So far I like it, the graphics are good, controls are ok, except the pre snap controls are a little slow and clunky. I love the game presentation, except I think they should add a mini half time show that goes over the game statistics. Franchise mode is much improved, but I still dont like the way they keep track of team income/expenses. I found a problem with the custom playbooks too, when you choose a playbook to start from such as run and gun, and want to add or delete plays, you will find that the plays dont match. I expected to be able to just modify the run and gun playbook but when you select run and gun in the custom playbook screen youl find that many of the plays dont match, even formations are wrong. wish they would fix that. the new cut days and rookie scouting is good. overall its worth buying but ea has much too improve as usual.
To me the last couple Madden games seemed exactly the same, and were a waste to buy. Madden 12 seemed to have a different feel to it. The reason I rate it an 8 is because they improved franchise mode, making it more realistic with player cuts and scouting. Also the player traits made the game more interesting. So all in all this game is a good one to rent if you like sports games.