Summary: Last night's Saints-Packers contest marked the start of the 2011-12 NFL season, a season that was still very much in doubt just over six weeks ago. EA Sports had maintained all along that a new Madden NFL game would launch this year, regardless of the status of real-life football, although the...
Excerpt: Mike Vick’s had a rough game, and it shows. A paint-scarred helmet and a grass-stained uniform bear the scars of an afternoon being abused by the Packers’ defense at Lambeau Field. Between the half-dozen sacks and countless other knockdowns, the Philly QB looks weary as he steps to the line.
Summary: Given EA Tiburon’s renewed focus on franchise mode this year, I had high hopes for Madden 12. Some of the new features – like expanded rosters, customizable playbooks, and dynamic player traits – are long overdue additions. But many of the other “improvements” take the franchise out of contention.
Excerpt: When I thought about Madden this year I thought wow this is going to be the same old dog and probably no new tricks. To be honest the only reason I even thought about purchasing this installment was because I love Cleveland and our hard working running back, Peyton Hillis, got the fans vote to...
Excerpt: It has to be tough being an annual sports-game developer. If they make a really great game they’re faced with the challenge of making it even better next year. If they change too much they could potentially turn off fans of the last game, but if they don’t change enough they could be criticized for...
Pros: Solid football gameplay, Large amount of content
Cons: No enthusiasm to be found, Several graphical issues, Poor sound design, New addition diminish experience
Summary: Madden NFL 12 is another tight package with improved AI, animations, and online communities. Most of the updates are under the hood, but diehard NFL fans will enjoy the tweaks in 12, even if they are minor.
Pros: The NFL broadcast presentation, Improved animations and real player style, Online communities
Cons: The lack of major changes to the series, including game modes, Graphical-related pop ups and errors return, The commentary, which is practically broken
Excerpt: I have been a fan of this series for 19 years. Although I haven’t had time to play every recent installment to my heart’s content, I’m quite familiar with the franchise’s progression over time. And to be brutally frank, this is the
Summary: The Madden series is as dependable as the calendar when it comes to marking time. This year's edition is better in some ways, but not as good in many others, as its predecessor. The end result is a surprisingly hollow version of the normally outstanding football simulation.
Pros: Solid, dependable Madden experience remains mostly unchanged, Improvements like Cut Days and customizable playbooks are nods to fans, New collision system makes hits look vicious
Cons: Game presentation is a little off from previous iterations, Online play has some lag issues, Too much extra content without attention being paid to the game itself