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'Madden NFL'

‘Madden NFL’ — Why the football franchise is the best sports game ever

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‘Madden NFL’

Twenty years ago, John Madden taught the world to play, and with the 2009 update in stores Aug. 12, it remains the champion. Here are five of the reasons.

IT MADE GAMING A SPECTATOR SPORT
Not only is this the rare videogame you can watch someone else play without being bored, it actually spawned its own TV show: ESPN2’s Madden Nation, which follows gamers around the country.

WATCHING REAL FOOTBALL IS NOW MORE FUN
Playing Madden is like going to gridiron school. Before learning this game, did you know what a ”hot route” was?

BETTER THAN THE RADIO
Labels fall over themselves to get tracks into the game. The new one has a great song by up-and-coming rapper Wale.

INNOVATION, BABY
Every new Madden brings a few new bells or whistles, and while some of them are useless — QB Vision Control, anyone? — the effort is still welcome. Especially considering that we’d buy it anyway. Speaking of which…

NO MATTER WHAT, WE’LL KEEP BUYING IT
Seriously. Some gamers have 9 or 10 different versions on the shelf. So why grab this one? To play as the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, of course. (Eat it, Pats!)

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