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Madden NFL 12 Is Shockingly Realistic
I recently had a chance to sit down and check out Madden NFL 12, the newest NFL football simulation from Electronic Arts. The graphics and realism are so good, I don't think it can be called a video game anymore. I played the Xbox 360 version; it's also available for Playstation 3 systems.
I don't really consider myself a gamer, I have an Xbox 360 system, which I got mainly for sports games and to watch Netflix. I find myself blown away each year when the new MLB and NFL related games are released, as the realism is now to a point where you feel you are part of the action, a true virtual reality experience.
I must admit, I'm eagerly awaiting the Kinect versions of Madden NFL and other sports games, as I think it will really increase the realism. Instead of using a controller, soon I'll be able to make a throwing motion to throw the ball or make a punt by pretending to punt in my living room.
Madden NFL 12 really represents the "state of the art" in sports video games. From the realistic team entrances to the shockingly realistically rendered stadiums, it's beautiful just to watch the graphics. The gameplay is extremely realistic and the details and statistical realism really make it a must for any football fan.
The graphics are truly amazing, from the detail and lighting in the stadiums to the players and their uniforms, it's all brilliantly rendered. Even mascots and cheerleaders add to the experience. The "camera" angles and network-like graphics are also very realistic.
The game features a new collision system to make hits more realistic. The defense has a more advanced artificial intelligence system, again to make the game more realistic. The players are individuals, with performance based on their real stats and also skills that decline during the game, like a real player. Finally, Madden added the ability to customize playbooks, from a huge range of plays and existing playbooks.
Madden NFL 12 really excels in combining the beautiful visuals with realistic gameplay and team ownership and management responsibilities. Expanded rosters, a preseason, free agents, rookie scouting, and more. I like how you can customize the experience, just get on the field and hit people or enjoy a complex NFL simulation where you feel the responsibility of a real NFL team owner.
Through the Madden NFL Ultimate Team feature, the game now combines fantasy football with gaming, allowing gamers to buy, earn and trade players. Online "Communities" group Madden NFL fans together to create their own leagues and games, even allowing customized house rules for the games.
Madden NFL 12 retails for $59.99. The title was published by Electronic Arts, Inc. and developed by EA Tiburon.
Freddy Sherman is an old-school gamer who began his gaming in the 1980s with a Colecovision system and has been playing ever since. He's currently an Xbox 360 user and fan. Aside from playing the games, he enjoys the technology and business side of video gaming. You can follow him on Twitter - @thefredsherman.
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