Game Time! 5 Reasons You Need Madden 12 In Your Life Immediately
YES! That was the collective reaction of hardcore football fans and hardcore gaming fans alike at midnight this morning when Madden 12, the video game that unofficially marks the start of the NFL season, hit store shelves. After the NFL lockout threatened to make the Madden franchise largely irrelevant this season—after all, who wants to pretend to play games that are pretend in real life, too?—Madden 12 hits stores to the same type of fan fare that it always seems to get, with fans waiting in line outside of GameStop and other video game stores to get their hands on it the moment it dropped.
That said, you might still need a little coaxing. Hardcore Madden fans always buy the game—no matter how similar it is to the previous year’s title—but if you’re the type of person who only buys a copy of Madden every few years, you might be on the fence about buying it in 2011. A piece of advice: Don’t be! Don’t just take our words for it, though. Here are five features included in Madden 12 that make it a must-buy for any football fan. Just remember: We almost didn’t have a football season at all. So don’t take this one for granted!
1. A brand-new Dynamic Player Performance feature
Know how sometimes you’ll be watching a football game and a normally-reliable wide receiver drops one pass and then a second pass and then, before you know, the only thing he seems to be able to catch is a cold? Madden 12 has factored that into the game this year with a feature called Dynamic Player Performance. If a guy makes a couple of drops, he’ll suddenly lose all his confidence and drop the ball all over the field. And if he makes a crazy catch? He’ll turn into the second coming of Jerry Rice. Pretty neat.
2. More than 100 new tackle animations, including 40 gang tackles
The NFL might be cutting down on the hard-hitting tackles that have plagued the league in the past, but that doesn’t mean the creators of Madden are cutting back. Instead, they’ve actually added new tackle animations and also given you the power to control the point of impact on tackles this season. So make sure you don’t get flagged for any helmet-to-helmet hits!
3. An improved Superstar Mode
This is a great feature for hardcore Madden fans. You can improve your best players’ skills on more than just game day now. You can also use the Madden practice mode to get the most out of your players’ talents and to improve their ability to play on game day. If you thought your girlfriend was annoyed by how much time you spent playing last year’s Superstar Mode, the makers of Madden apologize in advance for making it even better this year.
4. More than 100 new defensive moves
How else are you going to stop Michael Vick!? Just kidding. But, seriously: Madden 12 makes it easier than ever to play D against your opponents. Of course, that means it’ll be a little more difficult for you to score when you’ve got the ball. But we’re pretty sure you won’t mind the first time you’re put in charge of trying to stop Chris Johnson or Adrian Peterson.
5. A better way to organize your own online community of friends and foes
If nothing else, every new Madden game comes with a better way to communicate online with your opponents. This year is no different. You can create your own online community of your favorite opponents (up to 2000 people can fit in your community!) and you can find out where you rank amongst your opponents. It’s a great way to keep track of your stats—and to make the most of the Madden 12 experience. Soooo, what are you waiting for? Go start the experience now. See you in a few months…