This game was released on August 30, 2011 and is no longer available to pre-order. Any incentives that were offered are listed below.
Madden NFL 12 is an upcoming American football simulator, developed, as usual, by EA Tiburon, and published by EA Sports. EA owns an exclusive license to use NFL materials until 2013, so it is still going to be a while until there’s any alternative to their Madden series.
Madden 12 will feature a number of improvements and additions, such as a new tackling system, enhanced defensive AI, custom playbooks, and online communities. The Franchise mode has also been improved with new features like dynamic player performance, expanded rosters and cut days, new rookie scouting system, and more. Josh Looman, the senior designer in charge of the Franchise mode, even calls it “the most in-depth career mode game ever”.
Madden 12 pre-order bonus
Preordering the game at certain stores will net you exclusive teams (two per retailer). Make your pick from the list below.
Amazon: exclusive All Rookies and All Sophomores teams, as well as $20 store credit.
All Rookies Team
This Ultimate Team of the Future features stars from the 2011 NFL Draft class. QB’s Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert are here, while stud wide receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Green are your weapons on the outside. On defense, the All Rookies have one of the most aggressive and dynamic defensive fronts in all of Madden NFL 12. Nick Fairley and Marcel Dareus start in the middle, Robert Quinn and Da’Quan Bowers rush the passer from defensive end, Von Miller is an absolute beast rushing the QB from the outside linebacker position, and Patrick Peterson is locking down receivers on the outside and also returns kicks for the All Rookie team.
All Sophomores Team
This team features the best players from the 2010 NFL Draft Class as well as other last season’s rookie players. Defensive Rookie of the Year Ndamukong Suh is the starting defensive tackle and Offensive Rookie of the Year Sam Bradford starts at QB for the sophomores. If you are looking for a speed/power combo out of your backfield, you have come to right place. Buccaneers running back Legarrette Blount brings the power while Lions running back Jahvid Best and Bills C.J Spiller bring the speed. If you want to mix it up a little bit with your offense, bring in Broncos QB Tim Tebow to give the defense a different look. On the defensive side of the ball, Devin McCoutry and Joe Haden start at the cornerbacks alongside Chiefs 2011 Pro Bowler Eric Berry at strong safety. Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap and outside linebacker Koa Misi from Miami provide the pass rush.
Gamestop: exclusive NFC All Stars and AFC All Stars teams.
NFC All Stars
A collection of the best players from the National Football Conference led by Adrian Peterson and a strong running game, this NFC All-Star team has it all. Super Bowl XLV MVP, Aaron Rodgers starts at QB and has seven fellow Green Bay teammates joining him including Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, and Jermichael Finley. Star kick returner, Devin Hester from the Chicago Bears starts at both kick returner and punt returner, while DeSean Jackson and his 99 speed rating back up Hester on the depth chart. The NFC Stars also house arguably the best crew of linebackers in all of Madden NFL 12 with Jon Beason, Patrick Willis, Brian Urlacher, and DeMarcus Ware in the starting lineup.
AFC All Stars
Featuring the brightest stars from the American Football Conference, the AFC offense is absolutely loaded! Tom Brady and Peyton Manning take the helm at QB, with wide receivers Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne and tight end Antonio Gates catching everything thrown their way, while the three-headed of Maurice Jones-Drew, Jamaal Charles, and Arian Foster cover the backfield attack. On the defensive side of the ball, it doesn’t get any prettier for opposing teams with a lineup of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis at defensive end and James Harrison, Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis at the linebacker positions.. Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed as starting safeties and Darell Revis, Nnamdi Asomugha, and Champ Bailey cover the cornerback position. Yikes.
BestBuy: exclusive All Speed and Heart and Hustle teams.
All Speed Team
Contains some of the fastest players in the NFL. Chris Johnson, DeSean Jackson and Devin Hester are here with their 99 speed ratings. Michael Vick (91 speed) starts at QB. At WR, a collection of sub 4.3-40 guys like Mike Wallace, Devery Henderson and Jacoby Ford. Looking for speed at TE? Vernon Davis, Greg Olsen, and Dustin Keller are your guys. On defense, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora team up with freak-of-nature Dwight Freeney for a scary front. Nobody is going to beat this secondary with two Cromarties starting (Antonio and Dominique) and DeAngelo Hall and Terence Newman adding depth to the team.
The Heart and Hustle Team
Features some of the hardest-working players in the NFL. Stamina, toughness, and awareness are all traits that set them apart. Options at QB are Ben Roethlisberger, Josh Freeman or Matt Ryan. At RB, the team has a great trio with Frank Gore, Danny Woodhead and Matt Forte. Steve Smith, Anquan Boldin, and Hines Ward are some of the toughest players at WR in the NFL and all are starting. The defense includes David Harris and Stephen Tulloch both starting at linebacker. At corner, Courtland Finnegan, Leon Hall, and Antoine Winfield make it tough for receivers, and can tackle even the strongest ball carriers.
Hall of Fame edition
The game also has a premium Hall of Fame edition, which will come with a price tag of $89.99 and include the following extras:
- Autographed Trading Card: each copy of the game will include one of the 4 exclusive Panini cards featuring Marshall Faulk of the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. The cards will be personally signed by Marshall himself.
- Gold Card: a solid 18k gold autographed card will be randomly inserted into one of the Hall of Fame edition packages (one Xbox 360 and one Playstation 3 copy) – maybe you will be the lucky recipient?
- Platinum Pack for Madden Ultimate Team: features a combination of 13 NFL Hall of Famers and former Madden NFL cover athletes such as Marshall Faulk, Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Rod Woodson, Eddie George, Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Ray Lewis, Shaun Alexander, Vince Young, Larry Fitzgerald, Troy Polamalu and Drew Brees. All cards have ratings from each player’s most productive season in the NFL and are fully renewable with contract extensions.
Only 125.000 copies of Madden NFL 12 HoF edition will be released, so it might be wise to reserve one in advance. This limited edition also won’t be available outside the United States.
Madden 12 trailer
The release date of this highly anticipated American football simulator is set for August 30th this year. You can find news, interview videos, screenshots, and other information on the official homepage of the game.