Madden football is back once again, and it has more features and options than ever before. With the new play editor, Madden Challenge feature, and faster gameplay, fans of the series will undoubtedly call Madden NFL 2000 the best incarnation of the series thus far.
The game is by far the best version of Madden football on the N64 yet. Madden NFL 2000 features the usual array of game modes, like exhibition, season, franchise, create-a-player, and so on, and it includes the full NFL license with all the teams and players. EA beefed up the franchise mode by allowing you to play up to 30 consecutive seasons, with statistical tracking for your dynasty. Along with statistics this year are fluctuating player attributes that allow players to have hot and cold streaks. A player in a slump will fumble the ball more often than someone who's in the zone and catching everything you throw at him. This little feature really makes you pay close attention - if one of your guys is going through a rough time you'll know to avoid giving him the ball. In addition to these extras, Madden NFL 2000 has three really big new features - a play editor, arcade mode, and the Madden Challenge.
The play editor is rather nifty; it lets you create your own plays by assigning each player his own route and/or command. The editor doesn't really let you make any crazy plays, but it does let you do just about anything within reason. While the play editor is an enjoyable extra that is sure to keep football fanatics busy for quite awhile, I'd like to see it become a little more in-depth and easier to use next year. The arcade mode really isn't anything special - the only noticeable differences are superficial things like a weird glow that surrounds a player when you press the turbo button. Plus, just about every hit results in a dramatic animation of a player flying through the air as though a car hit him.
The Madden Challenge feature is by far the best new thing about the series. The Madden Challenge is just that - a bunch of specific objectives that are outlined for you. For instance, you must complete a pass for thirty or more yards, complete three passes to three different receivers, hold a team in a game at seven or fewer points. Once you complete one of these goals in a game, a little icon comes up on the screen to let you know. At the end, it tells you which ones you completed and what secrets you may have unlocked for completing them. The secrets include hidden teams, bonus stadiums, and modes like more injuries. This new feature really adds fun to the game. Sure, for the average football fan, Madden football is good enough already, but with these little extra objectives you'll really want to keep playing to see what you can unlock.