The Madden NFL 12 demo was released today on the Playstation Network and Xbox LIVE, and after playing a couple of games, I’m ready to give my Demo Impressions.
To get right to the point, I like it a lot so far. I’ve been playing a ton of NCAA Football 12, and this game feels really good coming from that. It plays similar, but it also feels quite different. It really only took about a quarter to get the hang of everything that isn’t the same as the NCAA game (kicking, d-pad controls, etc.).
Presenation is absolutely great in Madden 12; everything looks amazing. It’s a little weird playing the game and not hearing any commentary though. Even if commentary sucks, when I’m playing a sports game I have to have commentary. I understand why it wasn’t included in the demo, file size and whatnot, but some commentary would have made the demo better than it already is.
If you’ve played NCAA 12, then you know how good the defense is in that game and that zone actually works. It’s the same here; the defense is quite good and zone works. The major difference that I’ve seen here is that the passing game seems to be a little easier in Madden, which is certainly appreciated. Never once did I feel like I got cheated out of a great pass by a pyshic or a super jumper swatting the ball down. The times the ball did get swatted, were times I shouldn’t have thrown the ball to that receiver anyway. It also doesn’t hurt that my moneny plays in NCAA 12, including my beloved PA Deep In to the TE, appears to be money plays in Madden.
A huge difference in coming from NCAA 12 to Madden 12 is in the kicking game. There’s two kicking camera’s; one is broadcast style and the other is the classic behind view. I prefer the broadcast view. The kicking meter is a button press; hit X (on PS3) to get it started, hit X again to get the power, and then try to stop it in the white box by hitting X again for accuracy. In writing it seems stupid compared to the relative simplicity of pulling down on the right stick and then pushing up again, but I am a huge fan of the kicking game. Particularly, I prefer it because it is easier for me to stop it in a little white box, simply because I do sometimes push the stick a little to the right when pushing it back up, resulting in miss FG attempts. I won’t have that problem with the button mash meter.
The animations in the game appear to be in top form, and from what I can tell a little better than those in NCAA 12. Tackling is smooth with the new tackle button and no suction tackling just like NCAA. Likewise, the running game is solid in Madden and feels good.
Madden NFL 12 demo is available now for both Xbox 360 and PS3, and my recommendation is to check it out if you are a fan of football games. I’ve always preferred NCAA over Madden, but this demo leaves me to believe that they’ve taken everything that I love about NCAA Football 12 and expanded and in some cases (passing) improved upon it. It’s looking like this year’s Madden will be a fantastic experience. Playing the demo also unlocks three cards for the card game in the full game.
Madden NFL 12 hits store shelves on August 30th for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii.