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  • Summary: Control the line of scrimmage using just your voice. Both on defense and offense, Kinect on Xbox 360 gives you full control over all your pre-snap adjustments, audibles, and personnel, immersing you into the NFL. 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. Connected Careers is a new and fully connected universe defined by deep gameplay, unique storylines and social integration. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Sep 10, 2012
    95
    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.
  2. Aug 28, 2012
    90
    Madden NFL 13 is a fantastic update to the series. It feels like a complete overhaul. Sure, some of the new things will need tweaking in the years to come, but this is a great step in the right direction.
  3. Aug 25, 2012
    89
    Madden NFL 13 makes huge strides this year, but also makes a few rookie mistakes. Seasoned football fanatics and casual onlookers should be satisfied with the end result. As seen in my previous Madden reviews, you know that I have had my fair share of issues with the game. If you have been skeptical of Madden before, this year's edition is worth a look. If only they could do something about the number of interceptions.
  4. Aug 24, 2012
    80
    The on-field experience is stellar, and Connected Careers' staggering scope allows it to transcend its shortcomings. For the first time in ages, Madden's future is bright.
  5. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    Madden 13 marks a vast improvement over the past few Maddens. The first one in a while. [Dec 2012]
  6. Aug 25, 2012
    80
    All that said, every year we beg the question: Is Madden really worth $60 for what little tweaks are made? Probably not, but most people buy it anyway because we all feel that desire to be caught up and current with what's new.
  7. Aug 27, 2012
    60
    In spite of its misfires and glitches, Madden NFL 13 is a step forward for this franchise. It's a small, clumsy step, but considering how little forward progress this series has made in recent years, any kind of step is a cause for minor celebration. If you can forgive the technical problems and often cumbersome menus, there's a football game worth liking here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 111
  2. Negative: 40 out of 111
  1. Aug 29, 2012
    10
    THERE IS A FRANCHISE MODE. I figured I would bold that up front since some people don't seem to understand that. The new career mode Connected Careers did not replace it. It encompassed it. If you start a coach in connected careers it IS franchise mode. You control the whole team, choose the players, progress the players, go through the draft, hire free agents, cut players, etc. Aside from that you can also start a player and play the mode like superstar mode in the past. The mode is well designed gives a fresh feel to the game.

    On the gameplay side they have made numerous improvements. The physics engine is the most obvious one. It isn't perfect by any means and you will occasionally see weird moments but for the most part it works well. The passing trajectories have also added some good depth to the gameplay giving more control to your passing than in years past. Add to this the usual slider set that you can find in the settings and if there is anything you don't like about gameplay it is easy to adjust to your liking.

    Overall Madden 13 is a fantastic step in the right direction. After all the years of gimmicks and copy and paste games the madden team under its new management is finally trying and has released a game that not only updates the roster but the formula that makes up football games as well.
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  2. Sep 6, 2012
    10
    Awesome!! The best Madden I have ever played, it feels like watching Monday night football. I love the new connected mode. This game play has improved tremendously Expand
  3. Aug 30, 2012
    9
    Let it be known: Franchise mode is here. Ignore what others are saying; they are misinformed. Connect Careers has all of the elements wanted in franchise mode: Player Progress, NFL Draft, managing players and agents..etc. It's a mode that will satisfy all of the users who are under the impression that the franchise mode is gone. You can create a coach to begin Franchise Mode and also create a player to enter into the 'Superstar Mode'. In terms of gameplay, this is hands down the BIGGEST and BEST improvement in franchise history. The physics and subsequent animations seen by the user are astounding. Madden has finally encompassed a true physics based game with the addition of the highly touted Infinity Engine. EA has taken great strides in order to nullify cheesers online as well. It's now an even playing field, and a FUN one at that. Expand
  4. Sep 11, 2012
    8
    I wish people actually made reviews instead of just complaining about a feature they don't understand or one thing thats gone. People are abusing the 0 rating all over a feature and not the overall game & game-play. They're trying to patch in roster editing by October. I'm a huge Madden critic but this Madden is for more tolerable than I expected. The Infinity Engine makes a huge difference. Now my contact actually matters on every single play. Gone are the days of seeing an animation take place and having your interaction have little to absolutely NO effect. The suction problems of the past are gone as well.

    There are so many noticeable changes for the better. LBs finally get the majority of tackles and the great ones make the tough tackles. DTs don't dominate in sacking like they used to, overall, every position seems to play better and as they're supposed to and the better players at the position actually dominate better too.

    There are so many significant game-play changes I don't see how anyone can go back to any previous next gen Madden. Contact actually matters, DBs play the ball alot more realistically, passes over the middle aren't automatic LB INTs, players play to their strengths waaay better, it's just an a huge step up. I hate that editing isn't in the game YET, but the game-play is far superior to the last Maddens. Now, do I honestly think this new CCM was worth the loses, not really but it will improve, and quicker than some think. But the overall game-play this year makes up for a lot.
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  5. Nov 19, 2012
    5
    Who ever decided to get rid of franchise mode should be fired immediately!

    Way to take a cool new concept (physics engine) and completely
    spoil the fun. Now in order to play significant games offline you have to play as a player, which i started a season as a QB. Its amazing how TERRIBLE the WR's are when you cannot control them, my running back never cute in the hole, and I counted 24 (yes I tallied) ... 24 drop passes in the last game without being able to control them! What a waste of my time...

    On a good note, the exhibition is fun, and the players play well when i can control them... but honestly exhibition has gotten boring in only a couple days... stupid, stupid , stupid..
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  6. Aug 28, 2012
    1
    Madden 13 took what i loved and destroyed it. I played franchise mode and created a bunch of friends and put them on random teams. Now the new connected careers left all that out. what is the point of having the option to create players if you can't use them in connected career coach...I wasted 60 dollars, if i knew i couldn't create players and use them, i would have never bought this game and keep madden 12. Expand
  7. Mar 1, 2013
    0
    No Franchise Mode! Are you kidding me? Franchise mode is what made Madden great. I looked forward to Madden every year, so I could draft players, trade, and create my own franchise. The most fun was creating a franchise along with a friend and play out the season together..... I will never buy Madden again after this disapointment Expand

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