To effectively run the ball in Madden or NCAA Football you have to move the left stick in the direction you want to run, cover the ball with the RB shoulder button. Then you have to make sure you get through the hole formed in the correct gap and press the sprint button (Right Trigger/RT). However, you don’t want to press it too soon because the defense is programmed to move faster once you press the sprint button (RT). Once you have broken away you might have to juke with the Right Stick or Stiff Arm with the ‘A’ button, maybe follow that up with a spin move (‘B’ button) and then jump a defender (‘Y’ button).
[sarcasm]That isn’t complicated at all! [/sarcasm]
In the coming days we will be covering the basics (which are inherently advanced) controls in Madden and NCAA football. The problem with this being that as simple as one video would be there is the problem that each game has different control schemes and handles differently. However, it must also be said that these controls are necessary for these games to continue growing in the way they have. Is that a good thing? No… but that is a different discussion and it can be had right here in our forums.
If you haven’t noticed, sports games are rather disposable at this point. New versions have a new year plastered on them and that is usually about all you need to worry about (at least in Madden and NCAA Football) from the control perspective. The developer, EA Tiburon tried (and failed) to effectively simplify their games with “One Button Mode”. Sorry, but that just rings of short-bus controls for what Robin Williams would refer to as ‘damaged people’.
We will be making a concerted effort to show you how these controls work on the most basic level and work up to the more complicated parts of these games. You truly have to learn to walk before you can run in gaming (sports games especially) and we are here to walk you through the process.