Madden 2012 Preview
This is the only game of NFL Football that is guaranteed to be played in the fall. EA Sports has developed Madden into one of the most successful video game franchises and the release day is like a national holiday for some. Here’s a preview of what to expect from Madden 2012 in terms of gameplay and revamped graphics.
Above is a link to the Gameplay Video featuring five different pros talking about changes to the game. The video is just over 8 minutes long. Those changes are to: 1) Tackling with Clay Matthews, 2) One-on-one moves with Marshall Faulk, 3) One-on-one matchups using momentum with Reggie Bush, 4) Improving Zone Coverage logic with Darrell Revis, 5) Going through progressions with Sam Bradford
According to various sources EA has been focusing on improving the presentation this year. For years the franchise has been criticized for not innovating enough after 2K Sports stop competing with them. This year they’ve spent lots of time and money to revamp the graphics. Operation Sports Preview says, “The developers gathered blueprints from every NFL stadium so they could figure out the various camera placements in each one.” Also, they have expanded the pre-game presentation and made the grass 3D, which has been receipted well. Interestingly, they’ve added 20 more facemasks and other touches to make the equipment more realistic.
Other added features. In Franchise Mode, there will be Free Agent bidding mode. Expanded rosters and cut days. New rookie scouting system. Trading future draft picks. Change teams. Also, in the Super Star mode, there’s going to be a great frequency of injury. Biggest changes: Analog Passing. This should make the game much tougher and seems like it could be a disaster, kinda like the change in pre-play adjustments last year. Unlike that change, you can probably revert to classic passing if it’s horrible.
Peyton Hillis recently won the first ever Madden tournament to determine who goes on the cover. One on hand it’s a nice achievement, on the other there’s a disturbing trend of those appearing on the cover having poor or injurious seasons. Hillis beat out Mike Vick in the final. To view the entire blank bracket click HERE.
The announcing duo will be Gus Johnson and Chris Collinsworth. Gus is a fan favorite and Collinsworth should pair well. Madden 2012 will not have the halftime/postgame shows of the past, they were a joke anyway.
With no off-season activities and a continuing lockout, EA Sports’ Madden 2012 could be as popular as any version in recent memory with fans who are desperate for the game. Even with few off-season moves, I’m sure many fans want to see if they can lead the Panthers to the playoffs with Cam or check out the Falcons new and improved offense.
Madden’s Franchise mode, check out EA Sports Blog
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