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Here’s the Evolution of ‘Madden NFL Football’ in One Two-Minute Drive (Video)

by: Esteban On  Friday, August 29, 2014

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You know that scene in Back to the Future II where Marty McFly goes to an 80s themed diner in the year 2015, shows a couple of kids how to play an old school video game, and they say, “You mean you have to use your hands? That’s like a baby’s toy!”

Well it turns out that was a pretty accurate depiction of the future. While we haven’t forsaken the controller entirely, with all the motion gaming options out there, we’re getting pretty close. And certainly the realism and complexity of games has advanced far beyond what anybody in, say, 1989 could have imagined.

Just look at the evolution of Madden. The most famous sports sim on the planet (okay fine, in America) was considered a marvel when it first came out—you could choose from 16 teams, games were played in different weather conditions, and there were actual plays to run! Now those early versions are, in fact, like babies’ toys. You could only choose from 16 teams? There were no player names? There were only how many camera angles? It’s hard for kids today to believe those earlier versions entertained anybody.

Of course, you don’t have to compare lists of features to understand how far Madden has come. You just have to watch this video. It demonstrates the evolution of the game by recreating the final drive of the 1998 NFC Wild Card Game between the 49ers and Packers with 10 different editions—1989, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2014.

Take a look:

And just in case you’re curious, here’s the actual game footage:

Pretty awesome, right?



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