Madden NFL 13

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun football sim gets facelift and expands ways to play.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 14 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

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.

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 & Representations

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.



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.

What 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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bychicagocubs12345 December 3, 2016

A Touchdown!

Amazing game, that is a fun way to spend chill-time. Also, DA BEARS!!!
Teen, 15 years old Written byHxhhdhdh September 5, 2016


This game is a horrible game that you shouldn't play ever, especially with kids. It doesnt teach kids the correct way to review plays in the NFL or in Madd... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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