Christmas comes but once a year and, so it would . appear, do Madden NFL games. As with previous titles you take control of a team of giants who make Jonah Lomu look like an extra in a midget movie, and attempt to steer them to Super Bowl stardom. Attempt is the operative word here, because to get that far, you're going to need to know your Dime formations from your Nickel ones.
For those of you who don't know, American football is a game of strategy - a bit like chess with violence. Every move the opposition makes must be countered by guile, knowledge of plays and a liberal dose of brutality. On these points, M2000stands up very well, accurately recreating the feel and strategy of the real thing. Watch proudly as your defence crush an opposing attack (the tackles sound really crunching), and bask in the praise of the highly competent and varied commentary provided by Madden and co. Either that or stare in disbelief as your team is brushed aside, while the opposition saunter in to score a touchdown. Then watch as the replay reveals not only your shortcomings, but that of the graphics and animation - which, like you, fail to score any real points.
Contrary to the belief that NFL games need a multitude of keys to make them playable, Madden 2000 can be controlled almost solely by the mouse. This makes it a great deal more accessible for those put off by this often daunting feature. The artificial intelligence is excellent, and your players will back each other up - but, best of all, there is an option to create your own plays.
The simplified arcade mode is a good introduction to the complex world of the NFL, but it's a shame that there's no real tutorial to take you through things step by step. M2000 is an excellent game - far more accessible than most - but to really enjoy it, you're going to need to know your stuff or be prepared to learn. If not, don't even go there.
Download Madden 2000
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP