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Panem et Circenses! Football is back, pass the chips! Madden NFL 12 Data Report

September 6, 2012


Coffee Beans
Madden NFL 12 was released on August 30, 2011 for the Wii at a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by HB Studios and published by the EA Sports division of Electronic Arts. The game received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with no content descriptors listed for gamers and parents to be aware of.

With the college football season having started last weekend, and now the NFL season officially starting up tonight, I figured now would be a good time to look at how many hours U.S. Wii owners have reported playing Madden NFL 12 since it released last year. So, brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
Madden NFL 12 has 618,000 Total Hours of game-play reported, from approximately 19,290 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel since the game released last year. The average play-time per day/session is 2 Hours 2 Minutes, with the overall average play-time being 32 Hours 2 Minutes “Per person” as shown above.

What about critic and customer review scores for Madden NFL 12? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 75.00%, based on just 3 reviews on GameRankings.com. The customer review score average is 74.44%, based on 36 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
The 2012 NFL season has officially kicked off tonight (just about 45 minutes ago now), with the Giants playing the Cowboys. The last NFL video game game I purchased was in July 2004. After that purchase, due to EA signing the exclusivity contract with the NFL, I have not purchased another NFL video game since; though I have played a few and I believe I have Madden NFL 09 in my PlayStation 3 collection that a friend gave to me.

If you have not seen what Madden NFL 12 looked like for the Wii last year, the video below will give you a look at the different graphical style the developer went with for the Wii version:

Though Mrs. Coffee and I don’t have cable television, I do play in an ESPN NFL Fantasy Football league and have done so for about the last 4 years. While I won’t watch many (if any) of the games this NFL season, I will keep track of most of them each week because of the league.

As for the reported data, seeing Madden NFL 12 having more than 30 hours averaged “Per person” in just over a year I think is pretty good, especially considering it was the 6th Madden NFL Wii game to be released for the system.

If you’re wondering about the title, have you read The Hunger Games book series? If not, I suggest giving them a read. You can buy the entire book series HERE, so there’s no need to delay anymore, then the title might make a little more sense.

Questions
Did any of you play Madden NFL 12 for the Wii, or even other consoles, and did you think it was a solid Madden game? Did it do anything better, or worse, than previous games in the Madden series? If you played Madden NFL 12, or perhaps even just purchased Madden NFL 13, is the Madden NFL series one that you purchase every single year?

Also, if you’re a football fan, do you have a favorite NFL team you are cheering for and hoping makes it to Super Bowl XLVII?

If you are interested in the Madden NFL games, you can see a few linked below on Amazon.com:

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PS3 vs. Xbox 360: Backbreaker’s Sale Ranks

June 30, 2010

Quick Brew Info:

Backbreaker was released on June 1, 2010, for both the PS3 and Xbox 360.  The game released with a MSRP of $49.99 and features 60 football teams, a season and “Road to Backbreaker” mode; as well as an online exhibition mode.
One big selling point for Backbreaker, is its use of the Euphoria game engine, which was also used in games like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Red Dead Redemption.
Chart Info:
The chart above shows the sales ranks for Backbreaker on the PS3 and Xbox 360, with data captured between  May 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010.
Highs & Lows:
The highest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the PS3 was #332, on June 2, around 10:40AM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the PS3 was #5,915, on June 29, around 12:05PM.
The highest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the Xbox 360 was #216, on June 1, around 8:05PM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the Xbox 360 was #4,829, on June 28, around 12:40AM.
Critical Reception:
Backbreaker on the PS3 currently has a review score average of 59.88%, based on 17 reviews.
Backbreaker on the Xbox 360 currently has a review score average of 56.67%, based on 20 reviews.
The chart shows, with the lightning bolt, that on June 2 IGN.com posted their review for Backbreaker.
I believe their review was posted around 8:30PM(EST) on June 2, and they gave the game a 5 out of 10.
Many other sites started posting reviews for the game on/around June 1, but I just found it interesting that after June 2, the same day IGN.com posted their review, the sale ranks for bother versions of Backbreaker steadily decreased.
Thoughts:
I have not purchased a football game since ESPN NFL 2K5.
I read some of the comments on IGN’s review for Backbreaker, and they were stating that the reviewer did not spend enough time with the game; before writing the review.
I don’t think the Amazon.com sales data shows the game is selling very well, but perhaps it is doing better in retail stores than online?
I think if the game released with a price tag of $19.99, like ESPN NFL 2K5 did, then more people would have been willing to give it a try.
I did download the demo for Backbreaker on my PS3, and played a few matches.
The passing took a little while, but I was getting used to it.  I still am adjusting to the running, though it seems kind of loose to me.
Here’s a trailer for the game, and also two plays at the end of it from some of my play-time with the demo:
Questions:
Have you played Backbreaker on either the PS3 or Xbox 360?
If you purchased the game, what do you think of it?  Do you agree with the review score averages for the version you played, or do you agree with comments that the reviewers needed to spend more time with the game before “reviewing” it?
If you are interested in Backbreaker, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com below:
  

PS3 vs. Xbox 360: Backbreaker’s Sale Ranks

June 30, 2010

Quick Brew Info:

Backbreaker was released on June 1, 2010, for both the PS3 and Xbox 360.  The game released with a MSRP of $49.99 and features 60 football teams, a season and “Road to Backbreaker” mode; as well as an online exhibition mode.
One big selling point for Backbreaker, is its use of the Euphoria game engine, which was also used in games like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Red Dead Redemption.
Chart Info:
The chart above shows the sales ranks for Backbreaker on the PS3 and Xbox 360, with data captured between  May 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010.
Highs & Lows:
The highest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the PS3 was #332, on June 2, around 10:40AM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the PS3 was #5,915, on June 29, around 12:05PM.
The highest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the Xbox 360 was #216, on June 1, around 8:05PM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the Xbox 360 was #4,829, on June 28, around 12:40AM.
Critical Reception:
Backbreaker on the PS3 currently has a review score average of 59.88%, based on 17 reviews.
Backbreaker on the Xbox 360 currently has a review score average of 56.67%, based on 20 reviews.
The chart shows, with the lightning bolt, that on June 2 IGN.com posted their review for Backbreaker.
I believe their review was posted around 8:30PM(EST) on June 2, and they gave the game a 5 out of 10.
Many other sites started posting reviews for the game on/around June 1, but I just found it interesting that after June 2, the same day IGN.com posted their review, the sale ranks for bother versions of Backbreaker steadily decreased.
Thoughts:
I have not purchased a football game since ESPN NFL 2K5.
I read some of the comments on IGN’s review for Backbreaker, and they were stating that the reviewer did not spend enough time with the game; before writing the review.
I don’t think the Amazon.com sales data shows the game is selling very well, but perhaps it is doing better in retail stores than online?
I think if the game released with a price tag of $19.99, like ESPN NFL 2K5 did, then more people would have been willing to give it a try.
I did download the demo for Backbreaker on my PS3, and played a few matches.
The passing took a little while, but I was getting used to it.  I still am adjusting to the running, though it seems kind of loose to me.
Here’s a trailer for the game, and also two plays at the end of it from some of my play-time with the demo:
Questions:
Have you played Backbreaker on either the PS3 or Xbox 360?
If you purchased the game, what do you think of it?  Do you agree with the review score averages for the version you played, or do you agree with comments that the reviewers needed to spend more time with the game before “reviewing” it?
If you are interested in Backbreaker, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com below: