Madden NFL 13
By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun football sim gets facelift and expands ways to play.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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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.
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?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, using supporting evidence, Math: counting, patterns, Hobbies: sports
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, decision-making, Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork, Self-Direction: achieving goals, identifying strengths and weaknesses, time management, Tech Skills: social media
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: EA Sports
- Release date: August 28, 2012
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Great Boy Role Models
- ESRB rating: E for N/A
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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