Let’s be clear here when we say “sports simulation” We mean team sports intended to look, feel and play like the real games we see on television and not sped-up, simplified, dumbed-down arcade games with professional sports league licenses slapped on them. NBA Jam and NFL Blitz have confused more people with those licenses than anything.
In any case Madden NFL 13 is making a huge leap this year in just about every observable area. The gameplay --what you’re doing when you’re actually pushing buttons and working analog sticks-- is most important and both the offensive and defensive systems have been overhauled. You can throw passes over the middle now because quarterbacks will be able to put air under the ball to avoid linebackers. That’s so much like the NFL, it hurts. Similarly, on defense, players will have to see the ball before they can make a play to knock down a pass or intercept it. Again, it’s like an NFL Sunday in your hands. Seriously though, the list of things that have been improved is very impressive for a title that has no direct competitor and that’s been selling at least four million copies a year since forever.