Madden NFL 13 launched earlier this week, and hit some fairly impressive sales numbers. By all means, the game is a hit, but not every sports gamer is happy. In fact, one glance at EA Sports' official Facebook page for the game shows a wealth of players upset at a number of missing ingredients in this year's game.
To be honest, our review of the game might seem optimistic to some, and pessimistic to others. It also doesn't cover every aspect of every feature, good or bad. The sometimes-faulty yet fun Kinect pre-play commands were an insignificant part of my experience, as were some of the game's "missing" elements. Lacking the ability to pull draft classes from the NCAA Football series or perform fantasy drafts offline with friends in the landmark Connected Careers mode was never important to my experience with the game. It's also a deal-breaker for other players.
If anything, this speaks to the amount of personal preference every player brings to their experiences with sports games. It felt like a sizable reset button had been pushed for this year's Madden game, and while some of the bigger additions paint a mural of hope for the future of the series, it also left some devoted players in the dust. The unfortunate side effect of this is the Internet arguments that sprout from each player's differing experience, of course. Regardless of which camp you find yourself in, I encourage you to check out last week's webcomics, vote for your favorite after the break, and then settle it on the virtual field. It should cheer you up!
Hitman: Absolution (Dave the Direman)
Fine Print (Fanboys)
If College Were More Like Videogames (Loldwell)
Professor Layton and the Mystery of the Dead Hobo (Dorkly)
Fiendish Feedback (Hejibits)
Word Puzzle (Brawl in the Family)
Great Expectations (Virtual Shackles)