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4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but much much better, 5 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Madden NFL 13 (PS3) (Video Game)
As a die hard NFL fan, purchasing Madden every year is essential. I loved Madden 11. I bought Madden 12 expecting more of the same, and it was actually worse, alot worse in some ways. I was very wary of Madden 13.

It is a pleasant surprise. EA have been fairly bold this year, and have changed a lot of the features and options this game is known for. The classic Franchise mode has been merged into the Superstar mode to create the Career mode. Essentially it is an extended version of what you had before. The hysteria saying there is no Franchise mode is ridiculous. At it's core Coach mode is fairly similar to what there was before - you control a team, draft, trade and sign players and play each game throughout the season if you wish. The main addition is that you gain XP pts for your team achieving certain goals. This XP can then be used at your discretion for benefiting your team. It is basically Franchise mode with a few more bells and whistles. The only difference is that if you want to change team a few seasons in, or you want to just take charge of one player, you can do so without having to go right back to the start - all the progression that has occured won't change. There is no fantasy draft anymore, and you can't change the attributes of individual players as and when you wish, but I always found that a bit silly anyway as I want my team and players to be as they are in real life.

However, modes aside the core is gameplay. And again, a pleasant surprise. It just feels better. Passing feels much more realistic. Recievers only become available when they are looking for the ball. Defenders can only defend a pass when they are seeing the ball, so no more 7 foot leaps by linebackers facing the wrong way to intercept your pass. Blocking is much better, you have to be patient and let the blocks set up. I've noticed this a lot more on kick and punt returns, where you don't get hammered after 2 yards like last year. Play-action passing actually works for a change, you don't get instantly sacked. The new physics engine is pretty good, hits look more realistic.

There are a few imperfections here and there, the AI can be a bit iffy at times, GameFlow can get it totally wrong, players fall over each other like drunkards after a play etc etc BUT, it feels like a much better game. It looks better, it plays better, it's presentation is much more polished. It isn't perfect, but it's a big step in the right direction.
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