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: 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.
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.
Conclusion: Madden NFL 13 is strong in certain elements of gameplay, such as the addition of Connected Careers and its improved presentation. With that said, it still has room to grow, but it certainly is more focused and enjoyable, as a whole, than any other Madden titles prior.