05:51 PM - July 31, 2013 by MMChrisS
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The Cowboys, those Dallas Cowboys, were unstoppable.
As a Chiefs fan growing up in Cowboys country, I was used to Kansas City vs. Dallas games on my Genesis and Super Nintendos growing up and with Madden NFL 95, that one series from EA Sports finally grew up and got itself an NFLPA license.
Also added in Madden NFL 95 was realistic weather conditions, upgraded animations, new and realistic injuries, in-game stats all tied to a TV-style presentation.
In a sense you could say Madden NFL 95 was when the series went from that one football series from EA Sports to the series which began to define football gaming and to some extent sports gaming as a whole.
For me though, it was all about beating Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irving (that's my purposeful disrespectful misspelling to irritate my Cowboy friends).
My friends the silver and blue, me the red and white. There were plenty of colossal battles, with my defense anchored by the late Derrick Thomas at linebacker and Neil Smith at defensive end. It was in those days, as Madden came to age, that I truly began to fall in love with football video games.
Madden NFL 95 is perhaps the game which catapulted the series into the limelight like never before -- but it was beating the seemingly unstoppable Dallas Cowboys which kept me coming back for more. I can still remember long evenings practicing against the computer, trying to find something, anything to unleash on that Cowboys defense.
Glory days indeed.
Did you play Madden NFL 95 or have any similar memories of childhood (or younger you) rivalries in Madden?