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There are five different game modes in Madden NFL 2000: Exhibition, Season, Franchise, Tournament, and Practice. In an Exhibition game, you and your opponent battle it out for the victory. A Season is when you and your selected team try for the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl and win. During a Season, you can trade, sign, release, and create players to help your team go all the way. Franchise mode is similar to the Season mode, but you create your coaching staff. Tournament is a good choice if you have a lot of players. Last but not least is Practice, which is a lifesaver for you if you are playing the game for the first time. All in all, Madden 2000 is the best football game of the year, without a doubt!
Overall, Madden 2000 is the most fun I've had playing a Madden game in a long time. The control and new Madden challenge mode are reasons alone to pick this game over the competition. Madden 2000 just has a great feel to it; the game looks great, controls well, and is a whole lot of fun for both the football novice and the seasoned veteran.
Madden 2000 is a great game and a lot of fun to play but it doesn't offer as complete a package as the superb Madden '99, which deserved a higher score last year in my opinion. The improved running game opens up the offense and will really get you into the strategy of playing NFL football. Great additions like the Madden Challenge and the Hot Route system will give you plenty to focus on if you're a diehard football fan. It's fast and great to watch but the change in the look of the players will have to grow on me. Fortunately the great A.I. is still there to keep me matching wits with the machine and that's always a good thing to have. The omission of classic teams didn't bother me as much as I thought it would since they're the same teams with the same ratings as last year.
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Fans of the older Madden NFL titles will find plenty of good reasons to return for the 2000 season, including improved play models, new features, and the highly intriguing Madden Challenge. Electronic Arts may have lowered the graphic resolution a little bit, but they’ve made up for it in the play department, so you won’t be complaining too much. In general, I got the impression that this was a “transition” title, being Electronic Arts’ first attempt to move into somewhat new directions to address the serious competition that it now faces. There’s still plenty of room for improvement because of this, so I’m definitely looking forward to next year’s edition, and you should be too. For now, suffice it to say that Madden NFL 2000 is a strong title on its own merits, but this season, it doesn’t knock the wind out of NFL Blitz 2000.
There's a lot to like in M2000. The graphics are top-notch. The audio gives it a real TV feel. And gameplay is strong and can be adjusted to suit newbies and die-hards. For those waiting before making the leap to 128-bits, Madden 2000 is as good as football gets.
It just wouldn't be football season without the annual appearance from Coach Madden's game, and this year's version is his best yet. Packed to overflowing with gameplay modes and customization options, the real selling point for Madden NFL 2000 is the hard-hitting action that takes place out on the field. The running game is balanced beautifully, letting you and the computer coach execute a game plan similar to what you'd see in an actual NFL game, and the adjustable AI feature gives everyone the ability to tweak the game to their liking in both on-the-field results and difficulty levels. Pigskin fans are encouraged to check this one out.