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.
Excerpt: Electronic Arts expands their annual U.S. pro football video game with several new features while raising the replay value to new levels in their latest football simulation game Madden NFL 13. Developed around the powerful, all-new Infinity game engine, Madden NFL 13 delivers a more engrossing, complete and realistic gridiron experience than any game before it.
Pros: Several updates/enhancements from last year’s version, online connectivity with mobile/social media, improved player movements, realistic game elements, high replay value, varied commentary that rarely repeats, blend of modern and legendary players, camera angle options, stadium/environment authenticity, Madden Moment scenarios, statistics blend well with earned points/game elements
Cons: More John Madden, player animations (as always), additional PlayStation Move capabilities
Conclusion: It's a solid game, and the improvements show a lot of promise. It fixes a lot of problems from last year, though some things are continuously overlooked. Next year should really make or break the Infinity Engine, as 13 was a test run.