Tuesday marks an annual holiday for sports video game fans: Aug. 27 is the release date of the new Madden game from Redwood City’s Electronic Arts.
For two and a half decades, football fans have been getting an early fix just before the regular season gets under way, with each edition of the Madden NFL series from EA Sports.
Now, Madden NFL 25 enters the game with two waves planned.
First, the August edition for the current generation of consoles, the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 (but not the Wii U) -- and then another, later in the fall, when the next-edition consoles, the Xbox One and PS4, are released.
Bay Area native John Madden’s name is on the game -- yet his voice hasn’t been part of the commentary for a few years now as Jim Nantz and Phil Simms return for a second straight year.
Of all the features, one new mode within the game’s connected franchise offerings gives you the chance to go beyond the field and channel your inner Jed York or Mark Davis, running your own franchise in the new Owner Mode.
Advisors walk you through financing, stadium planning, marketing and staffing. If that sounds too much like work, there’s plenty of action on the field.
And, for a video game series that prides itself on the amazing details that bring NFL Sundays to life, it’s worth nothing that Coach Harbaugh isn’t wearing his trademark black sweatshirt along with his khakis -- and players like Colin Kaepernick don’t have their signature tattoos.
But after a Niners touchdown there’s still plenty of Kaepernicking to be had.
All in all, for sports video games, this is the granddaddy of them all, and since 1989, a force that has grown in popularity, right alongside the NFL action that it emulates.