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Madden 12

Madden 12
77 TECHNADO SCORE
CATEGORY: F4
AVERAGE: 78%
%POSITIVE: 76%

Consensus
Although Madden 12 redesigned the tackling system, it still fails to significantly improve itself once again, likely due to lack of competition.
Critic Reviews






95%
As you can see, the list of improvements are immense, and EA Sports has really listened and catered to the fans. Franchise mode has everything I've been wanting for the past four years. I consider this game to be one of the best football games—make that sports games—of all time. It's truly amazing how in-depth and different this game feels from other Madden games. It's a must buy for any NFL fan or sports fan....Go To Full Review

95%
There really isn't much more to say after all this, except if you haven't played Madden in a while, have been a fan, or just love football, you owe it to yourself to become intoxicated with Madden NFL 12 as it is in the opinion of this reviewer the most polished, accurate, and realistic NFL game to ever grace a video game console....Go To Full Review

90%
Although Madden NFL 12 presents some new AI issues, it resolves many AI failings and gameplay shortcomings that have plagued the franchise for several years. On top of all the revisions and refinements, there is some genuinely new, innovative technology here — like the overhauled broadcast presentation design. After a long of time of shrugging every August at the launch of a new Madden edition, I wholeheartedly recommend Madden NFL 12 to gaming football fans, whether you intend most of your play exclusively offline or online, or tend toward a balanced mixture of both....Go To Full Review

90%
This is the best football game money can buy, Madden NFL 12 features a ton of content with a host of new improvements and additions. There's a lot to like and more replay value than you could ever hope for....Go To Full Review

85%
How long can Madden NFL chase its own tail? Find out in our official review of this year's model!...Go To Full Review

84%
While not perfect, there's so much here that EA Tiburon has done to make the complete package worth your time. Better AI, more impressive collisions and a good amount of game modes (like Franchise mode and Be a Superstar) make for one of the stronger Madden experiences....Go To Full Review

83%
Madden 12 does a lot of things very well. I can say without hesitation that the new and improved presentation, animations, movements, and overall NFL atmosphere of the game are enough to warrant the new purchase. Superstar mode was a bit of a disappointment for me, but I cannot justify too much of a hit due to this, as Franchise mode is the cream of the crop for Madden fans – and Franchise mode really does shine. If you are a Madden fan and/or football fan, don’t hesitate to pick this one up....Go To Full Review

80%
It’s a familiar tale for Madden fans, then. This year sees your franchise make a few decent steps of improvement but without really changing much at all. It’s very noticeably still Madden and that will either be the best news you can hear or another indicator that you should just switch off and stop caring. If you like Madden, you’ve probably already bought in to this. ...Go To Full Review

80%
Every couple of years in a sports franchise’s lifespan, a version comes out that leaps ahead and makes it the must-have version of the last couple of years. This isn’t bad, but it isn’t one of those either....Go To Full Review

80%
Madden NFL 12 brings together everything that made 2011’s game the best in the series. With new elements, better graphics, boosted online multiplayer, and smarter A.I, it’s everything you’ll want in a football game....Go To Full Review

80%
Just know going in that franchise faithful who have ponied up $60 every year since, oh, 1992, definitely deserve something more. We deserve a brand new boat for once. ...Go To Full Review

80%
While we’re happy overall with Madden 12, and it’s a notch better than last season’s game, it remains a far-from-perfect experience. Those of us that plan on spending a hundred hours or more playing online franchise and community games will surely compile an enormous laundry list of issues – but in the end, we’ll still play all those games. Even so, we’re left wanting much more than we’re getting from EA’s venerable football series....Go To Full Review

80%
The improvements to Madden NFL 12 are small, but they’re spread over every facet of the game. Madden fans are getting a tighter, more finely tuned game. AI is smarter and more accurate, the lighting and animations are more realistic, and the Franchise is more expansive....Go To Full Review

78%
Compared to most games on the market, Madden NFL 12 is fantastic. But, what Madden is always compared to is last year’s model. And in the end it’s the same old game, with the same old caveat. If you have Madden 9, 10, or 11, you don’t need to worry about 12....Go To Full Review

75%
If you are a longtime Madden skeptic or perhaps even just a casual NFL fan, Madden NFL 12 might not be worth a $60 purchase for you. There are enough problems present to really keep you from enjoying the entire experience....Go To Full Review

75%
Few offseason improvements mean that Madden 12 is another fun but flawed entry in the stagnating series....Go To Full Review

70%
ndeed, Madden NFL 12 is a typical entry in EA's 23-year-old football franchise: Tiburon has lavished attention upon certain facets of the game but has neglected other areas, some of which suffer from long-standing problems. There's a lot to like here, and I think the game could be great in a year or two, but the quality level simply varies too much....Go To Full Review

60%
Possibly due to a lack of competition, Madden is still the best serious NFL series out there. However, the lack of significant improvements means this particular edition is only for those that can’t live without player updates....Go To Full Review

60%
Overall, there is so much to do in Madden 12, it’s hard not to recommend it, not withstanding wishing for a graphics overhaul, much-much more from the in-game commentary and irritation with the antipiracy/marketplace online tie-in....Go To Full Review

60%
The Madden series is as dependable as the calendar when it comes to marking time. This year's edition is better in some ways, but not as good in many others, as its predecessor. The end result is a surprisingly hollow version of the normally outstanding football simulation....Go To Full Review

60%
Madden NFL 12 finds the series in a state of regression, offering up minimal improvements to an increasingly passionless package....Go To Full Review