MADDEN NFL 12 by EA SPORTS™ Review
- Options galore for hardcore NFL fans.
- Either pick pre-made plays or draw your own with your finger.
- Controls overwhelming for first time players.
- A bit of lag with the kick-off controls.
For those looking for a gridiron game on their iDevice, Madden 12 is the complete package and should keep fans busy until Madden 13 is released.
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Let's get this out of the way first. If you're a NFL fan and are looking to play some Gridiron on your iPhone, Madden 12 has enough content and solid gameplay to make it a worthwhile purchase. For everyone else, let's delve a little deeper.
The game is played with a combination of touch mechanics and an on screen joystick and buttons. Whether on offensive or defense, you can select a play from your team's book (with every team having their own unique plays), or you can use the touch screen to draw your own plays, assigning jobs to every man on the field. Once the ball is in play touching a player will give you control over them. The analogue stick will move them and you can sprint, or execute turns with the touch of a button (including entering a slow motion mode, giving you more time to make decisions). This can all be a little overwhelming when first playing but before long you'll be fluidly picking options and controlling your players like it was second nature.
The graphics and sound are both of a high quality. Obviously there's not as much variation in animation and commentary as the console version contains, but the repeats, even though frequent don't detract too much from the game itself. Content wise this will be keeping you busy. The entire rosters of all thirty two teams are here, and are available for trade. Combine that with the season and play-off modes, plus using the Origin system for multiplayer matches with your friends, and you can see how this game could eat up a lot of your time.
EA usually have a high bar of quality on their sports releases and this is the case with Madden 12 for the iPhone. Sure it can't look to compete with its console brethren, but if you must get your Gridiron fix on the go, you won't go wrong with this one.