Madden NFL 09

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  • Easy touchdowns

    Get a spread set with two receivers on one side. Then, do a hot route on the inside receiver, and press the Right Analog-stick in the opposite direction of the quarterback, making an outer slant. This should help you get a lot of yards and score.

  • Easy training

    You can make depth chart changes to make training players easier. For example, if you are training someone on defense, such as a linebacker, go to the depth chart and substitute the running back for someone with a lower rating. This will make things easier when you do the lineman challenge. You can use this trick to help train almost any position.

  • Select any player in Superstar mode

    Go to "My Madden", and select "Rosters". Go to "Player Management", and select "NFL Greats". Release whoever desired. Then, go to "Free Agents", and put the desired player on a team. When you start Superstar mode, play as a rookie and find your player. If you selected a great, he should be close to the top. This also works if you create a player. When you create a player and put him on a team, he is a rookie. When you go to Superstar mode, he should also be there.

  • Getting first round draft pick in Franchise mode

    After all Week 17 games have been played (including your own), trade all of your draft picks to the worst team in the NFL. Once you have traded all of them, you will have the first pick of every round instead of whatever you had. Note: This only works if you have turned the trade deadline off before starting your franchise.

  • Re-signing players for less in Franchise mode

    Use the following trick to re-sign players for less in the off-season. When you go to re-sign players, go to the "Player Management" screen first. Change the player that you want to re-sign to another position, such as a kicker or punter (the worst overall possible). Go back to re-sign that player for a lot less. Note: You cannot save the change unless you have enough players at that position after you change the player's position. For example, to change a cornerback to a kicker, you must have four other cornerbacks remaining.

  • Different free agents in Franchise mode

    In the off-season, after you re-sign your players, save the game. Enter Free Agent mode. If you do not like the free agents available (for example, if you need a top wide receiver and there are none), reload the game until you like the players that are available. You can also do this to make your division easier. For example, if you are the Jets and Randy Moss goes from the Patriots to the Rams, then you do not have to worry about facing a player like that twice a season.

  • Placing Brett Farve on the Jets

    Go to "My Madden", and select "Rosters". Go to "Player Management", and select "NFL Greats". Find Brett Farve, and release him. Then, go to "Free Agents", and sign him to the Jets or any team desired.

  • Easy "6 sacks with 1 player in a game" and "Record 12 sacks in a game" achievements

    Start any one player game (non co-op), then go to the options menu, and change the rules so offsides will not be called. When a play starts, get right behind the QB, and tackle him once he hikes the ball. -From: Rene

  • Easy "Midway Monster" achievement

    Go to "Create A Superstar" mode, and enter "Bones" as a case-sensitive first name and "Jackson" as a case-sensitive last name. Then, save the character to get the achievement. -From: Jason Schreiber

  • Achievements

    Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

      2 TD Kickoff Returns in a game (75 points): Return 2 Kickoffs for a TD in a game (non co-op).
      Shut out Rival in a Franchise (50 points): Shut out Rival in a Franchise game (non co-op).
      Kick a FG for over 50 yards (15 points): Kick a FG for over 50 yards in a Franchise game (non co-op).
      Complete a game without an INT (30 points): Complete a game without an interception, 5 min+ quarter length (non co-op).
      6 Rush TDs with the Dolphins (50 points): 6 Rush TDs in a game with the Dolphins (non co-op).
      Catch 10 passes in a game (50 points): Catch 10 passes in a game with one receiver (non co-op).
      Complete game without fumbling (25 points): Complete a game without fumbling, 5 min+ quarter length (non co-op).
      2 TD Punt Returns in a game (65 points): 2 TD Punt Returns in a game (non co-op).
      Intercept 6 passes in a game (50 points): Intercept 6 passes in a game (non co-op).
      Hold a Rival to under 300 yards (50 points): Hold a Rival to under 300 yards total offense in a game (non co-op).
      Score 60 points in a Rival game (30 points): Score 60 points in a Rival game (non co-op).
      Score 40 points in a Rival game (20 points): Score 40 points in a Rival game (non co-op).
      Record 12 sacks in a game (50 points): Record 12 sacks in a game (non co-op).
      6 sacks with 1 player in a game (50 points): 6 sacks with 1 player in a game (non co-op).
      80% completion for a game (50 points): 80% pass completion in a Franchise game, 5 min+ quarter length (non co-op).
      7 Pass TDs with the Falcons (50 points): Throw 7 pass TDs in a game with the Falcons (non co-op).
      550 Pass Yds with the Titans (50 points): 550 Pass Yds in a game with the Titans (non co-op).
      300 Rush Yds with the Jets (10 points): 300 Rush Yds in a game with the Jets (non co-op).
      Hold a Rival to under 20 points (10 points): Hold a Rival team to under 20 points in a game (non co-op).
      Midway Monster (50 points): Create a legendary player from the past.
      Can You Believe These Seats?! (30 points): Celebrate a touchdown in a wall hotspot.
      Steal Their Thunder (30 points): Steal an opposing player's touchdown celebration.
      Slam Dunk All-Star (30 points): Dunk the ball over the goalpost (or at least attempt to) after a touchdown.
      Shine In The Spotlight (30 points): Celebrate a touchdown in an endzone hotspot.

    Additionally, there is one secret achievement:

      Now Here's A Guy (50 points): "Thanks for buying Madden NFL 09. Here's to another 20 years." Create a player named "John Madden" and assign him to any team.

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