Parents' Guide to

Madden NFL 13

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun football sim gets facelift and expands ways to play.

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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.

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