Replay Value: 8
EA's Madden titles were never successful at beating out other Football simulation games, last year EA had a great season (in sales) with Madden '99 and played well. But this year I think it went down all over again. Although the sales are probably as high as last year, the game is not on the caliber of its competitors. This season almost all of the football games disappointed me somehow. Gameday 2000 was more Arcade than a sim, NFL Xtreme 2 was pure crap, and Madden 2000 has outdated rosters. The only game which I didn't mention was NFL Blitz 2000, the game was perfectly brought over from Arcade to console and did not let me down at all. But one question remains is this years Madden better than this years Gameday?
People who are better with football sims will enjoy Madden 2k, but all of you Blitz 2000 players will need a leson or two. Madden 2000 can be a very complex game if you don't know much about football simulations or football itself. So if you are just starting to play football sims you're going to need some help. In my opinion I find Gameday 2000 better in the gameplay category, it is much more flexible and easier to just pick up and go. And the rosters are up to date, sorry EA but 989's Gameday has won this one for now .
The graphics are pretty good in Madden but once again Gameday has better, and takes the advantage. Madden's graphics for some reason are not as bright and are pretty gloomy. The grass doesn't really look like grass because it's color is of, the color looks kind of like a dark green. Never the less, the players (or cyber athletes as EA likes to call them) look pretty good, they move smoothly, and the frame rate always stays high.
The sound is really more on the mediocre level, just like Gameday. The commentary is too short and compared to EA's Triple Play 2000 commentary the commentary in Madden 2000 sucks. They don't say much during commentary, just a few words or one comment and that's it. But what really bugged me the most was when the players would tackle someone and when they hit the floor, it sounds like someone banging on a hollow wall what up with that. This category is a tie in both Gameday's and Madden's because the sound needs to be improved.
Madden 2000 has three different types of control of passing, point and throw, regular, and computer controls your whole team.
The regular setting is best to use because, it's more easier and it is a lot like Gameday's. The point and throw is like NFL Blitz's, but it is a lot harder to get used to. Both games are equal in control and I think that the control in Madden 2000 is the games aspect.
Since the game has out dated rosters, the replay value has to be lowered, a lot because the roster is one of the most important thing in any sports game. But none the less Madden and Gameday are two games that are almost equal in many ways. Purchasing either one of these games depends on your loyalty and trust to either EA or 989 Sports. So it's your call!