A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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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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
- 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
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? 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
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