The Madden franchise’s uncanny ability to extend its branding makes the EA Sports staple the most innovative titan in the realm of football video games. But also, its never-ending attention to detail and simulated excellence is somewhat laborious. There was an age when kids didn’t need a perfect pixilated rendering of Ben Roethlisberger’s face to have a good time.
With a nod to when games existed for cheap thrills, I present the top five non-Madden football video games. And because it’d be boring and easy, this list also omits EA Sports’ college football counterpart franchise. Apologies in advance to “Jeff George’s Spiral and Moan: No New Friends.”