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Madden NFL 13 undergoes overhaul

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Updated: September 29, 2012 6:17AM

Is Madden NFL 13 the perfect sports video game? No.

But give EA Sports credit for at least trying to move in that direction after several years of the football franchise getting stagnant.

“This was probably the largest overhaul in our 24-year history,” said Anthony Stevenson, EA Sports’ Director of Marketing. “We’ve made the biggest changes to the game since head-to-head online play.”

The change that stands out the most is the move to the infinity game engine, which basically means that no two plays or collisions will look or feel the same.

The new engine takes into account angles of contact, momentum and even body parts moving in different directions.

“The dirty secret we had in the past is impact in the game would trigger the animation, so there was no control after the hit,” Stevenson said. “Now the play isn’t over until the whistle blows.”

That leaves a more realistic and smoother feel to the game, and it’s very noticeable.

The other major change is the revamping of the career mode. Now you can run a team as a coach or compete as a player, and the two worlds will be under one umbrella rather than in separate modes.

If only they could do something about that Madden Curse.

Joe Cowley

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