5. TV Presentation
Like a teen discovering acne cream, Madden's come a long way in terms of presentation. EA made a real concentrated effort to make the game look like a CBS broadcast right down to the horrifying detail of a computer animated team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. The commentary sucks in part because it's new and in part because it's Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Either way don't be too hard on your videogame announcers, live with the fact that there's limits of what pre-recorded audio can do. We do miss the days of Madden himself calling the game (not to mention it made a lot more sense), but the man is far too busy with retirement to read lines for the game that keeps him relevant.