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.
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.
Excerpt: As always in a rebuilding year, there are kinks to work out, and next year will most definitely be more polished and carry with it a few more features. For now, if you’re looking to play some Madden with a new feel, you can get it here, and if you have the crew ready for the collaborative online experience, it can be truly special.
Pros: New tackling system, Connected Careers’ cool new elements
Cons: Repetitive Simms and Nantz, new-engine kinks and glitches
Summary: Madden NFL 13 is the most realistic football game to date and offers a true-to-life game day presentation. With reworked gameplay, Connected Careers, and a new physics=based engine, it's worth checking out even if you've been bored with the series lately.