Madden NFL 13 Review: R.I.P. Franchise Mode, A New ERA of Madden is Born.

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Speaking of Ultimate, the new and improved Ultimate Team Mode is better then it has ever been. It’s no longer just a game mode for pumping money into to see who can buy the best team. Although Hank Steinbrenner would appreciate it, Joe the Plumber (me) did not. Now this year’s Ultimate Team can literally be built from scratch with their new offline challenges that allow you to assemble your team by competing legendary challenges, as well as preseason and regular season challenges for all 32 NFL teams. This allows you to earn a seemingly limitless amount of coins without using up all of your contracts, a detrimental flaw in last year’s game. In this year’s Ultimate Team everybody truly has the chance to build the Ultimate Dream Team, with or without your wallet.

Ok so it took me more than a minute to get to the actual gameplay. That’s only because the gameplay is nearly flawless. I really don’t have much else to say about it other than the new physics engine EA has been raving about has created the most realistic football video game experience ever made. It’s so real, I’d almost call it unreal how real it actually is. Almost gone are the 15 foot vertical linebackers and the defensive backs that cover half the field in an instant. Which is what gives important value to guys like Darelle Revis and Patrick Willis, who might be the most valuable player in the game because he takes away the entire middle of the field. Tackling graphics are so real that it is true when they say that no 2 plays are ever identical. Something is always different and something is always changing from play to play, regardless of the play selection. The only flaw of the game is sometimes it produces some outrageous cut scenes, players down on the field on all fours and falling over each other on their way back to the huddle. Though that complaint is nothing compared to the upside of this game. I don’t know what IGN.com or other video game websites are rating this year’s Madden but I give it a 9.8, the highest rating I could possibly give a video game. This year to all those that have already purchased the game I say Happy Maddening and watch out for The Haitian 201 online, because he’s a morse baller.

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  • Ray D

    Some of us played the franchise mode because we really weren’t looking for a job or a community.

  • User13

    Franchise mode is a complete disappointed this year.
    Connected Careers in Madden 13 has essentially killed offline franchise play. The following features have been removed: multiplayer (that’s right no more having friends over to play), fantasy draft, create-a-player, importing NCAA rosters for the draft, and editing player attributes/position/names have all been removed from this year’s version of franchise mode.
    If you are as frustrated as I am, make your voice heard and please call EA Sports (1-866-543-5435) and say you will return the game if you don’t see an update within the next 30 days. If enough people do this, they WILL fix it.

    • brwnsfnbpcl

      I am honestly contemplating not purchasing it all without that feature.

    • Theantihero

      Jus called, ur right, if we don’t call they wont do anything to implement it.

  • Theantihero

    I was still playing Madden 11 so if you’re giving up on Madden after christmas you were a poser. No Franchise mode is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen a video game do. Worst then M.O.P in 12 months I lose WoW & Madden due to stupid developer decisions FML

  • foshow38

    When I found out there was no Franchise mode I was pissed. It was the main reason why I play madden. Even if I didn’t play the full 25yrs(who does?) I didn’t kill the replay value. You can still play online or offline when friends are over. I hated superstar mode from last year because I don’t like playing as an individual player, which is my major issue with connected career. I wish I waited to play it first via redbox before pre-ordering it I would’ve save $60 bucks. But with that said the game play is pretty good..

  • Edward P

    im done with madden. I have been buying madden every single year of my life since i am a little kid. Now i feel like a little kid who just got ripped off and cant do anything about it. Im the type of person who never plays online and just enjoys the franchise mode. the madden people have really dropped the ball this year. but like usual the people who spend there hard money to buy the game cant do anything about it and the creators make millions off of us. Typical in this world!!

    • Matt

      Wow, bitter much? How about you pull yourself up by the boot straps and stop whining about the rich man oppressing you, spoiled princess.

  • Nate

    I want a review of a video game, not a business strategy. This review is almost as bad as the game itself.

  • Karl

    What should they be more concerned with, replayability or losing customers. I have gotten a new game every year since it game out. Without the ability to play, and control, an entire season I will never buy another. Fantasy draft was awesome too.

  • seanB

    This ad is brought to you by ea sports. The game is worthless to me without franchise mode. The people who play franchise mode….are the ones stimulating the economy and buying the game. Stupid move after all these years I am done. No franchise drafting with friends, managing it “my way”. Good thing for craigs list.

  • George McDowell

    Your review reads as if it were written by EA themselves as a press
    release. The truth of the matter is that this game is rated 2 stars out
    of 5 at Amazon because EA ripped out the features that were most
    important to its core audience:

    1. No Fantasy Draft

    2. No Editing Players

    3. No more having friends over to play Franchise Mode because you can only play with one team.

    4. No Importing Roster from NCAA Football.

    5. No creating a player and adding them to Connect Careers.

  • Bryan

    Waste of $64 without franchise mode. I gave this game an hour of my time before it hit ebay…thanks alot EA for the piece of crap you put out this year. I’m never buying Madden again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gordon.jacobsen.75 Gordon Jacobsen

    I love the franchise mode of games past and I’m highly disappointed. I’m not a Madden “stick jockey” who likes to be the QB…I’m terrible at picking the receivers during games and make no bones about it. I liked to play games with “coach” mode to let the QB do his job.

    However, with Madden 13 if you want to play as a coach you are now REQUIRED to play practices in order to progress in step with other teams and you have no option for you to do to anything other than play as the QB and select the receivers on every play. In other words, you can’t be a good “coach” without being VERY good on the sticks. In fact, ALL games in career mode have no option other than to force you to make all QB throwing decisions. Only the non-career mode games allow you to play in coach mode. In Madden 13 your coaching career is significantly stunted unless you play as the QB picking the receivers on every down, play all games each season, and play practices between all games.

    The Connected Careers Coach mode is not much more than enforced Madden boot camp…I’ve already found this mode laborious at best and I could not get out of pre-season before my interest lagged. This game comes across as the developer Stick Jockeys forcing non-stick jockeys to train to become Stick Jockeys. If you are like me and don’t want to have to control the QB on every down, stay with Madden 12. This game’s connected careers coach mode is for Stick Jockeys only.

  • azcat

    I was going to buy this but all I play is franchise mode. It sounds stupid without franchise mode. I was disappointed in the change in scouting in Madden 12 and now they add this crap. I’ll just stick to Madden 11.

  • Dabears

    It has franchise mode. The tricksters just changed the name of it. It’s called coach mode. The description is deceiving cause it makes you think it will be about stats and coaching the team. However it’s franchise
    Mode. I bough it last nigh and got home to play when I found out there was no franchise I was pissed was gonna try to get my money back then just went through all the modes. Enjoy!