Madden NFL as it’s now known is celebrating its Silver Anniversary this year, and the founding father of the console sports franchise continues to go from strength to strength. The legendary coach and commentator John Madden, who many this side of the pond will not know beyond the license, was first approached way back in 1984. The original took so long to come to fruition because the man wanted the game to be as realistic as possible. That ethos continues as the realism, both on the pitch and off it, are pushed by the developers year on year.
That balance between sheer frustration and sensational joy is what sets Madden apart from any other sports franchise and arguably any other title currently available on home consoles.
Surprisingly, 25 years on the basic mechanics of the game haven’t really changed that much.