Madden NFL 13 came out today at stores throughout North America. According to makers EA, it's a big one for the Madden legacy.
“Madden NFL 13 is the biggest game-changer in the history of the franchise,” said Cam Weber, GM of American Football at EA SPORTS. “Madden NFL 13 will deliver to our consumers the most realistic gameplay ever, and innovations like the Infinity Engine will completely redefine how fans will play Madden NFL. With deep new gameplay innovation, social integration, and an overhaul of the audio and visual presentation, Madden NFL 13 stands as a benchmark entry for the franchise.”
According to Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (also known as "Megatron") who graces the cover, the gameplay is "ridiculous".
Gameplay on the Madden13 demo is ridiculous http://t.co/QVxJ1uhU
The game is powered by the new Infinity Engine, and delivers what EA calls "physics you can feel on every play."
"Core gameplay innovations such as total control passing, ball hawk and read and react defensive AI, combine to create the most realistic Madden NFL game ever," the company says.
There's also a new "Connected Careers" mode, which lets players play with up to 32 friends in a league. "Weekly, seasonal and milestone goals set the benchmarks for progress, and fans can not only choose to make history as a created or real life player or coach, but also relive the legendary careers of all-time greats including Walter Payton, Michael Irvin, Steve Young and more," EA says.
Of course, there's a social media element, with a virtual Twitter feed, and social integration/team management from PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Other new features include a new "Ultimate Team Edition," with new trading cards and a new card management system, Kinect integration for the Xbox version, a 3-D powered broadcast booth with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms and various bonus content.
The game retails for $59.99 on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, $49.99 on the Nintendo Wii, and $39.99 on PlayStation Vita.
Now let's just hope that Calvin can avoid the dreaded Madden curse.