Football fans and video-game junkies everywhere are rejoicing, for Madden NFL 13 has finally arrived! This year’s edition has gotten some amazing reviews, and for good reason!
Madden 13 delivers a more engrossing, complete and realistic gridiron experience than any game before it. Key game features include: presentation reminiscent of national television broadcasts, gameplay improvements such as a new pass-ready system, improved play action, and the all-new read and react defensive AI system, optional Kinect sensor support, Madden social/play functionality, multiplayer support online and offline, and the ability to build the ultimate franchise as a coach, an NFL superstar, or yourself.
Just look at the trailer for the game:
Ridiculous, right?! Here are some of the new features that make Madden NFL 13 so special:
Physics You Can Feel – Infinity Engine
With Physics You Can Feel, Madden NFL 13 delivers Next Generation gameplay today. Powered by the all-new Infinity Engine, true player impact and authentic momentum transfer ensure that no two plays ever look or feel the same.
With a completely redesigned passing game including new a new pass-ready system and improved play action, and the all-new read and react defensive AI system that features the most intelligent pass defense to date, Madden NFL 13 achieves greater realism on the virtual gridiron on both sides of the ball.
Madden NFL 13 delivers world-class presentation with an all-new living front end, dynamic in-game transitions, a live ticker, and drastically improved usability. Every game has the feel of a nationally televised broadcast with CBS Sports commentators Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling the action from the virtual 3D booth.
Live the NFL dream—whenever you want, wherever you want in a fully interactive, social, and connected online experience. Create your personal legacy or relive an all-time legend’s as you build the ultimate franchise as a coach, an NFL superstar, or yourself. Manage your team from your console, the web, or mobile phone in a 24/7 world as NFL insiders and experts analyze, praise, and criticize every move along the way.
XBOX 360 Kinect
Control the line of scrimmage using just your voice. Both on defense and offense, Kinect on Xbox 360 gives you full control over all you pre-snap adjustments, audibles, and personnel, immersing you into the NFL like never before!
Madden Ultimate Team
Madden NFL 13 Ultimate Team is a free-to-play game mode that perfectly combines Madden NFL Football, fantasy football, and player trading cards.
Madden NFL 13 delivers a superb audio experience that faithfully replicates NFL Sundays with CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling the action, QB cadences, authentic sound effects and actual on-field player chatter, all provided by NFL Films, and a fully-scored orchestral theme that conveys the emotion and excitement of professional football.
Madden NFL Social for Facebook brings a whole new way to enjoy Madden NFL Football from the comfort of your computer, laptop and tablet. No need for a TV, a console system, or even a lot of time. Play for a minute or play for hours, it’s up to you. And when you’re away from the computer, you can even transfer the entire, complete game to your iPhone iOS if you’d like to play on the go.
You can check out some screenshots from Madden NFL 13 below:
Madden NFL 13 is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and PS Vita.
The NES Classic Edition Is Returning To Stores Next Month
Back in November 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, a mini-sized version of the iconic NES console, which came loaded with 30 popular games from Nintendo’s past. The cost of reliving those nostalgic memories? A very reasonable $59.99.
The only problem? Nintendo drastically underestimated demand for the NES Classic Edition, and they were pretty much impossible to find, and many nostalgic fans like me never could get our hands on one, even after searching stores for over six months.
And then came the death blow, the announcement from Nintendo in April 2017 that they were discontinuing the NES Classic Edition, and that if you hadn’t got one by then, you were pretty much screwed.. or forced to pay $200+ for one on eBay.
Thankfully, it looks like Nintendo had a change of heart, recently announcing on Twitter that they will be re-releasing the NES Classic Edition, with the highly-coveted retro console returning to stores on June 29th. YAAAAASSSS!
The NES Classic Edition will cost $59.99 upon its return, just as it did when it launched in November 2016. The games included on the console will also stay the same.
Here’s the full list of the games that come loaded on the NES Classic Edition:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- FINAL FANTASY
- Ghosts’N Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Super C
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
As you can see, there’s a little something here for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing as a kid.
Needless to say, if you missed out on the NES Classic Edition the last time around, you’ll want to line up at the store come June 29th, as these are sure to sell out quickly!
PocketSprite Brings Retro Gaming To Your Keychain
Feast your eyes on PocketSprite, an impossibly small retro gaming device that can play your favorite Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, or Game Gear games.. provided you’ve got tiny fingers.
It’s hard to believe that something as small as a Zippo lighter could do so much, but this shrunken Gameboy boasts a 240 MHz processor, 520 KB of RAM, a smooth OLED display, an 8-bit speaker, Wifi, Bluetooth, player-tested buttons, and a rechargeable battery. Pretty amazing, right?
With the PocketSprite safely tucked in your pocket, you’ll be able to relive your childhood playing games like Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog whenever you like. Sorry Candy Crush, it’s been fun, but I’ve found a new way to amuse myself on the subway (and on the toilet)..
But wait, there’s more! While the PocketSprite comes with built-in emulators for the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, and Game Gear, the device runs open-source software, allowing savvy coders with skills to get creative and load whatever they want on it.
If you want to purchasing this ultra-tiny retro gaming device for yourself, it’ll set you back a very reasonable $55. You can reserve a PocketSprite from Crowd Supply, with shipping to begin on May 15th.
Are you planning on getting a PocketSprite?
‘Session’ Is The Skateboarding Sim Fans Have Been Waiting For
As someone who grew up skateboarding, I instantly fell in love with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and EA’s Skate series when they came out, playing the games for hours on end as I pulled off sick tricks that I couldn’t really do in real life without risking life and limb.
Sadly, EA stated that they aren’t working on Skate 4, leaving the skateboarding community without a game to play.. until now. Developer Creā-ture Studios has spent the past two years working on Session, the spiritual successor to Skate, and they recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the game to fruition.
Speaking to Game Rant, Marc-Andre Houde, the game’s creative and artistic director and the co-founder of Creā-ture Studios, explains the thinking behind the game and its realism:
The way we see the game and how we want to make it is really we are targeting a niche market and we are trying to serve it as well as we can.
Sometimes [developers] try to do too much to please everyone so they make a lot of compromises and they make sure the experience is available for every skillset. It restricts the experience for more advanced gamers or more hardcore people. So, we decided to take it the other way for Session.
The game might appeal to the Tony Hawk Pro Skater audience but we are more targeting the Skate audience.
Unlike other games, Session does away with points/scoring, with the primary goal of you experiencing what skateboarding really is; a sport where there are no goals other than expressing your creativity and achieving success through hard work, perseverance and bits of madness for no one else other than yourself.
Session has blown past it’s Kickstarter funding goal, so barring any delays the game should be released on PC (and Xbox One) in July 2019. Fingers crossed!