There are many households in this country for whom a copy of Madden NFL is as much of a holiday tradition as kissing under the mistletoe. It is to them that X-Play dedicates the preview below.

In it we learn all about Madden NFL 13 from Lead Designer Patrick Bellance. So click play for the inside word on the Infinity Engine and its all-new physics, as well as Connected Careers mode for connecting players to the NFL like never before.

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Rapper Jay-Z is apparently an executive producer on upcoming basketball game NBA 2K13. I got 99 problems, but Jay-Z being involved in a video game ain't one. The massively famous hip-hop star/entertainment mogul dropped the news on his site, Life and Times, by posting the YouTube video you see below:

While I seriously doubt Hova is in the trenches, overseeing the day-to-day operations at 2K Games, it is interesting when an entertainment figure of Jay-Z's status gets involved in a video game.

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FIFA 13 with Kinect compatibility will offer gamers the ability to yell at their TVs in rewarding ways. Voice commands will let gamers choose formations, make substitutions and even call plays. You'll also have the ability to yell obscenities at the ref. The ref won't give you a yellow card for having a foul mouth but he will take the indiscretion into considerations the next time he makes a call. It will also affect in-game commentary, and the FIFA 13 storyline.

Source: Kotaku

Tonight On AOTS: Michael Dorn & Marina Sirtis On Star Trek: TNG Blu-Ray & WaveJet Surfing!

Calling all Star Trek fans! Tonight on Attack of the Show, Matt Mira and Grace Helbig welcome Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis in studio to celebrate the Blu-ray release of Star Trek: The Next Generation season one! Candace Bailey also hits the beach with the WaveJet surfboards and Chris Gore stops by for this week's DVDuesday reviews on Childrens Hospital, Get The Gringo and more. Plus, find out which apps you should download for the upcoming Summer Olympics!

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Future EA Sports Games To Require

Today, EA Sports announced that the Fight Night development team will created the next UFC videogame. The UFC development team will be lead by Team and Action Sports General Manager Dean Richards (Fight Night, NHL, SSX) and Creative Director Brian Hayes.

We originally learned that EA would be creating UFC games at E3, but these are the first concrete details on EA's plans.

“When we found out that EA and the UFC would be working together, the team was excited," Hayes said. "Most of the team didn’t even know about it until the announcement at E3. We were all watching it together and when Andrew Wilson and Dana White took the stage, everybody starting cheering. It was great.”

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Madden  NFL 13 comes out this fall, and the enduring football franchise is aiming to deliver something new this year: Enhanced physics, courtesy of the Infinity Engine. Collisions, hits and tackles will never be the same. Plus, Connected Careers mode is coming, which will allow you to guide a player or coach online.

In the video below, Blair Herter gets all the Madden 13 details from American Football GM Cam Weber.


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Let's take a look at Madden NFL 13, want to? The franchise has been around since the early 1930s, and yet it still manages to innovated every year. Find out what new features the team at EA Sports created for the upcoming Madden NFL franchise in this official Madden NFL 13 E3 2012 video preview. Learn from Cam Wever, GM and Vice President at EA Football, about the "Run-Time" physics in the game.


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EA Takes Over UFC Video Game Rights

EA is taking over producing UFC video games.  Ultimate Fighting Championship games will be produced by EA over the next several years.

"We're thrilled to begin a long-term partnership that will bring fans incredibly authentic, and deeply connected, UFC videogames," said Andrew Wilson, EVP and Head of EA SPORTS. "UFC has become a global powerhouse because they have the world's best fighters, competing in the world's best mixed martial arts events. We share UFC's passion for the sport, and we look forward to capturing all of the intensity and excitement of the action with unique new game experiences across a range of platforms."

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NBA, NHL, ESPN 24 Hours Coming Xbox 360

Microsoft today announced partnerships with NBA, NHL and ESPN, to bring a ton of sports coverage, 24 hours a day, to your console.

NBA GameTime Plus and League Pass will give access to hundreds of pro basketball games, and NHL Game Center Live will do likewise with hockey. 

ESPN on Xbox is being vastly improved. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU are all coming to the 360. You'll be able to watch favorite ESPN shows like SportsCenter, Mike & Mike, and more, live and in HD, through your Xbox 360.

Madden NFL 13 leads off today's crop of interesting and impressive X-Play exclusives. The latest Madden brings big changes to the series' audio design by amping up the play-by-play commentary, sound design, score and soundtrack. A football game doesn't come to life without the sweet sound of a tackle grunting and the sharp crunch of pad-on-skull action

In the video below, Blair Herter talks to Audio Producer Matt Bialosuknin about how Madden's sound design came about. Take a look and be the first on your block to see the new Madden, including gameplay footage of Jim Nance and Phil Simms.

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When you're finished with the video, delve deeper into the football simulator with our Madden NFL 13 preview.

Madden NFL 13

We've got a Madden NFL 13 preview for you, jocko. In the preview below, Adam "The Riveter" Rosenberg, a gridiron aficionado since his days of playing right tackle at 'Bama*, gives his thoughts on the new Madden. Spoiler alert: It's pretty much like the old Madden--when you've got a highly-tuned, top-selling sports franchise, I guess it doesn't make too much sense to change it up too heavily.

There is one key difference in Madden NFL 13 that will bring happiness to many Madden gamers, though, and that is the apparent lack of "ESP" among defensive players. Here's how Rosenberg describes the changes:

"A quick added note on that defensive tip. Last year's Madden (among many others before it) was criticized for its "psychic defenders," linemen who knew where the ball was at all times, regardless of what sightlines would suggest they could actually know about.

That's all changed in Madden 13. The tipped ball was knocked away by a defender who was facing Cutler when the ball went out. At other parts of the game, defenders that could have stopped a rush didn't respond at all because of other players blocking their line of sight. While this is hardly definitive proof that the virtual ESP is gone, it's certainly encouraging."

Check out our Madden NFL 13 preview.

*(All facts about Adam Rosenberg are entirely invented)


We've got a Madden NFL 13 gameplay preview for you, football heads -- it's time for our annual trip back to Madden country! Madden NFL 13 features a fully revamped passing game as well as CBS broadcasters Jim Nance and Phil Simms in the booth, calling the game.

Get all the Madden NFL 13 details in the video below, in which Blair Herter talks with Game Designers Larry Richart and Patrick Bellance.

Madden NFL 13 Gameplay Preview »

Madden 13 Cover Goes To Calvin Johnson From The Detroit Lions

It's official: Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be on the cover of Madden 13. Johnson, more awesomely known as Megatron, barely beat out rookie quarterback and fantasy football sensation Cam Newton by snagging 52% of the vote.

The announcement of the Madden cover, which comes every year right before the start of the NFL Draft in New York City, is one of the annual off-season highlights football fans look forward to during the sad time of late February through August. Over the course of the Madden 13 cover voting, Johnson accumulated over 19 million nods from fans around the world, due in no small part to his electrifying play and completely face-meltingly amazing nickname. 

While being on the cover of Madden can do great things in terms of a player's image, it can also strike fear in the hearts of football fans everywhere because of the so-called Madden Curse. Megatron, however, does not believe in such nonsense

Only time will tell whether or not the 6'5" receiver will be able to outrun the curse, but in the meantime, I'm sure Cam Newton is sitting in a corner somewhere, writing thank you notes to everyone who voted for Johnson just in case. 




NCAA Football 13 brings all-new gameplay and an emphasis on passing, and Blair Herter gets an early look from Game Designer Larry Richart. Are you ready for some football? I mean, really, really ready? Because it's football time, sport-o.


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Blair Herter is taking you inside the world of NCAA Football 13 in this gameplay video and interview. Blair sat down with NCAA Football 13 producer, Ben Haumiller, to talk about the next edition in the series. If you're a fan of NCAA Football  then get ready for awesome uniforms, second-generation High Dynamic Range lighting, and true-to-life stadium atmosphere.

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