When John Madden Football debuted in 1988, the Soviet Union hadn't collapsed, the NFL hadn't launched its European league, and some current devotees of Fall Madden-ness were still in diapers. The series has since developed into the biggest franchise in digital gaming, hosting some of the most critically acclaimed but also controversial incremental instalments in simulated NFL history. And we have all 20 covers.
Another year, another roster update, this time with controversial Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (who had the good sense not to run a dogfighting ring) on the cover. Madden 2005's biggest add-in? The hit-stick, which allows players to smack other players around and potentially dislodge the ball.