Anyone on the fence should listen to the 4th String podcast. 3 reviewers tear down the game. My take from their 90 minute show:
Bottom line, if you want improvements to OFFLINE franchise (some of which are putting stuff back in that was cut from the PS2/XBox 1 versions) and don't care about Superstar mode (unplayable except for achievements because of camera angles/game logic) or Online Franchise (no changes at all including the improvements made in offline franchise) and don't mind the commentary being poor and almost completely rehashed from 11, then get it with one of the $20 coupon/credit/gift card deals or get it for $45 from TRU. Otherwise, wait for $30-$35 on Black Friday.
Something else to consider: NCAA Football 12 is still unpatched. It has two major glitches in that your dynasty can suddenly just refuse to progress any further and also your players specialties will change mid-season for no reason at all. You can go to pastapadre.com or read the forums on EA/Operation Sports for the full lowdown but if you're someone that wants to take draft classes in NCAA and bring them into Madden then beware.
I bought both games last year via deals (NCAA with a local Gamestop trade-in deal and Madden with BB's $20 RZ credit plus Madden NFL Arcade) and never got around to playing them, but now that I've gotten bored with CoD I'm playing dynasty in NCAA 11 and really enjoying it then going to go into Madden 11.
Edited by MSUHitman, 29 August 2011 - 03:20 PM.