Did Sports Video Games Really Get Any Better in 2012?

Earlier this week, Metacritic bemoaned 2012 as a year of poorer review scores for video games than the one preceding it. Fewer titles surpassed the all-important 90—which practically guarantees job security to those who developed or greenlit the project—than in 2011. Interestingly, the three console platforms' average… » 1/06/13 4:30pm 1/06/13 4:30pm

When Only 42 People Are Playing Madden on the Wii U, It's Not a Sports Console

Around halftime of a game on an NFL Sunday is a good time to take the temperature of the Madden NFL crowd. It's like the water department analysis that shows everyone flushing the john when the Super Bowl goes to the break. In this case, online gamers, many of whom have their consoles running and connected to the… » 12/16/12 5:30pm 12/16/12 5:30pm

Pat Tillman Returns to the Field, in Madden NFL 13

Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals standout defensive back who forsook a $3 million contract to enlist in the Army in 2002, and who was killed by friendly fire in an operation in Afghanistan, returns to the football field as a special offering within Madden NFL 13's Ultimate Team mode. Tillman's appearance in the game… » 12/08/12 5:00pm 12/08/12 5:00pm

Ex-Developer's Rant Reveals Why Madden is a Dream Job, and Disillusioning

Nothing deleted from Twitter is ever deleted on time, and sometime between Monday and Tuesday, a disillusioned former Madden developer figured that out. By then, his unvarnished rant tossed a dripping slab of red meat to Madden's many Internet enemies, and it didn't win the author much support from his old friends. » 12/05/12 6:00pm 12/05/12 6:00pm

Madden's New "Draft Duels" Sounds Sort of Like Madden: The Gathering

An update to Madden NFL 13 » 11/29/12 6:00pm 11/29/12 6:00pm rolling out tomorrow will deliver something called "Draft Duels" to Ultimate Team, the game's hybrid fantasy team/card collecting mode. In it, players will open packs of cards, construct a team from their holdings—and their opponent's—and then duke it out in a standard multiplayer game.

Madden Plants the Flag on the Wii U, but Doesn't Gain Much Ground

At no point during its E3 2012 keynote did Electronic Arts mention what it would be delivering when the Wii U arrived later in the year. There could be any of number of good reasons for this, but a major publisher's total silence on a new console was enough that I had to double-check with Madden NFL's general manager… » 11/25/12 1:00pm 11/25/12 1:00pm

Abusive Player Editing Shows We Can't Have Nice Things in Madden

When it released, Madden NFL 13 » 10/26/12 6:00pm 10/26/12 6:00pm's new "Connected Careers" mode forbade the editing of any player. This was somewhat understandable, as the roster is used by others online and changes can affect the outcomes of games elsewhere in your league. It was still rather Draconian, as it meant you could not edit your own…

Rumor: Next Year's Madden Will Include Actual NFL Referees

EA Sports plans to include real-life NFL referees in Madden NFL 14 » 9/26/12 6:00pm 9/26/12 6:00pm, according to two different sources close to the NFL Referees Association. One of them said the officials' facial features have been scanned into the game, with an eye toward making their calls and explanations a part of the broadcast presentation for…

Draw Up Some Crazy Plays in the Dirt with the Wii U's GamePad in Madden NFL 13

The basic pass routes in American football are, off the top of my head, the post, the slant, the square-out, the streak, the hook and the wheel. Here, Kotaku » 9/13/12 6:30pm 9/13/12 6:30pm's Jason Schreier introduces us to the Curli-Cue, the Zag-Zig-Zag, the One-Oar-In-the-Water and the Field Sobriety Test, all of which were improvised routes…

If Madden's Any Measure the NFL's Bandwagon Teams are the 49ers and Eagles

Through the first week of play in real life of the NFL, some 81.5 million games have been played in Madden NFL, according to this video commissioned by EA Sports. The teams taken online most so far are the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles (rated No. 5 and No. 3, respectively, as "teams to help you… » 9/12/12 10:00pm 9/12/12 10:00pm

Madden's Loss of Fantasy Exposes the Reality of Sports Video Games

No one I know seriously plays "Mascot Mashup" in NCAA Football » 9/09/12 5:30pm 9/09/12 5:30pm, except for maybe the six-year-old son of a good friend from Oregon, who enjoys slamming the "GoDucks" into 11 of his dad's Stanford Trees. About the most I ever hear about the mode each year from EA Sports is when a developer jokes that they're pouring a…

Madden has 38 "Clutch" Players, but What the Hell Does That Mean, Really?

The NFL is kicking off (checks watch) oh, about nowish. Time for a new season of wins and losses, touchdowns and fumbles, and nonstop clichés from analysts and commentators. One such word is "clutch," a word that seems to define a top performer in a pinch, but has no real objective measure.

It's an attribute in … » 9/09/12 1:00pm 9/09/12 1:00pm