Cover Star: Drew Brees
Year: 2010

EA Sports is pretty vigilant in terms of how much attention they pay to people griping about shit online. But then again, if you're a game developer, looking at message boards is basically free crowdsourcing. Madden 11 saw EA satiating the will of angry nerds everywhere by taking the game's kicking system back from the joysticks to the buttons LIKE GOD MEANT IT TO BE, smartening up the AI, realistic-ing up the physics, and generally making the game a lot more fun to play while not making it so complex you couldn't enjoy it when you were drunk and/or stoned. Madden 11 remains the pinnacle of the modern Madden era, but its terrifying perfection indicates the complete and utter lack of soul of pretty much every important video game in the past five years.