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Game Info for 'Madden NFL 13':

  • Genre: sports/sim
  • Rating: ESRB E (Everyone)
  • Number of Players: 1 (2 online)
  • Developer: EA
  • Publisher: EA
  • Format: PS Vita card
  • Other Platforms: PS3, X360, Wii, WiiU
  • Release Date: August 28, 2012

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Summary of 'Madden NFL 13':

Madden NFL 13 is the 2013 edition of the yearly Madden NFL game based on American National Football League games. Like many of EA's sports games, the Madden NFL games aim for authenticity and an accurate simulation of the game. Madden NFL 13 includes a Franchise mode, that lets the player build a team player by player and them take them through a season of games. There is also a Superstar mode in which the player creates a football superstar and then builds them up game by game.

Madden NFL 13

Because series games like Madden NFL 13 come out every year, there isn't a huge amount of difference between one game and the next. So Madden NFL 13 is a lot like Madden NFL 12. Each new version, however, strives to increase the simulation's realism, and apparently many actual NFL football players play the videogame as themselves and give feedback on accuracy.

For the 2013 game, EA improved passing controls, speeds, and animations, and tweaked many of the other controls. Like every year, the player roster was updated, the rookie scouting system was improved, and life-like commentary was worked on to make it sound even more like a real broadcast. Apparently, not only has the Madden series attempted more realism each year with commentary, but the game handled that aspect so well that actual game broadcasts adopted many of the game's features, so there is a real back-and-forth with both game and television broadcasts making tweaks that influence the other.

Sports sims like the Madden series would be much less interesting without the online component. Madden NFL 13 on PS Vita lets players go head-to-head via wifi or 3G and work their way up the online leaderboards.

PS Vita Specific Details

Though the PS Vita version of Madden NFL 13 is much the same as the other versions, it does have some PS-Vita-specific controls. The front camera, for example, lets you take photos and send them to your opponents. So you can photograph your victory celebration or your touchdown dance and rub the other guy's face in it. Figuratively, of course.

The PS Vita's motion-sensing capabilities come into play in a couple of instances. You can use them to help you make the perfect kick (but be careful--I imagine if you're not good at it, they can also mess up your kick big time). And you can use the tilt sensor to help keep a running player from going out of bounds.

Both the front touchscreen and rear touch pad are used in a variety of situations. Use them for drawing routes, making passes, stripping the ball, and various other tasks where you need accuracy and control.

The Madden NFL Franchise

The Madden NFL franchise is extremely long-running, and continues to be popular even though each new game only features incremental improvements. The series began in 1988--truly the prehistoric era of video games--when John Madden Football was released on MS-DOS, Apple computer, and Commodore 64. The game was named for John Madden, a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer, Superbowl-winning coach with the Oakland Raiders, and commentator. Development of the game, thought up by Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins, actually began in 1984. Due to Madden's insistence on accuracy if his name was going to be attached, it took four years to get John Madden Football from concept to finished game.

The second version of the game, still titled John Madden Football, didn't come out until two years later, and then was released for Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo (SNES), and Amiga. From then on, John Madden Football was a yearly release, with the last two digits of the year appended to the title to distinguish each game from the previous years' releases. Each year's game was actually dated for the next year, so John Madden Football '93 came out in late 1992, and this trend has continued to the present day.

In 1993, the title was changed to Madden NFL, still with the year appended--and still featuring John Madden on the cover (some years Madden appeared alone, and other years various players were on the cover with him). Madden NFL 2001 was the first time that John Madden was not on the cover, and he has not been featured since. Instead, a top player was chosen each year to be the star of the cover art. Being on the Madden NFL cover is considered an honor, though because several players were injured shortly after they were featured, rumors of a "Madden Curse" started going around, that whoever was on the cover would do badly in the real game that year.

Since Madden NFL 12 the player featured on the cover has been chosen by fan vote.

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