Excerpt: EA has an interesting and unique challenge in front of them each year. They’ve got to put out a Madden game that does not deviate from the proven method of success, but that also contains enough improvements and new features to keep gamers happy and willing to shell out new money. Inevitably, there will always be criticism centered on complacency, lack of innovation, and the concept of “cashing-in” on another roster update.
Excerpt: In Madden 12 , EA has focused on making a big leap forward in gameplay performance, visual appeal, and realism. The result is that some gamers will be dissatisfied with the lack of new gameplay modes, a laundry list of new “features,” or additional game modes. The more important result, however, is a game that feels as good on the field as any iteration to-date.
EA has an interesting and unique challenge in front of them each year.
Excerpt: American football, represented by the National Football League or NFL, is not a big sport in South Africa or the rest of the world since it’s only played in the United States, but somehow it attracts fans from all over the world. Reading over the new features of Madden NFL 12, however, got me really excited to dive back into the sport and with this latest edition of the franchise, EA has mostly tackled core gameplay issues that have plagued the series in the past.
Conclusion: A fun game with very few major flaws, but by the same token it brings absolutely nothing new to the table other than the welcome online community option and enhanced player traits and consistency. That aside you will be playing the same old Madden and on that front, Madden NFL 12 just doesn’t do enough to hold your interest for very long.
Review: "Madden NFL 12" Is - For Better Or Worse - A Fleshed Out Iteration
6 September 2011
Excerpt: We know it’s cool to bash Madden and praise NFL 2K5 , but guess what? Much like a good, new Lauryn Hill song or a Greg Oden comeback, the chances are slim to none that 2K Sports will be making an NFL game anytime soon. Get over it and check out our highs and lows of Madden 12 .
Excerpt: Be honest, you already have preconceived notions about this game. That’s fine, I get it. After all, it is an annual sports franchise that, for the most part, takes an incremental approach year in and year out. However, last year was no such year with the introduction of GameFlow and Game Planning. Sure, it might not have been a feature for everyone, but the impact it had on the game was as important as the introduction of Focus was to the Tiger Woods franchise.
Excerpt: According to the founders of EA, the John Madden NFL(gridiron) video games series concept was founded way back in 1986 aboard an interstate American train trip when one of these originators of EA met John Madden who happened to be on his way to cover an NFL match. Madden preferred to take the train because of his dislike of planes.
Excerpt: Though Madden was never in danger of losing its virtual season to the real-life NFL lockout, we’re thrilled the pros are going to play because it means one key thing for Xbox fans: roster updates! No longer will Cardinals fans be required to make do with Derek Anderson under center. Bring on Kevin Kolb and a dose of optimism! Fortunately, Madden 12 offers far more than mere jersey changes for its players. This year’s edition quite simply plays better than ever.
Pros: + Looks really good, plays even better; play-calling is both smart and streamlined for casuals and diehards alike.
Cons: - Slow, annoying menus; stilted commentary, ? Who thought the new Season Ticket program was a good idea?