The Madden NFL Football gaming franchise has revolutionized the sports gaming world. Every year, NFL fans around America pick up the newest version of Madden. Whether you’re a casual gamer or a hard core competitor, Madden should provide entertainment for you. It’s amazing what the developers at EA Sports have done with the game this year. Each year the EA developers do minor tweaks and some big tweaks to make Madden a more enjoyable game for the consumers. Let’s see what the developers did to put Madden 13 on top of the sports gaming world.
I believe one of the most important elements to any game is presentation. In Madden 12, I believe EA took a big leap forward from previous versions of the game, adding home teams running out of the tunnel and announcing their star players as the run out onto the field. In Madden 13, I believe EA is taking a step forward again. In Madden 13, EA has continued it’s path to world class presentation. Switching it up from previous years, Madden 13 will feature CBS Sports commentators Phil Simms and Jim Nantz instead of Cris Collinsworth and Gus Johnson. I thought the commentary in Madden 12 was really bad, so I’m glad that EA took their time to develop the commentary part of the game this time around. Another cool add on is the commentators sitting in a virtual 3D booth. For a detail oriented person such as myself, little things like that will make the game more enjoyable to play. Going away from the commentary, Madden 13 will also feature dynamic in-game transitions, a live ticker, and improved usability.
Going onto the gameplay side of things, EA developed a completely new physics engine for Madden 13. This engine is called the Infinity Engine, which creates physics you can feel, Madden 13 delivers Next Generation gameplay today! As many NFL fans know, the passing game has taken over the NFL. Last season there were 3 Quarterbacks who passed for over 5,000 yards. So, EA had to take action to improve the passing game in Madden. EA did just that by improving the play action (now your Quarterback won’t get sacked right after faking the hand off to a running back), so you can actually run play action as effectively as the pros do in real life. There are also over 400 new pass trajectory zones which will emphasize passing accuracy, just like the real NFL. On the defensive side of the ball, there is an all new read and defensive AI system which features very intelligent pass defense. All of these tweaks to the gameplay make the game a lot more realistic. If those add ons and tweaks weren’t enough, in Madden 13 you will also be able to control the line of scrimmage and make pre-snap adjustments with your voice using Kinect on the Xbox 360. That adds power to the user.
One new addition to Madden 13 is Connected Careers. This allows you to live the NFL dream virtually in an interactive and social online experience. You can create your own player or play as an NFL Legend from the past. You can also create a coach, something I’ve always wanted to be able to do in Madden. Since Connected Careers is new this year, there are some drawbacks to it. You can no longer import draft classes from NCAA Football or import your Road to Glory player from NCAA Football. You’ve been able to do this in year’s past, so it frustrates me that I’ll no longer be able to do this. Connected Careers should be a fun new addition to the Madden Series.
Madden 13 is a step forward from previous years. Not only does it have new features, such as Connected Careers and being able to create a coach, but it also makes the familiar features such as Madden Ultimate Team even better. I believe with the advancements EA has made with Madden this year, Madden should remain atop of the sports gaming world.