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EA Sports Sees Sharp First-Week Sales Decline For "Madden" Compared To '12
Published September 6, 2013
THE MISSING LINK: The AP's Lou Kesten wrote "Madden NFL 25" represents the "culmination of a quarter-century of innovation, taking a victory lap before the franchise moves onto the next generation of higher-definition game machines." There is an "awful lot to do in 'Madden 25,' even if it's missing a certain something -- namely, John Madden." The current game announcers, CBS' Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, "don't have his spark." Simms has "turned into the kind of traditionalist blowhard who will berate you for not punting on fourth down, even if you're six points down with less than a minute to play" (AP, 9/5).