The Madden NFL series has grown to become one of the most popular sports franchise series, from its early days on Nintendo and Sega consoles to its modern-day look on the Wii, PS3, and XBox360. Its roots were laid in the 1990s, and from there, a dynasty was born.
Gameplay consists of standard NFL Rules, where you call the play then try to execute said play, either advancing the ball on offense via a running play or a passing play; or trying to tackle the ball carrier and defend passes on defense. The team on offense has four downs to advance the ball 10 yards; doing so grants the team on offense with a fresh set of four downs.
By fourth down, either the team on offense will try to go for the first down, but failing to convert results in a turnover on downs; the punting team will punt the ball to the other team; or if close enough, will try to kick a field goal. After a touchdown is scored, the team that scored can either kick the extra point or try to advance the ball into the end zone a second time to score two points, also known as a two-point conversion.
After one team scores, and at the start of each half, one team kicks the ball to the other team via a kickoff. Gameplay continues for four quarters, each quarter 15 minutes in length. The team with the most points via Touchdowns, Extra Points, Field Goals, and Safeties (player on offense getting tackled in their own end zone, worth 2 points) wins.
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Compete in 14 Different Events
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