Madden 13 Glitches Should Be Few and Far Between

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EA Sports has promised fantastic post release support for Madden 13 which should help rid this year’s virtual football game of glitches.  Sure there will be glitches like there are in every Madden NFL game ever, but they should get patched up quickly if EA Sports sticks to their word.

A patch is already promised for August 28th which will address the dreaded shake blitz exploit as well as wide receivers dropping wide open passes.  There is also supposed to be another patch that will come out 2 weeks later in September but the contents of that one aren’t yet known.

Roster updates were done on a weekly basis for the first time last year.  They had been promised in years past but they slowly faded after the first part of the NFL season until they only happened once every couple of weeks.  With the improved dedication to realism inside of Madden 13 as well as the whole staff’s renewed effort to provide post-release support, we should be looking at one of the best sports games of the last 10 years.

If you do find glitches in this year’s game, feel free to leave a comment below or email us and we will pass it on to the Madden 13 community manager Justin Dewiel.


  • Do you notice lighting issues? Seahawks vs Redskins on kick returns in the sun the players are really dark.

    • I had to change my TV video mode to Sports, then turn on game mode. After that, the dark shaded players went away. If your doing a play now game, might be easier to play the late afternoon game, or night game. If you play online, try to put in your settings for the same

  • Will they be fixing the jersey number issues? Right now you could have like 4 #81s on your team with no way of editing it.

  • I have EA season ticket and have been playing online. (8-2) Last night during a game some dude was playing with Seahawks and was running the hurry up and the second play of the 2nd quarter, He hiked the ball and the ball sat there in mid air and nobody could get it so all of our guys ran around for the whole quarter and then some until one of us quit….lol idk what happen but it was chaos.

  • There will always be glitches its not real it’s simulated madden can promise only
    One thing a release date and take your money. A big shout to you guys at madden school although you guys probably know every glitch out there you still give a great edge to the game. With some of your tips and ball control and field position I’ve made some glitch bitches cry. Keep up the good work because I have no time with a family. Ty for all your hard work and efforts. Big ups to all the real Madden Nation players that don’t quit but sometimes we just don’t wanna stay in game with the clowns that wish that could play….

  • I’ve had this game for 2 days,In my case the problem i have in Madden 13 is the passing, its better then it has been before but their is one MAJOR issue, the QB does not throw the bullet pass in the air so that the receiver has to jump in the air to get the ball. In old Maddens when u want your tall receiver or tight end to jump for the ball, u would press up on the analog stick and the button(receiver) u want to throw the ball to and your receiver would jump in air for the ball regardless of what route he is running.The clearest example i can use is Drew Brees, when Drew throws the ball (especially to Colston and Graham) most of the time, because Drew is not as tall as most QB’s, and it is a way of beating defenses and taking advantage of height difference, he throws the ball into a window above the receivers and defenders head, so his receiver jumps in the air to get the ball. Now with the total passing control instead of putting the ball in the air so the receiver can jump to get it, he either throws the ball right to the defender(man to man coverage) or he leads the receiver up the field, in either case your receiver does not jump in the air to get the ball no matter if u lob or u bullet the ball, nor does your QB put the ball in a place where your receiver can jump to get the ball. Not only does this eliminate the need to have a jump rating, this takes away a lot and i mean a lot of your offense if u really understand throwing the ball, trying to beat a defense and using height difference to your advantage. With that being said this is not a please fix this is a MUST fix, this is probably the biggest must fix since madden has come out and this is the reason why. This is not just a small mistake or any mistake, this is a flagrant mistake on behalf of Madden developers and EA, im not saying that they knew this was a problem or they ignored it completely. But for people who were suppose to know about football that were responsible for making and putting out this game, for this to even be an issue or for this not to be in the game as the game comes out and the fact that this issue needs to be fixed in a patch to be honest is quite ridiculous, embarrassing and should be looked in to(weather inside EA Sports or outside) Because of the new game features, this issue wont come up right away with a lot of people, but if i noticed this on the first day in practice mode, im not the only one who has. Hopefully this will be patched asap and it does not take 3-6 months to fix. PLEASE EA this issue is really bad and has the potential to be worse as more and more people notice this, this issue alone could really damage what is a really good game, but a quick fix can take this Madden through the roof, please don’t drop the ball on this one EA, u shut the door on 2K Sports for now, but news of this issue, and they just might be back knocking louder then they were before. Thank You

    • someone cant rocket catch and create the jump animation catch anytime in this new madden and is cryin about it, looks like u actually have to read the defence and find the open guy this year instead of throwin the ball into coverage and haveing the jump animation click in to catch the ball over the defender every time, i knew how to do all that last year to and it was rediculace, once the jump animation kicked in , if the reciever didnt drop the ball from gettin hit in the back it was a garenteed catch everytime, weather this will take out the rocket catchers i dont know yet, but u cant just cause the jumap animation catch at will this year like in madden 12

      • i feel u on rocket catching, funny thing is i never said anything about rocket catching nor do i rocket catch, obviously u missed the point about Drew Brees, thats ok, if thats the case u really dont understand football thats ok again, thats why im here, to educate u. So what your saying is my QB is not suppose to put the ball in a place where my receiver (Fitzgerald, Megatron, Colston,) or my tight end(Gronk, Hernandez, Finley, Graham,) can use there athletic ability and jump in the air to grab the ball. My bad i must be watching the wrong New Orleans Saints or NFL for that matter. So according to your logic, there should be no jump rating, no spectacular catch rating, everybody should be the same height and we should use the passing system that was in the Madden for PSOne. Well as long as it makes sense to somebody LMAO at u.

    • Dude, you are totally right! I am usually a perfect passer with leading receivers like gronk up high, but in Madden 13 I am throwing 4 picks a game. That is completely unacceptable and is definitely a MUST FIX NOW, like NEXT PATCH now, because until then I can’t play online or Madden Ultimate Team. Thanks for your commitment!

      • Soooo you two are basically upset because y’all throw picks because you can’t rocket it to your guys? I agree with White Shadow: learn how to read defenses. This isn’t real life it’s a video game. You’re playing against a guy with a controller not 11 athletes. Oh and Saints did good last weekend. Let a rookie whoop that ass. WHO DAT?! Well that right there is umm RGIII

  • Why is does the scoreboard sometimes not appear when Im picking my plays. No play clock, no yard line indication, no score, no down. The entire thing just isn’t there sometimes. Whats the deal? Also Ive already seen some arm breaking interceptions. Meaning the defender moved his arm a way that isnt possible to get an interception. Please fix!!!!

  • EA sports needs to fix the problem with online play and that is when you get on there you can play your friends like you could do in 12. I pay alot of money for this game and when u go to tech support they holla it is because of ports that is BS fix the problem EA

  • Hey I played an opponent online line and within 1 minute of the game, he did something to were the suddenly ended and he got the win and 17 skill points and I got the loss. I messaged him that I had filed a complaint and he responded that he didn’ care because it won’t stop him. I also noticed he is ranked #7 in the overall in xbox 360. Just thought ill let you all know because I’m just tired of this stuff. Spread the word on him. Let me know what you guys think or if there is a way to stop it from happening again. Thanks.

  • I noticed the grass or field always stay clean after you been playing. Last year madden as you play the game the grass or the field will get worn out as well. Doesn’t look realistic. Also allow editing on CC offline and it seems that injuries during my CC offline doesn’t carry over week to week.

  • When you want to show blitz they players barely come to the line. Also when i move my defensive player closer to the line he moves back by himself. Thats wack

    • yeah they move back to there spot there supose to be by the play u called, this should stop a lot of blitz glitches where players readjust the players to be in a better spot for there blitz glitches to work, no more stackin linebackers behind defensive ends

  • How do you prevent a person lagging you out, where the game says please wait. Then the game reads you win an amount of points(+13) for a ranked game but in reality you get a loss?

  • why do they allow people to put wr in the wr positions, for examply twin te split wideout, this dude had two wr in the te hands on the ground next to the offense of tackles position, many of you may say whats the problem, the problem is you CANNOT PRESS THE WRS SO THEY RUN FREE OFF THE LINE WIDE OPEN WITHOUT BEING TOUCHED, thats not cool at all and it needs to be fixed


  • One minor thing but that is extremely important for people that love doing offline franchises, on the player cards inside the connected careers mode, the teams the player has played for in the past doesn’t appear. It really sucks that they left something like that out. I actually can’t believe it. Why would they do that. I love to be able to look back and see the teams a player has played for, but for the first time in at least 15 years, they left that out. It really loses something for me. I don’t even know if I can enjoy playing the franchise mode without that detail to be honest, and if I don’t play franchise mode I don’t play at all. Very sad.

  • Madden 13- Lack of Online Ranked Matches w/Friends

    Please be advised that I am an ardent Madden gamer, and have been since the very first release, over 25 years ago. However, with all of the improvements in Madden 13, why in the heck did your software engineers/designers eliminate the ability to play your friends in a ranked, online match??!!
    This element is/was the exclusive reason that a majority of the gamers that I communicate with, brought the game.It allows us bragging rights against each other, which we find highly entertaining!
    Can you tell us why it is not permitted in Madden 13, but it was allowed in Madden 12 and previous versions.
    Again, what gives…and will your designers download a patch to permit/allow gamers to engage this much coveted feature this season?
    Thank you, in advance, for your attention in this matter that gamers take very seriously.


    And, I am confident that there are thousands upon thousands of gamers who feel cheated, in this regard. Please respond, correct and advise ASAP.

    • playing your friends online is fine, having it ranked is not, someone could get a lot of free wins playin ranked games vs a friend who lets him win, u want to play a friend go to unranked, u can still brag u won, u just wont pile up 300 easy wins on your record for it


    • I know same here. Its BS. Whats the point in playing if everyone knows all they have to do is quit, and they wont get a loss.

  • Awww man, where do I start?? This game is too expensive to have this many glitches. I had a game freeze on me on only my 3rd game in 5 days. I had a game go in to double overtime to give the computer one more play on 4th down when I was up. The computer returned a couple of fair catches on me. The commentary is sometimes way off. I had an INT against me not be challenged under 2 minutes in a half plus all turnovers should be reviewed after the defender trapped it. No play clock when you’re picking plays sometimes and it’s a lot more difficult to disengage from blocks this year.

  • I see they still havent fixed the defensive glitch i have been using for years. I have never told anyone this glitch, not even my friends.

  • Problems/ Glitches with Madden 13 I noticed so far after playing 16 ranked games

    1. Too many Wide open drop passes
    2. Time/ play clock disappears
    3. Unnecessary player movement after the a play and some movement of players looks silly in a pile.
    4. Doing away with Hot Route slant was not good
    5. Can’t play with friends
    6. Some running backs movement not right with controller
    7. Some receivers in motion don’t do Hot Route @ the snap of the ball

  • WOW! Where do I start?
    First off, no player editing in “ccm” mode. When I try making a trade (in offline ccm) in the trade screen while trying to scroll down the positions to select the player that I want to trade for (by pressing R2), it freezes! Sure the graphics are nice, but it’s NOT smooth, what good do these nice graphics do if it’s still choppy and players still move like robots? It’s just WAYYY too complicated and confusing trying to locate certain options in the game. During offline ccm, for whatever reason the schemes you set for each position on your team (from the home screen-under “More” and then in “Strategy” and in “Schemes”) NEVER saves and ALWAYS resets to default after every practice, game, every time you re-load your ccm, WTF! It freezes during games a little too often. This game doesn’t even function properly!!!
    I swear to God, since I’ve bought this game I’ve been experiencing migraine headaches because of the HIGH level of frustration I have with this crappy game!! How can they take important features AWAY from the previous Maddens?? Who the heck was responsible for the development of this overpriced junk? This is an absolute joke, and honestly, as long as people still line up for this, who the hell is gonna give 2 craps and address this anyway?, they don’t care, they’ve already robbed America blind.

    Here’s my advice for you, EA. IF you really want to learn how to properly develop a detailed sports game, please, just sit down and play NBA 2K12, and learn what true detail really means, see what true “fluidity” really looks like when it comes to graphics. And if you can’t produce such a game, then for God’s sake, MOVE OVER and stop hogging it all up and let 2K Sports (the real professionals) make an NFL game. If you’re so almighty then you shouldn’t be concerned, right?!? What ever happened to competition? I thought this was America, a country that moves forward with competition, not killing off any competition like some communistic regime! I HATE YOU, EA SPORTS!!!!!!!!!

  • I`ve searched and searched, but I cant find where to challenge plays. I know where it should be, but isnt there. Also, they fixed it to where you cant change teams in the middle of games. I tried to do that, to fix a challenge that it wouldnt let me do, by switching teams, then giving the ball back! lol Anyone else notice this?

  • I just played an entire game in my season, a heck of a game too, gained lots of XP, and once the game ends and I start scrolling down the player stats, WHATTYA KNOW, it FROZE….AGAIN!! All that time wasted, all that excitement, all that effort…..all for nothing.
    Thanks alot EA Sports, thanks for stealing my money in exchange for a product that has SO MANY GLITCHES and many many other FLAWS in it that I honestly for the life of me can’t figure out how this game got approved for sale being in such an incomplete and ridiculous state. How can they get away with this? Too bad for people like me who are starved to play a quality football game BUT have NO other choice of games except for this piece of garbage EA is so proud of. How can they be proud to present THIS to the public?? I’d be embarrassed!!!

  • Couple of things…
    On defense when you show blitz, the offense just calls a auidble and all your assignments on your defense changes. Sometimes making your defensive player cover a guy on the otherside of the field.
    Another thing is there isn’t anymore defensive assignments. I know it’s not easy to get the programs to line up with who we want but that’s what you guys are paid to do. I hate the fact that now you can move your top WR in the slot and the defense has there 3rd CB guarding him.
    Also I thought the whole point of having smarter A.I. and stats was to make it more competitive but yet when i play someone who is playing zone all i have to do is a hitch route and no matter who’s covering my wr that corner can’t stop it. And yes Revis can’t stop this either..

  • Ive really had no issues other than after my second season on cc david akers just like disappeared!!!
    1. He did not retire!
    2. He is not in the free agency!
    3. He is not on another team!
    4. He is not located under the legacy points or HOF section!
    5. He has completely disappeared!

    This is frustrating because ive lost my clutch kicker and a top three kicker in the game!!!

    Please any answers or anyone else exp. other players disappearing help this issue get fixed with an update!!!!!! Sincerly Madden fan since the beginning!!!!

  • I would have to say that the one issue that I have seen over the last 8 years with Madden is no matter where I throw the ball 90% of the time a linebacker jumps whats seems to be 20 feet in the air to swat the ball. There is no way that they can jump that high and swat. Most of the time is is the computer player doing it.

  • Ranked teamplay needs to be fixed. It does not give you a win if the other team quits. My team should be 10-0 but is only 2-0 because people just quit if they start losing, makes no sense

  • Everytime theres bump and run man to man coverage its like a magnet. The db sticks with you the whole route like he knows exactly what your doing. You barely can throw the ball

  • My biggest problem on the PS3 is that when someone quits you receive no win and they get no loss. We have played about 30 games in the community and our record is 8-4 because of quitters. Last year no matter what when you quit or got disconnected you received a loss and the other would get the win. This needs to be fixed ASAP! I also have seen this in MUT and Ranked Play. Please help in getting this fixed as soon as possible.

  • By the end of the draft my player position toolbar freezes. Then if I continue to draft and try to trade up the game freezes and I lose everything. This needs to be fixed.

  • Playing Communities in Madden is an absolute joke. If someone quits, nobody gets a win or loss so whenever our team goes up 7-0 then the other team quits and we get nothing except a wasted 20 minutes. Our team should be 10-0 instead we sit at 1-0. I had such high expectations for this game and I think overall it took at least 10 steps backwards from Madden 12. Just embarrassing.

  • I played a guy who just keep doing the same play…he put his wide receiver as a tight end and so he had two tight ends and put his running back in motion running to the side and the play could not be stopped!! This is a serious glitch!!…..If you try to cover one tight end the other tight end is open..and if he cant get the ball to either of the tight ends he just throws it to his running back on the side!

  • I am wondering why everytime I try to play one of my friends in a head to head game I get the “game session has been cancelled” message? This is extremely frustrating

  • I’ve been playing be a pro mode and whenever there is a 4th and inches and the CPU decides to punt they punt it right at one of the gunners… Really weird since it’s like a 5-10 yard punt everytime

  • Played 7 games online went 5 and 2. Then lost 10 games due to the game stopping and giving my polenta the win,,,

  • This is a crime ,not being able to make trades in offline without locking up and losing trade/game this is not a game release, this is just a cash grab by EA . There should be legal repercussions for EA

  • Is anybody having issues trading players in the coach career mode? After a few yrs in the offseason I get a message that says: your trade offer could not be submitted at this time. Please try later.

  • I’m playing the MUT solo challenges. I finally got my team up to a 92 average, do I can pay the harder legend challenges. Every time I play this it is totally unfair and impossible. The wide open receivers drop every pass. And the computer breaks way too many tackeless. It’s impossible and not even fun.why make it so unfair? I’m in the middle of playing right now, and my wide open (pro bowl)receivers dropped the pass three streight times!!! Soooo frustrating and not even fun to play that way!

  • My ultimate team overall is a 93 and on the legendary solo challenges my receivers drop every pass no matter what and the other team breaks.every tackle. Its extremely unfair and very annoying. Plz fix

  • Just got glitches person used 49 ers and all his receivers ran past my defender leaving my defende looking at them. Even if I bump and run they do not do any thing just watch te reciever run.

  • there is a glitch which in CC with resigning players after 1st season on. For instance, my team has $29mill in cap space with -$8 mill in penalty. i can trade or sign free agents but if i try to resign a player it says im -$1563.56 million over the cap which is basically a billion dollars over. they need to fix that glitch, a few random ppl get it after the first season

  • I just installed the title update for madden 13 and noticed that when I was editing the uniforms on some of my players the arms of most of the guys where really skinny, it looks really funny when a 300 pound DT has really skinny arms, so I adjusted the arm size and thought I fixed it, well when I started playing the game, all of the guys that I had to adjust had the arm size adjusted but their bodies where skinny now, do you guys have a plan on having this glitch fixed?

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