Madden NFL 13 launches in South Africa and across Europe today, having been incredibly well-received by gamers and critics alike following its North American release on August 28th.
The game sold 900 000 copies during its first 24 hours on the market in the US, which represents a 7% increase year-over-year on HD platforms and a new record for this console generation.
Madden NFL 13 also set a franchise record for day one online usage with a 28% jump in peak simultaneous users compared to last year’s instalment.
“Madden NFL 13 is the most innovative entry the franchise has ever seen and we’re thrilled that fans have embraced it with such a huge first day,” said Andrew Wilson, Executive Vice President of EA Sports. “As we approach the kickoff of the NFL season next week, the football community is whetting their appetites by playing Madden NFL 13 in record numbers. With the combination of the cutting-edge Infinity Engine and new Connected Careers fans are truly getting their football fix with the best Madden NFL game ever.”
Critics have also responded favourably to the game, with the PS3 version sitting at 85% on both Metacritic and GameRankings. According to EA this aggregated score represents the biggest single-year jump in critical acclaim for an EA Sports title in four years.
Head over here for El33tonline’s previous coverage of Madden NFL 13, and remember that a demo is currently available on PS3, Xbox 360 and PS Vita (US only) if you want to try it out for yourself.