Excerpt: Trent Richardson is hurting. The Browns’ rookie, fresh off an NCAA championship at Alabama, has gotten a painful introduction to life in the NFL. Somewhere in the midst of being tackled by several Philadelphia Eagles, his head was forcefully twisted one direction while his body continued forward in the other. The helmet-to-helmet hit from Philly linebacker DeMeco Ryans will merit a fine from the NFL, but that doesn’t help Richardson at the moment.
Pros: Infinity Engine physics, Fun, deep Connected Careers, Total Control Passing rocks
Cons: Post-play awkwardness, Many legends locked away, Menus can be confusing
Summary: Madden NFL 13 makes a few nice changes, but offers roughly the same experience that each game in the series does. That being said, the experience is an enjoyable one. There are several modes to tackle, plenty of options to tinker with, and more than enough content to keep the disc in your system for several weeks. If it has been awhile since you picked up a football game, this one just might be something you’ll want to consider.
Excerpt: games since they first premiered nearly a quarter-century ago. The fact that I haven’t really become immersed in one since 2004 doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve sworn off the franchise; it just means my interests have altered and I have less time. Still, I always like to see how the long-running series advances with each passing year; sometimes, it doesn’t advance much at all and occasionally (as it did last year), it actually goes backwards.