You thought that Madden NFL 13, the hyper-realistic NFL football simulation video game, was only available to the lucky turduckens with a PlayStation, XBox, or Wii system hooked up to their television? BOOM! Not anymore -- effective today, Madden NFL 13 is now available as an app for iPhone and iPads, and even as a Facebook game -- all of which requiring no separate gaming console or additional purchase
Sorry, Android users -- there is not yet an Android app for Madden NFL 13. But it's probably only a matter of time -- say, the 2014 version, maybe -- until the Madden NFL developers at EA Sports make a Madden mobile app covering both of the major mobile operating systems, and maybe some up-and-coming mobile operating systems as well.
There is, though, the new free app called Madden NFL 13 Social. Released today, Madden NFL 13 Social brings a slightly stripped-down version of the runaway blockbuster football video game to your iPhone, iPad, or Facebook account. The iOS version of Madden NFL 13 Social is a free download in the Apple app store, or as a free download for Madden NFL 13 Social on Facebook.
"Since lugging your Xbox into an office meeting is not only awkward but unprofessional, we decided to put the game on the devices that most of us are tethered to anyway: smart phones, tablets and laptops," EA Sports producer Greg Rinaldi said in a company blog post. "Now you’ll have Madden NFL with you wherever you go."
And with that news, five million American marriages just went on the rocks.
Madden NFL Social is not quite the same experience as the full-fledged Madden video game played on a proper console. For starters, you can't play defense -- you can only control the offense, and defense is played by a simulator. Additionally, the astonishingly photo-realistic graphics for which Madden is known do not transfer to a mobile platform, and stadiums are not the exact replicas seen in the traditional Madden video game.
That said, all the other good stuff is there -- and it's free. You can still play games directly against friends who are miles away, you can still make trades, and players' individual abilities are still highly quantified to make them perform onscreen just as their real counterparts do on the football field.
The iOS version of Madden NFL 13 Social allows for player movement controls, whereas the Facebook version just lets you pick the play that gets run by a simulator. Players can play "across platforms" -- meaning you can be playing on an iPad while your buddy competes against you on the Facebook platform, or vice versa.
VentureBeat has some screencaps of Madden NFL 13 Social. It's perhaps a step down from the console version, but still light years beyond what we once called Tecmo Bowl. As long as EA keeps innovating and improving the Madden game, business for this franchise will remain, ummm, boom-ing.