While the actual football game in NFL Pro 2012 is done quite well, the intrusive and obvious push to convince people to buy game credits overshadows the work of the development team. Locking out basic offensive plays (like a Hail Mary pass) in a relatively shallow playbook underscores the commercial nature of the game and is always jarring. And locking out teams once the player has picked one is a major annoyance (especially if you accidentally pick the wrong team during setup).
That’s a shame, since the game is good looking and, while not as deep as other NFL apps, still has its fun moments. The controls are a bit too complicated and sometimes sluggish, but nothing that’s unforgivable. Ultimately, though, the incessant nagging by the app becomes too overbearing and will likely chase away most players.