August 30, 2011 - If you or someone you know plays video games, I can almost guarantee you've heard of the Madden NFL franchise. The series of professional football video games debuted in 1988 as John Madden Football for the Apple II computer, and was only dubbed 'Madden NFL' after Electronic Arts acquired official NFL licensing in 1993. Thanks to these games and his oft ridiculous color commentary, John Madden became the household name he is today.
Madden's regular installments offered new improvements every year, and helped to define the sports genre. Unfortunately, not every version of Madden NFL is created equal, and some older versions outshine the rest despite their outdated graphics. If you're looking to revisit the best of the best, look no further than the following list of the best five Madden football games of all time.