Instead of playing the previous season's Super Bowl like in past years, gamers can choose between the Chicago Bears and the Packers in a simulation of the 2010 NFC Championship game in the trial.
The rosters aren't quite up to date, but they will be when the full game hits the market on Aug. 30, 2011. For example, Greg Olsen is still on the Bears who also lack Roy Williams and Cullen Jenkins along with Brandon Jackson still remain on the Pack's roster.
However, draft picks did find their way into the demo, and I've already thrown a perfectly placed pass over Brian Urlacher to rookie receiver Randall Cobb for a touchdown.
If Packers fans decide not to purchase Madden this year, it could because Aaron Rodgers was beaten out for the cover appearance by the Brown's Peyton Hillis, but a few new perk may change their minds.
When Rodgers runs the ball in for a score, he celebrates by showing off his now-famous and well-deserved "championship belt." Also, when Clay Matthews records an emphatic sack, he flexes his rather large biceps for all to see.
It may not be enough to convince an avid cheesehead to dish out $60 for the game, but it is exciting nonetheless. The Packers are also the highest rated team in the game with a 92 overall.
The demo was released this morning on the Xbox 360 and this afternoon for the PS3, so if you don't mind playing as either of the two historic rivals, download it and give it a try.
However, if you're a Bears fan, you better beware. It may bring back painful memories.