Cover Star: Eddie George
Year: 2000

Madden NFL 2001 symbolizes a hard cut between the Maddens of yore and the Maddens of today, mainly because it was one of the titles that helped launch the Playstation 2 back in 2000 which meant that it could have all sorts of graphical goodies. Place yourself in the heads of the sheeple unwrapping the plastic on Madden 2001, ready to have a whole new dimension of interactive sports entertainment explode upon their entire being. Did they get it? Probably! Either way, this game's PS2 iteration was such an immense increase in verisimilitude from Madden NFL 2000 that it warrants such high placement on this list.