Come late-August, millions of NFL fans flock to their gaming systems to enjoy the latest version of “Madden NFL.”
Each year, the graphics for the EA Sports game improve, as does the overall gameplay experience. In “Madden NFL 2018,” out Aug. 25, the fields and players appear as lifelike as ever — with more and more nuances shining through. This could be coaches’ protests, players’ sweating habits, a November snow shower, etc.
But with the constantly improving game also comes a long history of glitches that simply slipped past the developers. Luckily, we live in the age of YouTube where these sorts of phenomena can be broadcast to the world at large almost immediately.
With “Madden’s” release, we trace some of the most hilarious glitches of all time — everything from Greg Jennings “putting the team on his back,” to invisible players snatching touchdowns, to flips that only the Jedi could pull off. Here are eight of the best moments.
Perhaps the greatest Madden moment of all time, this came as one player scored a touchdown with former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings. The user’s Packers are up against the New Orleans Saints and “hard-hitting” safety Darren Sharper. As it turns out, Jennings comes up lame — but runs the entire length of the field with his debilitating injury. Kudos to the narration, too. It is not included here for its clearly NSFW language. Find it here!
In a video posted to YouTube in 2008, one user slows down his game to search for a missing defensive player. Where is he? Through subsequent plays, he’s just simply missing. But the user catches a glimpse of a shadow. In replay mode, he looks at the stadium’s roof — where the player is floating as though he’d been possessed.
That’s just Gross-man
A video posted to YouTube in 2007 shows former Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman scrambling against the Indianapolis Colts. The problem is, as the defense closes in on him, his body simply absorbs the ball — and pushes it out his rear end. That’s certainly a first.
Frozen in time
One YouTuber posted a video in 2010 of a strange dogpile fight in “Madden NFL 11.” The problem is, while it turns to fisticuffs for some of the players, others just do not move. Still, they’re locked in, ready to shove one another. Let’s suppose, however, that is a product of Newton’s third law of motion: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” See, “Madden” is just science.
A video posted in 2009 brings up another delightful glitch, this time in “Madden NFL 10.” Here, a user attempts to have his San Diego Chargers play defense against Peyton Manning who was still in his Colts prime. The only thing is that the computer chose a kick return defense that the user couldn’t change. Then, it got even better. Colts center Jeff Saturday just took the snap for himself, rushing the football in a totally illegal play. “He’s runnin’ with the ball!” the user comments.
A video from 2008 shows one of the weirdest scenes in “Madden” history. The user’s video finds the players completely lost in a world of total flexibility and, possibly, hallucinogens. The players are literally all bent out of shape — floating and plainly misshapen. It is truly a scene from a Hollywood horror movie.
This comical video finds one user narrating the play of linebacker Christian Kirksey, who’s on the field for the Tennessee Titans. Kirksey, however, is only 1-foot-2. Nevertheless, even though he gets bulled over by the opposing running back, the user turns it into a motivational speech. Kirksey is even shown (somehow) breaking up a play and even levitating to high-five his teammates.
In a YouTube video of the “20 Funniest Madden Glitches of All-Time” (the 0:40 mark) the 20th spot is given to an invisible Detroit Lions player who returns an interception back for a touchdown. You don’t see anything of the Lion, just a ball casually floating toward the end zone. How neat!
This is a bit of a throwback — to “Madden NFL 2003,” in a matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Packers. In it, Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna tosses a pass to a receiver who both loses his helmet and cannot come up with the reception. But that’s okay, because Kitna delivers him another helmet — through the air and on a rope! The helmet appears to stick to the Packers defender. Find it here!
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