The new version of EA’s Madden series, Madden 13, has received generally positive reviews and it’s even been hailed by some as a major step forward for the series. It features nifty new tackle animations (which sometimes go a bit overboard) and some cool new career features.
There’s a major glitch in the gameplay, however, that has made the game very frustrating to play online. Many online Madden players, a group already known to have a love for onside kicks and going for it on forth down, have discovered a way to recover their own kickoffs and dominate the game from a possession standpoint.
In Madden 13, there’s a glitch that makes squib kicks easily recoverable by the kicking team. If you execute a squib kick with the proper power and you have fast players on your kickoff coverage team, you can get to the ball before your opponent picks it up.
Here’s some video of the glitch in action:
Of course, this would never actually happen in real life. The players on the receiving team would run up to pick up the ball off the turf. In the game, however, they are sluggish and will sometimes even stop near the ball and not pick it up.
According to some reports, the best way to defend against an opponent who tried to exploit this glitch is to always call a return right or return left when receiving a kick. If you call return middle, your players are unlikely to get to the ball in time. Don’t put your players into an onside recovery formation, as this will make you even less likely to be successful at getting the ball.
EA will likely fix this bug in an upcoming patch. For now, though, playing the game online against an opponent who knows how to exploit this glitch can be very frustrating.