Madden NFL 12 Review: E-A Sports…Just Like Last Year’s Game!

Posted: September 4, 2011 in Now Playing (Video Game Reviews)
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Pros:
TV Style Presentation Is Well Done
Madden Ultimate Team Is Awesome

Cons:
Commentary from Gus Johnson and Chris Collinsworth Is Horrible
Stop Changing The Kicking Mechanics!
Not Much Has Changed From Last Year’s Game

I’m sure for most football fans out there the NFL Lockout really sucked. For me the thought of almost not having an NFL season would have driven me nuts. At least there was one shining light at the end of the tunnel. That light is known as Madden from EA Sports. No lockout was going to stop this beast from releasing on every console known to man. However, after playing the game there are some issues that make me think that EA Sports and Tiburon were locked out as well because this version of Madden feels a lot like last year’s game except some things look like they were sacked for a big loss.

One of the main improvements in this year’s game had to do with presentation. EA Sports and Tiburon wanted to bring you closer to the game and it looks like they’ve succeeded. The TV style presentation is top notch making everything feel like your actually sitting back on your couch and enjoying a Sunday filled with football, chips, dips and beer. Player introductions are awesome and are different with each team. Those who choose the 4:15 start time will see changes with the sun setting throughout the game. Stats will show up on the screen keeping everything up to date with all the action. Well as the old saying goes “EA Sports…It’s in the game!” Now what they really need to do is make a camera view for the people in the nosebleed sections and this game would be perfect.

Now if there was one huge negative in the presentation it would have to be the play-by-play commentary. Chris Collinsworth’s commentary was not that great last year, however Gus Johnson was amazing. This year they both sound like they just phoned it in. The commentary is sloppy, not coherent to what’s going on in the game, and was filled with awkward pauses. The commentary is so awful I can see why it was left out of the demo. A good suggestion is to turn off the commentary and find something else to listen too. At least the ambient sounds of the game make you sound like your actually there.

Gameplay is not that much different from last year’s game. There are some changes in the Gameflow system which are both positive and negative at the same time. The system will coordinate a play to cater to the moment in the game. This is great for amateur players who don’t know what to do, but pros may find it a hinderance. Offensively it’s not much of a problem, but defensively it sucks. When playing on defense the gameflow system may pick plays that might not give you the coverage you need leading to your opponent (online player or CPU) making that big play or putting six on the board. However, in goal line situations the Gameflow system will work just fine.

One thing that remains in the game is the Defensive Assist. For those not familiar with this function the Defensive Assist lets the Computer AI take over when your offense is not on the field. Noobs will find this helpful, but I think it’s retarded. Seriously people, don’t you all know that defense wins championships? This assist is really for those who are just plain lazy. If your going to get good at the game then play some fucking D! It’s really not that hard to do. It just takes a little practice. Speaking of defense, I’ve also noticed that players sucking into the tackle is pretty nonexistant compared to past games which is a big improvement.

I do have one huge bone to pick with EA Sports and Tiburon. This would have to do with the kicking game. In the demo I did mention that I shanked a couple of field goal attempts. I even messed up an opening kickoff. I’ve got to know EA. What’s with you guys changing the kicking mechanics every year? Do us all a favor and just stick with one method for doing kicks. Last year’s kicking system worked out just fine. Stop making changes when it’s not needed. I guess they haven’t herard of the old phrase “If it ain’t broke…don’t fix it!”

Just like last year, Madden NFL 12 features all of the same game modes that you enjoyed, or may have not liked at all. My personal favorite is Madden Ultimate Team. MUT allows you to create your own team from scratch by gaining cards from packs and auctions. Legendary players have been included in this year’s game to help up the ante for your team as well as the ability to trade cards with other players. Coins are gained by playing the computer AI or play with other players online to increase your intake of coins for better packs. Of course you can use your Microsoft Points to buy coins as well (Microtransaction). Trust me when I tell you that MUT will absolutely consume your life so make sure you have plenty of time to spare to it.

As for the other game modes, Franchise Mode returns once again with some slight tweeks in terms of free agency and scouting players. Other than that it’s still the same game mode you’ve been playing for years. This will be boring to some of you. With that in mind I suggest you go to Madden Ultimate Team or Online Franchise Mode. Online Franchise allows you and some friends to play the game together with your own league and control you own team’s destiny as the GM, head coach, and the players. That’s where the real challenge and fun is.

Speaking of online, Madden NFL 12 features plenty of online options besides just roster updates which by the way is Madden’s annual moniker: “The $60 yearly roster update.” Multiplayer is also here as you can take on anyone in the world in head-to-head games. Online Team Play returns once again allowing multiple people the opportunity to play in competitive co-op. Both of these online game modes make Madden fun. Keep in mind that EA will punish those who rage quit so make sure you finish your games or else the big “L” is coming as well as an increase in your DNF percentage.

So what’s really new with Madden NFL 12. Well not much. To be honest with you, this game feels more like Madden NFL 11 just with a slight graphical facelift. It’s hard to really notice any changes. So is the game worth buying? It all comes down to whether your a big fan of the game or not. Maybe if you have a lot of time on your hands you can create some of the new players in NFL 2K5 and stick with that. Either way you look at it, Madden NFL 12 is fun, but I really wish that EA Sports and Tiburon would stop acting like the big bully making very little changes in their games just because they own the NFL license.

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