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Congradulations Madden 12 Winner #1!

Posted: 9th September 2011 by MaddenPreview in Madden 12

Announcing the first winner in our Madden NFL 12 FREE contest

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Congratulations to our winner:

Holly Hinton!

 

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Madden 12 Demo Review

Posted: 10th August 2011 by MaddenPreview in Madden 12

I went into the Madden NFL 12 demo without changing any settings or anything. In my first possession I fought my way to the one yard line as the Green Bay Packers. The Chicago Bears stopped me in my tracks two times before and now I could feel the pressure. I went in and picked a goal line pass play that looked good. “Hut! oh no those guys are getting oooooohhhhh oouch!” That’s right. Sack. Poor Aaron Rodgers. Poor me. That’s ok I’ll just kick a field goal and be up by 3 points. The camera swept back to the field goal view and the kick meter popped on screen. Power up, accuracy, the kick is….. Rocketing into the crowd on the left hand side of my screen – No good! The meter was going way slower than I’m used to and I instinct-ually hit the buttons like I was playing on All Madden. Even though I was rustier than a rookie in post lockout training camp I had a blast. My experience with the Madden 12 demo is that the game has been improved in every phase of the game.

Madden 12 Graphics
The first thing I noticed is that the graphics have made a major upgrade. This is the case almost every year in Madden but I have to say that this year’s leap is bigger than the one from Madden 10 to 11 (and that was a pretty good leap). The graphics really, really pop this year and I think that’s because several areas they improved go together to make it pop. There are 3 major improvements that go together to make this years Madden the best yet graphically. To me the most notable graphical improvement is in the character models. These guys look real. The next thing I noticed is how much more realistically all of the movements in the game are. The tackles seem a lot more realistic. It’s like there are a lot more physics involved instead of set on the rails animations. Add on top of the other two the new camera angles and presentation and it just makes the game look so good this year. Some of the new camera angles are the stadium blimp view, on the field in the huddle out the tunnel view, authentic sideline footage. These all add up. Let me throw in that some of the details are the cherry on top. The grass at the right angles looks amazing. The shoes look like REAL shoes.

the Kicking Game
Let me start off talking about the kicking game by saying that I actually won a game by blocking a field goal! I have never had that happen at least in the last two years. I believe that the momentum of my team might have had something to do with me being able to block that kick. I think that’s awesome. The candy bar kicking meter of last year has been replaced by what I call the sweet spot meter which is circular in shape. The power goes up and then goes back down for accuracy. There is a little box that you want to try to get the meter to stop in the middle of. That’s why I’m calling it the “sweet spot.” I can see this positively effecting online play by adding an element of skill and realism to the kicks. On kickoffs the blockers actually block gunners and help out the return man instead of like last years game just standing there looking dazed and confused letting the kicking team just run by. The camera switches nicely to the side just like you would see on game day television. There is an option to have the Standard madden view.

Defense
It is a lot more fun to play on and against defense this year. The artificial intelligence has definitely been improved. Defensive linemen will break off from their assignments and go after you if they see the play developing different than what they were schemed to do. The hits are more satisfying because they seem to be grounded in real physics instead of being on rails seeing the same tackle animations over and over again. Hitting the guy with the ball makes them tumble realistically out of bounds. I don’t think I saw the same exact tackle twice. I was able to stop plays being made even though I missed the tackle on the receiver by tripping the receiver up with my arm, stumbling and missing the catch. Before the snap I usually like to play on the defensive end to go after the quarterback. The linemen actually get into battles this year. They hold on to each other and move around while I’m trying to force my way through. Needless to say when I break through and smack the quarterback it feels even more satisfying than ever. Take that, quarterback!

Offense
This is my favorite phase of the game and it feels even better than ever. The improvements made to the other phases of the game in tandem with the more dynamic collision animations alone improves the offensive phase. The quarterback play is more realistic. There are certain throws that I tried to make while on the run that did not work out because I didn’t have my quarterback in the right position to make them, just like in real life. I’d make those throws all day long last year. Throwing controls feel even more precise than last year. At no point did I feel like I pressed to make a throw and it didn’t happen like I thought it should. This more precise connection from controller to the game adds to the realism and enjoyment of the game. Running the ball feels better than ever. It seems like the RB movement, right stick tuning, and acceleration have been calibrated with the dynamic animation making the ground game feel really nice. The smarter defense will react and stuff the run. There are also times when I follow the blocks just right and can squeeze my back though to big gains. The game is more fun when it’s all about my skill, a little bit of luck, and not being ripped off by janky sets of animation and programming.

General Improvements
Grass at the right angles looks AMAZING. The new camera angles make it look like a real NFL broadcast and really get me into the game. The D-pad audible controls from last year are back with a much snappier reaction. Last year it seemed like I had to move my whole hand down to the D-pad to press the direction 7 times just to get it to do anything. Much better this year. The menus and play calls are as crisp as ever and help make the game more intuitive. Gameflow has been improved and also works well with the new in game menu system.

Madden 11 Demo Negatives
The biggest negative of the demo is that there is no audio commentary. The guys at EA said that they couldn’t fit it in there due to download limitations. The demo is still 1.5 GB which is larger than average size for a demo download. Graphically there are moments when the shadows look quite blocky. Also there are clipping issues like where the water bottle will completely disappear. Oh there’s no water when the player is “hydrating.” The crowd might look a little better but for all intents and purposes looks the same as last year. Hair looks bad. Clay Mathew’s hair looks like it’s been smeared with Ultra strength hair gel and then blasted with 10,000 volts of electricity. Hand towels also look like they’ve gotten on the wrong side of an electrical accident and tend to stick straight out. Some of these might just be faults of being a demo and others are small gripes that actually are a testament to how great the rest of the game looks. I have a tendency to look at the play art when my guys get line up out of the huddle. This is hampered this year by having to click down the right thumbstick and then hold down on the right trigger. A bit annoying by maybe this will lessen with familiarity of the game.

The demo for Madden 12 has me chomping at the bit to get my hands on the real thing. If you got to check out the demo let everybody know what you thought of it in the comments below. The new Madden will hit store shelves on August 30th, 2011. That’s just a few short weeks away which means time is running out for you to get a chance to win a FREE copy of Madden NFL 12 by signing up in the top left hand corner of the page!

Madden 12 Demo Released

Posted: 9th August 2011 by admin in Madden 12
Madden 12 Demo

Madden 12 Demo

It’s August 9th 2011 which means the Madden NFL 12 Demo comes out today! It is reported to be out on Xbox360 (early morning release) and is scheduled to be available on Playstation 3 by the afternoon eastern time. The demo is a replay of the Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears NFC Championship Game. Madden NFL 12 Demo Review coming soon! What are your thoughts on this year’s demo?

Madden 12 Cover

Posted: 9th August 2011 by admin in Madden 12
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The revealing of cover art for each new addition of Madden has become an annual tradition. The fans have voted. The cover athlete hast been chosen. It’s time to reveal the cover art for Madden NFL 12! This year’s cover is graced by Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns. Hillis is coming off of a great season where he rushed for over 1,00o yards. On the way to the cover vote finals, Hillis beat out Ray Rice, Matt Ryan, and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers. He advanced to the finals where he faced off against Michael Vick. After an epic torrent of fan voting, Hillis beat out Vick 66 percent to 34. Now without further delay here is the new cover art for Madden NFL 12!

Madden 12 Cover

Madden 12 Cover

Peyton Hillis

Madden 12 Demo Release Date

Posted: 3rd August 2011 by MaddenPreview in Madden 12
Madden 12 Demo

Madden 12 Demo

The Madden NFL 12 Demo release date is August 9th. That means it is out today! It is reported to be out on Xbox360 (early morning release) and is scheduled to be available on Playstation 3 by the afternoon eastern time. The demo is a replay of the Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears NFC Championship Game. Madden NFL 12 Demo Review coming soon! What are your thoughts on this year’s demo?

Madden 12 First Look Video

Posted: 22nd March 2011 by MaddenPreview in MaddenPreview

The first video of Madden 12 has been released. It’s a sneak peak showing glimpses of gameplay. Who else is ready for more? I am!

Madden 12 Cover Athlete Voting

Posted: 22nd March 2011 by MaddenPreview in MaddenPreview

It’s that time of year again… The time has come for us Madden Fans to vote for who we want to be on this years cover of Madden NFL 12! Who will you choose? The players with the most votes move on and the next round begins each Monday until the cover athlete for Madden NFL 12 is selected. Click the link below and get your vote on!

Madden 12 Cover Vote

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Madden_12_Cover_Vote

Best Madden Players Challenge

Posted: 14th February 2011 by admin in MaddenPreview

Attention Madden Players,

We are seeking the very best to take the game of Madden to a whole nother lever. We are looking for a select few of highly talented Madden Players who are interested in using their raw skill and competitive instincts to become a Virtual Pro Athlete Celebrity. If you think you’ve got what it takes, join our newsletter and reply to the very first email with details of your skills and accomplishments in Madden. What you are good at, what you are the best at, and even what you are weak at. We are going to coach up your skill into a professional level where you can gain fame and respect.

Super Bowl XLV Simulation Video featuring the Green Bay Packers vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Madden Super Bowl Simulations have correctly predicted the Super Bowl winner 5 out of the last 6 years! Will it be correct again this year? Who do you think will win the Super Bowl? You can cast your vote on our Facebook Fan Page! Your predicted winner will be announced Sunday before kickoff.

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Madden Bowl

Posted: 3rd February 2011 by MaddenPreview in Madden 11

The Madden Bowl will be airing in less than an hour! You can watch it on ESPN3.com or on Xbox 360 via the ESPN3 app.