One thing that remains a constant for me whether I like it or not is the Madden NFL series of games. I say "whether I like it or not" because there's times when I feel like the game isn't as good as promised, or even close. Sometimes, it feels like they didn't even try. I hate to say that a game that is developed for months out of the year that, surely, individuals worked hard on, suffers from a lack of effort, so perhaps I'll go with "lack of vision." Maybe the games aren't consistently great because there's no competition, who knows?
All I know is ... time and time again, I go out at midnight on release day and I buy the game and play as the rookies. I'll start a franchise and trade for all the guys I wish the 49ers had drafted. I just cannot stop playing the Madden games at all. I'll never be able to, unless EA loses the NFL license and another competitor comes forward with a better product. That'd be the only way.
For Madden NFL 10 and Madden NFL 11, I didn't really buy into the hype. Of course, I did buy the game, but before it came out, I was only excited about one or two things and was sort of lukewarm otherwise. Well, 11 turned out to be better than I expected, but there were still a lot of issues. With Madden NFL 12, I am legitimately excited for the first time in years. There's a ton about it that I know I will like, things that EA really can't lie about at this point. If you want to talk about what specifically I like and what not, go ahead and ask in the comments.
Until then, make the jump and check out this trailer that EA debuted at E3 yesterday. Pretty cool stuff, though I was definitely hoping for more.