Madden NFL 09

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Description

The most recognizable franchise in video game sports returns for a 20th season of gridiron action in Madden NFL 09. The constant tweaking of the series continues as well, with the "09" entry unveiling an assortment of new features and updated graphics and animation. Chief among the new offline features is the Adaptive Difficulty Engine, which determines players' "Madden IQ" by judging their ability to run, pass, and defend. The game then offers players the chance to compete in the four standard difficulty levels, or the new custom "My Skill" difficulty level specifically tailored to their play style. The My Skill difficulty level adjusts after every game, and players can enter the Tron-esque Virtual Trainer to increase their proficiency in any particular area. Games themselves have been given a new presentation style, featuring pre-game stadium shots that showcase the pomp of player introductions, lively sidelines full of camera crews, and broadcast-style commentary from NFL Network announcers Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth. The new Backtrack feature gives Collinsworth the chance to analyze the last play (complete with telestrator) and tell gamers where they may have gone wrong, and players can then use the Rewind feature to try the same play again. The graphics have been tweaked to improve player physiques and create more realistic weather and lighting effects, while new animations include fluid juke move deviations, missed field goal returns, bobbled catches, and user-controlled touchdown celebrations. Madden NFL 09 also provides fans of online play with their most robust set of options yet, featuring trades and statistical tracking for leagues of up to 32 teams, and a new flex-scheduling option that lets two people compete whenever they are both online.

Game Controls

COMPLETE CONTROLS

GENERAL GAMEPLAY

BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL

Left Analog Stick or D-Pad = move your player
R2 Button = sprint
R2 Button = receiver cam (at the line of scrimmage)
R2 Button + Right Analog Stick = coach's cam
Square Button + Square, X, Triangle, L1 or R1 Button = call an audible (before the snap)
Square Button + L2 Button = call the original play
Circle Button = cancel audible (before selecting a play)
Select Button = call timeout
Start Button = pause game

OFFENSE

AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE

X Button = snap ball
Right Analog Stick Left or Right = switch direction of a running play
R2 Button + Receiver Button = lock on to receiver
Triangle Button + Receiver Button + Left or Right Analog Stick = call a hot route
Circle Button = highlight eligible player
Left Analog Stick or D-Pad Left or Right = send that player in motion
L3 Button = quiet crowd
R1 Button = fake snap

RUNNING WITH THE BALL

Right Analog Stick Up = power backs lower their shoulder and "truck" over defenders, agile backs dodge the tackler
Right Analog Stick Down = back juke
Right Analog Stick Left or Right = big juke left or right
Square Button (Tap) = dive
Square Button (Hold) = qb slide
Triangle Button = jump, hurdle
R1 Button = protect ball
Circle Button = spin
X Button = stiff arm
L2 Button = pitch ball

PASSING AND RECEIVING

Square, X, Circle, Triangle or L1 Button (Tap) = lob pass
Square, X, Circle, Triangle or L1 Button (Hold) = bullet pass
Left Analog Stick or D-Pad = lead the receiver
R3 Button = throw ball away
R1 Button = pump fake
R2 Button (Hold) = qb scramble (behind the line of scrimmage)
Triangle Button (Tap) = aggressive catch
Triangle Button (Hold) = possession catch
Square Button = diving catch

LEAD BLOCKING CONTROLS

Circle Button = select a player, switch to ballcarrier
L1 Button = become lead blocker

OTHER BLOCKING CONTROLS

Right Analog Stick Up or Down = impact, cut block
L2 Button = strafe
L1 Button = cancel lead blocked controls

WR TOTAL CONTROL

Circle Button or Circle Button + D-Pad Left or Right = cycle through players
L1 Button = activate wr total control mode
L1 Button = cancel wr total control mode (once activated)
X Button = throw ball to user-controlled receiver
Circle Button = switch back to controlling the quarterback

AFTER THE PLAY

Circle Button (Hold) = spike ball (to stop the clock)
Triangle Button = no huddle, hurry-up offense
Triangle Button (Hold) = repeat previous play
Square Button = ea sports rewind

DEFENSE

PREPLAY

Circle Button (Tap) = change player one by one
Circle Button (Hold) + Left Analog Stick or D-Pad = scroll through defenders
L1 Button + Left Analog Stick Up = spread the defensive ends outside the tackles
L1 Button + Left Analog Stick Down = move the line in tight between the tackles
L1 Button + Left Analog Stick Left or Right = shift the line left or right
L1 Button + Right Analog Stick Up = crash outside
L1 Button + Right Analog Stick Down = crash inside
L1 Button + Right Analog Stick Left or Right = crash left or right
Square Button + L2 Button = reset
R1 Button + Left Analog Stick Up = spread out linebackers
R1 Button + Left Analog Stick Down = move in tight
R1 Button + Left Analog Stick Left or Right = shift left or right
R1 Button + Right Analog Stick Up = put all linebackers in hook zones
R1 Button + Right Analog Stick Down = blitz all linebackers
R1 Button + Right Analog Stick Left or Right = blitz left or right linebackers
Triangle Button + Left Analog Stick Up or Down = put dbs intro press, loose coverage
Triangle Button + Left Analog Stick Left = show blitz
Triangle Button + Left Analog Stick Right = shift safeties and linebackers into better position to cover their assigned man
Triangle Button + Right Analog Stick Left, Right, Up or Down = shift safety coverage left, right, out, middle
R2 Button (Hold) + Receiver Icon = receiver spotlight
L3 Button = pump up crowd

DEFENSIVE PLAYMAKER

Circle Button (Tap) = call for a defensive playmaker (before the ball is snapped)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN AND LINEBACKERS

X Button + Right Analog Stick Up = deep 2a, 2b
X Button + Right Analog Stick Down = blitz
X Button + Right Analog Stick Up = flat zone
X Button + Right Analog Stick Left = qb spy
X Button + Left Analog Stick Up = hook zone
X Button + Left Analog Stick Down = qb contain
X Button + Left Analog Stick Right = curl to flat left or right
X Button + Receiver Icon + Left Analog Stick Left = man to man

AFTER THE SNAP

Right Analog Stick Up or Down = hit stick 2.0 high or low
Square Button = diving tackle
X Button = swat ball (when ball is in the air)
X Button = strip ball carrier (when a player is in possession of the ball)
L2 Button = strafe
L1 Button = finesse move (when engaged)
R1 Button = power move (when engaged)
Triangle Button = hands up, bat pass, intercept

KICKING OFF AND PUNTING

Left Analog Stick or D-Pad = aim the kick
Right Analog Stick Down = start the kick meter
Right Analog Stick Up = kick the ball

KICK RETURNING

Triangle Button = fair catch

SUPERSTAR/MINI-GAME CONTROLS

Left Analog Stick Left or Right = pan camera (quarterback)
Right Analog Stick Left, Right, Up or Down = cut moves left, right, up, back (when playing as wr/te/hb)
L2 Button = strafe facing the ball (wr/te/hb)
X Button = call for ball (wr/te/hb)
L2 Button = strafe facing away from ball (blocker)
Right Analog Stick Up = press coverage pre-snap (defense)
R1 Button = power move (defense)