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Pub­lisher Sega | De­vel­oper Vis­ual Con­cepts | For­mat Xbox | Re­lease 2004

EA’s Mad­den series has held the ex­clu­sive NFL li­cence for 13 years and count­ing, so it’s easy to for­get that it went hel­met-to-hel­met with an of­fi­cially branded ri­val in the early 2000s. In­deed, the love for ESPN’s Grid­iron series re­mains so strong that mod­ders still up­date the PC ver­sion with new ros­ters on an an­nual ba­sis.

Sadly, that isn’t pos­si­ble on Xbox, but cer­tain fea­tures have stood the test of time. The half­time show pre­sented by Chris Ber­man re­mains best-in-class, play­book struc­tures are deep yet eas­ily nav­i­ga­ble, and mod­ern fran­chise modes would do well to im­ple­ment nu­ances like team meet­ings. An un­li­censed Xbox 360 fol­low-up, All-Pro-Foot­ball 2K18, is worth a bar­gain-bin pick-up.

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