Madden NFL 12 Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Madden NFL 12 Box Art
System: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP
Dev: EA Tiburon
Pub: Electronic Arts
Release: August 30, 2011
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

If you're feeling extra managerial, Franchise Mode isn't the only place where you can satisfy your inner team owner; you can also check out Madden Ultimate Team mode. This mode is back from last year and allows players to build teams using special player cards. You start off with a deck of pretty standard players, but can trade, purchase, and auction cards off to get access to better players and even legends to add to your team. While Ultimate Team isn't as all-encompassing as Franchise Mode, it is a fun little diversion, and watching out for special trading events is a great way to stay connected to the world of Madden.

The only real issues I found with Madden 12 were on the technical side of things. Though visuals were technically proficient, there weren't very many moments when Madden 12 really stood out as a great-looking game. Couple that with several visual glitches that ranged from pixilation to disappearing players, and I couldn't really be wowed by what I saw. The audio is a similar story; though it was technically proficient, commentary would sometimes drop out, which was painfully noticeable in two-player games.

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Madden 12 definitely proves that no matter how old it gets, how many features it adds, and how immersive the game feels, there is always room for growth. The drastically revisited A.I. system, new gameplay elements, and deeper Franchise Mode make Madden 12 the ultimate football game that you just have to buy. Again.

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Small visual shortcomings and some audio annoyances might keep Madden 12 from being 100% on top form, but with the crazy amount of content and nearly endless gameplay possibilities, these seem like minor grievances. So get your bowl of chips, settle into your favorite chair, and make sure your eyeglass prescription is up to date. It's going to be a long football season, and living it along with Madden 12 seems like a perfect way to experience what's sure to be a blockbuster year for the sport.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Player animations and stadiums are sharp, but a few technical problems hold this back from looking its best.
4.5
Control
Controls are complex, but extremely responsive.
3.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Commentary is fast and responsive, but repetitive music tracks become grating quickly.
4.8
Play Value
Depth is the name of the game here. From the all-consuming franchise mode to the ultimate team and plenty of online action, Madden 12 will keep you playing
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • All-New Collision System: Now maintain full control of players up to the point of impact - from tackling to blocking - providing the most authentic collisions in franchise history. This new system uses a player's momentum and over 100 new tackle animations, including 40 gang tackles, to provide more impactful hits, stolen tackles, and consecutive hit tackling.
  • Advanced Defensive AI: Over 100 defensive A.I. enhancements resulting in the smartest Madden defense ever. Players in zone and man coverage will properly recognize and react to plays, including the ability to break out of assignments when appropriate, resulting in a defensive team that truly works together.
  • Custom Playbooks: The #1 most requested feature by fans in recent years, allows you to build the ultimate game plan by modifying an existing playbook or creating your own by selecting up to 400 offensive or defensive plays from 75 different playbooks. Integrate your custom playbook into a game plan for use with the improved GameFlow system, which executes an authentic, situational game plan for you. Click here to enter text.

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