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… » 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

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

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… » 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

Trying to Hit the Cowboys' Jumbo Jumbotron with a Punt in Madden NFL 12

This has been an obsession of mine ever since Cowboys Stadium appeared in Madden NFL 10—hit the Jerrytron, the arena's massive scoreboard, with a punt. Tennessee's A.J. Trapasso did in a pre-season game in 2009, causing a brief foofaraw over its size and how low it was hanging over the field. » 8/30/11 4:20pm 8/30/11 4:20pm

Madden's Low-Magnitude "Superstar" Isn't Much to Gaze At

Simulation-quality sports video games all now ship with some kind of solo career mode, in which you create or control one player throughout his entire career. By far, this fantasy experience is most underserved by the football games. NCAA Football 12 made a substantial effort to upgrade its career this year, and… » 8/29/11 8:00pm 8/29/11 8:00pm