Every year, millions of gamers line up to get their annual copy of Madden. Even if you're not one of them, this might be the year to jump in, since Madden 13 includes some of the biggest changes we've seen in some time. Here's a look at four of the biggest upgrades that gamers can expect in Madden 13.
Over the years, hardcore gamers have flooded message boards with displeasure about Madden's franchise mode, lobbying for a total overhaul that allows them to control every part of an NFL franchise. "Connected Careers" effectively replaces Franchise Mode by merging with Superstar Mode to create a single cohesive way to play, whether you want to control a single player or the entire team.
Choose to play as a player (Superstar Mode) or Coach (Franchise Mode) by yourself or with 31 other players online. Connected Careers will include thirteen virtual Twitter feeds and backstories for incoming draft picks, ESPN personality Trey Wingo, legendary coaches and players like Lawrence Taylor, plus a new story engine. It's the full overhaul of Franchise Mode that gamers have demanded for years.
New Physics Engine
In the biggest upgrade to actual gameplay, Madden 13 will feature the new Infinity Engine, replacing the canned animations of years past. Each play should look and feel unique, as elements like player weight, momentum and body type are factored into each collision. The game should feel smoother and look more realistic without the same animations playing over and over again.
Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Presentation gets an overhaul with new broadcasters Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in Madden 13. They're a big part of upgrades meant to make Madden games feel more like watching NFL football on TV. Adding to the network TV feel are things like the opening broadcast with Nantz and Simms in proper position for each stadium, a new theme song and real-life QB cadences.
Read and React Defenders
With Read and React defenders, gamers should notice more polished gameplay on defense. The days of psychic corners closing on a pass before it's even been thrown should be gone. Defenders have to see the ball before turning and reacting to it—a little tweak that should make a big difference.
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Source: EA Sports
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