Madden NFL 12
New control methods and unlocka-balls stand among
New Control Methods: For the first time on Wii, Madden will feature conventional controls. Both the versions of the Classic Controller will be supported. For all intents and purposes, the controls are the same as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. Additionally, there is a Tecmo Bowl-inspired control scheme where you hold the Wii Remote like an NES controller. In this mode, there is an autosprint function and minimal motion (shake the controller to do a big hit).
Bigger Emphasis on Presentation: This year's version is adding pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows with the goal of making every game different. If there was a recent trade or big injury, the pre-game show will highlight that. Players will also have post-play reactions, and a new feature, called On-Demand Stats, where you'll be able to see a player's game stats just by hovering over them on the screen. Unfortunately, the Wii version does not use the ESPN license.
Graphical Changes: The previous versions of the game on Wii featured over-the-top exaggerated players. This year, the art style is being retained, though it is being tinkered with to make it look a little more realistic. Basically, guys won't have over-sized hands and giant shoulders.
Awards System: In the same vein as 360 achievements and PS3 trophies, Madden NFL 12 will feature 90 different awards that are broken up into franchise, social, and gameplay. The requirements vary in difficulty, and the awards are displayed in different virtual rooms you can navigate to see what you've completed.
Unlockables and Unlocka-balls: By earning awards, you'll unlock stadiums, including future Super Bowl stadiums and the Pro Bowl stadium in Hawaii, and retro jerseys. Though, regrettably, they won't have the old blue-and-gold Packer uniforms. The coolest unlockables are the five crazy footballs you can use. One of them is called the Monster's Ball, which is stitched up like Frankenstein. It does zany things like tweak the physics so squib kicks bounce and go straight into the air. It also uses some of the game changers used in the arcade modes in previous Maddens, such as Fumbilitis (every tackle causes a fumble) and It's Alive (incomplete passes are in play).
Action Zones: On lower difficulties, new players can make use of Action Zones, which display the field as a veteran Madden player sees it. So, you'll be able to see where a player might run or pass the ball while you're playing.
Tweaks to Road to the Super Bowl and Madden Showdown: The UI for these modes is being cleaned up, and both modes will feature more in-depth leaderboards and new animations.
Franchise Mode Changes: Franchise mode got a huge upgrade last year, and now that same mode is being improved. First off, fantasy draft is back after taking a year off. Also, your coaches have more of an effect on your team. For example, offensive-minded coaches will give you a boost, whereas bad coaches will take down your team's ability. Player signing and negotiation is more interactive now. Free agency now involves a timed auction, and when you try to re-sign a player, you run the risk of low-balling them so much that they then want more money.
Player Creator: You can create your own players, and change player positions, even in the middle of a Franchise. You can also remove players from Free Agency.
No Longer Reliant on Pointer Control: Courtesy of the Classic Controller support, any issues had with the overreliance on the pointer last year is more or less fixed. The D-pad can also be used to move around spreadsheets in the game.
GameFlow Improvements: GameFlow was pretty great in other versions of the game, but the Wii version was a little rough. This year, GameFlow is much similar to the other versions, with AI improvement and the ability to use the Conventional playbook when you back out of a play.
Online Still the Same: Outside of exploits being fixed, the online play is the same as it was last year, meaning you can just play exhibition games against online players.
This game is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
I wrote a review before this came out, listing my expectations on what i would like to see. And i'm satisfied. I love how they made the graphics more realistic than last year when players shoulders were bigger than their heads. The gameplay is so much fun, I can't stop playing no matter what! i love how you get to pick TD dances, i just wish that they had signature dances for players. Another down is that all of the helmets are the same, facemask and everything. I sometimes pay attention to little stuff like that. They also added referees to it, making it fun. Overall this game is perfect, from franchise, to online, and exhibition. I can't wait till' next year's madden! This game you should buy, it's simply a great game.
Overall, way better than 11
Madden for the Wii went way downhill a couple years ago. It has rebuilded a bit; this year it took a sizeable step. The one thing that stands out to everyone is the poor player animation which made a microscopic improvement this year, but the animation itself probably won't change until EA feels like they want everyone to be happy. And unless Superstar comes back Madden for the Wii shouldn't be on the list of great games for hardcore football fans. Enough of all of that, though. The gameplay improved a lot, players usually don't run through each other and movements are smoother. There are real referees instead of miis. Franchise took a big step forward with a player creator feature, which is not at all as good as someone would want it but it's better than nothing, right? They also added a live free agent bidding system, and you can also manage your coaching staff. There is also a game co-op feature where you can play a real game with a friend, controlling two different players, there is a cool award feature which makes you want to keep playing. Overall, Madden 12 is a solid game, but fans waiting for Superstar will have to keep waiting. Thanks for reading this review.
One Of The Best Madden Games
Even thought the newer Madden games, in my opinion, are overrated, this game is very fun. The gameplay is pretty nice, the graphics, while not entirely realistic, look pretty nice as well. And there is lots of stuff that you can do.
The Panthers dread this game.
I'm back for some more bragging rights about my franchise career as the Buccaneers. I won two more superbowls, one against the New York Jets and the other against the Houston Texans. I love this game. I especially love beating the Carolina Panthers because, and this goes against all Carolina Panthers fans, I think they have one of the worst seasons. Their defense is underrated like David Gronkowski, their offense gives up a lot of fumbles and interceptions, Myunnerlin never gets to the opposing 40 yard line, and, honestly, they just suck. Anyway, this game has fluent gameplay, great graphics, and it tells who the people on each team are. Don't believe me? Here's an example. Legarrett Blount: 89 overall halfback. That should settle the debate whether names are shown. This is a game you definitely want to check out, especially for PS3 and X-BOX 360.
same old with a few tweaks
personally i thought its the same as madden11 but there is some new tweaks presentaion is good compared to madden11. The graphics have barely changed. the new free agent bidding system is cool. i play on all madden and the gameplay is good although its a little harder to run the ball. roster is the same as madden 11 unless you download roster. The new awards system is pretty cool. all in all i think its an improvement form last years game just wish for better graphics next year and GO BENGALS!!!!!!!!!!
Can you spell Stinkin Awesome
Well i can its Madden 12 for the wii. I know all the past maddens for the wii have been crummy but this one is awesome. The only thing i dont really like is no superstart.
The best madden nfl 12 out there
I just got this game to day and i love it madden nfl 12 on the wii is rated the highest out of any system at 8.0 right now this game is so awesome the graphics are great get a tiny open hole and you can take a kickoff return for a touchdown buy this game for wii its the best
whats wrong ea sports???????
ever since madden 09 for the wii i have really stopped buying madden for wii you might as well spend 50 bucks on nba 2k or on call of duty games or even fifa but ea doesnt care about wii they just use the wii to get money and then with that money produce games for ps3 and xbox 360 i just wish sega sports could make something better than madden like nfl 2k13 or something which could come out next year they use to make nfl 2k for xbox but stopped continue making 2k's for nfl!!!!
Come on EA!
EA just doesn't care about Wii. Besides Tiger Woods games, they seriously do not care much about Wii at all. They don't try to make their games like the 360 or PS3 brothers, they just produce this... this... garbage! The graphics are meh, the game-play is meh, and the list of modes is dumbed down! And if that isn't enough, this game does not seem too different from last years version. Now, if the only console you have is a Wii, then this game might not be that bad. But if you have a 360 or PS3, then just get if for that! After Madden 08 for Wii (which was actually up and up with the 360 and PS3 versions), EA just gave up on most of their Wii efforts.