Madden '12. If you still have an old Madden, don't buy this one.
6 November 2011
Summary: Same old Madden that EA puts out every year. They pretend to have made improvements (like every year), but they're not noticeable or not there. And, same as always, Madden finds a few ways to drive you nuts. You can't change the difficulty for the "Madden Moments" game mode (it's too easy). You can't skip past the intro coin flip and announcer babble at the beginning of the game (and unless you're playing your rival, they have the same dialog. Every. Single. Game.).
Summary: I typically wait three or more years between releases of Madden since they very rarely improve significantly. As an avid Browns fan, I had to get it mainly for the cover. Beyond that, this year is once again a mess of a game filled with bugs and the same old game. So far, I have had 10 rain games in a row in franchise mode with Browns. This has ruined the experience this far in the season as the rain makes the controls slower.
Summary: I have been playing Madden football regularly since 2002. Every summer I get pumped that Madden is coming out. The new additions to franchise mode are cool. The expanded rosters is great because you can now manage your team and decide who to keep and who to cut. Players go on hot and cold streaks over the course of the season which is a cool addition. And you can trade for future draft picks. Receivers attempt to stay in bounds when a pass is close to the sidelines.
Summary: Meh, the commentary was repetitive and not designed to their self-professed most popular mode: Franchise... I couldn't stomach hearing those two guys talk about Calvin Johnson and Suh for the 20th time. Also, Madden Ultimate team has such a promising core mechanic. Earning and opening packs of cards brings me back to childhood, but the experience of earning points for those cards is excruciating.
Summary: I will start by saying that i have been a loyal madden fan since about '95. I buy this game every year, and often times buy it for more than one console. Every year I anticipate the release of madden like christmas morning to a 5-year old. This year i purchased on amazon, because of the promotional credit. The game arrived one day late, but this was due to the recent hurricane here on the east coast. This game is the worst Madden game i have ever purchased.
Summary: I'm sick of them remaking the same game every year. It's insulting that they have in-game ads for Gatorade and they try to make me pay to boost my stats and get legends. I kept this for a week and I'm selling it. I'm done with Madden. Seriously, EA, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Summary: I think Madden 12 has made some progress....I think. However, Madden 11 was so bad that it's hard to tell. I'm unsure if I like it more because Madden 11 was garbage, or if it has some actually quality to it. Here is as list of things I consider to be pro's & con's of Madden 12. All of my experience's are based from playing on the All Madden setting. Pro's. 1.)The Presentation. The presentation is very good.
Summary: Madden 12 is so-so. I see it like this: The football. The football is okay. It isnt great, but it is good, and on par with recent releases of Madden. There are things which are interesting, and things that will drive you nuts. I got tired of the run-off that happened before each play, outside of the final two minutes of the half(s). Player Modelling.
Summary: Madden 12 was such a disappointment, I did not buy madden 11, so I am new to the whole gameflow thing but I think the structure they had with madden 10 was a lot better. The game is very pleasing to the eye but that is about it. 1. Game Speed the game is really way too fast, its like the problem they had with madden 09. 2. Overwhelming strength increase for defensive players.
Summary: If you've never owned a Madden game before in your life, then welcome to the world of console football--have a great time. If you've owned a Madden game since the Xbox 360 debuted, then expect more of the same (or less?) in this iteration. The Madden franchise keeps evolving, just not in a constructive way. Rather than adding meaningful features or improving the realism, the primary focus seems to be keeping the cash cow mooing.