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The common theme of annual sports game entries is usually "better than last year." With all of its issues, Madden NFL 12 was still better than Madden NFL 11. In reality, most of the time, the best a new sports game can do is make players hopeful for the future of the series. Madden 12's "balance of improvement and ongoing flaws," according to our review, wasn't a...

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Madden simulation picks Baltimore Ravens as Super Bowl XLVII winners

According to EA's annual Madden simulation, the Baltimore Ravens will beat the San Francisco 49ers by 27 to 24 in Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII. So now you know the score and the winner there's no reason to tune in, especially since EA also produced footage of the game's final moments, which sees a...

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Next Madden 13 title update lands Thursday, adds Ultimate Team features

The fourth title update for Madden NFL 13 is scheduled to go live November 29, and includes a few new features for Madden Ultimate Team (MUT). The ability to set multiple lineups for your MUT squad highlights the list of changes. Players will now be able to save up to five different lineups....

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EA Sports donates $500,000 of in-game ads to Movember initiative

In good guy news, EA Sports is putting up $500,000 worth of in-game advertising for Movember, free of charge. You may have already spotted the ads, which will run this month, in the latest iterations of FIFA, Madden, and NHL. Movember's been going for several years now, but in case you're yet to...

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Approaching Wii U's GamePad like a 'toy' in Madden NFL 13

Madden NFL 13 on Wii U may lack the Infinity Engine, which brought stronger collisions and dynamic animations into the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, but the console's gamepad fills that void with a tablet-drive, play calling system. The only problem, EA tells Joystiq, was getting...

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Sports School: If it's in the game, it's unexplained

Welcome to The Level Grind, a column hell-bent on asking questions about video game design from the gamer's perspective. Around the time of the UEFA 2012 Euro Championships, a group of my friends became so enraptured by the competition that they wanted to turn to video games to continue their new...

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Next Madden 13 update lands October 16, adds career mode features

When the folks at EA Tiburon told us they were "committed to post-launch support" of Madden 13 back in August, we weren't told just how often the game would see that support. As it turns out, the next update is scheduled to release October 16, about a month after the previous update. This update,...

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Amazon Gold Box deals kick off with Madden

Amazon's Gold Box is all games once again, offering a series of time-limited deals alongside a special all-day $39.99 sale on Madden NFL 13. Find the clues for each "Lightning Deal" after the break....

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President Barack Obama campaigning in EA games again

Much can change in four years, but apparently President Barack Obama's campaign avenues haven't. For his upcoming campaign towards a second term as President of the United States, Obama will once again advertise through video games – specifically, EA games. Madden NFL 13 across various...

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Madden 13 gets server-side fantasy drafts

EA Tiburon detailed the inclusion of fantasy drafts for online Connected Careers franchises for Madden 13 in a recent blog. The feature, which now allows players to run a 54-round fantasy draft when starting an online franchise-style league, was not initially included in the game's feature set,...

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Madden NFL 13 sells 1.65 million copies in first week

This year's annual EA Sports installment Madden NFL 13 has shown a greater awareness for penetrating the line and sacking your wallet. That's football speak for: Madden NFL 13 sold a lot in its first week – 1.65 million copies, to be exact – and set a launch week sales record for the...

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