden 25 can be seen below.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Barry Sanders Wins Madden 25 Cover Vote

After nearly 2 months of voting, starting with 64 players, the Madden 25 cover vote has finally come to an end.  Over 40 million votes were cast in this year’s competition with the winner being announced on ESPN’s SportsNation show live.  Old School fans will be happy to find out that former Lions running back Barry Sanders will be on the Madden NFL 25 cover.

madden 25 barry sanders cover

In the past, fans would do everything they could do avoid their favorite player making the cover of Madden due to the “Madden Curse.”  However, anyone who watched the NFL last year knows the curse has now been lifted after Calvin Johnson Jr. (the Madden 13 cover athlete) destroyed all sorts of records.

Barry Sanders was a 3 seed in the “Old School” side of the bracket, while Adrian Peterson was a 2 seed in the “New School” side of the bracket. Sanders knocked off Ron Rivera, Marcus Allen, Ray Lewis, Joe Montana, and Jerry Rice on his way to the finals.  Peterson knocked off Carson Palmer, LeSean McCoy, Rob Gronkowski, Robert Griffin III, and Arian Foster to reach the finals.

Barry Sanders shared the NCAA Football 13 cover with RGIII last year.  The only thing left for him to accomplish in the video game world was to grace the Madden cover.

EA Sports has been hyping a new feature called, “Run Free” so naturally the final vote would come down to 2 of the best running backs in history.

The first trailer for Madden 25 can be seen below.  The schedule for when the rest of the information will be released can be found here.

For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with Madden news this year, the game was named Madden 25 (instead of Madden 14 which pretty much everyone expected) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Madden video games.

Who would have ever expected the Detroit Lions of all teams to have back to back winners of the Madden cover vote?

Madden 25 is still set to be released on August 27th, 2013 on both the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360.  An official announcement should come in June on whether we can expect Madden 25 on the new XBOX and the PlayStation 4.

EA Sports Announces Madden NFL 25 Playbook Timeline

Over the last few weeks, we’ve found out what we can expect from NCAA Football 14 which pretty much guaranteed that this week would be when we find out details concerning it’s counterpart, Madden 25.

The cover vote, which has been going on for nearly 2 months now, is coming to an end on Wednesday so it makes sense for the first Madden 25 information to come out then.  We have the full details below on what to expect over the next few months.

The most notable development today is what seems to be the renaming of “Connected Careers” to what is now be called “Connected Franchise.”  This is likely due to several gamers not realizing that connected careers was essentially franchise mode to begin with and the uproar that ensued from it.

Run Free, Infinity Engine 2, & Cover Athlete Winner – April 25th

Unlock the power, precision and creativity of an NFL ball carrier.

Connected Franchise Part 1 – May 6th

Cement your legacy as one of the all-time great NFL players or coaches in the new and improved Connected Franchise.

Connected Franchise Part 2 – May 20th

Take ultimate control of your franchise.

Madden Share – June 24th

The best content from around the Madden NFL universe, right at your fingertips.

Madden 25 Ultimate Team – July 1st

Enjoy new ways to play and build your team in this year’s edition of Ultimate Team.

All-25 Team – TBD

Information and timeline still to be determined.

The release date for Madden 25 is currently scheduled for August 27th.  The demo usually comes out 2-3 weeks before the game.

What feature are you most excited to hear more about?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Adrian Peterson vs. Barry Sanders in Madden 25 Cover Final

A running back will be on the cover of Madden 25.  Sportsnation announced just minutes ago that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will face former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders in the Madden 25 cover vote finals.

The voting for this round starts now and ends on April 24th with the winner being announced live on the SportsNation show.

Last round Adrian Peterson beat Arian Foster of the Houston Texans while Barry Sanders beat out Jerry Rice.  This sets up an all NFC North matchup.  Not that the seedings matter much but Adrian Peterson was a 2 seed in the new school bracket while Barry Sanders was a 3 seed in the old school bracket.

You can pre order Madden 25 on PS3 or XBOX 360.  The scheduled release date set by EA Sports is August 27th, 2013.

Who do you want to win the Madden NFL 25 cover vote?  Let us know in the comments section below.

Incredibly Early Madden 25 Tips

Sure Madden 25 is still months away, but there are certain things that hold true in every Madden NFL video game and this year will be no different.  We’ve put together a list of our top Madden 25 tips without having played the game.  Feel free to add in your own tips, strategies, and thoughts in the comments section.

Become Comfortable With 1 or 2 Teams

While it is completely true that playing with a top rated team like the 49ers will give you a huge advantage, do not underestimate the impact of familiarity with a team.  Pick 1 or 2 teams and stick with them.  Once you become comfortable with a quarterback you can make playing with Blaine Gabbert feel like playing with Peyton Manning.  After 50-100 games you will learn exactly what throws you can and can’t make, exactly how hard to press down the button when you throw, and which way to lead pass.  The same concept applies on defense.  Once you are comfortable with usering a certain player, you know exactly how much ground you can cover and how to bait a quarterback into throwing an interception.

Establish The Running Game

This isn’t to say that you need to grind out 3 yards gains the entire game.  It simply means that you need to mix in some running plays now and then or your will get demolished in Madden 25.  This is a tip that gets overlooked by so many people.  If you aren’t running the ball at least once every 5 or 6 plays, you become predictable and much easier to defend.  Slip a running play into your scheme every now and then to keep your opponent honest.

Don’t Turn The Ball Over

This is a tip that is based just as much in general football strategy as it is in video game strategy.  In a shortened game like Madden 25 with only 5 or 6 minute quarters, turning the ball over a few times equates to an automatic loss in most situations.  If you can keep possession of the ball and either score points or punt to get better field position, you will help yourself more than you’d think.

These tips may seem obvious to experienced Madden gamers, but so few people actually practice these consistently.  It may be worth practicing doing these things at the end of the Madden 13 season to get you ready for this year’s Madden 25 game.  EA Sports is set to release Madden 25 on August 27th, 2013.  We will have plenty more tips leading up to that point and beyond.