Although there is no lockout in the NFL between the players and owners this year, there is a lockout between the officials and the NFL. The NFL has been using replacement officials that have made many more mistakes than the normal officials. Fortunately, the quality of officiating has not decreased in the newest most popular football video game.
“Madden NFL 13” was recently released on August 28, 2012 in the U.S. for the PS3, 360, Wii and Vita (The Wii U will be out in Q4 2012). “Madden NFL 13” was available for EA Sports Season Ticket subscribers for three days starting on August 25. “Madden 13” was developed by EA Tiburon and published by EA Sports, and it is rated E (Everyone).
The official demo for “Madden 13” came out on August 14 for Xbox Live and PSN, featuring the 2012 NFC Championship game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.
The genre of “Madden 13” is an American-football sport simulation game. Single-player, multiplayer and online are the major game modes in the game. Calvin Johnson, current starting wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, is the cover athlete for “Madden 13”. Also, the announcers this year are the guys from CBS (Jim Nantz and Phil Simms).
There will definitely be more establishments in the series and its predecessor is “Madden 12”. “Madden 13” is the twentieth installment in the “Madden NFL” series (twenty-fifth if you begin with the “John Madden Football” series). The first game came out in 1988 and it is called “John Madden Football”.
The biggest change from last season’s version is Connected Career. It’s called that because you get to play offline or online as a coach, player or created character. It lasts up to thirty seasons and all of the off-season stuff is included. The practice has been improved with specific things that you can work on to earn XP that is applied to a player or team. A fictional Twitter is also included.
There is no more halftime show, just halftime stats. The lighting changes per play, as opposed to only quarter breaks. There are over two hundred cutscenes. Replays have more of a dramatic effect. All the new Nike uniforms are included. Motion blur from “NCAA Football 13” is also added.
The passing game has made several improvements, particularly with quarterbacks and play-action plays. Also, receivers probably will not make the catch if the pass is thrown when their icon is grayed out. Receivers will look for the ball if the defender is not guarding them close.
The defensive AI has made several improvements as well. Defensive backs no longer blind swat and do not run towards the ball unless they expect it going in that direction. The new Infinity engine helps make tackling more realistic and the way players interact.
More than eighty-two hours of audio commentary is included, making the commentary less repetitive than it was in the past. The theme for “Madden 13” is played during specific times of gameplay and an orchestrated soundtrack replaces the past music tracks by artists on all menu screens and specific game modes. NFL Films gave the developers sound bites and crowd noise is more realistic.
Special teams coverage has been improved. The control scheme on “Madden 13” is finally the same as “NCAA Football”. Draft classes cannot be imported from “NCAA Football”. Kinect is available for the 360 and includes audio commands only. Tebowing is included in gameplay (Michael Young).
Positives for “Madden 13” include Connected Careers, overall gameplay, better graphics, physics engine, lighting changes, high dynamic range lighting, motion blur, adlibbing commentary, main menu screen, wide receiver/defensive backs attentiveness, multiple pass trajectories and music orchestra. The similarity between the game and the real thing on Sundays is sometimes uncanny.
Negatives for “Madden 13” include Kinect voice support, fans, handoffs, pixilated crowd, repeated commentary and weird tackles. The disappearance of importing draft classes and the halftime show is also bad.
Metacritic gave it a Metascore of 82 out of 100 for the 360 and 86 for the PS3 (the other versions have not yet received scores).
Even though “Madden 13” has some downsides, it is still worth buying, unless you already have “Madden 12” and/or do not care about football video games. For those who don’t fit those qualifications, this game is perfect for you and can be purchased here in St. Louis.
“Madden 13” is about $60 for the 360/PS3, $50 for the Wii and $40 for the Vita at Target, Walmart, Sears, Kmart, Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, Hastings, Amazon and GameStop. At Target for this week only, you can buy one bag of Doritos and “Madden NFL 13” for the PS3/360 and receive a $10 gift card to Target.
A pre-owned game from GameStop can be purchased for a discount, though not many currently exist. The official player’s guide is also available for $20 at Best Buy and GameStop and $13.50 at Hastings. Bundles that include “Madden 13” and hardware are available at different stores at different prices. Check each link for exact prices, carried versions and in-store/online-only purchases.
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