Madden 13 Release: Highlights of Launch Day Experience

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 28, 2012

Madden 13 Release: Highlights of Launch Day Experience

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    How do you know if you're a hardcore Madden fan?

    Here is a checklist that will prove your allegiance to the king of video game of football. If you answer "yes" to all of these questions, then you are legit.

    Here we go:

    Did you wait in a crowded store—or would you have been willing to, sans some sort of sweet hookup—just to get Madden 13 at midnight on Tuesday?

    Had you already memorized the overall rating of at least five players, based on the information EA Sports made available leading up to launch?

    Are your friends sometimes confused as to whether you're talking about real football, or Madden during conversations about the gridiron?

    Did you take a vacation, personal or "sick" day today?

    Do important members of your family know not to bother you with petty tasks (like eating and bathing) during this time?

    If you answered yes to all of these questions, you're just as pitiful as many of us. But it's OK, we're here for each other.

    This slideshow is for all the guys and girls that considered launch day an event. These are the six highlights of bringing Madden home on release day.

Making New Friends in the Parking Lot

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    If you showed up at a local retailer to get Madden 13 anywhere from 11:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., you probably waited in a line like this.

    The cool thing about this scene is that you were in the company of people like yourselves.

    Sure it is the middle of the week, and legions of grown men are up at midnight waiting to purchase a video game, but no one in this parking lot can judge you.

    All of you are blissfully immature, and there is a freedom to this experience. Go ahead, let your guard down, bask in the Maddenoliday.

    All joking aside, I've actually met two people at Madden launch that I've gone into business with in some capacity.

    You never know who the Madden heads are.

Ray Lewis Trailer! Where Is My Face Paint?!?

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    OK, you're home now, and you've just popped the game into the console (figuratively speaking of course. Any Madden fanatic is treating the game disc with the utmost care).

    After the traditional credits run, the contemporary king of pregame football speeches appears on your screen.

    I don't know about you guys, but when Ray Lewis appears on my screen, I generally freeze and listen to what he has to say.

    After the 1:31 intro has rolled, my left eye is twitching, and suddenly I want to run up a hill screaming: NO PAIN!!

Hi Phil and Jim

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    I decided against the hill. Instead, I'll just play a few games and walk aggressively on the treadmill tomorrow. 

    My first game begins and not only do I hear the new announce team of Phil Simms and Jim Nantz, but I see them on the screen as well.

    By God, their mouths are accurately synced with their words as well. Nantz isn't even as creepy as he usually is when he says, "Hello, friends."

    This looks like a cross between a CBS and Fox Sunday broadcast, and I'm stoked.

Physics, Physics, Physics

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    The first thing that jumps out at you is the improved physics.

    There are actually realistic pileups after gang tackles, guys are tripping and falling as they get up after the play. There aren't any instances where one players' arm is traveling through the body of another player.

    This is crazy, and at this moment you realize, you're not going to bed for a while.

Connected What?

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    After you have one Play Now game under your belt, you decide to explore the humongous Connected Careers mode.

    You could put yourself in the game with the ridiculously accurate Game Face PC and Mac app, but you've always loved Bo Jackson, right?

    Why not create him and give him another chance to shine in the NFL.

    I rebuke all hip injuries. I curse them and the chaos they bring. 

    You have the option to control an entire team as the coach, or you can choose one player to control and guide to a Hall of Fame career.

    In the video, I created Bo Jackson, and I gave him the weird neck roll for authenticity. This is awesome stuff, and now I'm wondering if I can use another "sick" day for Wednesday.

Call or Skype a Friend

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    After you've beaten up on the CPU (or vice versa), it's probably too late—or early—to call friends over to play. But you don't have to. Get them online and test your skills honed over the last three or four hours.

    Mike Lockyer, the host of NOC networks' original series NOC'd up, took it a step further. He linked up with Cleveland Browns' safety T.J. Ward on Skype and the results weren't pretty.

    Check out the video.