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Madden 2000

Developer: EA Tiburon | Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 08/31/99 | Genre: Sports

If there ever was a football game that I looked forward to year in and year out, it would have to be the madden series. This year madden does not disappoint, and if I had to make a choice on which football game to get for the new year, this would have to be the one bar-none.

Man, when I look at this year's version compared to last year, I can't help but notice how much they sped up the frame rate. Last year, Madden 99's players were a little slow and sluggish, but this time around, these suckers are quick almost life-like. These guys are so fast, you don't have all day to think about what you're gonna do, it's just constant football baby, never a dull moment.

The interface in this year's version hasn't changed all that much. The Y button still does just about everything, and the plays are just about the same as every other version of Madden that I've played. (That's why there's the play editor). This year, Madden has a lot of new features that are sure to interest the hardcore as well as the casual gamer. Expect to see things such as exhibition, season, franchise, tournament, practice and situation. You also have the option of the Fantasy draft, customizable playbook and all sorts of extra goodies.

The multiplayer side of the game seems to have been fixed this year. I remember when I started it up it tried to look for an Internet connection, which crashed my system. Not this year. I have had more fun with this feature than I ever expected, trash-talking to other people on the information superhighway, it's great.

This year when I look at the graphics, I can't help but just jump with glee. With 3dfx support the players and the stadiums are so detailed that it's ridiculous. Tiburon focused its energy on the player's speed and movement. Players can get picked up off of the ground, dunked head first onto the ground, and lose their helmets, and the jukes, don't get me started on the jukes. EA really outdid themselves this year. Another thing that I liked about this game is the variety between the players. In another football games (they shall remain nameless), the players just didn't have that look to them. They all had the same speed, not in Madden. In this version receivers look like receivers, lineman look like lineman, and centers look like centers. Each person is scaled to their height and weight, which dictates their performance.

The only beef that I have about this game is the sound quality. While the sound of one guy just crashing into another is just great, that's about all there is. The commentary by Pat Summerall is so monotone it puts me to sleep, John just doesn't seem to be himself, and the crowd noises just sound like a messed up blender aaaaaaaaaaaaajjjjjjjjjjjjahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I don't know it could be just me, but I think that they could have done a lot better in the sound department. Other than that nothing, this little problem shouldn't detract from this game one bit.

Let me just say that this has to be the best madden yet, not to mention the best football game on the PC to date. Even though I think that the game is not as good as the N64 version, this game is a smart purchase for the diehard as well as the casual gamer. I don't know what they could possibly do for the next version, but it can't get much better. Everyone should get this game.

By Antoine Byrd - 02/22/02
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