Madden NFL 13

Common Sense Media says

Fun football sim gets facelift and expands ways to play.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a realistic simulation of professional football. While hard hits and tackles are shown, overall, it's a virtual reproduction of a competitive team sport that builds character.

Positive role models

This is a team-based game based on a real sport with real players -- and most NFL stars are good role models. These role models vary just as they do in real life.

Ease of play

The game is pretty easy to learn, especially for those new to the game because there's a tutorial and modes that are easier than others. It helps if you're familiar with the rules of the NFL, however. The Xbox 360 version supports Kinect, therefore players can call out plays using their voice.

Violence & scariness

Players wear protective gear and it's possible to sustain an injury in some of the modes, but NFL football is a contact sport. This game is a realistic depiction of the sport.

 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

As with past Madden NFL games, there is branding all over the place including ESPN graphics, animation and sounds, and a ticker tape with news. Billboards and other signs show familiar logos of NFL teams and consumer products. That said, there doesn't seem to be as much advertising as in previous editions -- but advertising is often added dynamically via the Internet after games go live.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns. In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of the game, players can talk freely with other online players -- even if they're strangers -- and the conversations are not monitored by anyone. This is not the case with the Nintendo Wii version, which requires a code shared by friends playing on their consoles to play together online.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Madden NFL 13 is a sports simulation game reflecting professional football. Kids will see the same hard hits and tackles as they would if they were watching a live football game on TV. Parents need to be aware of the option to talk online via headset microphone with others (even strangers) in the X360 and PS3 versions. Finally, there is some consumerism in this game, with ample ESPN and EA Sports branding, and familiar apparel company logos, too.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • using supporting evidence

Math

  • counting
  • patterns

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • time management

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Tech Skills

  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • using supporting evidence

Math

  • counting
  • patterns

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • time management

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Tech Skills

  • social media

Kids can learn about the rules of NFL football, as well as get a little taste of what it's like to manage and coach a professional team. Players can also play with friends, online and off, and if they are teens, sign in with their Facebook and Twitter accounts to post info for friends, all of which encourages social interaction. At its core, Madden NFL 13 remains a fun football sim, but kids also get to try their hand at managing and coaching, which involve thinking and planning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Another year, another Madden NFL video game from EA Sports. As with its many predecessors, MADDEN NFL 13 is a pro football simulation that allows gamers to play as or against their favorite teams in the NFL. They can also create and run a franchise. All players, teams, and stadiums have been digitally rendered for added authenticity, along with rules (which could be tweaked, if desired), realistic animations, and a host of single-player and head-to-head modes (including online play). This year’s game promises to add more emotion and feel thanks to an all-new Infinity Engine that delivers real-time physics; a new Connected Career mode played off the field, and features customizable scenarios, social integration, and unique storylines; overhauled graphics and sound (including all-new commentary) for unprecedented production values; and a redesigned user interface both on and off the field.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While it sounds like EA Sports has added a lot to the franchise, the core game remains the same –- which might be disappointing to some expecting a fresh experience after all these years or a relief for others among those worried about the developers toying with what makes this series so sought after. Therefore, depending on which side of the gridiron fence you sit, you’ll either appreciate or dismiss Madden NFL 13.

That said, the all-new Connected Careers, played off the field, is an interesting addition. Better than the Franchise mode found in previous games, here you get to play out your franchise dreams any way you like, including the option to play, coach, or manage; create or join an offline or online league; choose from past NFL greats and current players; trade and draft new players –- all of which is accessible in the game via the web or on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. The game also offers social network integration, allowing you to post info to Facebook and Twitter. But along with a fresh new coat of paint --- namely, updated graphics, smoother animation, and newly recorded commentary from Jim Nance and Phil Simms –- it’s virtually the same game. It’s good. Very good. But don’t expect a major leap forward. Note: Not all versions of the game are the same: Nintendo Wii doesn't have Connected Career, but does have social media integration; graphics are low resolution. A Nintendo Wii U version is coming. Also, Xbox 360 owners can use Kinect integration for calling plays for the offense and defense using your voice.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the integration of social media within games. Do players want to share all of their plays, stats, and other information with friends over Facebook and Twitter in a game like this? Does it add to the experience?

  • Would you rather play sports games by yourself or with others? Why?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:August 28, 2012
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Great boy role models
ESRB rating:E for N/A (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360)

This review of Madden NFL 13 was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 11 years old Written bymadden13 September 3, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Great game! Good for ages 7 and up.

This game is really good! There is not much violence in it, I mean sure, there are the big hits that leave people injured, but that's football. There are some brand names, although not many. Overall I think that it is a very good game!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Teen, 16 years old Written bymr bannana September 5, 2012
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

BEST MADDEN

i just got this game and its the best madden game eeeeeverrr!!! i love the graphics in the game as well as the gameplay. this game is for anyone that loves football like me. GO CHICAGO BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written bybobbyray September 23, 2012
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Best game ever!!

Awesome game!!!!! Has nothing in it at all.

What other families should know
Too much violence

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Top Kids' Movies: An Essential Guide for Families