Madden 13: 3 New Features We're Excited For

Paul Tierney@PTT91Correspondent IAugust 31, 2012

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The August 28 release of Madden 13 brought forth a new generation of sports gaming for fans. Not only did EA Sports do away with the predictable (and at times unrealistic) player movements, but gone are the days of having to use your controller to audible, call timeouts, or even challenge plays.

Needless to say, the newest version of Madden is more than just a roster update. It's paving the way for a more advanced, interactive generation of gaming that fans have never experienced before. While Madden 13 does have its drawbacks, there are several new features that fans should be excited to experiment with in this year's version.

Let's take a look at three specific features that you'll be sure to enjoy in Madden 13.


Infinity Engine

Have you been playing Madden and had your pass intercepted by a safety who wasn't even looking at the ball? Or even further, are you just sick and tired of watching the same predictable player movements over and over again? Well look no further, because the new Infinity Engine will create unique movements that will ensure the uniqueness of each and every game.

Per the EA Sports Infinity Engine Developer Blog:

Interactions will never be the same again. Characters will now move and react to contact organically, creating unlimited visual and functional variety to your gameplay experience. A quarterback who gets his arm grazed throwing a pass will now have his throw affected. A running back that falls on a pile and never actually touches the ground will get back up and keep running. Other players now have the ability to disrupt two-man animations to create unforeseen outcomes.

Although Madden has always been the most realistic NFL video game, past years have lacked the subtle nuances that many gamers crave. However, this year's version will usher in a new era of gaming that fans have long been clamoring for.


Kinect Integration

For those of you playing on Xbox 360, Madden 13 will now support the Kinect technology. Gamers will now have the ability to call plays, audibles, hot routes, timeouts and more just by using their voice. It puts the gamer right at the line of scrimmage, with complete control of their offense.

CNET News gives a great breakdown of how Kinect Integration will affect gameplay in the latest version of Madden.

Madden's baked-in Kinect support is the boldest and ultimately the most irrelevant addition in Madden 13. I thought it seemed great back at E3 in a closed-door demo; Madden only uses the Kinect's microphone, and you speak out voice commands using a 6,000-input vocabulary to control player motions, audibles, time outs, challenges, and other presnap adjustments on offense and defense. 

Needless to say, this is a revolutionary feature for sports video games in general. While Madden 13 does not allow you to actually use the motion sensors to control your players, it does allow you to stop wasting your time using your controller for miscellaneous tasks, and enables the player to focus on other aspects of the game.


Connected Careers

The creators of Madden 13 showcased their ingenuity once again, by ridding the game of the standard, yet separate franchise and career modes. Now with connected careers, you can either play as a coach with complete control over every aspect of your team, or you can control a player for the duration of his time in the NFL.

Here's the official breakdown of the connected careers feature, straight off the features section on the Madden 13 website.

Live the NFL dream—whenever you want, wherever you want in a fully interactive, social, and connected online experience. Create your personal legacy or relive an all-time legend’s as you build the ultimate franchise as a coach, an NFL superstar, or yourself. Manage your team from your console, the web, or mobile phone in a 24/7 world as NFL insiders and experts analyze, praise, and criticize every move along the way.

The interactive nature of Madden 13 has set a new standard for all video games. Gone are the days when it's just enough to use a controller, press some buttons and see what happens. In this new era of gaming, players must have firsthand control of almost every detail of the action.

While it's interesting to see how the game has evolved to this point, this version of Madden 13 has opened the doors to all new kinds of possible features to be added in future years.