Madden NFL 13
The Madden series is easily one of the longest sporting franchises in
the gaming world and is named after the legendary American Football
player, John Madden. At its core, Madden is the purist form of
NFL in the gaming world as it lets the player experience all
aspects of American Football.
However over the years and just like
Madden has experienced its ups and downs and this is definitely the best
release yet. Having
played my fair share of Madden games over the last 10 or so years, this
current version is easily my favourite. With that said, let's have a
look at some of the features in Madden 13.
Gameplay Part 1
With a completely redesigned passing game including new a new pass-ready
system and improved play action, and the all-new read and react
defensive AI system that features the most intelligent pass defense to
date, Madden NFL 13 achieves greater realism on the virtual gridiron on
both sides of the ball.
Madden NFL 13 delivers a superb audio experience that faithfully
replicates NFL Sundays with CBS Sports' Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling
the action, QB cadences, authentic sound effects and actual on-field
player chatter, all provided by NFL Films, and a fully-scored orchestral
theme that conveys the emotion and excitement of professional football.
Gameplay Part 2
With Physics You Can Feel, Madden NFL 13 delivers Next Generation
gameplay today. Powered by the all-new Infinity Engine, true player
impact and authentic momentum transfer ensure that no two plays ever
look or feel the same.
Live the NFL dream—whenever you want, wherever you want in a fully
interactive, social, and connected online experience. Create your
personal legacy or relive an all-time legend’s as you build the ultimate
franchise as a coach, an NFL superstar, or yourself. Manage your team
from your console, the web, or mobile phone in a 24/7 world as NFL
insiders and experts analyze, praise, and criticize every move along the
Madden Ultimate Team
Madden NFL 13 Ultimate Team is the definitive way to experience virtual
card collecting with new content and updates that mirror exciting NFL
events throughout the entire year.
A whole new way to experience Madden against your friends - anytime,
If you've been away from the franchise for the last few years (like
myself), then Madden 13 will be a riveting gaming experience on the
360. Although the series did fall into a slump, everything in Madden 13
feels fresh and new. Best of all, the gaming dynamics that made the
previous games so great are still there but EA have refined these features in creating
the best Madden game to date.
The first thing that you will notice with Madden 13 besides the slick
menu system and rocking soundtrack is the gameplay. As opposed to
previous incarnations, Madden 13 feels considerably smoother and more
importantly faster. Controls are well mapped on the 360 controller as
you attempt for that elusive home run play.
Thanks to the new pass
system, passing the ball between players feels considerably smoother and
it reduces the stop starting of the game. The game even supports Kinect
through voice command that can sometimes be a hit and miss. But for
those players that like an additional arsenal in their gaming, the voice
commands of Kinect does support the player when the action heats up or
if you need access the menus quickly.
of gameplay, the main features are Career, Online, Ultimate Team and of
course, those classic one match games. The game does its best for
newcomers to the franchise but jut be warned, the gameplay of NFL can be
quite complex. Fortunately the game continually supports the player from
getting their quarterbacks into the right position or creating those
almost too perfect passes.
For those that want to take the gamer deeper, there is a brand new mode
called Connected Careers Mode which in essence melds Be a Superstar with
Franchise. This mode can be played both online and offline, however for
those who have been away from the series a little, offline is probably
the best place to start.
Before embarking on
mode, you first need to select whether you want to be a player or a
coach. Players are also awarded experience points for performing certain
actions in the game which adds this interesting "sports" RPG element
into the game.
If you choose a player, you can create a brand new NFL player or
one of the current NFL pros. As you go through the NFL season, your goal
is to reach the Superbowl, however there are some great challenges to be
scored along the way. Ultimate Team is another place where fans of NFL
will spend a considerable amount of time as they attempt to get the
ultimate team together in this strange playable card game. Using player
cards to build your ultimate team, you can play this team online and
offline with an in-game currency used to purchase new players. It works
well. I also like that you can still play those "exhibition" matches
which is a great way of fine turning your skills. All in all, EA should
be commended on a relatively flawless Madden game.
Graphically and just like the gameplay, this is the best looking game
ever in the series. The attention to detail is quite stunning, especially the
of the players from the textures on their uniforms to the realistic
facial details that ooze with uncanny realism thanks to the Infinity
Engine. All the players move with
this real world grace, especially when they interact on the field,
whether tackling, kicking the ball or just navigating the field, the
physics of the game work well. Stadiums are equally as impressive as are
the lighting and weather effects. Even the menu system has this slick
interface that is easy to navigate and has this real American football
theme behind it.
Sound effects work equally as well with the gameplay and graphics.
Commentary is spot-on thanks to Jim Nantz and Phil Simms and their
comments mimic the players actions quite well.
Add in the sounds of the crowd and the on-field sounds of players
kicking, tackling and crashing together and this is one game that needs
to be played through your surround sound system.
In the end, Madden 13 is a fast paced NFL game that allows
fans to play a variety of different gameplay modes, including a
relatively in-depth career mode. If you want to take the gameplay to
another level, the title also supports a detailed online mode so you can
challenge other players from around the world. With a strong gaming
engine and graphics that will amaze, it's definitely a great time to be
a NFL fan.
Amazing sums it up well!