Madden 25 for iOS is available now and free-to-play

Madden 25 for iOS is available now and free-to-play
If you're a mobile gamer and/or a football fan, you know that it's time for the new Madden NFL game. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the franchise, so Madden has set aside its usual numbering system (based on the year) and is calling the game Madden NFL 25. As you would expect from EA, the game has not been released on Android, but iOS users can get the game right now.

The big news for this year's Madden game on iOS is that EA has decided to make the game free-to-play rather than charge the usual $6.99 that Madden has cost on iOS in the past. Of course, the choice to go free-to-play has some major effects on the Madden game, and you may not appreciate them. You can gain coins and cash by playing the game of course, or you can spend real money to get coins and cash. Coins can be used to purchase players in the Auction or card packs to improve your team. 

The trouble is that whatever team you pick will be hurting from the start, because all of your player ratings will be dropped. Normally, the San Francisco 49ers are an overall 82, but if you choose them as your team, they will clock in at a 64. If you want to jump directly into full games, you may end up having to pay to be competitive, but if you follow the course of mini games and Solo tasks, you could get a good way without paying anything. Making things worse is the "energy" meter, which will limit how much you can play in a sitting unless you pay for more. Free-to-play can work well, but when there's an energy meter involved, it is almost always a bad experience. 

Overall, Madden 25 is a good game. There are new controls to make the touchscreen experience better. But, it will all come down to how you can handle the free-to-play options. If you don't play much, and are patient, you can get good value, but if you like to play a lot, you are going to end up paying for it. 

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8 Comments

1. AsisHaas

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Freemium? they ruined the game.

2. Sauce unregistered

I'm jealous.. Always putting up great apps on the Appstore first/only. T_T

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2391; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Adding micro-transactions to any game is going to be couple dozen fold more expensive than just buying it outright at one steady price. Free-to-play means you get less of an unadulterated experience with game.

4. Blazers

Posts: 767; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

If the future of mobile games is the freemium model, consoles won't have anything to worry about, and will be relevant for years to come.

5. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Absolutely agree with you.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I avoid Fee to Pay titles, 100%. Blacklisted EA titles like Dead Space 3 and future title that follow such model..etc.

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Dead Space 3 can be played just fine without the fees. I dont put any blame on EA for doing this. What they are doing is a business and it requires a profit to continue operating. I would prefer the approach of trying to make better use of their budgets to minimize costs so they wont have to do the microtransactions, but I dont fault them for doing them as long as the game itself is still balanced and fun and not a heavy grindfest, because of their being idiots willing to hand over extra dollars for digital stuff in game. The Fee

8. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yep, they get more people downloading and playing the games when they are free. Myself and many friends play Real Racing 3 which is "freemium" yet none of us have spent a dime on the game and have a blast playing! If you want to spend money on the games you can, if you don't want to spend money and just play you can do that as well. I see no problem with it at all. I the freemium games I've played paying real money only unlocked things sooner than just playing the game as it was designed.

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