There's a lot of talk amongst Madden fans about what the series used to be. The last couple years we've watched the franchise to see if it could climb back up to the high standard that might even be a myth for all we know. After all, we complain about Madden's legacy issues, but the existence of that very concept (and boy, do they exist!) means that the past simply couldn't have been as good as we remember it. It's clear that there is not going to be any magic jump for the series – it is what it is, for better and worse.