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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 authenticControl 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. Expand
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  • Developer: EA Tiburon
  • Genre(s): Sports, Traditional, Team, Football, Sim, Sim
  • # of players: Up to 6
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: E
  • Special Controllers: Kinect Compatible
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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. Hyper Magazine
    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: 55 out of 112
  2. Negative: 40 out of 112
  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 ConnectedTHERE 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 4, 2012
    9
    After playing 20+ hrs, I wanted to give this game a perfect 10. Instead, it's more like a 9 due to a couple minor mistakes. It's the bestAfter playing 20+ hrs, I wanted to give this game a perfect 10. Instead, it's more like a 9 due to a couple minor mistakes. It's the best looking Madden and it plays so much better than last year. The new pass catching animations are fantastic. I was excited about 1 diving catch last year; this year, you'll see 2-3 every game. User picks seem to occur as one would anticipate, rather than the random drops on obvious would-be picks from last year. EA made a huge improvement overall. The integration of FFL into the mix, along with Ultimate Team building (using an eBay style auction with game tokens for currency) is a really addictive feature. If EA reads this, please release a patch that shows a drive summary along with fixing the Player of the Game notification. It doesn't seem to be working. And I read there were supposed to be player stat updates mid game like in the NFL. Wasn't sure I saw that either. And perhaps a halftime recap that is actually relevant instead of the generic scenes at present. Perhaps I was expecting too much based on the Madden 2013 Wiki preview. Still, the game lives up to the hype - good job. Expand
  3. Aug 28, 2012
    9
    This is probably the best Madden game ever on 7th gen. consoles. The new infinity engine is amazing, the graphics are improved, new, not soThis is probably the best Madden game ever on 7th gen. consoles. The new infinity engine is amazing, the graphics are improved, new, not so choppy, commentary from Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, and a CBS mixed with NFL Network game format. My only problems with the game are the lack of a fantasy draft in franchise mode, no create a team, and a confusing, but adaptable, menu. Overall, this game is a good buy for any football fan. Expand
  4. Jun 11, 2014
    7
    I was expecting this to be a better game than it actually was. I dont think that it exceeded my expectations from madden 12 which basicallyI was expecting this to be a better game than it actually was. I dont think that it exceeded my expectations from madden 12 which basically carried over. The modes that you can play on were very neat and fun. But something was bugging me. And its just seemed as something made the game seem different. Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2012
    5
    So i have waited two months to review the game. The best thing about the previous Madden games was that they were consistently unrealistic:So i have waited two months to review the game. The best thing about the previous Madden games was that they were consistently unrealistic: Quarterbacks rarely or never missed open receivers, there were always money plays which were good for a first down every time, guys broke tackles when they wouldn't have in real life, and the you could always rack up 400+ yards---even playing as the Jags. The problem with this game is that its inconstantly unrealistic. In the attempt to make a more realistic game the designers made the defense almost superhuman in its abilities---almost all linebackers have 60 inch verticals and jump that high on the run, corners have superhuman catch-up speed if they are beat, and D-lineman get through offensive lines like they aren't there. To make things more complicated, any quarterback with an 85 or below rating will overthrow and underthrow constantly and nearly always throw it into the ground 6 feet in front of them if you dare to throw on the run. Luckily your defense is usually better than the computers leading to a lot of 17-10 victories. Unfortunately, the frustration of the physics and "realistic unrealistic-ness" of the game make it a lot less enjoyable than the consistently unrealistic ones of the past. Expand
  6. Sep 14, 2012
    1
    This Madden is the most disappointing in the series since the console switch that produced one of the worst video games of all time, MaddenThis Madden is the most disappointing in the series since the console switch that produced one of the worst video games of all time, Madden 06. Overall it is a big downgrade, Connected Careers is NOT franchise mode, it is a more expansive My Player mode. No Fantasy Draft, can't edit players, can't put your own rosters in Connected Careers, poor and unrealistic physics engine (something they advertise as better, but only makes bodies go flying in unrealistic ways), and overall just not a fun game...I couldn't even force myself to keep playing it. I have never been so disappointed with a game. I do like some of the features in Connected Careers like your Legacy ranking, but a few cool features doesn't help a terrible overall experience, gutting a mode that was key to Madden's previous success (Franchise Mode) was one of the worst decisions that EA Sports has ever done. The game is confusing and a failure to the NFL, they should take away EA's license after playing this game and allow competition so that EA has to stop messing up or they will go the route of NBA Live which has been beaten so badly that it is now being looked at as a download only game. 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 draftNo 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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