Count it! Gus Johnson is Madden NFL 11 play-by-play man

He did a voice-over for the game’s debut trailer, but now it’s official: as you can see in the “See It. Hear It. Feel It.” Madden NFL 11 Developers Series video above, exuberant commentator Gus Johnson is replacing the staid Tom Hammond as the play-by-play announcer for Madden this year. Johnson’s explosive work covering the now-famous Brandon Stokley touchdown catch at the end of the Week 1 Bengals-Broncos game last season apparently inspired EA Tiburon to sign him for Madden 11, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Johnson will certainly bring a change of pace to Madden — as well as a heck of a lot of emotion — and the combination of him and analyst Cris Collinsworth sounds promising indeed. (If you’re unfamiliar with Johnson, please avail yourself of this Gus Johnson soundboard so you can understand how awesome he will be in Madden 11.) But Johnson isn’t the only facet of Tiburon’s strategy to improve upon the lackluster audio presentation in Madden NFL 10.

This year, you’ll hear team-specific chants and fight songs. If you’re a Jets fan, I’m sure you’ll be happy to see Fireman Ed start up the “J-E-T-S! JETS, JETS, JETS!” chant. Madden 11 will also include the licensed music commonly played by sports venues everywhere, such as Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” and the Sport Chant Remix of Zombie Nation’s “Kernkraft 400.” (That last one in particular is going to be great when the fans join in and sing along.)

Enjoy the 10 new Madden 11 screenshots below. Who’s as pumped as I am about this news?

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