Players can play as John Madden in "Madden 13"

BOOM! You can actually play as John Madden in "Madden 13"

6/8/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Players can play as John Madden in "Madden 13"EA Sports premiered the new "Madden NFL 13" this week at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, the annual video game convention event. Among this year's new innovations is the most meta development the pro football simulation game has introduced yet -- you can actually play "Madden" as John Madden himself.

You could even fix yourself a plate of turducken to eat while playing, to complete the full John Madden experience.

It's part of a new "Madden 13" feature called Connected Careers, wherein you can start your career as a legendary player like rookie Jerry Rice, or as a coach like John Madden. You can try to re-create their Hall of Fame careers against the likes of contemporary NFL players.

This replaces the Franchise, Online Franchise, and Superstar modes in the previous versions of "Madden".

Blog Photo - Players can play as John Madden in "Madden 13""Connected Careers combines the best of Franchise, Online Franchise, and Superstar, and creates one connected universe," says Cam Webber, GM of EA Sports football division.

The entire EA press conference and "Madden 13" preview is available online. Information on the Connected Careers feature is covered beginning at the 2:52 mark. You have to sit through a bizarre and overly dramatic video from "virtual Ray Lewis" first.

In Connected Careers mode, players can play in online leagues of up to 32 players.

You can only coach as John Madden, you can't actually suit up and play as John Madden. Madden actually never played a down of NFL football -- he was a Philadelphia Eagle in 1958, but blew his knee after a rookie season in which he never saw the field.

The other big change to "Madden 13" is a new physics-based system called the Infinity Engine. This algorithm creates vastly more realistic and unpredictable action by factoring in unique attributes of physics inherent within every NFL player.

"The Infinity Engine considers a player's mass, his speed, and his momentum, and this affects the outcome of every collision," Webber said in his presentation. "The Infinity Engine changes the outcome of every single play."

The E3 trailer for "Madden 13", featuring a bizarre and overly dramatic virtual Ray Lewis, can be seen below. The game hits shelves August 28.
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8/4/12   |   billy_bonez2013

anyone wanna join a ps3 madden 13 franchise and play for money go to http://madden13fran.blogspot.com/

6/15/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

haven't played Madden in awhile (been clinically addicted to Fifa for 3 years now,) but I haven't been tempted to because everytime I see some game footage it looks like the graphics, physics have not changed. Maybe even regressed.

Does it still feel like you're running underwater? Like your RB's feet aren't even touching the turf?

Not to hate. I freaking love a good sports video game. I just remember how much I loved Sega's football franchise, and thought it was a shame when EA monopolized the NFL license, doing away with the competition and, in turn, putting out a product that's not as good as it could be year to year.

6/14/12   |   Jess   |   34827 respect

CornFedMK wrote:
Sweet. Does this mean I can play it on surround again?

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6/14/12   |   CornFedMK   |   3 respect

Jess wrote:
Hah

I'm just glad I don't have to listen to Collinsworth on this one - reason enough to update.

Sweet. Does this mean I can play it on surround again?

6/14/12   |   Jess   |   34827 respect

Hah

I'm just glad I don't have to listen to Collinsworth on this one - reason enough to update.

6/8/12   |   jjh8857   |   334 respect

And here comes the generic, boorish Brett Favre joke in 5-4-3-2-1...