Review: Madden NFL 13 Wii U is a first step in the right direction
26 November 2012
Excerpt: When a new console releases, it feels like a launch tradition to have a Madden game ready for it. So when the Wii U launched on November 18th, there sat Madden NFL 13 Wii U . Before release, one could only imagine the possibilities that the GamePad could unlock for football video games. With this Wii U port of Madden 13 -- and it's obviously a port -- innovation is on display with the GamePad. Unfortunately, there's a few downsides with the Madden debut on the Wii U.
Excerpt: When a sports title releases every year you would expect a certain amount of change with each release. If you start with a game that is pretty darn good to begin with, however, making changes every year becomes more and more difficult. Now throw in a new hands-free controller that you feel obliged to make use of and you could end up crafting a title that either bombs or soars to great heights!
Excerpt: Family Friendly Gaming was blessed with four copies of Madden NFL 13 this year. Two on the PS Vita (so we had the opportunity to play together), one on the PS3 and one on the Xbox 360. Alan is taking care of the majority of the reviews. I decided to try my hand at the Playstation 3 version. This year Madden NFL is all about options. I could not help but notice many of these are online.
Conclusion: The biggest thing that the Madden franchise has working against it now is this strange affinity for bashing the game. I get the feeling that even if a near-perfect entry into the franchise was released next year, customers and reviewers would still tear it apart. Madden 13 changes things up quite a bit, much more so than in any other recent edition.
Pros: The Infinite Engine shows great promise, commentary is greatly improved, Ultimate Team is better than ever.
Cons: Connected Careers dropped too many features, and the Infinite Engine occasionally glitches out.
Excerpt: If last year's Madden were an NFL Team, it would have been one of those “rebuilding years.” They would have fired their head coach, if not their entire coaching staff and spent a significant amount of time snagging up free-agents and investing in the draft. The result of all of this off-season work is Madden NFL 13 -- far from a mere roster update, this year's game adds a ton of new features including a brand new physics engine, new commentary system and an innovative...
Conclusion: Overall, Madden NFL 13 is the best Madden game so far. There are many new and improved additions to the game, including Connected Careers, the new engine, and better commentary. Football fans have more control over their team now than ever before, and that can only be a good thing. However, there are some minor technical glitches present, and Kinect integration still leaves a lot to be desired.
Excerpt: The new physics engine, dubbed the “Infinity Engine,” actually does as advertised. It makes the game look more like real football: fluid and organic, not cookie cutter animations repeated ad infinitum. At first you won’t necessarily notice the difference, but the more you play, the more you realize that no two plays have been the same. The sheer variety is impressive.
Excerpt: Madden simultaneously encapsulates both everything that is great with our industry as well as it’s darker under belly. On the one hand, the Madden franchise virtually defines blockbuster, with only a handful of titles that can compare on an annual sales basis. But at the same time, every year fans decry the lack of evolution with the series. The phrase “I hope I’m not just buying another roster update!” being a common refrain at the time of purchase.