Released: 2009
Developer/Publisher: EA Tiburon for EA Sports
Platform(s): 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP

It's hard to pick one Madden above the others as the decade's best, but most devotees regard this year's edition as the franchise's pinnacle. It took about four years, but EA finally mastered the next gen with a no-frills, no-bullshit title that makes solid gameplay—not gratuitous new features—its cornerstone. No matter what type of Madden player you are, there's no doubt that you love this game.

10 is the first Madden to feature two cover athletes (Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald). Polamalu sprained his MCL in the Steelers' season opener, ensuring the Madden Curse lives on. Can we get Eli Manning on next year's cover?