Madden 12 demo drops on Xbox Live and PSN

Damn, it feels good to be a Madden fan. After staring into the abyss of a joyless fall of no-real-football Sundays, the NFL solved its labor problems and a full 16-game slate is a month away. To celebrate, EA Sports has released a demo of Madden 12 on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Whether you’re still playing in Year 5 of your Madden 11 online franchise (like some of us) or have long since put it away in favor of a more current sports experience, this is indeed welcome news. It doesn’t matter if you’re a supporter or a hater; Madden is the bellwether of all sports games. If it’s great, a nation rejoices.

The demo pits the Bears against the Packers at Soldier Field, and offers a surprising amount of cool stuff. Sporting 5-minute quarters, multiple difficulty settings, and two modes of play calling (Gameflow for the lazy types and Conventional for the traditionalists), there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. EA is also promising that one if its new features will be on full display – Dynamic Player Performance. Basically, if your guys play well, they’ll get more confident and their ratings will temporarily rise; conversely, if they stumble and fumble, expect a downward spiral. It remains to be seen if Jay Cutler will pull himself from the game if he throws a couple of picks early. We shall see.

Rosters are representative of what they were at the end of last year, but EA promises a full roster update come delivery of the full retail game on August 30th (although EA Season Ticket owners get access to a temporary digital copy three days before then). In the meantime, you’ve got three weeks to hone your skills and prepare for the NFL to return – and not a minute too soon.

Aug 9, 2011


  • dontshootthereviewer - August 11, 2011 3:17 a.m.

    @Errrbo The demo feels alot more fluid than Madden 11 did for the most part, but otherwise it's a football game it isn't going to change drastically in the gameplay because it has set rules already there.
  • Longnuts - August 10, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    Why do they change the buttons for at the line playcalling EVERY year? Just when you get used to one scheme, the next one has different stuff.
  • Jedipimp0712 - August 10, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    "go patriots" "go eagles"... this is definitely a WI article. lol. i was most definitely at that NFC championship game. it was insane. glad i bleed green and gold for life! dont really care about the madden games though.
  • QLev - August 10, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    @gmknoble Me too bud. Go Pack Go.
  • Errrrbo - August 10, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    This is a bold prediction, but I get the feeling it'll play exactly like Madden 11.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - August 10, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    Am I the only one who liked the NCAA demo more than the Madden one? I don't know, it just felt kind of weird playing the game with no commentary, hopefully they'll add that in the full game. I also felt that NCAA's gameplay was much better, but again, this is just me.
  • SpartanCL89 - August 10, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    It looks like a HUGE improvement over last years Madden 10.5. I really dug the demo. Go EAGLES!
  • ZigzMagoo - August 10, 2011 3:16 a.m.

  • D0CCON - August 10, 2011 3:09 a.m.

    The first demo where I'll actually get to play as the Packers? Awesome (although expected since Super Bowl winners always appear)! Not to mention that I can repeat the NFC Championship Packers victory over and over and over again. However, I was expecting the Steelers to be the other team considering they also made it to the Super Bowl.
  • gmknoble - August 10, 2011 3:08 a.m.

    I know no one cares, but the Packers rule! I'm from WI, and winning the Super Bowl was fuckin' awesome!
  • Brett35 - August 10, 2011 2:01 a.m.

    I prefer dynasty mode in NCAA football by as a packer fan I might just get the demo
  • BlitzIzDaShitz - August 10, 2011 1:31 a.m.

    Just played it, it's alright. I was already buying it because they fixed franchised mode but the gameplay is much better (still not as good as Madden 05 through 08 on PS2) And theres also a bunch of small tiny glitches and bugs everywhere, Hopefully they fix it but you know EA, they never put any last minute touches, this game has been done for a couple months already.

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