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 animations. The new Family Play feature incorporates one-button controls and assisted player movements so gamers of every age can compete at the same level as seasoned veterans. Franchise Mode has been updated as well, with a new point system that rewards gamers for things like winnings records, player development, increased attendance, and solid draft picks. The Fantasy Mode introduced in Madden NFL 08 returns with three new league champions, and gamers will have to overcome each squad's unique skills to reach title games held at the new Champions Stadium. The gameplay has been bolstered by new animations, including the ability to fluidly string together multiple jukes and direct receivers while scrambling. Quarterback escapability has also been enhanced by the new Avoidance Stick, which gives the QB the option of fleeing pressure by scrambling in four different directions. Players who enjoy accumulating stats, or those who just don't have enough time to play full games, can now make use of the new "SuperSim" feature to simulate single plays, quarters, halves, or entire games. And those looking for a more immersing, RPG-like experience can once again live the life of a professional athlete in Superstar Mode, where earning points in practice helps players advance up the depth chart and reach contract goals.

Game Controls

COMPLETE CONTROLS

BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL

PRE-SNAP

Square Button + Square, X, Circle L1 or R1 Button = call an audible
Triangle Button = cancel audible (before selecting a play)
Square Button + L2 Button = reset original play (after calling an audible)
Square Button + R2 Button = flip play (at the line of scrimmage)
R2 Button = view play art
R2 Button + Right Analog Stick = bluff play art (multiplayer game only)
L2 Button = view player weapons
Left Analog Stick = move player
Select Button = call timeout

OFFENSE

PRE-SNAP

X Button = snap ball
Right Analog Stick Left or Right = switch direction of a running play
Right Analog Stick = change primary receiver's route
R2 Button + Receiver Icon = change primary receiver, lock on to receiver
Triangle Button + Receiver Icon + D-Pad Up = streak pattern
Triangle Button + Receiver Icon + D-Pad Down = hitch pattern
Triangle Button + Receiver Icon + D-Pad Left or Right = in, out pattern
Triangle Button + Receiver Icon + Right Analog Stick Down = run smart route
Triangle Button + Receiver Icon + L2 or R2 Button = left or right slant
Left Analog Stick Up or Down = highlight eligible player
Right Analog Stick Left or Right = send highlighted player in motion
Circle Button = receiver control, lead blocker control
L1 Button + D-Pad Up = spread the offensive line
L1 Button + D-Pad Down = pinch the line
L1 Button + D-Pad Left or Right = shift blocking left or right
Triangle Button = cancel slide offensive line protection
R1 Button + D-Pad = formation audible
R3 Button = fake snap
L3 Button = quiet crowd

RUNNING WITH THE BALL

Left Analog Stick = move player
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
L1 or R1 Button = double moves (agile ball carriers only)
Square Button (Tap) = qb or wide receiver slide
Square Button (Hold) = qb or wide receiver dive
Triangle Button (Hold) = cover up, protect ball
X Button = sprint
Circle Button = spin
L1 or R1 Button = cut moves (juke left or right)
L2 or R2 Button = strong arm left or right

PASSING AND RECEIVING

Right Analog Stick Left or Right = look left or right (when qb vision is enabled)
Left Analog Stick or D-Pad = precision passing (as you release the ball to lead the pass in a certain direction)
Triangle, Square, Circle, L1 or R1 Button (Tap) = lob pass
Triangle, Square, Circle, L1 or R1 Button (Hold) = bullet pass
R3 Button + Right Analog Stick = direct receiver (when qb is out of pocket)
Right Analog Stick = qb avoidance (while under pressure)
L2 Button = throw ball away
L1 Button = call for ball
R2 Button = pump fake
Circle Button = control intended receiver (while ball is airborne)
Square Button = dive
Triangle Button = catch
L1 Button = swat

LINEMEN BLOCKING CONTROLS

Right Analog Stick Up or Down = impact, cut block
L2 or R2 Button = turn block left or right
L1 Button = pull, hold defender
Square Button = diving block
R1 Button = strafe
Triangle Button + Corresponding Button + L2 or R2 Button = change blocking assignment left or right (before the snap)
Circle Button (Hold) = spike ball
Square Button (Hold) = fake spike trick play
Triangle Button = no huddle, hurry-up offense
Triangle Button (Hold) = repeat previous play
L1 Button + R1 Button = instant replay (before playcalling screen appears)

DEFENSE

PRE-SNAP ADJUSTMENTS

X or Circle Button (Tap) = choose player to control
X or Circle Button (Hold) + D-Pad or Left Analog Stick = select a player in a certain direction
Right Analog Stick Up = put linebackers and defensive linemen in a hook zone, put dbs in a deep zone
Right Analog Stick Down = blitz
Right Analog Stick Down + Right Analog Stick Down = qb contain blitz
Right Analog Stick Left = qb spy coverage
Right Analog Stick Right = play a flat zone
Right Analog Right + Right Analog Stick Right = play a curl zone
L1 Button + D-Pad Up = spread defensive ends outside the tackles
L1 Button + D-Pad Down = move the line in tight between the tackles
L1 Button + D-Pad Left or Right = shift the line left or right
L1 Button + Right Analog Stick Down = make line crash in
L1 Button + Right Analog Stick Up = make line rush to the outside
L1 Button + Right Analog Stick Left or Right = make line crash left or right
L1 Button + L2 Button = reset the shift
R1 Button + D-Pad Up or Down = spread linebackers out, move them in tight
R1 Button + D-Pad Left or Right = shift linebackers left or right
R1 Button + Right Analog Stick Down = blitz all linebackers
R1 Button + Right Analog Stick Up = call off all linebacker blitzes and put them into hook zone
R1 Button + Right Analog Stick Left or Right = blitz the right or left outside linebacker
Triangle Button + D-Pad Up or Down = put dbs into loose, press coverage
Triangle Button + D-Pad Left = show blitz
Triangle Button + D-Pad Right = shift the safeties and linebackers into better position to cover their assigned man
Triangle Button + R2 Button = disguise coverage by sending defenders back to their default positions
Triangle Button + L2 Button = reset coverage
Triangle Button + Right Analog Stick Left, Right, Up or Down = shade the safeties zone coverage to the left, right, outside, inside
Triangle Button + Player Icon + D-Pad Up or Down = play, bump off the receiver
Triangle Button + Player Icon + D-Pad Right = double team the receiver with the highlighted defender
R2 Button (Hold) + Receiver Button = spotlight receiver
L3 Button = pump up crowd (linebackers only)

AFTER THE SNAP

Left Analog Stick = move player
Circle Button = control player nearest to the ball
Right Analog Stick Up = commit to a pass
Right Analog Stick Down = commit to an inside run
Right Analog Stick Left or Right = commit to a run to the left or right
Right Analog Stick Up = high hit stick (when engaging ball carrier)
Right Analog Stick Down = low hit stick (when engaging ball carrier)
X Button = sprint
Square Button = dive
Triangle Button = jump, intercept, hands up (while rushing qb)
L2 or R2 Button = strip ball
L1 or R1 Button = rip, swim, spin (when engaged)
R1 Button = strafe (when not engaged)
L1 Button = swat ball (when not engaged)

KICKING

Left Analog Stick = aim kick
Right Analog Stick Down = start kick meter
Right Analog Stick Up = kick ball

KICK RETURNS

Triangle Button = fair catch

EA SPORTS FAMILY PLAY CONTROLS - OFFENSE

X Button = throw ball, special move
Left Analog Stick = aim throw
Square Button = dive
Circle Button = spin
Triangle Button = catch

EA SPORTS FAMILY PLAY CONTROLS - DEFENSE

Circle Button = switch player
X Button = big hit