If you’re a Madden nerd like me, then you’re probably already well-aware of the new physics engine in this year’s game. For those of you that don’t know what Infinity Engine is, it’s essentially EA’s version of Natural Motion. No longer will we see an animation-based tackling system. In fact, to my knowledge, the only place we will see animations within gameplay, is for catches.
To be honest, I would have been way more enthusiastic for this year’s game if EA would have taken animations out of the game completely. My best guess is that EA may have tried removing catching animations, but as a result, they were getting some weird catching motions, and had to remove it from the engine, and re-implement catching animations. Nevertheless, the Infinity Engine is #1 on my list, and there will be new catching animations this year.
This is long overdue, because if you’re anything like me, you were tired of superman linebackers a long time ago. If you’re unfamiliar with this feature, it will allow you to throw the ball with more accuracy. Do you want to throw high and outside, high and inside, low and outside, or somewhere else? The better your quarterback is, the more accurately you will be able to position the ball on its’ trajectory.
Read and React Defense
Last but not least, we were all tired of defensive backs mirroring our routes, right? With the new read and react defensive system, the defensive backs will first have to watch the receiver, and react to what he does. You do realize what this means, don’t you?
No longer will we have to live on corner routes. We will not be able to do out routes, in routes, and the infamous curl route. Best of all, for the first time ever, we will be able to be successful with these routes. This is a huge improvement, and I’m looking forward to it in Madden 13.
EA is set to deliver the best Madden game that they have ever released, but will it flop? That’s the big question. If Infinity Engine, pass trajectories, read and react defense, along with the other features in Madden 13 work like they should, then this will be a solid game that we will want to play all year around.