Madden Bowl XVIII Kicks Off Free Xbox Live Gold Weekend Tonight

Four teams of all-star competitors, including three Heisman Trophy winners (in their video game personae, above) and two Pro Football Hall of Famers, clash tonight in the Madden Bowl, the annual pre-Super Bowl throwdown EA Sports has staged for nearly 20 years. You can watch the action on ESPN3, which means if you have … » 2/02/12 6:00pm 2/02/12 6:00pm

Holding Madden for Later Release Date a Winning Move, Says EA Sports

Traditionally releasing the first or second Tuesday of August, Madden NFL 12 this year moved to the end of the month, Aug. 30. EA Sports insisted the schedule change was not because of this year's NFL lockout, but because it provided a more natural alignment of the game's launch to the league's opening week in… » 9/22/11 7:30pm 9/22/11 7:30pm

Put Da NFL Preview on My No One's Back: Chargers vs. Patriots, Week Two

Bit of a speed bump here in just the second week of what I'd hoped would be a regular feature. Our commentator is AWOL. I'm still uploading the video so you can see what Madden NFL 12 predicts for this week's marquee matchup between New England and San Diego. » 9/16/11 7:30pm 9/16/11 7:30pm

Despite a Lockout and Disappointing Reviews, Madden Looks to One of…

When the NFL lockout hovered over the release of EA Sports' Madden series earlier in the year, investors were told to expect lower sales of Madden NFL 12. Analysts pegged the potential losses at up to half of all sales. The label's exclusive pact with the league was renegotiated to terms that would help mitigate any… » 9/09/11 10:00pm 9/09/11 10:00pm

Put Da NFL Preview on My Back, Week One: Saints vs. Packers, with the…

Remember Demetry James? The man whose breathless narration of Greg Jennings 99-yard, broken leg touchdown in Madden NFL 10 amassed 5 million YouTube views has joined Kotaku and Deadspin to announce our video preview of the NFL's biggest game each week this season. [NSFW language] Today, we're going back to the matchup … » 9/08/11 4:00pm 9/08/11 4:00pm

Madden's NFL Predictions — And a Few of Our Own, Vol. 3

It's an annual tradition for Madden NFL 12 to simulate the upcoming season and offer its predictions of how the football season will unfold. Last year it correctly picked one of the Super Bowl participants—the eventual champion Green Bay Packers. This year, the game calls for a rematch of their title game with the… » 9/07/11 1:20pm 9/07/11 1:20pm

Madden NFL 12: The Kotaku Review

As the NFL lockout dragged all of the spring and much of the summer, Madden NFL 12 figured to be the only football coming to your TV this year, until a month before its release. From its conception, the game was meant to be a salve for the hurting hardcore fan, not a song for those who tune in only for Super Bowl… » 9/06/11 12:00pm 9/06/11 12:00pm

Multiplayer Steals the Show in Madden NFL 12

In the online multiplayer era of sports gaming, I have been a Grinch-like hermit, rarely venturing forth into it except to ragequit and rant that none of what they do reflects reality, and to get off my lawn. Madden, which has a culture of elite play spanning about a decade, television shows celebrating it, and a… » 9/02/11 6:00pm 9/02/11 6:00pm

"Season Ticket" Holders Can Get Madden NFL 12 as Early as 10 a.m.…

The idea behind EA Sports' premium "Season Ticket" was to give people 72 hours with their favorite sports video game before it hit retail shelves. Turns out they will get a few more, with Xbox 360 and west coast users benefitting the most. » 8/25/11 8:30pm 8/25/11 8:30pm

Madden Ultimate Team Unavailable During "Season Ticket" Preview

Madden Ultimate Team, the card-collecting/player-management/online multiplayer mishmash that's become an obsession for many, will not be active during the three-day exclusive full preview of Madden NFL 12 offered by EA Sports' "Season Ticket" premium subscription, according to EA Sports. » 8/18/11 3:00am 8/18/11 3:00am