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Platform 360, PS3, Wii, PS Vita, Wii U Publisher EA Sports Developer EA Tiburon Release Date 2012-08-28

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Madden NFL 13 review: forward progress

Madden NFL 13 demonstrates that communication is key in any team sport. Whether between players and other players or between players and their coaches, its absence causes confusion and failure can follow. Madden 13's discrete parts — gameplay, career mode, online, and Ultimate Team — all surpass their previous incarnations. Developer EA Tiburon ties those elements together with a presentation focused on delivering an authentic NFL experience through the filter of a television broadcast. But Tiburon often sacrifices clarity and choice in favor of that unified vision: Madden 13's components communicate far more with each other than they do with users. Much of this year's game is fresh or vastly different from previous Madden titles, yet Tiburon frequently fails to convey how it all...

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The latest must be the greatest in sports video games

Ask a fan for his favorite sports video game and you'll rarely get a current one. You may not even get one for a console still in production. Warhorses like NHL '94, Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball and the venerated NFL 2K5 come up a lot. Among mine are NCAA Football 2004, MVP Baseball 2005 and College Hoops 2K8, and none of those series even exist anymore. Nostalgia may have a lot to do with it. In present day, however, there still is the deep, demanding expectation that the latest edition be better than anything preceding it, if not everything ever attempted in that sport before. One might think an audience that cherishes old and long-since outdated titles might be more forgiving if the latest version of FIFA or NBA 2K isn't as compelling as a landmark entry earlier in the series. I share...

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Ouya discounted 33 percent in Best Buy Cyber Monday sale

Ouya is discounted by 33 percent for the next 10 hours both online and in retail Best Buy stores, dropping its price from $149.98 to $99.99. The Ouya Gaming Package includes a $10 Best Buy gift card, the Ouya console and an extra controller. The sale also features over 50 percent on select EA titles including Madden NFL 13 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and 60 percent off of Defiance on PS3 and Xbox 360. A full list of discounted titles is available here. Comparatively, Ouya consoles can be purchased from the official Ouya store for $89.99, with $5 game credit included.

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Target Wii U sale discounts console, cuts prices for Assassin's Creed, Madden, FIFA and more

Target is offering discounts on Wii U hardware and software in its online store, according to listings on the company's website. The Wii U Basic console, which includes 8 GB of internal storage, is on sale for $239.99, a discount off 20 percent of its regular price of $299.99 and a savings of $60. A bundle that includes the Wii U Deluxe console, which includes 32 GB of storage, Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U is on sale for $390, a savings of $19.99 off the combined $409.99 retail price. The retailer has also discounted several Wii U games, including: Assassin's Creed 3 for $29.99 (regularly $49.99) Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for $29.99 (regularly $59.99) FIFA Soccer 13 for $29.99 (regularly $53.99) Madden NFL 13 for $29.99 (regularly $39.99) Nintendo Land...

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FIFA 14 not coming to Wii U because of predecessor's disappointing 'commercial results'

FIFA 14, this year's installment of Electronic Arts' soccer franchise, will not be released for Wii U because sales of FIFA 13 were "disappointing," a representative from EA told Eurogamer. "Six months ago FIFA 13 was a launch title on Wii U," the representative said. "Although the game featured FIFA's award-winning HD gameplay and innovative new ways to play, the commercial results were disappointing. We have decided not to develop FIFA 14 on Wii U." EA published several games for Wii U after its launch last November, including FIFA 13 and Madden NFL 13. Earlier this month, EA confirmed that Madden NFL 25 would not launch on the system, but said that the company has "a strong partnership with Nintendo." The news follows in the wake of EA spokesperson Jeff Brown's recent statement...

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EA has 'no games in development for the Wii U,' spokesman says

Electronic Arts isn't currently developing any games for the Wii U, EA spokesperson Jeff Brown told Kotaku. EA published several games for Nintendo's console since its November 2012 launch, including FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition and Need for Speed Most Wanted, but its studios have nothing in the pipeline right now. "We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," Brown said, but he didn't rule out future Wii U development, according to Kotaku. Earlier this month, EA announced that Madden NFL 25 would not make its way to the Wii U in 2013, while reiterating that the company has "a strong partnership with Nintendo." EA DICE's technical director Johan Andersson recently explained that the Frostbite engine, which powers games like those in the...

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NCAA Football 14 will include offline Kinect commands

The Xbox 360 version of NCAA Football 14, the upcoming installment in EA Tiburon's college football franchise, will include Kinect commands in offline modes, a representative from EA told Polygon. EA informed Joystiq this morning that the game would have Kinect functionality similar to its implementation in the Madden series. Polygon reached out to EA and received a statement confirming the Kinect commands. "Functionality will be similar to what we did in Madden NFL 13 last year, and will focus on pre-play voice commands for things like audibles, hurry-up offense, etc.," the representative said. NCAA Football 14 is set for release July 9, 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For more on the game and what the developers are doing to spice up the presentation, be sure to read Polygon's...

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Virgin Gaming launches Xbox Tournaments app on Xbox Live with $100K tournament

Competitive gaming company Virgin Gaming launched an Xbox Tournaments app on Xbox Live today, with plans to bring sports-based competitive gaming to Xbox 360 owners. The free app allows players to check out Virgin Gaming's Xbox Live tournaments, enter them, play in them and track their progress on the leaderboards. It's currently available in the U.S., Canada and U.K., and launch titles for its first tournament include EA Sports' Madden NFL 13, NHL 13 and FIFA 13, along with 2K Sports' NBA 2K13. According to Virgin Gaming, additional territories, games and features will be added to the app later. "Competitive online gaming is increasingly becoming an important component of the video games industry, and the Xbox Tournaments app allows us to bring engaging tournaments to a large and...

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PlayStation Vita anniversary deals include free copies of Wild Arms, Patapon

Sony Computer Entertainment America is continuing its PlayStation Vita anniversary sale with four free games for PlayStation Vita and up to 50 percent discount for several others, the company announced via the PlayStation Blog. PlayStation Vita owners can pick up Wild Arms, Patapon, Piyotama and Patchwork Heroes March 5-11. On the following list of games, PlayStation Plus members will receive a 50 percent discount, while non-members are guaranteed 30 percent: Army Corps of Hell Big Sky: Infinity BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend Dokuro Dynasty Warriors Next Knytt Underground LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes French LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 LEGO Lord of the Rings Orgarhythm Pure Chess Retro City Rampage Sine Mora (with Trial) Spy Hunter S...

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EA Sports tournament draws in spectators like a real-life sporting event, says Virgin Gaming exec

The EA Sports Challenge Series has the potential to pull in spectators because it's an eSports tournament featuring sports games, said Virgin Gaming executive vice president Wim Stocks in an interview with Forbes. Virgin Gaming held the second annual Challenge Series in Las Vegas earlier this month; players competed for a $1 million prize pool in the PlayStation 3 versions of Madden NFL 13, FIFA 13 and NHL 13. More than 150,000 entrants took part in the tournament, with the finals in Las Vegas hosting 896 competitors trying to finish in the money. According to Stocks, the draw of a tournament like the Challenge Series is that as long as people understand the sports in question — football, soccer and hockey — they can follow the ups and downs of the competition. "People who watch...

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Madden NFL 13 simulation correctly predicts Ravens as Super Bowl XLVII winner

Electronic Arts' annual Madden NFL simulation of the Super Bowl was right once again this year: Madden NFL 13's forecast of a Baltimore Ravens victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII turned out to be correct. The football franchise has now correctly predicted the winner of eight out of the last 10 Super Bowls. In Madden NFL 13's simulation, the Ravens upset the 49ers — who were favored by four points — with a three-point victory, 27-24. That was the exact margin of victory in the real game last night, which the Ravens won 34-31. Madden 13 also picked the real-life winner of the MVP award, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. While Super Bowl XLVII didn't play out exactly the way Madden 13 said it would, the overall flow was remarkably similar in the virtual and real games....

Madden NFL 13 Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 08/28/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Tiburon
    • Score 8
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 08/28/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Tiburon
  • Wii
    • Released 08/28/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Tiburon
  • PlayStation Vita
    • Released 08/28/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Tiburon
  • Wii U
    • Released 11/13/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Tiburon
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