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by Biggers 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.
Rated 8 out of 10 by 0717 Perfect for NFL Fans!
Gameplay is awesome and never gets old. The graphics aren't very good but it doesn't matter because everything else makes up for it. It's worth it!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Matty 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.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Moose 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.
Rated 1 out of 10 by ZekromWhite Don't Waste Money On This Junk!
I'm very serious about this. Do not buy this game that's nothing but nonsense. I mean what kind of companies make sequels of football over and over and over etc. I know there are new teams and stuff in each new game. Fine. But what about the gameplay? Its the same kind almost every year. My brother says its the best game on Earth, and I honestly don't know why he thinks that because lots of people I've talked to think that it stinks and would rate on an average of 1 or 2 out of 10. The graphics are horrible. I mean who makes a football game that is cartoon after years of making these games? I don't know. Sega has found ways to improve its graphics, and so has Nintendo. The soundtrack is horrible! You should at least be able to put your music in instead of some dumb radio type track that plays like 5-10 songs. The lasting appeal has ALWAYS had problems. Its very repetitive and I don't know anyone that would want to play a franchise over and over again. Also, did you see that the game is unrealistic? I mean who can make 90 yard passes every throw and the player catches it? Unreal right? This game is a waste of $50 whole dollars and its worth $20 or even $15. The point is, don't buty the game because you won't be happy.
Rated 9 out of 10 by maddenjaguars 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.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Alpha101 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.
Rated 7 out of 10 by ColtsFan101 Game is fun but has terrible graphics.
Well, just to start off, the game has terrible graphics. Obviously the PS3 and Xbox 360 will have better ones but these graphics plain out suck. The graphics are way too bright and well the punters have bigger buceps than most of the other players. Next, the controls are very simple if you use the classic controller pro like I do. With that controller, it makes the game fun to play. Finally, nhe sound in the game is pretty good. You can here all the different sound effects well as well as the commentary. The commentary is finally good with different comments throughout the game. The commentators don't repeat each comments 400 times a game like most years. All in all I feel the game is rated at 7 overall.
Rated 4 out of 10 by TyCanucks85 Bad, bad, bad.
There's only two difficulties in the game, way too easy or way too hard. The shake your wii control victory dance is silly and pointless. The controls are way too easy. I can't find anythign that I like about this game other then the graphics are ok. Other than that, if you play single player, then you'll probably win every game on easy mode 45-7 no matter what. The wii fails at any sports games unless you're playing with your armless Mii, who can apparently play sports. I don't get it. You might like this game if your in the ages between 12-15, but older gamers will get bored easily and laugh at the differences between Madden on Wii and the Xbox 360.
Rated 1 out of 10 by ej93 Don't waste your money like I did.
Here I was thinking I was getting a good version of Madden on the Wii. I bought it brand new, took it home, played it, and felt totally destroyed. I couldn't believe this game was so bad. The graphics remind me of Madden 99 for the N64. The franchise mode doesn't even have training camp or pre season. Now this is not a knock on gamestop, as I love them, this is a total knock on EA and Nintendo. If you're going to put this horrible game on the shelf, then you deserve to be told about. But please, do not, i repeat DO NOT buy this game.. It is truly terrible and I would recommend it for nobody.. I can't believe I bought it, I actually sold it back for a loss 3 hours later... :(