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Initial Madden 13 Demo Impressions

Now that the Madden NFL 13 demo is out on both the XBOX 360 and the PlayStation 3, it is time to hear what you think.  Do you think it is an upgrade from Madden 12, a downgrade, or stayed about the same?  WhiteWidow from our forum put up a nice, concise review with his thoughts.  You can check them out below.


  • Usering is fairly easy and A LOT better than NCAA 13. First game I got 3 user picks as Redskins and I am not a great user defender, so I am pleased with that. Haven’t had much user experience on the offensive side of the ball, but the lead passing has been extraordinary. Again, much better than NCAA.
  • Running in the game is balanced. You can run the ball up the middle,outside, whatever it may be and unless your play is blown up by a blitz your good for a positive gain. It’s not easy to run, but it’s a lot easier than NCAA.
  • NO MORE NANOS! From what I have seen and read once you click off a hot routed player they will move back to their original position in the play. Now, many players have disliked this feature, but personally I love it because people are now forced to play scheme defense and not just nano the hell out of ya!
  • Fade route is now the, step off the line at an angle and shoot down field route, just like in NCAA hot routes.


  • Tackling in this game is kinda iffy. Players take bad angles and the animations are a little weird. I’m sure it will be improved in final version of game.
  • No more nanos means more turbo blitzes and fag d.


  • Seems to be a great version of madden so far, and I’m excited to play everyone and enjoy the game!

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below or in our madden 13 demo thoughts thread.

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  1. Terrible Animations..

    Too many Dropped passes

    Unrealistic catching

    1. ya I don’t know what’s up with the catching on all madden mode

  2. Did they really fix nanos? There were a lot of plays I had on ’11 that stopped working on ’12, but I can’t imagine how they could fix nanos

  3. I thought the catching was good but too many drops I had 20 drops in three games with vernon davis, also too many broken tackles for the cpu and it was really hard to stop the run

  4. I thought the graphics should be slightly better in Madden 13, than the demo, and I found playing defense less enjoyable than Madden 11 because I feel the user has better control in 11. I hope the game is better than the demo, and actual rankings of teams are fair. I like the fast tempo of the game, but the catching is better if you let the CPU do it for you, then run because it is not manually friendly.

  5. Dont mess with perfection. build on it. madden 12 is the best game in yrs. 13 has not impressed me in this demo. i hope the game is better than this sneak preview (demo). it wont matter though because i will go out and buy madden13 and if its not as good as madden 12, i will go back to playing 12. work on building a foundation and work up. dont start over. i thought by now we would have a halftime show of highlights of some games playing

  6. Madden 13 looks awesome. As far as the nano blitz possibly being removed is a great thing. No more people who can only play the nano. Now you got to actually play the game the way it was meant to be played. User is awesome. The pass lead and pass trajectory is amazing. I must admit the tackling can be kind of weird but it is still awesome. You can’t expect EA to make all the corrections in one year. there will never be a perfect game. There is always going to be someone who doesn’t like this or doesn’t llike that. Madden 13 so far looks to be the better game in recent years.

  7. i got 6 picks and thats is the most i had and i was like dang it is going to the best and i cant what

  8. after the tackle there are to many people tripping on others

  9. did someone really say madden 12 was the best game in years dont mess with perfection improve on it? SMH i 100% disagree. Madden 12 was the worst madden game i played in recent memory.

    1. I agree Madden 12 was one the best in years….you must have been getting your a$$ kicked in it if you say otherwise …..

      1. I agree too, but not based on gameplay, instead based on the leaps and bounds EA took in terms of improving game types such as adding bidding in free agency in franchise mode and cut days.

  10. I don’t like how it takes to long to show blitz

    For example if I pick 3 man deep I like to show blitz and all my defenders go deep first then run up to the line