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  • Summary: Madden NFL 12 is the newest iteration in the Madden football series.
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  • Developer: EA Tiburon
  • Genre(s): Sports, Traditional, Team, Football, Sim, Sim
  • # of players: 6 Online
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: E
  • Special Controllers: Kinect Compatible
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Aug 29, 2011
    100
    For Madden NFL 12 it is truly in the game, it has game, and is the only and best NFL game to date.
  2. Games Master UK
    Sep 25, 2011
    89
    Another top class Madden outing, setting the standard for sports videogames. [Nov 2011, p.94]
  3. Aug 26, 2011
    85
    When you start building a game on such an impressive foundation you're guaranteed to have a quality product in the end, but the longer you play it the more the issues become bothersome. Just like the NFL rookie class of 2011, it should have spent a little more time in training camp.
  4. Sep 14, 2011
    80
    If you are looking for just a fun time with some friends and don't care about franchises or online play, you might be better off with a previous version of Madden. If you want to control your own franchise or build your own team, then there have been enough enhancements to justify the purchase. Just realize that some on-field issues still exist.
  5. Sep 21, 2011
    79
    Since EA owns NFL rights, you won't be able to chose between Madden and the 2k franchise anymore. Madden NFL 12 is a good game, but still it's got some issues that prevents it from being the definitive NFL sport sim every fan would love it to be.
  6. Aug 30, 2011
    75
    Madden 12 has an awful lot going for it and in many ways it's the best the series has ever been, but in others you can see it still trying to break the shackles of the past. In the end, you get a mix of the two: a lot of great new ideas combined with issues that should have been dealt with a long time ago.
  7. Aug 29, 2011
    60
    That Madden NFL 12 feels like a less passionate endeavor than even other yearly sports titles, less a labor of love and more a labor of necessity, is a criticism that likely won't mean much to either type of player. It's still video game football in a competitive and compelling environment, especially when played online with friends. It has more content than you will likely ever touch over the course of the next season of real football. In some ways, Madden NFL 12 is a better game than its predecessor. In others, not. It has significant flaws, and it has significant strengths.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 40
  2. Negative: 14 out of 40
  1. Aug 30, 2011
    10
    Madden NFL 12 is excellent this year! You can really see the improvements EA has made from last year's game. Game play has improved giving aMadden NFL 12 is excellent this year! You can really see the improvements EA has made from last year's game. Game play has improved giving a real feel. When you tackle, it looks more realistic and they players will fall when they are hit, not before. I also really like the addition of online communities. I can play my friends, have ranked games, and we can have our own leaderboard instead of getting lost in the overall leaderboard. Nice job fellas! Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2019
    9
    This game is one of the very best football games and it deserves more credit then it gets. The franchise mode is better than all of the othersThis game is one of the very best football games and it deserves more credit then it gets. The franchise mode is better than all of the others in the series and it doesn't feel clunky and a smooth frame rate gives us a nice overall package for all football fans to look back on and enjoy. But gonna deduct points for a lack of gardner minshew. Expand
  3. Sep 12, 2011
    7
    What on earth is going on with production value in this game? For starters, it takes far too long to boot the game up with all it's loadingWhat on earth is going on with production value in this game? For starters, it takes far too long to boot the game up with all it's loading and connecting to servers, then once you're finally in the menus, it will, at times, just stall for a good 15-20 seconds for no reason. The commentating is abysmal. Worst commentating I've ever heard in a game. Better left on mute. There's a glitch in season mode where almost every home game your team plays will be in the rain. How did this game get the green light to go gold? I guess they figure at this point, people who buy madden games will buy madden games no matter what. The gameplay is... madden... as it's been for a decade essentially. Tweaks have made it more solid and polished. Luckily, the gameplay is best thing about it and that's what matters most. Still, presentation is terrible. I feel like they keep saying year after year they're trying to give you what you see on TV, but they certainly don't seem to be paying attention to camera positions and transitions. Just a funny side note: I've rarely seen in-game auto-replays but the few times I have, it's been when I did a QB kneel... and it showed about 4 replays of it in a row :) That's one for the highlight reels I suppose. Stadiums look great, lighting is great. Crowd noise is random and makes no sense, as usual. Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2011
    6
    Madden NFL 12 is still a good madden game, but not a good improvement from Madden NFL 11. It's just like MLB 2k11: The same game with a fewMadden NFL 12 is still a good madden game, but not a good improvement from Madden NFL 11. It's just like MLB 2k11: The same game with a few add-ons. The team intros get boring, no new game modes, same graphics, and cheap player models. A good Madden game for people who DON'T own Madden NFL 11. I just bought it myself because of all the changes in the NFL free agency. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2011
    5
    Small improvements still don't bring this game to the standard it should be at. I enjoy football and Madden is my only choice. This is a sadSmall improvements still don't bring this game to the standard it should be at. I enjoy football and Madden is my only choice. This is a sad fact that no competition can be put up against EA to force them to make changes to the game play, not just cameras and adding a tackle animation or 2. Expand
  6. Mar 31, 2013
    3
    I think this is one of the worst games of 2011. The development community is sold out, it was so bad. I did not know what to do, because playI think this is one of the worst games of 2011. The development community is sold out, it was so bad. I did not know what to do, because play tried it, but always started again. And it's not the disc or the Xbox's fault, but the game. So this is one of the worst games of 2011, or perhaps the worst first. Expand
  7. Apr 8, 2014
    0
    How to start a review about a game genre I don't quit understand? Simple stick to the facts. Yes while most games now no longer operate onHow to start a review about a game genre I don't quit understand? Simple stick to the facts. Yes while most games now no longer operate on the NES/SNES difficulty curve, most games require some sort of thinking. Other EA sports games also require a more pro active style game play. Madden on the other hand has offered little to no steps forward in game play, along with the fact that the computer auto catches the ball for you, all you do is run, and throw, The fact that 39 people actually liked this game, and 24 other were indifferent shows the level of gamers in this age. As long as people keep shelling out 59.99 USD for hunks of garbage like this game franchise, the companies like EA, Microsoft, Treyarch, and more won't strive to make a better game. Expand

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