Summary: Madden NFL 13 brings a significant number of changes to the franchise for the first time in a while. The passing system has been completely revamped. The career modes have been mashed into one connected super mode.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.