Madden 12 Hard Drive Evaluation

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Posted August 26th, 2011 at 6:00 am

With Madden NFL 12 in hand the first thing to check on was loading times when playing from the disc up against those when installed to the Xbox 360 hard drive. The data is accessed quicker when installed as the disc doesn’t need to be read and that accounts for the crisper loading. Madden 12 comes in half a gig smaller compared to last year but the loading times are longer. Still it doesn’t suffer in the way that the NCAA Football series does.

Install time- 7:36
Install size- 4.8 GB

Loading Times
Boot to main menu- 66 seconds disc vs 58 seconds HDD (8 seconds)
Load into Play Now- 33 seconds disc vs 21 seconds HDD (12 seconds)
Load out of game to Menu- 12 seconds disc vs 9 seconds HDD (3 seconds)
Load into Saved Franchise- 10 seconds disc vs 9 seconds HDD (1 seconds)
Load into Saved Superstar- 13 seconds disc vs 10 seconds HDD (3 second)
Load into Madden Moment- 44 seconds disc vs 25 seconds HDD (19 seconds)

Though not appearing terribly significant the time savings are noticeable. Installing to the hard drive is recommended for the reduced noise and wear and tear put on the system in addition to any improvements seen in loading times.

  • Wiserone

    First. 9am on the button. You rock.

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

      What is so cool about being first? I was not aware a contest was going on.

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  • 11112e3

    oh man…who cares…really…load time?

    • Guest

      Yet you still clicked “Continue Reading” and had to make a comment didn’t you?

      • 11112e3

        no…i saw the title than posted…so the difference in 1 second is that big of a deal….isnt it common knowledge that if u put a game on the hard drive than it will load faster? Does it really matter if you know if its 2 sec faster…come on….useless i think

    • Danger368

      Who cares about load times? A lot of people, thats who. Although clearly you don’t care much about your own time since you decided to read the article and make a smartass comment about something you supposedly don’t care about.

    • Danger368

      Who cares about load times? A lot of people, thats who. Although clearly you don’t care much about your own time since you decided to read the article and make a smartass comment about something you supposedly don’t care about.

    • Ghost of John Madden

      I do

    • Ghost of John Madden

      I do

  • 11112e3

    oh man…who cares…really…load time?

  • hulkhogan2

    Load time is definitely important. Especially on the harder madden moments that you have to keep restarting and then end up wasting 15 minutes on load screens. BTW, just discovered this site and it is awesome. Have a new go to site for all my sports game news. Keep up the good work

  • Jhoff81

    Is it just me, or are the menus extremely laggy when installed to the HDD?  For example, when picking teams in play now…. when you switch between home and away, nothing happens for maybe 5 seconds or so.

    I actually haven’t tried it off the disc yet, so I don’t know if that’s because of it being installed, but I can see no other reason.

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