Being a native of Phoenix, I am an unfortunate — nay, resentful — fan of the Arizona Cardinals. While sports in our state have bright spots here and there, success does not exactly go hand-in-hand with our sports franchises. For that reason, Madden NFL 13 is a godsend for people like me — those without hope of a championship victory anytime in the near future.
Through the use of the new team management features in the latest iteration of Madden, I can vicariously live out a hero’s destiny with a team that has exactly zero Super Bowl wins. Not only can I do a fantasy draft (there are at least 31 quarterbacks I would rather have than Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, and Ryan Lindley), but I am also able to take whatever puke of a team I currently have and make them do things they cannot hope to do in real life. Things such as, I don’t know…winning the Super Bowl?
In this year’s iteration of Madden, every mode of play is tied together in something called Connected Careers. Franchise, Superstar, Coach — you name it, it is all tied together in this mode. Connected Careers presents an organized way to micro-manage each facet of your career, taking features from previous titles and putting them together using a “tiled” system, somewhat akin to the Metro feel of modern-day Microsoft products. This new system makes it easier for me to manage my team and track my statistics over the course of a season and career, further fulfilling my desire to have a successful team. Combine that with the experience system based on gameplay performance, and I am completely sold on the fantasy that I, and many others, have always deserved.
So if you live in a market where winning isn’t the norm, give the newest Madden a try. Despite any gameplay faults or other bugs, it is still the best way to take that 2-14 team to 16-0.