Keep football season going all year long. Madden NFL 2000 delivers an arcade mode with blurring moves, helmet-popping hits, more scoring, and special animations. Learn to play with pop-up menus that guide you through the game in the Madden tutorial mode. For traditional football play, Madden NFL 2000 delivers unrivaled, tournament-tested gameplay with in-depth features including a multiplayer franchise mode. Compete in the Madden challenge and face different task levels to unlock secret codes.
The Madden series is the grandfather of NFL-licensed video games, and Madden NFL 2000 marks the 10th anniversary of this gaming franchise. Keep in mind, this is not your father's Sega Genesis game, so casual gamers will be happier playing NFL Blitz 2000. However, for the football simulation nut, this game delivers even more than did Madden 99.
New additions to the fine Madden 99 game include faster yet less-detailed graphics, smoother animation, and additional onscreen treats such as goalpost nets, yard markers, and sidelines filled with coaches and teammates. One of the greatest new features is the hot route option, enabling players to change individual receiver routes at the line of scrimmage--it's like an audible, but doesn't require changing the entire play. More goals beyond just winning are here in the form of the Madden Challenge, giving players access to hidden stadiums and other goodies for successfully completing a series of increasingly difficult tasks, such as 30-plus yard receptions or a having a running back rush for over 100 yards in a game.
The artificial intelligence (AI) is still as slick as ever, but this game is best when played in two-player mode. Play-by-play commentary has been expanded for this game, but remains a bit sparse. A word of warning: the arcade mode is still pretty heavy on simulations, so only veterans or players who enjoy a steep learning curve need apply. --Jeff Young
- The hot routes option adds more depth of control
- Faster graphics keep the game moving along
- Improved running game makes for more balance between passing and running
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- New player graphics are not very smooth
- Controls and play selection are tough to learn for novice gamers