Madden NFL 05
Publisher EA | Developer EA Tiburon | Format Xbox | Release 2004
A few months before delivering the exceptional MVPBaseball, EA set the tone for the coming months with its greatest Gridiron offering. Masses of fun on the turf, Madden05 is still revered for a franchise mode that in some areas remains unsurpassed.
This comprehensive mode sang with personality. The surprisingly listenable and non-repetitive Tony Bruno radio show superbly mimicked ESPN-style postgame phone-ins, while every individual player had to be managed based on specific desires: money, team role, onfield success, and so on. It would take years for Madden to recapture its mojo on Xbox 360.