"It's a sports game you will say and there's a new one every year. But let me put it this way: if you had to buy one Madden game and keep it until you die, this is the one you should get. And even so, Madden is one of the few game franchises worth picking up every year because it has this emotional bound that very few other game franchises have. Of course, ESPN 2K fans might still angry at EA for what happened with the NFL license couple of years back, but I think it's time to put that frustration aside and enjoy what Madden has become. 2K fans, you're missing something here and it won't be long before EA tackles every little piece of the puzzle of "Success". This version of Madden is not only special because it's an Anniversary year, but it's also a nice technical achievement in almost every point of view (*coughs* EA Rewind *coughs*). Madden NFL 09 is definitely worth picking up without even hesitating. And if you picked up the 20th Anniversary Collection, you have NFL Head Coach, for those coaching simulators fans, and Madden '93 in the same package. I have to find more thumbs..."