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    Updated: 01/01/70 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    Madden 2000 game Faq. For PSX version only.
    By Tim  sixfingers@texoma.net
    
    Since no one has written a game faq. For Madden 2000 
    I thought I would give it a shot.   If I leave something out that you 
    need feel free to contact me, otherwise I will leave a link at the 
    bottom of this faq. Where you should be able to get answers to just 
    about anything your heart desires.
    
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    Table of content
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    1.Preface. 
    2.Game Modes.
    3.Controls.
    4.Play calling and game strategy.
    5.Running the ball.
    6.Passing the ball and reading the defense.
    7.Additional resources.
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    _Preface_
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    If you thought Madden 99 was a great game, your going to love 
    Madden2000.   The game features a revamped Franchise mode, stronger A.I. 
    (Artificial Intelligence), and receiver hot routes (the ability to 
    change single or multiple receiver routes at the line of scrimmage) and 
    much smoother and better graphics.   To beat the new A.I. you will have 
    to mix up the pass and run effectively.    The Defense seems to be 
    stronger in this version as well.   If you were throwing for 400 yards a 
    game in 99, your in for big surprise in 2000.
    
    
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    _Game Modes_
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    Exhibition mode-Pick any team and play against any team.
    
    Season mode- take any team through a regular season.
    
    Practice mode-take your team to the practice field and practice your 
    plays and skills.
    
    Franchise mode- take control of a team as coach/owner/player.   Play as 
    many seasons as you like provided you dont get fired first!  Make 
    trades, sign free agents, scout players and draft them.    If you get 
    tired of the team your with you can take another coaching job after 
    someone else gets fired.
    
    Situation mode-play from a list of situations to unlock classic teams 
    and stadiums.   Or make your own situation.   Like 45 seconds left in 
    the game and your down by 2. 
    
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    _Controls_ 
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    The controls are very similar to Madden 99 with a few exceptions.   
    
    For menu's ...
    D pad left, right, up or down to scroll through choices.
    X to select choice.
    Triangle to back up.
    Square for help.
    
    Game play.
    Offensive controls
    "X" 
    to snap the ball, speed burst/protect ball when running, call up 
    receiver icons before passing, switch to receiver after throwing a pass.
    After calling up receiver icons, press the icon next to the receiver you 
    wish to pass the ball to.   To throw a bullet pass, hold down the 
    receiver icon, to lob a pass just tap it.   In other words, the longer 
    you hold it down, the harder the pass.
    
    "O" 
    fake snap/hard count (can be used to pull defenders off sides), when 
    running use it to spin and fake out defenders.
    
    "Square" 
    Before the snap, use it to bring up the audible screen, then select O, 
    square, X, L1, R1, or L2 to chose between five editable audibles.  When 
    running, use for Diving (great for goal line dives).
    "Triangle" 
    As Quarter back, use it to change any receivers route (hot routes) 
    before the snap, or to cancel the audible screen, or throw a pass away 
    when you cant find an open receiver (note: must be outside the tackles 
    to avoid intentional grounding penalty).   When running, Use to hurdle 
    fallen defenders, as receiver use it to jump up and catch a pass.   
    
    When running the ball,
    "L1" Juke left
    "R1" Juke right.
    "L2" Stiff arm.
    
    "R2+receiver icon" 
    pump fake when passing.  (Only allowed once pre play).
    
    
    Defensive controls.
    "X" scroll through players on field before the snap (or after for that 
    matter).
    "O" speed burst.
    "Triangle" Jump up to block or intercept a pass.
    "Square" Call up audible screen before the snap (then select O,X, 
    square, Triangle, L1, L2, R1, for your pre-selected audible), after the 
    snap use to make diving tackles (will sometimes knock the ball loose). 
    
    "L1" 
    before the snap, shifts linemen formations, after the snap makes lineman 
    swim move left (used to slide around offensive lineman).
    "R2" 
    before the snap shifts defensive back up for bump & run coverage, after 
    the snap makes lineman swim move to right (opposite of L1).
    
    Kicking/Punting controls.
    "X"
     hikes the ball and initiates the power bar, pressing X again will cause 
    the ball to be kicked/punted normally at current strength of power bar.   
    Use the D pad or analog controller to aim the ball left or right before 
    the kick.
    "Triangle" 
    pressing this will cause a pooch kick (high).
    "Square" 
    will cause a squib kick on kickoffs. 
    NOTE: for all kicks you must start the kick with X and then choose the 
    type of kick you want trying to get the strength meter to desired 
    strength.
     
    "Start" pause game/return to game setup screen
    "Select" call a time out after the whistle.
    "D pad or analog controller" 
    moves man you have current control of in the direction you push it.
    
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    _Play calling and game strategy_
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    Now for the meat of the game.   If you've never played Madden football 
    before, I suggest you start out on ALL PRO mode as Madden mode is 
    extremely difficult.     In order to succeed at Madden 2000, you've got 
    to call the right plays.    If you cant pass the ball, your not running 
    enough, if you cant run the ball, your not passing enough.     As 
    Quarter Back/Coach, its your job to get the right play in for the right 
    situation.  Before each play, you'll have 35 seconds to select a play 
    provided the last play was either a completed pass or a run that stayed 
    in bounds.   If not, you only get 25 seconds to get the play off.   At 
    the beginning of the down, your play book will pop up on the screen 
    (offense on the bottom, defense on the top).    Select the formation you 
    want by moving the d-pad up or down.  Once you have the formation you 
    like, (on some play books) you may be able to change it to a three 
    receiver set, or a big (two tight ends) set or normal set by moving the 
    d-pad left or right.   Pressing X will select the formation currently 
    on-screen.   Now you will see the plays in this formation. You can 
    reverse the direction of the play by pressing the R1 button.    The 
    plays that show routes in Yellow will be pass plays, the plays that show 
    the Running back with WHITE lines will be run plays.   
    Mix up your plays!   If  your passing on every down, the AI is going to 
    adjust and stop you.    If you run in passing situations and pass in 
    running situations, you'll keep the AI guessing as to what you might do 
    next.
     
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    Running the ball.
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    You have to run the ball in Madden 2000!   Unlike the earlier versions 
    where you could just lob bombs all day, you wont be able to do this in 
    M2K.    Running the ball keeps the other teams offense off the field and 
    tires out their defense.  Run the ball early and as often as possible.  
    Try to run the ball where the play shows it should go or you wont get 
    far.    Take your time and wait for the holes to open up, save all the 
    fancy moves for after you get into the secondary.   If the play shows 
    you following the Full back, do just that.     Make sure you mix up your 
    plays well too.   If your always calling a run play on first down, the 
    AI (Artificial Intelligence), will start to crowd the line on first 
    down.   This is a great time to line up in a big or I-Formation to make 
    it look like a run, then hit the wide out racing down the sideline for 
    an easy six.   If you cant run it up the middle, try a couple runs 
    outside to soften it up some, or even a pass to the Full back or Hind 
    back in the flats.      If your running game is non-existent, you may 
    need to complete some passes to open things up, or vise-versa.
    
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    Passing the ball.
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    Again, to pass the ball well your going to need to run the ball a lot.     
    In real football, chances are slim that your going to find a receiver 
    wide open.   What this means is, you need to find the guy that has one 
    on one coverage.    Make quick reads on the defense to see who is going 
    to be in one-on-one coverage.   At the line of scrimmage, before the 
    snap of the ball, check to see if there's any line-backers creeping up 
    to the line of scrimmage.  If you see this, its almost always a blitz, 
    which means you need to get rid of the ball quick.   I usually will 
    throw the ball to the receiver where the blitzer is coming from.  If a 
    defender is leaving that area of the field to blitz, that means there's 
    going to be a hole there to get the ball to your receiver.    If you 
    dont read that there will be a blitz, after you hike the ball and are 
    dropping back in the pocket, watch the flow of defenders.   Who you 
    watch depends on the routes your receivers are going to run.     For 
    example.  The wide receiver on the right, is going to run a slant out 
    towards the sideline.     The wide receiver on the left is going to run 
    up 10 yards and cut across the middle, and the running back is going to 
    drift out of the back field to the left flat.
    Now,   I want to hit that receiver on the right going long.   I can see 
    before the snap that the Corner Back covering him is playing up close, 
    probably a bump and run coverage, which means if my receiver gets around 
    him, he may get some separation.    So after the snap, Im going to watch 
    the deep safety on the right.    If he starts floating towards the 
    middle of the field I know that my number one receiver is going to in be 
    one on one coverage so I'll just lob the ball over the Corner backs head 
    for an easy gain and possibly a score.    Now, if the same safety on the 
    right moves up or over to help out the Corner back, I immediately forget 
    that receiver and look for my other Wide receiver.    If the middle 
    line-backer is dropping back then I know the middle is covered as well 
    and he is in double coverage also. So I start looking for the running 
    back drifting out to the flats (a safety valve).     Its very important 
    to make accurate reads as Quarter back, because if you throw a pass into 
    double coverage, nine times out of ten, its going to get picked off.    
    
    It takes a lot of practice to make good reads but in time you will get 
    the hang of it.     Try to watch the flow of defenders in the back 
    field, and throw to the receiver who's away from where they are going.    
    If  your not sure, you can always throw the ball away by pressing the 
    green triangle.  Its better to take a loss of downs then give the other 
    team the ball, just make sure your outside of the tackles or it will be 
    an intentional grounding penalty.
    
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    Defensive play calling.
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    4-3 plays offer good basic coverage against the run and pass.
    3-4 plays have a variety of blitz packages.
    Nickel plays are great for when the offense it using more than two wide 
    receivers.
    Dime plays for when you KNOW its going to be a pass, like near the end 
    of the game when the other team HAS to score. 
    
    
    You really have to become a student of the game in order to win.   
    Madden 2000 is probably as close as you will ever get to playing real 
    football (unless your a free agent or something ?
    
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    Additonal resources
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    The best site I have found on the internet for help is "Thinking Mans 
    Guide" to Madden 2000.   They have a running guide, a passing guide, and 
    a message forum that you will be sure to find answers you need to help 
    you in the game.    Some of the info I have provided here was learned by 
    friends I have on this site.
    Heres the address,
    
    http://www.insidetheweb.com/mbs.cgi/mb159139
    
    Just copy and paste this line in your browser.
    
    Good luck, and remember, ITS IN THE GAME!