Summary: The tree leaves change colors, stores stock pumpkin pies en masse, San Francisco finally starts getting its belated summer, and another Madden game releases; such are the harbingers of fall. It gets harder and harder to remember a time when there wasn’t an annual Madden as the years go by. Some present-day fans might not even remember when John Madden’s goofy mug adorned each box. I skipped out on buying last year’s iteration.
Summary: Madden NFL 13 trots out the same basic experience one more time, creating an enjoyable game without any major improvements.
Pros: Connected Careers offers a healthy variety of ways to play Jim Nantz and Phil Simms provide solid commentary Competitive play is great fun Roster of retired coaches and players brings back fond memories
Cons: Little difference on the field from previous years Old issues are still present
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.