This was the year of tempered expectations. Yes, last year Madden changed significantly, adding a new presentation style and a realistic physics engine, meaning that this time around would be less about revolution and more about incremental improvements. Needing feedback from their previous installment and handicapped by the impending new console generation and its new design challenges, it is no surprise that Madden 25 is a slight improvement over its predecessor. Mind you, there are a number of tweaks to last year’s version, but the similarities are significant, making this Madden, more than any other recent effort, seem overly iterative. The franchise still offers a fantastic football experience, but its close kinship with its predecessor dampens much of the enthusiasm surrounding the title.