Madden NFL 13 Early Coverage Recap

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Posted August 28th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

With Madden NFL 13 out now for everyone, and not just the Season Ticket subscribers, here is a look back at the recent coverage of the game. There still seems to be many who have questions regarding modes like Connected Careers and those who are still unsure whether Madden is worth a purchase this year. Hopefully some of these write-ups and those to come soon will help those process the info they need.

Coach Connected Careers Impressions
More Benefits to Doing an “Online” Connected Career vs “Offline
Complete General Impressions – Gameplay and Presentation
Madden 13 Declares The NFL’s Clutch Players
Overall Team Ratings
Loading Time Analysis
Full Game Videos

Impressions of being a “Player” in Connected Careers will come tomorrow. That’ll be followed by a look at the CC website and full Online Play impressions late this week and then the complete Hits and Misses review early next week!

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  • Jon_19

    this is the best football game ever made. connected career is amazing

  • skimydia

    -Madden really needs to step up their game.

    -Ben Tate is a 71 with Justin Forsett being a 78. This is only one debacle made by the game makers but there are plenty more to be seen. Tate should without a doubt be the highest rated back up RB and probably ahead of RBs from AZ, DET, IND, WASH.
    -The new motion engine is cool, but a little too sensitive at times.
    -Freaking Gameflow needs to DIE!!! Isn’t it the same damn things as Ask Madden? Kill it and use that manpower/comp technology to make the game better.
    -The passing game is awesome, but again still a little sensitive.
    -NO FANTASY DRAFT??? are you freaking kidding me?? prob one of the coolest features of every single madden was this and they took it out? MENTAL DEBACLE!! some1 may have to lose their job for that call.
    -the game is way too over thought. i understand trying to widen the market but lets be real, anyone who likes football will buy madden and has since it came out. swing the pendulum a little bit more to the real football peoples way a little more.
    -auto anything is lame. does COD have an auto anything? get real.
    -more sport oriented people, less brainiacs. play the game at some level before you do anything other than graphics
    -career center is lame. OF COURSE WE CAN BEAT JERRY RICE AND EMMITT SMITH’S LEGACY ITS A DAMN VIDEO GAME!!!!!! ILL THROW 5 TDs A GAME TO RICE AND IN 2 1/2 SEASONS HOLD ALL THE RECORDS!! onto the next idea.
    -FANTASY DRAFT!!!!
    -go back to Madden 12s menu interface. no one liked this interface on NBA 2K12 either…. copy cats
    -PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT F UP NHL13 LIKE THEY DID MADDEN!!!!!!!!
    -Donnie, shoot me an email and let’s salvage what we can.
    -and big ben is not clutch

    • Crimson

      LOL…

  • skimydia

    disregard Jon_19′s comment.

  • Ryan S

    Why is there no soundtrack ? They went with that shitty ncaa music and it makes me want to play the game on mute. Im dissapointed with the game from the start

  • Crimson

    Pasta recommended you get the game at Amazon. And here is a link to the Amazon customer reviews for Madden NFL 13.

    http://www.amazon.com/Madden-NFL-13-Playstation-3/product-reviews/B006VB2UMI/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_1?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0

    • Riposte
    • Amen_Ra

      I honestly was going to purchase Madden this year, but my whole NCAA group did an about face and said they wouldn’t purchase the game this year…SO I’m not picking it up either I guess LOL

    • Keith.

      Wow — it’s now up to 35 “1″ star ratings (bad game) and only 5 “5″ star ratings. And probably a couple of those 5 star ratings are from EA employees or Game Changers…lol.

      Anybody want in on that bet over sales numbers? I’ll still accept any takers…and you can even name the amount! Lol.

      • Keith.

        Now at 42 “1″ star ratings and just 6 “5″ star ratings. LoL @ EA/Tib.

        • Christopher5

          Did you see chad johnson’s tweet earlier? I guess hes not in the game? He made his own player likeness i guess.

      • Wild Don

        Ill take it!

    • Phil Shannon

      basically franchise mode sucks because you cant customize anything, like player numbers, you can’t use edited rosters in it or import draft classes. Most people who play it play franchise and like to be able to customize it how they want. I am glad I saved my money this year. At least that is $60 more dollars I have in my pocket each year

  • Guest

    Why did they take the shitty music from ncaa and put it on madden ? I dont even want to play the game the music is soo bad, thats why i barely play ncaa !

  • elcapi

    Madden 13 is a band aid over an open gash. Yes, the game is improved, mainly the physics, but physics aren’t everything. In fact, it’s not even the most important thing. The biggest problem with Madden is still stupid and abusible IA. In fact, it seems as if the IA, especially in pass coverage, has gotten stupider. I’ve seen the most horrendous defensive angles taken when the balls in the air than ever before. The IA controlled defenders defend open space and let a WR run right by them. Reaction time is a joke, even at 100 percent reaction on the sliders they fail to make a play or even attempt on the ball way too many times. Game is still garbage if you want to play offline franchise, and online is still the same cheesers, so my advise is pass on this game if you’ve been disappointed with the last ones. Peace!

    • Crimson

      Thank you sir. That was very brave and very much appreciated. Who’s next?

      • CRIMSUCK!

        DAMN IT DUDE!! I’ve been seeing your freaking name on every NEGATIVE COMMENT!! If you ain’t got nothing good to say just keep it to yourself! I some of us are tired of your constant whining you brat!

  • Crimson

    I bet Gamestop has a whole wall devoted to stocking the Madden NFL 13 returns. Please keep the receipt.

    • Davnort

      thats where im going tomorrow to return my copy.

  • Keith.

    One stinking gameplay camera in CCM, the mode they’ve been pimping since March? The game’s in its 8th year now on PS3, and you clowns can only get 1 camera angle working? There’s really no excuse for that.

    And with EA’s big push to get everyone online, where it’s easier for them to “make a buck” off us, I guess I can finally kiss goodbye the idea of ever seeing in-game saves in Madden.

    • Crimson

      There is no offline. Sure, you could play CCM offline, but you will win EVERY game. The AI wasn’t built for offline enjoyment. They are seemingly forcing people to play Madden CCM online….by design.

      • Christopher5

        Just sit back and enjoy the ride my friend :) Pretty soon people will realize what they did, and will give their face a highfive. Its gonna happen, and EA can’t talk their way out of this one. RTP is a joke, there is no real time. No editing speaks for itself, and that demo should have scared more people off.

        • Crimson

          I totally, totally agree.

        • Riposte

          I don’t think so. I mean, what other alternative do we really have? 2K buying the license will never happen. Even if EA Sports magically left the playing field.

          • Crimson

            You have the alternative of not buying the game, you dumbass. That’s a choice too. You suck a dick or you don’t. Man up and make a fucking choice.

          • Riposte

            “You suck a dick or you don’t.”

            Wow, I liked that better when Plato said it. I already man’d up, and I made the choice to buy the game on Friday. I’m not going to see abstain and wait for 2K or any other game to part the clouds and come save us, because that’s not happening. Madden 13 looks like a solid game. 18 people on Amazon didn’t like it. OH NO, Amazon customers don’t like it!? That means that…I…might not like it. Well that’s a chance we take with every choice we make in life, whether it be buying a game or choosing a new brand of condom. In the day and age where we have Redboxs and other such features where you can rent the game for $2 a night, I don’t see why basing the entirety of your purchase on a pre-release opinion, like you often do, is still even a thing.

          • Crimson

            By all means, please enjoy the game and ignore all my future comments.

          • jamarcus2russell

            Why do you think it’s unreasonable for Madden Consumers to expect a great game? that includes features like fantasy draft, proper player models on the sideline, i still don’t understand why on cut scenes players that are 5’11″ are the same height as players that are 6’5″, like i said before if you want something to be great you have to look at all the small details… There’s a reason why everyone is frustrated with EA (madden) they always put out a product that can be better than it is

          • Riposte

            I think it’s unreasonable for Madden Consumers to expect a great game, catered towards their own tastes. We’ll see from the sales and reviews if Fantasy Draft was a deciding factory for everyone.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000220160801 Mike Davis

            what’s a deciding factory????????

          • Christopher5

            you have the ability to stop this train from moving forward. If the community would make a stand and stop paying for these rehashed and minor tuned games every year, maybe then they would realize they need to put out a superior product. They are going to keep doing this until sales are just bottomed out. Why pay top dollar for this game? Is it really that much better than 12? Honestly?

          • Riposte

            Realize they need to put out a superior product, or perhaps not create a product at all? We’re at a point in sports gaming where monopolies are a common strategy, and rival sports developers often go out of business (with little to no chance of return, hence my shakiness on NFL 2K’s return). I think my choice to buy Madden 13 boils down to, it doesn’t look shitty, I’ll have fun with it and I’d rather have a football game with a chance to improve, rather than a total absence of a football game. But thank you for replying in a civil manner.

    • Riposte

      Well yeah, we get one camera angle. You’ve thoroughly reinforced that point and your plan of “Just add more camera angles.” has been noted and put forth in the great fires of “Awesome and Practical Ideas that probably won’t go down.” But if that one camera angle and in-game saves is what stops you from buying the game, I don’t think you were planning to buy it all in the first place.

      But, in the great words of the Dude. “That’s just like, your opinion man.”

      • Keith.

        You and I know Tiburon football has a lot more problems than that. But got to start somewhere, or, can just accept whatever shit Tiburon wants to feed, like you do.

        • Riposte

          I like posts like this a lot. The standard, “You’re either with us, or against us.” type of thing, like we as football fans need to unite and overthrow the big bad Tiburon conglomerate because they strive to create a bad game year in, year out.

          In all seriousness, someone else pointed out the main fallacy in your arguments a while back. You consistently point out problems in Madden’s structure and the whole of the thing, and that’s great, that’s the easy part. Now the practical solutions to the problem, that’s what separates you from armchair quarterback, to productive member of the community.

          • Crimson

            The solutions are within the complaint, asshole!

            In all seriousness,
            In all seriousness,
            In all seriousness,

            Shut your fucking trap, and pay attention to the fucking complaint.

            Question: YOU WANT A PRACTICAL SOLUTION, RIPOSTE?

            Answer: THE SOLUTION IS TO DO THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT IS DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT, STUPID!

          • Riposte

            Well no. That’s not the solution. Saying “WELL JUST ADD MORE CAMERA ANGLES.” isn’t a solution. If every camera angle is levelled at the player’s testicles then we wouldn’t be very happy would we? No, I mean actually write out the fucking solution like you actually care about things getting fixed. I’ll shut my fucking trap when you stop posting like Madden killed your dad. We get it, you hate it, you hate people who like the game and you hate Skopin, but honestly I’m just out of fucks to give.

            But uh, thanks for the “dumbass”? You’re starting to sound like a Bizzaro Daley mate. So um, have fun downvoting all of my comments.

          • Crimson

            If every camera angle….WHAT???? That’s why there are choices for different camera angles in sports games. NO????

            Is that what “choice” means? When you click on “Gameplay Camera Options”, you get “choices” to play the game to your specific liking, right?

            And you don’t think you’re a dumbass?

            In all seriousness, Riposte, you really are a dumbass.

          • Riposte

            “NO????”

            In all seriousness taking you seriously is getting a bit hard when you can’t reply without being a total dick. What’s the difference between you and Skopin again besides your lunchboxes?

            I get simple concepts, but you’d still be complaining if the game gave us crappy camera angles. You know nothing about conflict resolution mate, nothing. So, get off your high horse and tap that cap-locks button again, we’re not on 4Chan, we’re in big boy land where people don’t hold your hand through arguments. So get up to the level of coherence that others stand on, and then your comments might be taken a bit more realistically.

            Nice posting with you,
            Riposte

            Oh, and P.S: Just because you’re from the Inner-City doesn’t mean you get to be uncultured swine without someone calling you out. But those are the breaks.

          • Crimson

            Be honest, do you have a red nose and floppy shoes? You gotta be some kinda fucking clown.

          • crimson

            I’m sorry man, Keith didn’t come last night and jizz on my face like he usually does, so I’m little cranky.

          • Riposte

            Well guy, for all I know you could be a Juggalo off site, I’ve got no way of knowing but you’d fit right in. Man, you should start using Zs instead of Ss so we can know how great and awesome you are, that way you can build up to caps-lock outbursts.

          • Keith.

            Lol…well said.

            A solution for in-game saves….hmmmm, wonder what that could be? Lol. A real stumper.

          • Riposte

            All-Caps, just like a real bro. Now quit treating your objects like women man.

            Also @Keith. always nice to find another Lebowski fan.

          • Crimson

            Can you hear me? I mean, in all seriousness…

            CAN YOU HEAR ME?

          • Riposte

            I can’t mate. I can’t. I think it might be because we’re on the internet where E-Thuggin’ doesn’t work.

          • Bill

            Cussing solves everything for me too

    • Crimson

      Did you see this glowing review? I wonder if the reviewer has already cashed the check.

      http://www.amazon.com/review/R1F82J5TPNZ62Z/ref=cm_cr_pr_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B006VB2UNM&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=#wasThisHelpful

  • GKage

    I gotta say, pastapadre has the most in depth review for Madden I’ve ever seen. Great stuff.

    One thing about the gameplay that still irks me is screen protection and routes. When I call FL Screen the wide receiver always runs towards me too much instead of taking a step and then cutting upfield. Plus the blockers will still ignore people right in their faces.

    • Crimson

      “One thing about the gameplay that still irks me is screen protection and
      routes. When I call FL Screen the wide receiver always runs towards me
      too much instead of taking a step and then cutting upfield. Plus the
      blockers will still ignore people right in their faces.”

      So what are you saying….that Pasta failed to mention that?
      Dang. I hate when that happens.

  • Crimson

    Oh wait…I found this interesting! While there are a ton of bad reviews on Amazon, I found an overly positive review from the one person I always knew was an EA operative. And his name is…..Pastapadre. Big surprise? Not at all. It figures he would write a full page review of a different game than what everyone else seems to be playing. Gee…I wonder why? I would guess the EA check is already in the mail.

    http://www.amazon.com/review/R1F82J5TPNZ62Z/ref=cm_cr_pr_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B006VB2UNM&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=#wasThisHelpful

    • RandomGuy

      I don’t think he ever suggested you go buy the game. I think he’s kept an open mind and reported what the game featured. He’s done a good job of reporting the games flaws. So it’s on you if you choose to buy it or not.

      • Crimson

        How many other reviewers post their glowing review of Madden 13 on Amazon?

        I don’t see IGN doing it.
        I don’t see Gamespot doing it.

        I’m pretty damn sure that he is suggesting that people buy this shitty ass game on Amazon, which he also advertises the link to buy the shitty ass game from Amazon, right here on this site…so that he can continue to have a big Maddenfest on this website and reap the rewards. You believe what you want to believe, and I’ll believe what I want to believe. Open your eyes, son. See the things that I see.

        • RandomGuy

          Umm. I don’t think Pasta EVER neglected to report the flaws of the game. He offered opportunities to get the game IF you wanted it. He did a good job of pointing out the good and the bad. I don’t get why people are surprised if the Franchise mode is different or missing. That was reported from the get-go.

  • Pat

    This is the first year since 05 that i didn’t get madden on the firsy day, can someone tell me if it’s actually lived up to most of the hype or is it a big dissapointment?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kward2106 Khaleel Barry Ward

    Stop complaining, the game is fun. U can play offline but its not the same experience. Aww Well big deal. Its the best Madden in years, they tried something different, its not perfect but its a step in the right direction

    • skimydia

      7 dislikes.. no love. go suck ea’s dick lame-o. madden 2002 is better than this one. #mossforpresident

  • JRoll

    Does anyone know if there is a way to bring over my rosters from madden 12 to madden 13? And I dont mean for franchise mode or connected careers I mean just basic Rosters for like quick games. Help would be awesome!

    • RandomGuy

      No. You can’t edit rosters so that wouldn’t be possible.

      • JRoll

        You can edit rosters for just like quick games and stuff. And that is what rosters I want to change.

        • Guest

          lasflk

          • JRoll

            Yes you can, I played the game yesterday and you can edit the basic rosters they give you in the game. The rosters used for quick games is what im talking about.

  • wolf onatshirt

    Inability to edit players…DEAL BREAKER. First time in years I haven’t got Madden and I’m kind of glad. Read all the USER Reviews and makes me think some of these reviews that people put EA on the pedestal with is getting paid by EA

  • dougplank46

    Tis game sucks!

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  • 386Ron

    Its really pathetic that someone would spend so much time in this thread just to bash this game. If you dislike it that much why waste your time? The bottom line is, if youre a football fan this is your only option. You can either enjoy it or sit there and bitch about how shitty it is. And if youre stressing about $60 then you shouldnt be playing video games anyways.

    • RandomGuy

      Ummm>
      “Its really pathetic that someone would spend so much time in this thread just to bash this game. ”

      Then…
      sit there and bitch about how shitty it is.

      Make up your mind.

      • 386Ron

        ??? learn to interpret text. I spelled out the two options you have.

        “You can EITHER enjoy it OR sit there and bitch about how shitty it is”

        • RandomGuy

          Yea, I know so why are you calling someone pathetic when they choose to ”
          bitch about how shitty it is”?

          • skimydia

            386 ron works for ea. DONT TRUST HIM!!!!

        • Christopher5

          I agree with RandomGuy…your giving us two options correct? “im going to sit here and bitch about it.” Maybe all all day every day if i want to.

      • RandomGuy

        Everyone has a right to their own opinion. In anything there are supporters and there are haters. It is what it is.

  • RandomGuy

    I’m glad I’m reading up on the reviews…NOT posted on any website but from actual buyers. It’s painfully obvious all these other reviews online are contractually obligated to like the game. But, this game looks bad. The only reason I play the game is because of Franchise Mode. I’m sticking with Madden ’12.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000220160801 Mike Davis

      I am with you on that shit dude

  • RandomGuy

    One of the things I love to do is follow with the real game and sim one franchise with the real games. Week to week. Then do my own ratings boost and drops to realistic stats. (It helps with my Fantasy Pick ‘Em and Super Bowl picks) I can’t even do that with this game. Man this blows.

  • JRoll

    Is there no importing rosters in madden 13, if so can u still bring in your own madden 12 rosters to madden 13 for just like quick games? Im not talking about online or connected careers, im talking about bringing in my roster from madden 12 for quick games.

  • RandomGuy

    I’m passing on this one. At least until the first patch. If they actually do something to fix all these problems in CC.

  • RandomGuy

    Also, for the 200000 time. Does anyone know if you can still move a team to a different city and/or change the logo, stadium, and uniforms?

    • skimydia

      you cant do shit in this game brotha. madden has sold out. no longer football fan friendly.

  • Weareallfools

    I guess we have to wait for a patch so we can play a real franchise mode. This is disturbing, not to be able to atleast change a players # WOW!! I mean NO customization AT ALL is ridiculous. You offer a team two #1 draft pics for a CB and they turn it down SMDH… No CPU vs CPU ccm damn this sucks.. The game is good Visually but oh well.. Gonna wait for a patch “that probably won’t come”!

    • Christopher5

      they will not be patching in editing..that shit is gone for some damn reason. That alone stopped me from buying this game.

      • RandomGuy

        They say you can edit players but you can’t add that roster to CC.

        • Christopher5

          yea its pointless to edit when you can only use that roster for playnow. Franchise is the only reason to play, but no editing just kills it.

  • skimydia

    WHY WOULD THE CREATORS NOT PUT THE CONTRACT LENGTH AND AMOUNT NEXT TO A PLAYER IN CAREER MODE??? USE YOUR HEADS. COME ON MAN. EA NEEDS TO CLEAN HOUSE SORRY TO SAY BUT ECONOMY IS ALREADY BAD ENOUGH NO NEED TO GET PEOPLE TO WASTE MORE MONEY BUYING A SHITTY PRODUCT. no coincidence that the best maddens came out while competing with 2K… NFL needs to not limit its licensing agreements. smh.

  • skimydia

    i caught pasta giving donnie a blow job. was absolutely sickened. jizz all over his face. gross.

    • SPOUSAL_WARRI0R

      You “caught” him? Nice try Donnie.

      • skimydia

        lame

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kian-Key-Davis/1270510167 Kian ‘Key’ Davis

    Connected Careers….. FAIL!!!!

  • paul

    lots of negative reviews but they all seem to revolve around the horrible franchise mode which i don’t really even play. i got the game yesterday and am enjoying it so far but all i have played are some quick games.

  • paul

    lots of negative reviews but they all seem to revolve around the horrible franchise mode which i don’t really even play. i got the game yesterday and am enjoying it so far but all i have played are some quick games.

    • JRoll

      Do you know if there is a way to bring your own rosters from madden 12 into madden 13. Im talking about the basic rosters you use for quick games. Cause I only play quick games, but I dont want to redo all my rosters from last years madden. Help from anyone would be awesome!

      • Christopher5

        never was possible to do that, can only import rosters in ncaa.

        • JRoll

          Is there no way to do it at all for just the basic rosters, even like changing the codeing in the save or something. Cause I really dont wanna redo all my rosters.

  • SKIMYDIA

    lorenzo booker being rated higher than michael bush = smoking crack

    Devin hester being an 87 and rated higher than brandon marshall (the only WR besides Moss to shit on revis on a consistent basis) = absolute idiocy

    spiller being an 81 is a good rating glad you guys got that one right

    steve breaston only one point below bowe??? and higher than Jon Baldwin???

    EA TEAM… DO YOUR HOMEWORK GUYS THIS STUFF IS EASY. CHRIST LOOK AT FANTASY POINT RANKINGS IF YOUR TOO LAZY TO DO THE WORK YOURSELF. BEN TATE AND BUSH SHOULD BOTH BE AT LEAST AN 81 IF SPILLER IS COME ON MAN

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000220160801 Mike Davis

      See this is why i’m not buying this game unless they patch in player editing!

      • RandomGuy

        don’t get you’re hopes up. However you can edit players…you just can’t use that roster in CC.

  • skimydia

    moreno rated over mcgahee??? idiotas!!!

  • skimydia

    eric decker 4th rated WR on broncos team. what a joke. will prob end up in the top 15 WR in the league if peyton stays healthy (who by the way gets an 89 rating)

  • skimydia

    looks more like ncaa than madden. who’s working at ea nowadays? scrubs?

  • 49ersfan1

    why r ppl saying u cant edit players? i can edit players.

    • skimydia

      not in season. and when you start a season you cant use the edited rosters -_-

      • 49ersfan1

        oh bs

        • Christopher5

          you really didn’t know this? How big is this rock you’ve been hiding under?

          • 49ersfan1

            i have school bro, didnt get a chance to try madden or go to this website.

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