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Madden Ultimate Team 13 Guide

I’ve been playing Madden Ultimate Team 13 for some weeks now and I feel like I now have a good handle on the system and economy of the game.  So here’s my guide on how to play Ultimate Team, get a good team and not spend real cash to do it.

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Madden Ultimate Team 13 Fantasy and Coin-Up Solo Challenges

So after week 1, they have added some new solo challenges to Madden Ultimate Team.

They have made a solo challenge for each of their fantasy players from week 1.  You have to do them in order.  If you complete them all, you get a fantasy David Akers card which is needed to complete the Week 1 Fantasy Collection.  If you complete that, it will unlock the final fantasy solo challenge for which you will get a Robert Griffen III card.

I assume that these challenges will only be available this week so I have been trying to complete them all.  I don’t buy nearly enough packs to complete the fantasy collection(let alone having gotten any of the cards) so I’m not trying for that, but having different challenges to do in nice.

Another solo challenge that they added is the Coin-up challenge.  Before week 1, they added a Coin-Up challenge where if you completed it, you got an 85 Victor Cruz card.  There was also a collection for just this card which would be worth 500 + 1000*the number of TDs he caught in his week 1 game, which turned out to be 0.  This week, they’ve changed it up a bit.  You play 2 games, against the 49ers and the Lions.  If you do, you get an 85 Vernon Davis card.  You can put this in a collection which will effectively trade it for an 85 Calvin Johnson Jr. card.  Same deal applies with touchdowns next week, so you basically get to bet who will have more touchdowns.  Nice little twist.  I went with Megatron, I also have him on my fantasy team.

In other Ultimate Team news, MUT13.com has put up their card database.  Another site did this last year which was invaluable for knowing what collection(s) the cards you got in packs were in.  Collections aren’t as awesome this year, so maybe the benefit won’t be as great but it’s still a great resource.  They’re also attempting to catalog the auction values of each card.  I’m not sure how this will deal with XBOX vs PS3 but it should still help.

Maddenoliday!

NFL Roster Update 13, I mean Madden 13 comes out tomorrow and as I am every year, I’m pumped.

I am one of the millions of chumps who shell out $60 every year for the new Madden.  It’s fun to have the current rosters.  It’s fun to see how the year to year changes affect gameplay.  It provides its share of entertainment every year.

For a long time, my go-to mode was Franchise mode.  In this mode, you play through a season with your team, including injuries, trades and hopefully the postseason.  Then you can go through the offseason making trades, signing contracts and the draft.  Then you move on to next season.  Sounds like a job?  I can see that, but to me, it allows me to build something rather than just playing games.  You also don’t have to play every game, you can simulate through them if you want.

A number of years ago they added superstar mode, which allows you to play a single player.  The novelty was fun but it gets old fast to not be involved in every play.

The new hotness that started 2 years ago is Ultimate Team.  It’s ultimate, so it must be the best, right?  Right!  It is admittedly, straight up odd.  Ultimate Team is a combination of a CCG(like Magic: The Gathering if you’re not familiar) and Madden.  You start off with a pack of cards of players.  The cards you have are the players you have available and your starting pack will be backups from a bunch of different teams in the league.  When you play games against the computer or against people online, you will earn coins.  With these coins, you can purchase packs of cards.  Bronze packs are cheap but have bad players.  Silver and Gold are better but cost double or triple the price.  You can also put your cards up for auction or bid on other people’s auctions.  There are also collections of cards you can complete for bonus coins and special reward cards.  Of course, you can use real money to buy coins, but you don’t need to, at least you didn’t last year.

This mode hits so many things I love.  I get to build a team that is persistent, it reminds me of collecting cards, but is easier to do on a computer, I can play games with my collection against my friends.  It’s just a blast.  I can only hope that this year’s is just as good.  I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

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