• THE IDEAL NEW FEATURE IN 'MADDEN 17' HAS NOTHING AT ALL TO PERFORM WITH PLAYING FOOTBALL

Persons play the "Madden" video games simply because they want to live out their championship dreams on the virtual gridiron. Luckily, using a host of great new functions and enhancements, playing virtual football is as good as ever in "Madden 17."

But think it or not, that's not the top part of this year's game.

Replicating the look and sound of an NFL broadcast is arguably equally as important as producing the gameplay really feel right, and "Madden 17" takes a significant step forward with all the addition of a new commentary team.

Here would be the two guys who might be yapping about your on-field exploits in "Madden" games for the foreseeable future:

As a play-by-play voice for all manner of college sports broadcasts (namely Georgia Tech football, baseball and men's basketball), Brandon Gaudin is a relative unknown in the globe on the NFL. Charles Davis, however, has produced his name in recent years as a college football analyst for Fox Sports and an NFL analyst for the NFL Network.

They're replacing Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, an established CBS Sports broadcasting duo whose commentary had gotten stale in recent "Madden" games. According to EA Sports, Gaudin and Davis offer "unprecedented accessibility," which can be code for "these guys can be about way more generally to record new commentary."

The benefit is immediately clear right after playing a bit of "Madden 17." Upon startup, the game prompted me to download a brand new commentary update, which was a bit jarring, but absolutely welcome. Maintaining the commentary timely with current events both in and out of football is really a tremendously smart move.