While its Aug. 28 release date feels a long way off, we know a lot more about "Madden
13" than we did yesterday.
For one, we know polarizing
Whether you buy into the “Madden Curse” or not, the odds were stacked against Johnson to even make the cover against Newton, who rose to prominence quarterbacking Auburn to a national championship and winning a
Johnson, one of the league’s most dominant receivers for the past two seasons, is the first wide receiver to grace the cover of the game solo (the
It's fitting that either a pass-catcher or pass-receiver was going to highlight the game, which has emphasised an overhaul to the passing game. On the laundry list of issues that sorely needed fixing where the temp of play action, pump fakes and seemingly "psychic" defensive backs, all of which appear to have been addressed.
The other big news in "Madden" land is that the play-by-play and color commentary will be done by Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. The Nantz/Simms combo is the fifth incarnation of "Madden's" commentary team, and the first since the John Madden/Al Michaels era that shows real promise. While Chris Collinsworth's folksy football wisdom and Gus Johnson's over-the-top excitement worked in spots, it never seemed like they were on the same planet, much less the same broadcast booth.