Tristans Twisted World: Madden NFL 13 Review

Madden NFL is definitely one of the biggest games that comes out every year but never gets stale to its own dedicated fanbase. FIFA and Madden are the two EA Sports front runners for this current generation. The only negative thing about yearly releases is that they don’t always top last year’s model and changing things up in terms of gameplay can get messy sometimes. Madden 12 was a let down for some gamers, but what about EA Sports Madden NFL 13?

Soundtrack, Audio, Voice: The soundtrack for the game is comprised mainly of classic NFL music and big hits from the new age of music. I would enjoy a tad bit more variety, but can’t really complain since on the Xbox 360 version you can enable custom soundtracks at any time. Audio such as sound effects and announcer volume is clear, the fans and players sound as good as they can with a yearly release. Surprisingly, the announcer’s voice work is good despite tons of recycled lines.

Graphics, Physics, Glitches, Engine Performance: The graphics are improved slightly from last year and still manage to capture the feel of the NFL. The physics are now powered by the new Infinity engine bringing different hits and a more realistic feel every single time. Unfortunately this improvement doesn’t come without a cost. The Infinity engine may use realism but adds tons of overlooked glitches. Sometimes the player’s character will be trying to catch the ball when suddenly it shoots across the screen and into the defender’s hands as if drawn to it by a magnet. The Infinity engine brings tons of new things to table, but this improvement remains moderate with the advent of new glitches also coming into the gameplay experience.

Players and Gameplay: The many variations on how some players are programmed makes them different to play as. For example, when playing as RG3 players can run away from defenders a whole lot easier. When playing as Big Ben players can break tackles easier. When playing as Tony Romo players can be sacked and fumble the ball easier. Each player is a tad different in the way that they are made to act statistically. Of course you can make your own characters as well. The gameplay is basically what you expect from a Madden NFL title but with more options and on the Xbox 360 version, having a Kinect makes it much better. This year’s Madden installment also has changes in blocking and passing making it much more like NCAA Football.

Multiplayer/CO OP: The multiplayer is a fun way to play either head to head or in CO OP. You can can skill rank by winning with their leveling system. It matches you with players that are similar to your rank. To play with other friends I suggest communication because random CO OP is not the way to go. Getting to how the match’s quality is improved from the lag fest of Madden 12.

Connected Careers: The new idea of everyone being able to play together or play solo as either coach and player brings Madden NFL 13 to a new level. If you play as coach you can make your own, play as current, or even play as a legend. A player career is pretty much the same way with a created player, current player, or legend. You can take your player and coach until you retire and see if you are good enough for the Hall of Fame. The main goal is similar to game modes that appeared in earlier entries to the Madden series such as Franchise and Superstar and the new coach spin is similar to the Head Coach video game series. It seems like this idea will be an idea that many sports games will go into depth on in the near future, Madden NFL 13 definitely has a lead.

Final Verdict: This game makes up for most of the mistakes that Madden NFL 12 made, but not all of them. Madden NFL 13 causes the series to evolve and rebuilds the structure of its core from the ground up while keeping what was good about it, in more than one way. This game receives a total of 8.75 out of 10 from Tristan’s Twisted World and RealGamerNewz.com .

Replay Value: High

Overall Score: 8.75/10

Review Copy Info: Madden NFL 13 was purchased by RealGamerNewz.com for review purposes

Available on: Xbox 360 , Playstation 3, Wii, Wii U, PS Vita, and Computer

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Tristan Werbe on 20130411 and was last modified on 20130412 .