Cheerleaders. Mascots. Team-specific entrances. Grass stains. Flak jackets.
Turn on "Madden NFL 12" for the first time, and you'll be stunned by the massive visual upgrade that includes everything from how the lighting on the field makes every uniform pop (and brings out the exact colors) to the way the ball is finally authentically scaled to the player bodies so that it no longer looks as though Drew Brees is throwing a loaf of bread 50 yards downfield.
"When people turn on the game for the first time, I want them to be like, 'Wow, I've never seen that before," says Mike Young, "Madden NFL 12's" art director. "What we really went for this year was all the stuff everybody has been asking for but had never seen in 'Madden' before. Whether it's the green dot on the quarterback's helmet or the mascots running out onto the field, I think everybody is going to have their own wow moment when they play the game."