Percentile Rank

Madden NFL 15 is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 49 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 49 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Reno Gazette-Journal
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 21, 2014

Even with the new mechanics, gameplay isn't radically changed, which will likely disappoint players who crave for more major additions. For folks who like Madden's basic gameplay, however, the new additions add some polish to the product. And while the lack of a major gameplay overhaul can be debated, graphics definitely take a big leap forward.

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Scored Reviews

PCMag
Aug 21, 2014

A bevy of new features, particularly those for pass rushing and tackling, make Madden NFL 15 not only one of the best games in the series, but one of the best sports games on the market, period.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2014

Football fans need not worry, it is time once again for the NFL season to begin. Madden NFL 15 will easily keep you engaged for months to come.

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Digital Chumps
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2014

EA Tiburon did a fantastic job with making the right adjustments for this year's Madden title. Improved defense and a more balanced offense makes for a fun football experience. Connected Franchise, Skills Trainer and Ultimate Team are just icing on a nearly perfect cake. The Gauntlet is the ice cream with the cake – take it or leave it.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Aug 21, 2014

Madden NFL 15 improves even further on last year's game and truly proves that defense wins championships.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2014

It's Madden season, and this is the best Madden yet.

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Polygon
9 / 10.0
Polygon

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2014

This is the first time since Madden NFL 10 where I've had that a-ha moment where all I want to do is go play Madden, and it's not because of some role-playing device in the career mode, or a nifty collection of throwback uniforms, or the fact there was a military flyover before the Super Bowl...It's because the gameplay is focused to raising my knowledge and skill rather than accommodating or minimizing the lack of it.

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Game Revolution
Aug 20, 2014

Madden NFL 15 is a solid title that's actulaly one of the better editions to date.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 8, 2014

Madden 15 is easily the most complete release in the series so far, with all of the improvements tying together to create an enjoyable and enthralling game of American Football. Even if you're not that knowledgeable about play-types or the difference between a half-back and a full-back, Madden 15 will have you playing like a pro and feeling like one as well.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2014

The defensive improvements make playing defense fun for the first time in quite a while. The improved tackling offers more challenge and choice while the guessing of the snap gives you something to work at when pass rushing. No longer does it feel like you are waiting for an offensive mistake, it actually feels like you can make an impact defensively. The tightening up of other systems on the pitch make Madden 15 perhaps the most simulation like entry in the series, it's still not perfect but it's very close. Overall, Madden NFL 15 is a great game. There are a few niggling issues (such as the still slightly dodgy physics), but the impact they have on the game is tiny.

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Softpedia
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2014

Madden NFL 15 is a great game for fans of the sport it is depicting and there's no reason for a player who picked up last year's version of the title to skip on the one that is now arriving in stores.

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IGN
8.7 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.7 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2014

Madden NFL 15's defense revamp goes a long way toward reviving the excitement of football.

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COGconnected
87 / 100
87 / 100
Aug 21, 2014

There remains room for improvement and I certainly experienced a few let-downs with Madden 15; however, this is hands down the best Madden game to date. And let's just say the future remains bright for the franchise.

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Cheat Code Central
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Aug 21, 2014

So that time of year has come--new games, new FOOTBALL!!! Ultimate decision time. Madden NFL 15 could be skipped, but you'd really dislike yourself if you missed out on all the good this year's installment brings. So stop debating, stop delaying, stop procrastinating and get your copy--you'll be glad you did. See you on the field!

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GameTrailers
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2014

Madden 15's new additions to defense and attention to detail make it a must have for existing fans, and a great entry point for newcomers. If you have never touched a football game before, it's a fitting time to begin, with this fresh start from an old franchise.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2014

Madden 15 gives veteran and rookie players something to take with them, as the overall package reaches a balance point worthy of the annual cost.

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Kill Screen
81 / 100
81 / 100
Aug 27, 2014

Madden NFL 15 is a truly impressive football videogame, and probably the best I've ever played. But it is still the NFL, and I am still figuring out what that means to me.

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Game Rant
Aug 21, 2014

Madden NFL 15 is the best the series has looked and played in years, and is very close to coalescing into something truly impressive. One or two more years under these new consoles and more changes like those featured this year, and Madden just might reclaim its old glory.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2014

Madden makes its proper next-gen appearance. Is it all good, or does it fall short?

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GameCrate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2014

Overall, the game is fun. It's Madden. You know what you're getting. They actually cleaned up the core gameplay rather than simply changing rosters and updating graphics, which is pretty cool. There's no in-depth MyPlayer component a la The Show,  NBA2k or the EA's own NHL series. It's funny how the dream in NFL games is to be the owner or the coach, not the player.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2014

2014/15 is a good season for Madden. The defensive play and depth of control in each mode makes this a game that should reward series fans for a long time coming. It's also a good looking effort on the PlayStation 4. Superstar Mode is still a no show in the way it used to be, but the Connected Careers stuff encourages play with friends in a big way. If you have friends that dig Madden, Madden NFL 15 should be a good time. It's not a constant hit, but its success is strong.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 22, 2014

EA Tiburon could be onto something, and if it continues to listen to fan feedback, we could be in for some glorious days of video game football yet. For now, this is definitely worth checking out, as it's far from the same old thing.

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Digital Trends
Aug 27, 2014

EA Tiburon delivers a Madden game to be proud of in Madden NFL 15, thanks in large part to a clear emphasis on bringing new fans into the fold.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 27, 2014

Madden NFL 15 is an excellent return to form for the series - an essential purchase for longstanding fans and a great starting point for players looking to jump on board.

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High-Def Digest
Aug 28, 2014

For someone who doesn't wait in line for 'Madden' every year, I was very impressed and would consider doing that next year just to see how much better it can get. The game itself is addicting, especially the very in-depth career mode and Ultimate Team. For most 'Madden' players, the new version is almost a rite of passage for the beginning of the new NFL season. For the rest of us wondering if it is a worthwhile upgrade from last year, the answer is yes. The defensive changes, coupled with last year's offensive changes, make for the best all-around NFL offering to date, and 360 owners will be pleased to find another year of love from the folks over at EA Tiburon. 'Madden NFL 15'will tide you over very well..... at least 'til next year.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 5, 2014

Overall, Madden NFL 15 is a fantastic installment in the yearly football series. It isn't without its flaws, but this year's game brings great improvements in areas where the series was particularly lacking in.

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GameZone
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2014

Based on the presentation and improvement in the gameplay and animations, Madden NFL 15 isn't everything I hoped for, but it's still fun.

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Digital Spy
Sep 2, 2014

With gorgeous visuals, great presentation, intuitive controls and deep game modes, Madden NFL 15 is undoubtedly the MVP of American football games.

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GamesRadar+
Aug 20, 2014

A new coat of paint, a ton of actionable analytic data, solid improvement in the trenches, and the extension of two popular modes makes Madden NFL 15 a winner.

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Giant Bomb
Aug 26, 2014

It's got its share of holdover problems, but Madden NFL 15 at least represents a positive step forward for this series.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 29, 2014

Madden NFL 15 marks a noticeable improvement for the long-standing franchise. This is a solid game of football, both on a technical and visual level.

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Examiner
Aug 26, 2014

The long and short of Madden 15 is this; if you are a year in year out Madden fanatic, you will enjoy the latest addition to the series. It might not have a ton of new features, nor a breadth of new content, but there are enough changes to entertain, keep the games fun and challenging, and you have your football game for 2014/2015's season.

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PSX Extreme
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2014

Madden NFL 25 is better than last year's production; it features better cosmetic and aesthetic features, it often feels more streamlined and accessible, and the upgrades on the defensive side of the ball are huge. It's finally fun to play on defense! Sadly, the game still gets bogged down by a balancing issue, as the defense is simply overpowered.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 16, 2014

There have been way too many years where you can describe the changes to Madden as "minimal, but helpful." This year, the changes to the defense and boost in presentation slide it away from "minimal" and feel much more substantial. But unfortunately, I find the player aspect of Connected Franchise to be one of the biggest parts of the whole Madden experience, and it being a husk of its former self is more than a little disappointing. That said, Madden NFL 15 is definitely one to jump into if you have not played a Madden game in years. It will be very interesting to see how EA Tiburon builds upon this success in Madden NFL 16.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2014

There are definitely things to enjoy in every phase of the game, even though as a whole it isn't extraordinary

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ActionTrip
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2014

If it's been awhile since you picked up a Madden game, you might want to give Madden 15 a look. It's definitely grown beyond what most people think of Madden NFL games.

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ThisGenGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2014

Madden NFL 15 is a great option for those looking to curb the football hunger, and provides a solid simulation, for the most part, of the NFL game. While there are something's that still remain a frustration with some of the Artificial Intelligence being increased and their counterparts receiving no attention (ie – DB's versus WR's), the game is still amazing visually and a lot of fun to play. There is no other option, not even college, on the market so if you want a football game you have little ways to look outside of Madden NFL 15. Good thing for all of us that eat, sleep, and breathe football Madden NFL 15 delivers a robust set of modes, major graphical overhauls, and outstanding new gameplay features on the field. In the end it's like a big ol' bird on Thanksgiving Day, filling you up enough that you probably won't need any more until the following year.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 2, 2014

The best thing that can be said about Madden NFL 15 is that it works properly, and that it's made some notable, positive changes to defence and play calling that really improve the whole experience. It's no secret that in previous years, the changes were subtle and lacking, making it fantastic to see the franchise finally evolve in a meaningful manner, with dramatic camera angles and intense defensive battles bringing the fun back. It's Madden season once again, and there is now a reason to celebrate.

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Arcade Sushi
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2014

Madden NFL 15 promises full NFL authenticity, but in practice asks us to meet it halfway. There's a lot of great improvements. and the uncanny valley of NFL simulation is in site, but there's a lot more work to be done. It may not fully be the revolution EA Tiburon says it is, but Madden NFL 15 is still a really fun way to get your football game fix. Even after 26 years, Madden still impresses.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2014

If you picked up Madden last year, there is arguably just enough new content and gameplay to merit the upgrade.

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Telegraph
Sep 12, 2014

While there is still some work to be done, it is a game that wants you to come in, have fun and perhaps go away with a greater appreciation of the sport its attempting to simulate. In all of this, Madden NFL 15 is a success.

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Operation Sports
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2014

A football game which finds its true strength on the field in the gameplay. With patches, will be a must-own title.

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EGM
7.5 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2014

New defensive-line play and more defining accuracy with QBs highlight some of the many changes this year's Madden brings to the table. Unfortunately, not all the other tweaks are nearly as successful.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 25, 2014

Madden 15 is a beautiful football game, but its biggest achievement stems from much improved defensive mechanics that make both sides of the ball fun to play.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2014

Bottom line is, if you haven't played Madden in a few years it might be worth checking out again on the new consoles, but if you are someone who bought the last entry and are satisfied with that, maybe wait.

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Eurogamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 28, 2014

Madden 15 a step forward, then, yet still a year behind schedule. There's a good game here, but there's still work to do to bring it up to the level of many of its sports game peers.

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USgamer
Aug 21, 2014

Madden NFL 15 is an enjoyable football game on the surface, but it's dragged down by a thousand little issues, including a poor interface, odd glitches, the inability to skip certain cutscenes, and more. As nice as it is to see it take a step forward in terms of accessibility, it still has a ways to go before catching up with the likes of FIFA and NBA 2K.

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Destructoid
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2014

Madden NFL 15 brought to you by the NFL's classist, uncaring, voracious appetite for profit and general moral failure as a multi-billion dollar business built on the backs of broken, mostly forgotten workers™ takes its existing defensive framework and makes it not suck. This lets me hit quarterbacks more and release the aggression that wells up when I see any of the in-game advertisements. The rest is Madden 25, but less hideous.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 31, 2014

Madden NFL 15 may not be the first Madden game released for the next generation of consoles, but it stands as the series' first truly "next-gen" iteration. That said, a couple of major issues keep it from being as great as it could have been.

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