Madden NFL 11: Demo Date and Details

The demo for EA Sports' new football game is coming July 27. Read on for all the details.

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Last year's demo for Madden NFL 10 seemed to have caused as many grumbles as it did cheers from fans of EA Sports' long-running NFL series. Part of the problem had to do with the fact that the demo was split into two--one demo was available to everyone and another was available only to those who preordered the game. The demo for the preorder crowd was a much more full-featured representation of the final game, while the available demo featured one-minute quarters, creating an uproar among the kinds of people who get riled up about all things Madden-related.

It's the best offense versus the best defense in the Madden NFL 11 demo.

Apparently all that hand-wringing and whining has resulted in some changes to this year's Madden demo. Due on July 27 on both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, the Madden 11 demo seems like it will be more in line with what football fans have come to expect from demos in the past. Here's a look at some of the demo's highlights:

Teams: Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets
Stadium: Jets Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Time/Weather: 1:00 p.m./clear
Skill Levels: Rookie, Pro, All-Pro, All-Madden, Five-minute quarters

As any demo should, the Madden 11 demo will show off a number of the game's big features, including the new gameflow and game-planning features. According to Madden 11 designer Yuri Bialoskursky, you'll be able to create a full game plan from scratch before the game begins, just as you will be able to in the full game; the only restriction will be that players will only be able to choose from the Jets or Colts playbook (in the full game, you'll be able to choose from all 32 team playbooks). In addition, the gameflow feature (which selects plays for you and features offensive and defensive coordinators describing plays in your headset) will be optional--you'll also be able to select plays the traditional way, just as in the full game.

EA Sports has made much of the decision to bring CBS commentator Gus Johnson into the booth (alongside returning color commentator Chris Collinsworth), and unlike last year's demo, which featured no audio commentary, Johnson and Collinsworth will be in full effect in the Madden 11 demo. In addition, the demo will feature a taste of the upgraded audio presentation, with stadium music and team-specific chants (in this case, expect to hear a lot of "J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!")

EA is tossing a few bones to Madden fans who play the demo as well; if you create and save a game plan in the demo, then you'll automatically unlock the "master strategist" achievement/trophy once you pop in the retail Madden 11 disc for the first time. In addition, demo players will get access to a unique Madden Ultimate Team card (Jets Stadium, complete with a defensive boost). Madden Ultimate Team was a new mode added via a title update in last year's Madden. For Madden 11, Ultimate Team will be packed in with the full version of the game. In addition, all AI and gameplay sliders will be available to tweak to your heart's content in the demo. Finally, there will also be a handful of videos outlining some of the new features in the game.

Welcome to East Rutherford. You'll be issued your fire helmets at the gate.

As for that Colts and Jets matchup, alert readers might remember that this was a result of a fan vote that began back in March. Saints fans might be upset that their team isn't represented in the demo, even after winning a Super Bowl. But hey, The Big Easy's got Drew Brees on the Madden 11 cover and an NFL championship on its collective resume. Sounds like a pretty fair trade.

Look for the Madden NFL 11 demo on July 27 on both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Madden 11 will be released to store shelves on August 10.

Discussion

99 comments
Jcstairs84
Jcstairs84

ok could i get support from one pats fan because when i was told they suck the person may have forgot that they dominated the decade and so did the sox with 3 championships each and an undefeated season to with the giants winning the championship now see im not afraid to say that and im also not afraid of this season because im not a band wagon fan

Gujuboy
Gujuboy

Looks great! can't wait for the game release

blakgodofwar
blakgodofwar

i haven't bought a madden game since mcnabb was on the cover..i'll play it at a friends house to see how it is before and i always decide too pass..is it me or does it seem like ncaa football games are better than madden.. i played the demo and its the same old madden since it turned to next gen games. I see people complaining though and like i tell all my friends. stop buying the game especially when it first comes out..then they will lose sales, eventually lose the nfl license then they will have to step their games up..until then yall gonna get the same ole crap they been putting out every single year.

kennyjb00777
kennyjb00777

I'm a reluctant madden supporter, but Madden 11 looks excellent. gamplay, graphics, routes, and so much attention to detail. it really looks great. reminds me of the GOAT, NFL2K5. It's an outstanding game. It might even get a 9 8.8 to 9.2 rating. i can't hate

Deathinmyblood
Deathinmyblood

The demo was better! They took away pro-tak( which i can live w/o), the running was amazing! improved blocking, better tackling, the catching animations reminds me of '09 and they made it better. Passing takes getting use to, but once you do, it's an improvement. Overall: I loved it and can't wait to kick some ass this year. 2nd time playing (Colts 93- Jets 0) :)

-SilverGhost-
-SilverGhost-

i dont see it in the PSN store.. what time does it get released?

upstateNY
upstateNY

I WILL BUY NHL 11 THE DAY IT COMES OUT but i wont pay anything for this p.o.s. game...gus johnson's play by play is so out of whack with whats going on on the field that its almost comical...i hope the makers of this game die a slow and painful death...or rather the big shot who limits the makers of the game to actually redesign a new realistic game that people will like becuase it'd cut away at profits for a year...i hope you get penis cancer

NYJets12
NYJets12

@rangeraa I hope he gets better not like that other guy form USC Matt Leinart

KING01JV
KING01JV

Yea i can't believe the fact that they would take the EXACT SAME ANIMATIONS from previous madden games and use it to make this stupid game! I bet they already had this game done when Madden 10 came out. All they did was update the rosters and sit and laugh at everyone who continues to support their lack of effort to make all us football fans happy with a genuine football game. Since they know that the football season is coming up they no that us fans can't resist but to buy this crap while we wait for our favorite team to play. No way i'm supporting this. Screw EA!!

Hockey13j
Hockey13j

The matchup was voted on, it was between the superbowl, and the afc and nfc championships. So the ppl chose this matchup.

blingbin
blingbin

nvm im stupid, the cowboys vs giants demo was played at old giants stadium not Cowboys stadium. so i have no idea as to why its Jets vs Colts this year

blingbin
blingbin

im guessing the reason its colts vs. jets (AFC championship game) and not colts vs. saints (superbowl) is because, just like last year, they wanted to show off the new Giants stadium (last year it was Cowboys Stadium, cowboys vs. giants )

En_Sabah_Nur
En_Sabah_Nur

Off all the Madden demos I have played, it has always been the 2 teams who are in the Superbowl, in the demos. So why no Saints? I mean seriously, We were the underdogs, everyone said we would lose. Not only did we win, but we won how we've been winning the whole year, 31-17. We contained like what 3-4 future hall of famers and we still don't get the respect to be in a damn demo? When it was almost always a recreation of the superbowl in the demos, the year the WHO DAT NATION shock the world, they decided to not have the 2 superbowl teams. That's BS! GO SAINTS!!! WHO DAT!!

finleyfan45
finleyfan45

I played the demo of ncaa 11, i could actually notice a change in gameplay and graphics. I thought NCAA 09 and 10 were pretty much the same, but ncaa 11 was acutally different and better. I doubt Madden will change like NCAA did, sigh. EA stop trying to be a monopoly and LET SOMEONE ELSE HAVE NFL RIGHTS ALSO!!!

FLiPMaSTa1
FLiPMaSTa1

Its a shame EA has the NFL rights, no competetion to make a better game :*(

1stpersondabst
1stpersondabst

EA needs some competition it will force them to make better madden games.

FossilSniper
FossilSniper

I think I'm gonna have to go NCAA this year. It's been a few years since I bought a new one, and well... Madden is... you know... too Madden year after year.

Sora529
Sora529

You know, every year around this time I think to myself "I'm not falling for it this year, I'm renting it first." And then release day rolls around, and wouldn't you know it I'm unpacking the new Madden and popping it in. And it's always the same game I played the year before, but with crappier music and prettier menus. I'm not holding my breath that anything will change this year... Either way, let's go Vikes!

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

My favourite team is the Colts but seriously after the idiotic choke job by the coaching staff and Manning's horrible 2nd half gameplan I think there were more deserving teams to take their place to introduce Madden 11. Seriously I haven't let go of the fact Manning and company didn't say a thing when their head coach let Stover attempt that long FG when they had the lead and the kick was way over anything Stover could handle the past 2 + years. Manning also got what he deserved when he stopped calling run plays in the 2nd half even though they were running the ball well. Eventually the NO def. jumped a WR's route knowing what was coming and forget about knowing the route they knew it was probably a pass as Manning stopped calling a complete game. The Colts are the Houston Oilers and the Buffalo Bills of the past and only have one Super Bowl because the Bears didn't know enough to pull their horrible QB.

rangeraa
rangeraa

@Jcstairs84 Patriots suck lol...But seriously...they do.

rangeraa
rangeraa

@NYJets12 You do realise he was a rookie right? Look at Peyton Manning in his first season... Now I'm not saying that Sanchez will ever be as good...I'm just saying a rookie QB isn't going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread.

ZephyrKama
ZephyrKama

Madden is not going to improve until EA loses it's monopoly and they have some competition to call them out on their... crap. Here's a slim hope that in three years 2k will get that chance. Until then they're going to keep patting themselves on the back for cycling through the same menu renovations year to year. Either way I'm happy to play a sample of Madden as Gang Green!

dAvIdguY349
dAvIdguY349

I'll have fun creaming the Jets with my Colts

jblaze5000
jblaze5000

ncaa 11 is goin to be alot better than madden 11.

NYJets12
NYJets12

Jets need a QB , what's his name is the weak link on the team.If he doesn't improve form last year they ain't goin anywhere.

gmans33
gmans33

Bought Madden 09 & 10 and I won't make that mistake again so fast this year. Going to play the demo and rent it first to see if its even worth bothering owning this game.

JetStreamXx
JetStreamXx

I want a madden that handles like Backbreaker but without the Backbreaker camera of course lol.

anthonycg
anthonycg

$60 for prettier grass and the same gameplay from 2007? No thanks. Graphics aren't enough EA. Go to your room and make Mirror's Edge 2 and don't come out until it's done.

Rickus50
Rickus50

I want a Madden with Killer Graphics and In-game play and the rest of it could be an add on or not at all. Don' t waste disc space with all this bull and give us a great playing, great looking game.

WeskerLogan
WeskerLogan

madden hasn't changed since Eddie George was on the cover. They need competition plain & simple..EA sucks.

rbop
rbop

Can't wait. Go Eagles!

bscott216
bscott216

EA, why can't you design a half decent nfl video game? You guys suck.

shinglemill
shinglemill

why do they need a demo because everyone knows how to play madden. get real

hotshotgorilla
hotshotgorilla

This game looks really great, but I think I am just going to get Madden 10 when madden 11 comes out, so there will be a price drop, because i am not a huge madden fan and wouldn't care between 10 and 11. :)

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

I'mma get this regardless cuz I NEED an NFL game, I wish there was an alternative but there isn't. And the demo teams sound boring. Colts vs Jets? What about Miami vs. Houston, Eagles vs Cowboys, Vikings vs Packers or some other teams that are actually appealing? O well its just a demo tho, at least we all get the same demo regardless too, the 2 demos from last year were whack.

ibleedgreen94
ibleedgreen94

i cant bring myself to buy dis game and be disappionted yet again by madden

hojonny
hojonny

This will be a tough call. On the one hand, I enjoy updating Maddens. On the other, 10 was really, really good, and it will be interesting to see if I like the new playcalling stuff.

korol_i_shut
korol_i_shut

I haven't owned a Madden since '05, I think I'm gonna give these guys one more chance, because it sucks being such a huge football fan and having no football game to play, enough time has passed, EA should have their stuff together.. I hope they stepped their games up. go chiefs :)

A_Res
A_Res

Still contemplating this purchase. It always lets me down.

AverageGamer99
AverageGamer99

Should be easy being the Colts creaming that Jets D. I'll be sure to throw it mostly to they guy Cromartie is covering. XD

Jcstairs84
Jcstairs84

Just wait for the patriots and t brade bill isnt really doing to much with the free agency but hes doing somthing

RedOctober789
RedOctober789

awesome! ive been HUGE Jets fan all my life, I cant wait to give the Colts some payback for last season!

ThronedFlame21
ThronedFlame21

haha i cant wait for the jets to shut everyone up this year, and they wont need help getting into the playoffs this year. this demo however will probably be one of the deciding factors in getting the game. finally a real demo for madden so i can see if i want to waste my money.

mg25lax
mg25lax

i would just like to say to everyone hating on the jets, they made it to the afc championship game with a rookie running back, coach, and quarterback. they might have gotten a little help in season, but come playoffs they performed. and next year is gunna be even better so dont be jealous because your team sucks

forklite
forklite

Even though I'm getting madden 11, I still say ea doesn't create great madden games, like when they had sega as competition and it really is just another madden game, PERIOD!

Savior24
Savior24

Umm...I believe GameSpot got the part of the #1 Offense vs. the #1 Defense incorrect! For the Past few years, the Saints have had the #1 total offense in the NFL. Seems like there are quite a few scorned Colts fans working for GameSpot!!! LOL...