Many Madden NFL 13 gamers are confused and think that EA SPORTS removed Franchise Mode. Actually, they created a brand-new mode called Connected Careers Mode, which combines offline Franchise Mode, online Franchise Mode, and Superstar Mode all into one!
This mode is extremely deep, and while it is missing Fantasy Draft, Import Draft Class, and Roster Edits, it has many, many new features. Here is a great article from EA SPORTS Game Changer “RedZoneD25,” who shows off his favorite new mode.
“Hi Madden NFL fans – EA SPORTS Game Changer Dave Searles (@RedZoneD25) here to talk more about Connected Careers in Madden NFL 13. It has recently been a point of interest amongst the Madden community that the experience formerly known as Franchise Mode is not present in this year’s title. While it’s true that you won’t be seeing a place to select Franchise Mode in the main menu, the idea of taking control of an NFL team in all phases of the sport is something very much alive and well in Connected Careers as a Coach.
There are two things that are absolutely critical to have when you are in control of a virtual football team; objectives and accountability. This is an area where I feel Franchise Mode consistently fell short, offering little in terms of a sense of accomplishment (or failure). What was the big deal if you tanked the season to get the first pick every year in the Draft? Conversely, where was the reward if you managed to lead a Super Bowl-caliber team every year? Outside of patting yourself on the back, there was little incentive to continue past the first few seasons unless you truly wanted to for whatever reason. The days of wondering if you really want to continue on to years 2 through 30 are over, since anything that can happen is on your watch now.
Let’s talk about player progression. In previous years, it didn’t really matter how well your players performed in any given season outside of winning games, because if you had a player with A Potential, he would progress nicely regardless of what the statistics said. This effectively halted the ability to find a late round steal or use your 7th round choice on a player to groom for years down the road, because if you drafted a D or F Potential player, that was it—he’s done. In Connected Careers, you are in full control of who leaves a legacy and who doesn’t. The reason for this is an all-new progression system based around XP (experience points).
Each player on your roster will earn XP by completing goals. The more difficult the goal is, the more XP you will get as a reward. “