EA decided to place development of its next social Madden game in the hands of EA Tiburon, rather than Playfish, and gamers can finally see the fruits of that labor with the launch of Madden NFL 13 Social on Facebook and iOS.
By Brandy Shaul From games.com
Madden NFL 13 Social will allow Facebook players to start a game with a friend or stranger and then pick up that game later on, on iPhone or iPad. On Facebook, players watch simulated gameplay while choosing from a short list of possible offensive and defensive plays, unlocking more as they level up. A single possession is a "turn," and at the end, the game's progress falls into the hands of the opponent, allowing for games to stall entirely if the other person doesn't come back and play, and you can have multiple games going at once while you wait.
Both versions of the game suffer from some launch bugs as of this writing. On Facebook, this sees players being thrown into a never-ending refresh loop while playing on Google Chrome. In addition, since the game is so new, and the player base so small, it can be hard to find a random opponent to take on as the game must search from the small pool of available players to start a match. Hopefully, this "waiting game" will disappear if and when the game takes off in terms of popularity. Over on iOS, the game often crashes and if a player hasn't connected to Facebook before the crash, it takes all of his or her saved gameplay data with it.
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