The 50 Best Video Game Franchises

8. Madden NFL

Editions: 27 John Madden Football (1988), John Madden Football (1990), John Madden Football II (1991), John Madden Foaotball '92 (1991), John Madden Football '93 (1992), Madden NFL '94 (1993), Madden NFL '95 (1994), Madden '96 (1995), Madden NFL '97 (1996), Madden Football 64 (1997), Madden NFL 98 (1997), Madden NFL 99 (1998), Madden NFL 2000 (1999), Madden NFL 2001 (2000), Madden NFL 2002 (2001), Madden NFL 2003 (2002), Madden NFL 2004 (2003), Madden NFL 2005 (2004), Madden NFL 06 (2005), Madden NFL 07 (2006), Madden NFL 08 (2007), Madden NFL 09 (2008), Madden NFL 09 (2008), Madden NFL 10 (2009), Madden NFL 11 (2010), Madden NFL 12 (2011), Madden NFL 13 (2012)

Publisher: EA

Many football games have come and gone but the one that bears the Madden name reigns as the stand-alone when the smoke clears. From it's PC exclusive debut, EA has been improving on their legendary football games to the point where you have to truly wonder sometimes if you're playing a game or watching one on television. To give you an idea of exactly how big the Madden franchise has gotten, the box cover has its own myth called the "Madden Curse". Lore dictates that if an athlete is featured on the cover, they're surely destined for an injury or some other fate of misfortune. That myth has long been debunked as there are a number of other athletes have done fine after gracing the cover.

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