It’s hard to deny the glory that is Madden NFL 2004 on PS2. Debuting in the summer of 2003, the Madden with the Mike Vick cover set a standard that will never be surpassed. It had everything. Playmaker was a real game changer. Training Camp mode was completely unnecessary yet that’s what made it splendid. Vick escaping the pocket with a well-timed O-button spin move was unstoppable. And don’t even get me started about Owner Mode.
What’s this? I can control the virtual prices of virtual hot dogs? I AM GOD!
But what really sets apart ’04 from the rest of the pack is the soundtrack. It is BY FAR the best in the history of video games. With honorable mentions to “Give up the Grudge” by Gob, “Unstable” by Adema, and “All That’s Left” by Thrice, here are the top ten reasons why Madden 2004 sits alone in the Top Tier of greatest soundtracks.
10. PUMP IT UP – JOE BUDDEN
9. THE LEAVING SONG PT. II – AFI
8. MAYHEM (MADDEN REMIX) – THE FEDERATION
7. CHURCH – OUTKAST
6. WAY AWAY – YELLOWCARD
5. FEELING THIS – BLINK 182
4. ARE YOU GONNA BE MY GIRL – JET
3. NEVER SCARED (MADDEN MIX) – BONE CRUSHER
2. AKSHON (YEAH!) – KILLER MIKE
1. BACK IN THE MUD – BUBBA SPARXXX