The PS4 Makes Madden, FIFA and NBA 2K Better, But Not Essential

Heading into this console transition my opinion was that, of all the genres that could possibly sell a new Xbox or PlayStation, sports would come in last. Despite the richer visuals and refined experiences I've seen so far, that opinion still stands. » 11/17/13 5:51pm 11/17/13 5:51pm

How Often Does a Player Get Paralyzed in Madden?

This is the rara avis of outcomes in Madden NFL—the career-ending injury. It is the sports video game equivalent of permadeath, and yes, it'll actually happen in your living room, although I have never seen this myself. » 10/02/13 4:29pm 10/02/13 4:29pm

EA Loses $11 Million Madden Lawsuit

A jury today found that Electronic Arts used code and features developed by the designer of the first John Madden Football throughout Madden games published into the mid-1990s without crediting or paying him royalties, and required EA to pay damages that could start at $11 million and potentially reach much higher. » 7/23/13 9:25pm 7/23/13 9:25pm

Facing A Season With No NFL, Madden's Ultimate Team Looks To The Legends

In any discussion of the greatest video game athletes, the Michael Vick of Madden NFL 2004 always makes the cut, and is usually the most recent name on the list. In the eight years since his appearance, sports simulations have fine-tuned their realism, closing the era of logic-defying performances by the likes of… » 6/22/11 7:30pm 6/22/11 7:30pm

The Top Talent Departs as Madden Nears Its Release

The executive producer of Madden NFL quietly stepped down this week after less than a year on the job. He is the third senior-level Madden developer to leave the title in the past two months. But Phil Frazier and his… [ Kotaku » 6/18/11 12:03am 6/18/11 12:03am]

Facing the Lockout, Madden and NFL Fans Seek a Common Refuge

At E3 this week, the sight I was least prepared for was that of Ray Lewis in full Baltimore Ravens uniform: eye-black, skullcap, gloves, wristbands, everything. This was an appearance for Madden NFL 12 but to him, it didn't look… [ Kotaku » 6/11/11 6:18pm 6/11/11 6:18pm]

Madden's Dynamic Performance Serves Sundays With More Flavor

Beat on a quarterback for 45 minutes of an NFL game and you'll see a different guy in the fourth quarter. Some start forcing every throw. Some will run like hell. Some go catatonic.… [ Kotaku » 6/03/11 6:20pm 6/03/11 6:20pm]

Concussions Will Be Rare In Madden NFL 12, And No One Gets Suspended

Madden NFL 12 will present concussions realistically - as realistically as removing a player from the game, forbidding his return, and delivering commentary that highlights the seriousness of the injury. The game will not include suspensions for players who dole them out. [ Kotaku » 5/06/11 6:20pm 5/06/11 6:20pm]

How an Imperfect Player Became the Perfect Madden Cover Pick

He's the first Madden cover star from a losing team. The first with no Pro Bowl appearances at the time of his selection. He led NFL running backs in one statistical category last year - fumbles.… [ Kotaku » 4/28/11 10:00pm 4/28/11 10:00pm]

Madden Gets in Trouble for Outing a Team's New Uniform

EA Sports uploaded - then quickly yanked - a YouTube video teasing Madden NFL 12 Madden junkies love to pick these things apart for clues about this year's new features. In so doing, they also found the Buffalo Bills' new… [ Kotaku » 4/27/11 8:30pm 4/27/11 8:30pm]

Peyton Hillis Is Madden NFL 12's Cover Star

Fans selected Peyton Hillis, the Cleveland Browns running back, to grace the cover of Madden NFL 12. Hillis prevailed in a five-week, tournament style vote-off that drew nearly 13 million votes, and was the final round winner over Philadelphia Eagles… [ Kotaku » 4/27/11 4:58pm 4/27/11 4:58pm]

EA Sports' "Football Czar" Opens With A Two-Month Drill

In the two and a half months since he traded Canada's weather for Florida's, and titles like FIFA for Madden, Cam Weber has read that he delayed Madden's release for three weeks because of the NFL lockout; that he's adding… [ Kotaku » 4/22/11 8:00pm 4/22/11 8:00pm]

Madden Moves Its Release Date To The End Of August

Traditionally arriving by the first or second Tuesday of August, Madden NFL 12 will be released three weeks later, Aug. 30, in a move EA Sports says will carry into… [ Kotaku » 4/13/11 6:00pm 4/13/11 6:00pm]

No Strikes, but One Out as Labor Unrest Hovers Over Video Games

For a brief moment Tuesday, I wasn't sure we'd be seeing any basketball video game this year, even though I'd taken for granted that NBA 2K12 would release, a death-and-taxes sure thing in October for more than 10 years.… [ Kotaku » 4/09/11 4:00pm 4/09/11 4:00pm]

Madden NFL 12 Said to Include Concussions to Present a Safety Message

Remarkably, Madden NFL 12 will depict players suffering concussions, according to the president of the NFL Players' Association, but apparently in a manner that reinforces the seriousness of the injury and the message that playing through one is not a… [ Kotaku » 3/30/11 7:28pm 3/30/11 7:28pm]

A Longtime Holdout Joins Madden This Year

Soldier Field, one of the more storied venues of the National Football League, has never appeared in the Madden NFL series, or any other NFL series. It's always been a generic venue under the name "Chicago Stadium," or "Chicago… [ Kotaku » 3/13/11 6:00pm 3/13/11 6:00pm]

Imminent NFL Lockout Does Not Threaten Madden 12's Release

Though the NFL's ownership is expected to lock players out, following a breakdown in negotiations with the players' union, EA Sports repeated reassurances that will have no impact on Madden NFL 12's release or its rosters.… [ Kotaku » 3/11/11 11:53pm 3/11/11 11:53pm]