The Madden The series has been around for over 30 years now and has released 32 titles across multiple generations of consoles. With football being the most watched sport in the United States, the series continues to top the charts as the best-selling sports video game.
Some games scored a touchdown, while others threw the ball into the stands. More recently, the series has seen a slight drop in quality. That said, there were years when the games were really good examples of what good simulation-style football should be.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 Madden NFL video games of all time.
This is the most recent Madden game from top to bottom. More modern Madden games certainly played better than Madden 12, but the breadth of content makes it last in this list. Unlike recent games, Franchise Mode was incredibly deep, giving gamers the ability to do all kinds of things not possible in modern times. Madden. From the ability to build a squad from scratch to the free agent bidding war, this was the last time most players were happy with Franchise Mode.
This year Madden will be forever remembered for the start of Madden Ultimate team. For some, MUT killed what made the old Madden great games. However, it cannot be denied that the near-game simulator is incredibly popular with its current community. Back Crazy 10, the game mode was not as insidious as it is today. On top of that, Crazy 10 offered several new gameplay tweaks, especially the rating adjustment, which helped make the game more realistic.
For the first time, Madden went online with Madden 2003. This milestone is major for the future of the franchise and has contributed to some of the best years of the series. The developer also put together quality gameplay and in-depth options in the various modes, providing a foundation on which EA has rolled for the next few years with great success.
Madden 2002 isn’t much better than 2003. Actually, you could easily change orders, and we wouldn’t be too upset. That said, 2002 really embraced the fun of the show with Madden Cards. Essentially, these allow you to activate different in-game cheats or unlock historical players in your franchise save. Madden Cards stuck around for a few years before being permanently phased out, which is a shame.
To be clear, we’re only talking about the GameCube, PS2, and Xbox versions of this game. The Xbox 360 version removed many of the best features as the developer had to learn how to harness the new technology. That said, madness 06 gave birth to Superstar Mode, which allows players to guide an NFL rookie to the Hall of Fame. Even then, the mode was surprisingly more in-depth than its modern counterparts, like QB1 and Face of the Franchise. Of course, we can’t rank it too high as the controversial QB Vision Cone has been a real gameplay drag for many.
Some might be surprised to see this game rank this high on the list, especially compared to games like madness 06 and Madden 2002/2003. However, we see this as the genesis of everything that made Madden great as this was the first year the series added Franchise Mode. True, it has since been overtaken by deeper and more beautiful games, but it is impossible to imagine Maddenthe greatest moments without Madden 99.
As Madden 2002 and 2003, you can freely trade these next two, and we wouldn’t blame you. Madden 08 gave players a new branching animation system for more dynamic play, a redesigned fatigue system for more realistic field conditions, and added “weapons”, which helped star players stand out on the field. ground. It was also arguably the deepest Superstar mode that has ever been, which makes for a great experience.
Similar to madness 06, we specifically distinguish the GameCube, PS2 and Xbox versions of Madden 07. This year’s title took all that made madness 06 great and added to that. The popular Truck Stick has been made even deadlier with the Highlight Stick, giving more agile players an added glide feel. Master blocker control wasn’t a game-changer, but it made it easier for players to set up lanes for their running back. And Franchise Mode was as comprehensive as it ever was. Madden 07 is just a complete top-to-bottom package.
When it comes to the best of Madden series, two games stand out clearly above the crowd. Maybe that’s because the competition between 2K and EA Sports was at an all-time high at this point, but Madness 2005 is easily one of the best soccer games ever. The presentation in Franchise Mode is almost unmatched with things like The Tony Bruno Show, making it feel like you’re in control of an NFL franchise. More, Madness 2005 introduced the Hit Stick to give defensive players a deadly weapon to use in the open field – a weapon that is still around to this day.
Many remember Madness 2004 because of Michael Vick’s mastery of the backfield. While that’s obviously something to mention, her otherworldly powers aren’t the only reason this game ranks so well. 2004 was also the introduction of Owner Mode, which took Franchise Mode to a new level. Now you can control everything from your coaching staff to how much your stadium charges for hot dogs. It was a new level of depth for the franchise that remains a high watermark for the series to this day.
Written by Ricky Frech on behalf of GL HF.