Madden NFL 12 Demo Details

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Posted July 26th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

EA Sports has just announced details on the upcoming demo for Madden NFL 12. The demo will feature a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game with the eventual Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field with five minute quarters but commentary stripped out.

Keep in mind that rosters will be completely outdated as it will include the base rosters which were set before free agency and other transactions opened this week. The demo will arrive on Tuesday August 9th for both the Xbox 360 and PS3 which coincidentally was the original release date of Madden 12 until it was pushed back to August 30th.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000295534671 Jared Baxter

    They should’ve picked Eagles and Packers. Oh well.

    Also, four quarters?

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Yeah, five minute quarters and full game.

      • Jprose75

        Why no commentary?

        • Fireflyjam

          From what I’ve heard in those video’s of madden12 the commentary was pretty Joe Montana talk footballish…smol

        • Anonymous

          There’s almost never commentary in Sports Game demos

        • Mason Drews

          They said during the broadcast that not much has changed in the booth and we wanted to offer the complete Madden 12 experience to users, so commentary was an easy cut due to size limitations of demos.

    • bkw60

      yeah weird i hope with the pused back date their are no issues like with ncaa

    • bkw60

      yeah weird i hope with the pused back date their are no issues like with ncaa

      • Sic6Six

        Madden 12 couldn’t possibly have any issues, as it is basically Madden 11! As for the demo why download when you could just dust off Madden 11 and just play a real game till the new one releases.

        • Guest

          Stop being dumb, you could say that for Madden 10-11, but not this year, the tackling appears alot better and everyone knows they can’t wait to see how it turns out to be.

        • Guest

          Stop being dumb, you could say that for Madden 10-11, but not this year, the tackling appears alot better and everyone knows they can’t wait to see how it turns out to be.

  • Jerry Holeman

    It should have been Cowboys Giants…They should have a demo for all week one games/teams!

    • Guest

      That wouldn’t be a random match up at all.. this is a demo, not a madden moment.

  • IronMike

    Not sure what’s worse, the commentary being stripped or hearing Gus Johnson with tourettes. Not being mean but Gus Johnson’s enthusiasm is very inconsistent.

    • Skyline014

      Free agency was starting to get me excited about the NFL and playing madden. You reminding me how annoying Gus Johnson is in the game ruined it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Ragland/13752595 Corey Ragland

        Gus Johnson is a Billion times better than Chris Collinsworth was, though.  I hated having him in Madden and it really sucks that he’s on NBC

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Gibson/622062514 Ryan Gibson

          Wait, isn’t Chris still in? Sold, my Madden 11 after one week and can’t remember.  His brand of narcissistic flashbacks of when he was a player and negative comments gets pretty old.  

        • The Man

          I would have to say I hated Tom Hammond more than Cris, his cocky comments did piss me off after hearing it about 60 times in one quarter…funny that if you simulate/watch a game, there is more commentary by him, especially after a missed field goal.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brett-Farthing/1365428918 Brett Farthing

          does anybody else miss the robot radio announcer from Madden 08?

          • http://twitter.com/Dela_10 Conor Delaney

            nah not really but i want al michaels back!! not sure if other people do but i would like to see him back. 

          • MtHammer

            I’d love to have Al Michaels back.  But since that’s not going to happen I think Gus Johnson is a much better option than Tom Hammond.

          • http://twitter.com/Dela_10 Conor Delaney

            yea i agree Gus is better than Tom but it would be great if they had different commentators for franchise mode. they already have chris so just add al michaels for sunday night football and then get espn for monday night football and so on. but you mention that getting al michaels back is not going to happen is that because al was already in the game or what??

          • http://twitter.com/Dela_10 Conor Delaney

            yea i agree Gus is better than Tom but it would be great if they had different commentators for franchise mode. they already have chris so just add al michaels for sunday night football and then get espn for monday night football and so on. but you mention that getting al michaels back is not going to happen is that because al was already in the game or what??

          • MtHammer

            Al Michael was indeed one of the in-game commentators at one point.  He did the play by play back when they still had John Madden doing the color commentary.

          • http://twitter.com/Dela_10 Conor Delaney

            nah not really but i want al michaels back!! not sure if other people do but i would like to see him back. 

  • IronMike

    Not sure what’s worse, the commentary being stripped or hearing Gus Johnson with tourettes. Not being mean but Gus Johnson’s enthusiasm is very inconsistent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brett-Farthing/1365428918 Brett Farthing

    If the suction has been eliminated like in NCAA 12 then this should be a good game. Hopefully the late release helps them avoid any of the bugs we saw with NCAA.

  • Fireflyjam

    Cool August 9th right around the corner…I wish they would make it an online demo so you could play other people. Woulda been nice to see cover boy Peyton Hillis And the Browns Vs. Someone too.

  • Hilldog39

    will the demo include a instant replay feature in the pause menu? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000295534671 Jared Baxter

      I doubt it. Would be nice, though.

  • Ldrakewood15

    Any vids or articals on online franchise updates?

    • Guest

      Where have you been… -_-

    • Godzzilla94

      good one. its funny cuz its ot true

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=747345172 Dave Vachon

    I love how they’re leaving commentary out of the demo. Don’t worry “We … know … commen … tary … will … suck … again.” Boom!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Gibson/622062514 Ryan Gibson

      “Where did that truck come from?!”  If only they would lock Madden up in a sound booth with pizza and cake (and other foodstuffs) for a year, we would have commentary for the rest of the franchises history.  I think he owes it to us for buying his games for two decades.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brett-Farthing/1365428918 Brett Farthing

      Why do I get the feeling that if they included commentary at the expense of 2 quarters of the game, you’d be complaining about that instead?

      There’s a file size limit on the demo.. would you rather play a full game or hear the same commentary you’ll be sick of two days after the game comes out?

      • zzzz

        pretty sure hes talking about new commentary for the entire game in general, not the demo….

  • Twegfewgw

    no commentary? Does that mean they didn’t fix it at all?

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Its not much different from last year basically. But they stripped commentary to make the file size (with 5 min quarters) reasonable. 

  • Torilaviolette

    what about for other gaming systems such as wii and ps2

  • Godzzilla94

    It was smart not to have running quaterbacks revealing the accidental feature of ice skating fotball. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brett-Farthing/1365428918 Brett Farthing

      1. Michael Vick.. 676 yds
      2. Josh Freeman.. 364 yds
      3. Aaron Rodgers.. 356 yds

      Rodgers had the 3rd most rushing yards by a QB in 2010, I think he qualifies as a capable scrambler.

      • Godzzilla94

        good luck running with him in madden with his high 70ish speed

        • zzzz

          pretty fast for a Qb i must say

  • Torilaviolette

    What about release dates for Wii and PS2? Will the graphics be as good as Xbox 360?

    • http://twitter.com/ajs41072 Anthony Suriano

      Release date is also 8/30 for Wii and PS2 Madden 12.  If Madden’s graphics on Wii and PS2 are as “good” as Xbox 360, we got a problem.   Not that it’ll look like Atari, but graphics on the older consoles aren’t as good as they are on newer consoles.

    • Guest

      Sony lovers complain that 360 drags down how games turn out in the end when they don’t realize their beloved PS2 has all the same games being made too, so who is really to blame?

      • MtHammer

        I agree that the complaint about the 360 is ridiculous.  But, to be fair, the EA team that works on Madden for the Wii (and then ports it backwards to the PS2) is separate from the team that works on Madden for the 360 and PS3.  The devs aren’t holding themselves back from doing things on the 360/PS3 builds in order to ensure it can be ported to the PS2.  That version is taken care of by a different team and is a different build.

      • SharpVec

        What, you think they create the PS2 version and then port it to the 360 and PS3? Hah.

        • Guest

          No, but how can you try and put some ridiculous blame on the 360 for not as good graphics and such when they still make these games for the PS2?

    • Sebastian Criscito

      punisher4265: No,I doubt it. The graphics suck for both of them, but I imagine the ps3 will have slightly better graphics than xbox 360. And all platforms (including iphone I believe) will be released on Aug. 30th. The demo is coming out when the game was supposed to come out, but it got pushed back.

    • Mir2ply

      c’mon this is a 5th genration game where hd wasnt invented when it came out vs a 6th generation game with hdmi and everythimg

  • Geeznutz

    Can’t WAIT!! (Bart Scott voice)

  • Bokinghbk

    OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY!!!!!!! Madden Communities, I hope that they put a sneak peek of those on the demo. So glad they spent all their time on MC. Online Franchise would have been a huge waste of time. Nobody likes to play through multiple seasons with their friends and compete to see who the best is. They would rather spend time with random people talking in a community about how nice it would be to start a Franchise together. I’m starting my community now. Who’s coming with me????????????????????

    • Danger87

      My issues with online franchise is Free Agency, Salary Caps, Player Contracts, Previous Season Stats, & NFL Records and Post Season Awards. Some aren’t as serious as others. They have a solid game just needs a little attention. I think in three years they could of figured out these small issues. Lord knows I will buy this game but for fuck sake’s EA needs a reality check or a bitch slap.  The only reality check they can get is no one buying the product cause know one knows who to bitch slap!

      • Smsixx

        Finally…someone who gets it. These are issues that I have been more concerned about as well (this and the simulation stats which have improved but are still not right).

        I can live with a runner morphing sometimes (it is a video game) but I can’t deal with the fact that in franchise mode a Free Safety for a CPU team will start all 16 games and collect 25 tackels tops. Drives me nuts.

        • Monty

          You should find a statistical emulator of some sort. Gameplay is number one.NCAA plays amazingly .. If it plays like NCAA it’ll be the best football game of all time. The fact that they are dropping a full quatered demo 3 weeks before the game comes out means that they are very confident in the game.

    • Guest

      Yeah.. cus online communities is the only thing to blame for online franchise not being worked on.. everybody needs to stop hateing on the feature.

      • Smsixx

        Online Franchise as I have stated before is a good concept…but the reason the dev team has put nothing more into it is because 90% of leagues never get going. People like myself join online leagues and lose interest when others just stop checking in or my game gets simmed without warning….whats my solution? Going back to offline franchise.

        Trust me…more players think like this

        • Godzzilla94

          its because the mode is appealing. build it and they will come. i didnt want an improvement that probably took a week to implement and i wont use in Online Communities

      • Smsixx

        Online Franchise as I have stated before is a good concept…but the reason the dev team has put nothing more into it is because 90% of leagues never get going. People like myself join online leagues and lose interest when others just stop checking in or my game gets simmed without warning….whats my solution? Going back to offline franchise.

        Trust me…more players think like this

  • EA Sidelines Suck

    Instead of having a fan vote for the Madden cover (which turned out to be a disaster, Peyton Hillis?)  they should’ve had one for the demo matchup instead. 

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      They did that last year. A bit surprising they didn’t this time around.

      • http://twitter.com/ajs41072 Anthony Suriano

        I’m assuming they chose the Bears to show off Solider Field, now that they include it.  Wasn’t that a license they just obtained for Madden 12?  The Packers are the champs and the Bears’ rival.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brett-Farthing/1365428918 Brett Farthing

          Correct, its no long Bears Stadium

    • Modman

      They should have fans vote for features they want in the game

      • Guest

        That’s stuped if you’re gonna put features out there to be voted on why not put them all in the game?

  • EA Sidelines Suck

    I really hope the gameplay feels different than it looks.  From watching these vids, the gameplay seems to be way to fast.  Too much ice skating going on out there.  Why is it so hard for EA to master something as basic as footplanting?  Especially when games on a Last Gen system seemed to have it down?

    • Danger87

      NCAA 12 seems to be light years ahead of Madden! Just wish I was a huge college fan :(

      • Leftysmoke

        I enjoyed NCAA Football 12 but it seemed kind of cheap. The camera also seems really distant from the players. I can agree that the running and defensive game in NCAA 12 is way ahead of Madden 11. Hopefully Madden 12 brings the heat next month. I’m pumped.

      • Guest

        NCAA 12 isn’t light years ahead of Madden at all.. there both made by EA so how could that even happen, but the only thing I’ll give them is online dynasty. That doesn’t exactly calculate out to light years. 

  • DJ

    So they stripped out the commentary so nobody would notice it hasn’t changed?

    • Guest

      No, they stripped it do reduce the size, like they do every single year..

  • Smsixx

    The Madden demo is coming out!!! i can’t wait to hear all the repetative negativity from all the losers on this site!

    • Godzzilla94

      te gusta los hombres?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Henson/513657938 Jon Henson

    Dumbest Pairing of teams they prolly could have done…. Game wasn’t even worth watching much less replaying… bad choice by EA!

    • http://twitter.com/mattdabearsfan Matthew Duncan

      WTF are you talking about? The biggest rivalry in all of sports in a NFC championship? Come one bro you obviously like the greatness of suck great franchises going head to head. its like the Steelers and the Ravens but there’s a shit load more respect in the bears packer games.

  • Jz

    Madden is gonna be more broken than NCAA 12. Theres a reason the release date got pushed back and its not because EA wanted to polish it better for us.

    • Mir2ply

      no they phushed it back because of the lockout so they could get the rosters rite

  • Jz

    Also to Jon ya so dumb to havethe super bowl champs in the demo like most games do. I agree the Bears shouldnt be there though. Da bears still suck.

    • http://twitter.com/mattdabearsfan Matthew Duncan

      And you are probably a gay ass mother fucking Packer fan (after they won the superbowl you became a fan) all Packer fans are fucking band wagoners and Packer fans are no better than Heat “Fans”. You don’t get how they would be the biggest rivalry of all sports in a demo? I don’t get your comment AT ALL.

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewSvrcek Andrew Svrcek

    I would like if they dropped Gus Johnson and Cris Collinsworth cause Gus is just always so damn loud and Cris is always too dull. The two just don’t quiite go together well. I honestly think Joe Buck and Troy Aikman would be perfect for Madden. EA should try and sign them to a Madden deal for Madden 13.

  • chicken rib

    joe buck is the best play by play guy in all of sports, he need to be in Madden

  • MtHammer

    So when does/did Madden go gold and how will that affect the roster it ships with?  Will delay ensure they have time to implement the first round of free agency signings or will we have really out of date teams?  Will be be able to start a franchise and sign Nnamdi Asomugha or DeAngelo Williams in free agency?

    • Guest

      Learn how to read…

  • Sean

    It better be at least as good as NCAA 12 demo…

  • Tlishus88

    I know EA is trying but soldier field still needs work (u.e. E3 game play footage — upper level stands look off. Not the most beautiful stadium in NFL, but after all this time and to finally represent, do it completely and correctly.

    • Prodigy3

      I’m just glad they are paying respect to the Mecca of Football…Chicago. Papa Bear I will make you proud

  • Wertyui

    Wow, EA sports is giving a big hug to fans after this BS NFL-NFLPA lockout and as a fan I’m appreciative. It sucks they had to push back the release date but releasing a full 5 mins 4 quarter demo with adjustable settings is a huge gift. I completely understand about the lack of commentary, that would be way too much code to try to fit into one 3 or 4 GB demo. I’m hopeful for this years Madden and I havent bought Madden in 2 years. The joke that was Madden 09 was my last straw after buying every madden since madden 64. If the demo blows me away i’ll be going to walmart at midnight on 8/30.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FQ5KIKLT5FZW5PRA4YMP6WSSFY John O

    I’m going in with high expectations.  From the rumored downgrade of the announcing to fix gameplay issues, there better be some visual and physical difference. 

  • Guest

    Four 5 minute quarters! Looks like EA is pretty confident about this years offering. I’m not comcerned with all the online, offline franchise community bell & whistles, or if it’s the Greenbay Packers vs the Blueberry Muffins in the demo. If the gameplay is tight, I’ll use what I like, and ignore the rest. Because in the end, what keeps me playing everyday, just like with NCAA is the “Gameplay”!

    • http://twitter.com/mattdabearsfan Matthew Duncan

      “blueberry muffins” lol Poor Packer fans have to take shots at other teams like they are 8 years old.

  • http://twitter.com/WoOdMcFlLy Erik Wood

    That’ll be nice to play a handful of times. Pretty excited for GB this year on Madden, should be very difficult to defend them with the return of J. Finley. Go Pack Go!

    • http://twitter.com/mattdabearsfan Matthew Duncan

      BANDWAGONER

      • Matt 66 James

        Why do they have to be a bandwagonneer for liking greenbay?? A true NFL fan has a team they favor.. but players they love.. I hate the pats an Brady.. but I like sum players on their team.. browns suck.. but hillis is a beast an runs the ball like it should be ran..bills are terrible.. but have some likeable players.. tired a seeing ppl hate on ppl who like teams.. I do.t have a “favorite” team.. I play madden with every team becuz there’s players I love on each n every team.. like the lions for instance.. how can u not like playin with suh crushing qbs? An we all know the lions have been horrid le for years.. so who cares Wut teams ppl like.. jus be glad there are reams to begin with this season

    • Prodigy3

      Unfortunately for Packer fans they are playing the Bears. Not tough to defend them. The Bears are the only team that stops them

  • Weston_d20

    Thet need to fix the damn commentary.

    • Raiderfan_1988

      They Need to have Sam Rosen and Troy Aikman call the games!

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  • prodigy3

    Yes baby, Forte & Cutler about to do those cheeseheads

    • http://twitter.com/mattdabearsfan Matthew Duncan

      I have never noticed you in the comments section till now… always thought you stayed in the thread

  • Dvick

    What time will it be released? Midnight tonight??

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  • http://twitter.com/LetsgoMetsgo Raymond Isaac

    It’s going to suck having the Bears as one of only two team choices, but why should we expect the world from a demo? Oh how i wish it was a 2K football demo, but i’ll take it for now

  • Dan08721

    Can u Play With Another Friend Online

  • Turnerdequon

    when is the demo released.

  • nicknick7

    where is the demo at?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Lujan/1224217261 Bobby Lujan

    who cares about commentary.. its the same as the last 3 years anyway

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1754540190 Chris Williams

    why the hell can’t i find the demo in the playstation store

  • Msjune2020

    omg why did they push it back to august 30th this is stupid

  • dmarco

    madden12 2liv

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