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.