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!
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: When it comes to the long-running Madden NFL series, gamers fall into one of three camps: those who buy the game every year, those who hate EA's exclusive NFL contract and refuse to buy the game, and those who pick up the game on occasion. This review is for the last group, because frankly those in the first two are less looking for a review than they are looking for validation for their particular view on the franchise.
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.
Excerpt: That’s what my coaches used to tell me. It’s what my friends and family tell me to this day. But what if my dreams and aspirations always involved playing or coaching in the NFL? Sad to say that for myself, and probably most of you, that playing in the NFL just isn’t going to be happening anytime soon. So we do what we do best, we compromise and try and fulfill are dreams within the Madden football series.
Madden NFL 13 review: The annexation of Puerto Rico
27 August 2012
Summary: The Blast Factor: By now we’ve all heard the complaints about Madden. It’s never more than just a roster update, it’s the same game every year — all of these are now no longer valid. Madden NFL 13 adds a slew of new features that make a genuine difference in between franchise iterations. The commentary? Better. the gameplay? Better. The gameplay? Miles ahead of last year.
Summary: Another year another Madden. At this stage we all know the drill right? EA slickens up the presentation, adds a couple of new features and delivers essentially the same gameplay experience as the year before with a handful of tweaks, some new player animations and the claim of some groundbreaking something or other that doesn’t seem to make all that much difference in the grand scheme of things.
Conclusion: Concept: Madden eschews going for the first down and throws deep for the end zone with a slew of additions
Graphics: The motion blur effect can be really cool. However, it looks odd from time to time
Sound: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are a refreshing addition even if their commentary lacks relevance at times.
Excerpt: EA’s long-running Madden NFL series often gets a lot of flak for its annual releases that only change incrementally rather than feeling like a full-fledged sequel year after year. This is a sentiment I could never get behind. After all, the goal of the series has always been to provide the most accurate simulation of America’s true sports pastime (suck it, baseball), so there’s not much change that can be added in terms of gameplay rules or mechanics.