Possible Workarounds for Freezing Issues in Madden NFL 25

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Posted August 29th, 2013 at 11:45 am

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Though not widespread there are a number of consumers experiencing freezing issues in Madden NFL 25. A thread with well over 200 replies on the official EA forum documents the problems and potential temporary solutions.

What seems to be working for those unable to even reach the main menu involves avoiding the connection made to the EA servers on initial boot-up. When loading the game there will be a point where the notification appears that connection is being made to the servers. Hit B or circle to cancel that. Once in the menus connection to the servers can be achieved manually or by simply loading up an Online Franchise, Ultimate Team, or online game.

In other cases some have found deleting the demo off their hard drive, clearing system cache, deleting the game data utility files, and even deleting the release day patch and going without it (which would mean not being able to play online) have allowed them to reach areas they were previously unable to.

Regardless there doesn’t seem to be a solution that addresses the freezing in all the different areas of the game where users are finding trouble.¬†EA Sports has not responded when contacted for comment on the matter. A patch to fix whatever is causing the problems could be weeks away.¬†Hopefully for those hitting a wall with their game one of the workarounds will help until a permanent fix arrives.

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  • SMH

    Probably trading this in for credit towards GTAV.. Minor improvements makes this game feel like a patch to 13 not really a whole new game. Hopefully next gen impresses

    • Iown You

      That’s what I got from just playing the demo. It’s basically a patch and not even a significant one.

      As for the workaround, my workaround to the freezing issue was choosing not to purchase Madden 25 in the first place.

      • Iown You

        UPDATE: Amazing. I usually go to one of my “sources” every year to get this game free, but this year I decided to not even bother. But about an hour ago, my Brother came by and dropped off a copy of the game to me that he got for 75% off from a street merchant of questionable sources…

        So, what the hell, it’s in my hand so I just played it. I played 3 Quarters. Bored to death, I turned the game off. Is it just me or does this game make you feel like you’re just watching it go by and you’re not really participating in what’s happening? I mean, I feel like I’m in a death trance while playing this snooze fest.

        I hate the animations, I hate how it moves, I hate how the game sounds. The tackling looks so poor. Infinity 2? LOL!!! The presentation is just so sloppy and all over the place.

        God, this game is so lackluster.

    • mikemck09

      We all knew this prior to release date, yet you think by trading the game in (losing money) you’re actually making a difference or a point. When in reality, you already made EA money with your initial purchase of the game, and now you’ll be making (Gamestop) money by ripping yourself off with their legal robbery trade in values, so in the end you are coming out empty handed. I thought people would be tired of this by now. But, this is the reason why EA is still successful, because of the guys who support the game and purchase it. . . Then a month later complain and rant about how they’re trading the game in, like that actually makes a difference.

      • SMH

        Just stating my opinion bro lol I’m not trying to make a point or a difference because you’re right, it’s too late for that but in terms of stating my opinion? For someone who may be considering it, at least I have the notion to say the game wasn’t worth it to me and I don’t recommend you buying it. My actions are too late but maybe future buyers will think differently but again just my opinion being said.

      • Cliff1cj

        this is so true, people are just one side minded rather than making a logical decision. The game isnt that bad, i feel like you’re complaining about it because you are all ass at it. To be honest

  • Lem

    I’m pretty glad I’m waiting until next gen to get madden. And from here on out not going to be a day 1 purchase from me anymore. I could only imagine what I would feel like not even being able to get past the main menu on a game that I would have just spent $60 plus tax on. It’s pretty shameful from EA, what a disgrace.

    • Iown You

      The worry is, you appear confident that this problem and/or a host of others won’t be present in the next gen version, even though it’s made by the same incompetent development team that made this game here, and pissed away an entire generation with consistently lackluster football games.

      The fact that this team couldn’t even get a basic operation right in the 9th cycle generation on hardware they’ve been working with for nearly 11 years now, should make you even less confident going into next-gen.

  • dawg

    It’s ridiculous. You’d think a company as big as EA Sports could have a game that can at least load up the right way.

    • vrem

      Its not like other companies dont have similar problems. NBA 2k is the king of freezing problems that they never bother fixing.

  • Hello I’m DEV

    the B method worked

  • doug

    hopefully with that patch they release they’ll fix the no seeing celebrations in online games and the awful injury bug where the player gets hurt and is back in the huddle the next play don’t have no freezing issues with mine both those two things need to be in the patch.

    • smsixx

      Madden…same story every year…
      People run out and buy the game and always say “hopefully when the patch comes out it will…”
      It will turns in to “fix this…but ruin that”…calendar year passes of complaints and frustration then you repeat the process.

  • Michael

    Hey pasta—
    I’m one of those PS3 users experiencing the freeze. My PS3 freezes when trying to connect to the EA servers (as you mentioned). None of the workarounds seem to work for me. I bought the game two days ago. I feel pretty duped by EA.

  • Tom Hardly

    I played the offline franchise mode for about 7 hours yesterday and also downloaded a roster through the share feature. I didn’t encounter any freezing from any of the menus or what have you but this is a very concerning issue.

    EA needs to fix this thing immediately, there is no excuse for launching a game that freezes at the main menu or anywhere else for that matter. Especially when that game is a huge franchise like this.

    Not fixing this within a few days of launch is just pathetic.

  • Christopher Mark

    Pastapadre & Others – Just so you know Madden 13 CONSTANTLY froze on me (~every 2nd game). I contacted EA Sports and they were unable to fix the issue. Did some research and found lots of people had that same problem.

    Freezing was NEVER fixed for some of us in 13. Seems the same thing again, but bigger.

  • smsixx

    Does anyone else find it sad that a “process” has to be performed by the user to make sure their $60 game actually gets past the main menu and does not freeze?
    Seriously…what other game on earth makes you do this???
    Pathetic.

    • http://www.sportzbro.com/ Sportzbro

      …EA

  • chrsn

    Everybody waiting for next gen to be much better. Hoo boy. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • tony

    I can tell everyone the exact problem right now but no one will like it. remember that guy ranting about madden 11 not letting him play a full game and sometimes not even getting into a game? that was me. i found out the game was perfectly fine when i got a new 360. and that only a few have the problem let me know that this is probably the same issue, i think it freezes because these people have older consoles (that 360 died about 3 months later and only ever froze on madden, no other game). madden only works on fresh/not old consoles since madden 11, even my madden 10 started freezing n me once 11 froze once. it’s a big issue ot course and no one wants to buy a new consoole for 1 game but i believe if any of the people wih the problem goes to a friend’s and plays on a fresh console this will not be a problem. this is why EA themselves can’t even fix it. i don’t know if it’s their fault or the console maker’s fault but this is probably the issue.

    • Jarod

      Well how convenient then that the next-gen consoles are coming out.

    • Chris

      Then why does this seem to be the ONLY game that freezes on my archaic 360? Wait, I’m sorry, there are others… NCAA 12, and NCAA13 both freeze too… Oh wait, those are made by EA as well!

  • Michael

    No accelerated clock in user/user games in Connected Franchise…nice work EA smh

    • Trey Warner

      yeah there is….it’s called play clock time remaining dumbass

      • dumbass

        doesn’t work …

  • mikemck09

    What an embarrassment, the company gets worse and worse as the years go by. Pathetic!

  • JAS

    Anyone else have this happen? Was playing with Bears last night and all of the sudden every play I had a different skill position player on field, I tried reordering rosters and also checked fatigue but no matter what I did could not get Forte, or Marshall on the field…. and that was just offense, on defense none of my starting front seven was on the field. Very disappointing especially after I thought NCAA was quality this year!

  • Matt

    Do you have to own NCAA 14 to get the NCAA 14 draft class into a madden connected career or can you do it without purchasing the NCAA game?

  • falcons84

    I did not buy madden 13 but I do have madden 12 I noticed that in 12 you can click L3 or R3 whatever it was whenever you scrolled over a player and it would show their career totals, the season by season stats plus the team they played for and it would show game by game stats…while playing madden 25 I noticed that R3 or L3 doesn’t do anything and when I navigate through the laggy menu to go to Stats it doesn’t list game by game nor does it sum the stats up you have to go to career stats the stats page also doesn’t show the team a particular player played for during a given year..what gives ? Is there something I’m missing? Why would that be removed from franchise/connected careers? I noticed you can click x in the manage roster page and be prompted with a “view player card” but that still lacks the depth found in Madden 12 player card…even in depth chart page you could look at the stats a player has (been like that like in every madden) but not in madden 25 I’m forced to back out and go through the laggy and delayed menus… has anyone else noticed this?

    • smsixx

      In Madden 13 they still had the player cards with year by year stats…but when you started a CFM mode the teams a player played for disappeared.
      After the October patch I was told that the full cards had returned…but its not suprising to me at all that this feature was removed as well. Madden has gone straight downhill.

  • falcons84

    I did not buy madden 13 but I do have madden 12 I noticed that in 12 you can click L3 or R3 whatever it was whenever you scrolled over a player and it would show their career totals, the season by season stats plus the team they played for and it would show game by game stats…while playing madden 25 I noticed that R3 or L3 doesn’t do anything and when I navigate through the laggy menu to go to Stats it doesn’t list game by game nor does it sum the stats up you have to go to career stats the stats page also doesn’t show the team a particular player played for during a given year..what gives ? Is there something I’m missing? Why would that be removed from franchise/connected careers? I noticed you can click x in the manage roster page and be prompted with a “view player card” but that still lacks the depth found in Madden 12 player card…even in depth chart page you could look at the stats a player has (been like that like in every madden) but not in madden 25 I’m forced to back out and go through the laggy and delayed menus… has anyone else noticed this?

  • Jack

    what can i do to stop in game freezes?

  • Trey Warner

    hey pasta,im loving madden for the most part but right now im having a problem starting owner mode..it’s not letting me use the updated roster no matter what I do??any help?

  • Nate

    EA should be embarrassed for putting out this crappy Madden 25 that freezes. This might be the end of my Madden years of playing. The game is regressing instead of progress. For example, what’s up with that audible crap. Who needs all those plays to choose from and you can’t simply choose audibles like before. They made it harder for no reason.

  • whatsuppasta!

    nfl blitz 2000 still better than madden 07 and beyond

  • T

    Ironically, my first freeze ever in Madden 25 just happened. Pressed start to play my first game of my second year in Connected Franchise. Awesome. Some Madden 13 nuisances just won’t die. Their whole quality control teams need to be fired every year. Or maybe they are, and that’s why there’s always issues? haha

  • Ryan Perry

    I only bought this game because of the Amazon Sunday Ticket deal. I played two games and I’m done with it. I’m one of the CPU vs CPU guys and having that ability inside Connected Franchise would have definitely given this game extra life for me, but playing this game is more boring than just not having a football game at all. I was 50/50 on getting the PS4 version on release day but that’s not happening now and I won’t touch another Madden game until CPU vs CPU is back.

    • rxl209

      you bought a game to watch the cpu play itself? youre a joke

  • DrivenWord

    I’m loving this game why are people complaining like little kids
    Its a pretty solid game

  • DrivenWord

    This is a good game why do people complain they got nothing better in there life so they have to post there complaining on here

  • dbattle1914

    I know a few people who’s brand new game had really bad scratches. After exchanging them they worked fine

  • Rasool

    first off the game is trash, too many glitches on the game..you cant stop the run on all madden when playing computer, too many drop passes,, megatron drop 3 bombs where the corner was beat by 10 yard or more….sorry offensive lineman throwing big time d lineman to the ground….the ball hawk doesnt work on the game when the ball is thrown above the defender head he wont jump nor try to swat from the air..every now and then you tackled by an invisible 12th man….and once again the players got fucked over with their ratings….if this is what were going to get every year just stop making this shit n bring back nfl 2k or gameday

  • taylor

    OMG so then I bought this game for nothing then… I can’t return it n get my money because I downloaded it straight from Live.. SMFH…

    • Ross

      Is anyone experiencing freezing issues after exiting a MUT game? The game tries to connect to the servers but never does. I have to quit the game entirely, which restarts the PS3 as well. Am I alone here?

      • niggerguy

        My shit does that too…. everytime….im tradin it in I feel like constant rebooting isnt good for my ps3

  • Funky

    Every single year a “new” madden comes out and every single year it is a disappointment. Same old gameplay, same old bugs and glitches, etc. When will people finally decide to just not buy this crap?

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