GamePlay: For complete gameplay and menu information, check the In-game Manual. To access, select Extras from the Main Menu, then select Game Manual.
Individual Defensive Back and Linebacker adjustments: You can adjust any of your D-backs or linebackers individually at the line of scrimmage: Before the snap, pull Left Trigger for linebackers, or Right Trigger for defensive backs. Next, press the button that corresponds to the icon over the player you want to adjust. Then release both buttons. The icon for the selected player will still be over his head, and icons will appear above the heads of the 5 offensive receivers. Then you can: Press the corresponding button to double-team that receiver, pull the Right Trigger to spy the QB, press White Button to assign a blitz, press Black Button to assign a delayed blitz, or click in Right Thumbstick to reset the commands.
Bluffing technique when calling plays: Keep your opponents confused! on the Play Call screen, once you've found the play that you want to run, press and hold down the corresponding button. Then you can flip through the other play pages in the same formation. When you let go of the play button you are holding, you will break the huddle with the original play selection called.
Offensive Hot Routes: If you want to change a receiver's route at the Line, call a Hot Route. Move the Right Thumbstick in the direction corresponding to Routes below, and press the button that corresponds to the receiver to assign the route. Routes are as follows: Up = Go route, Down = Stop route, Right = Out route, Left = In route, Up-Right = Quick Corner route, Up-Left = Slant route, Down-Right = Speed Out route, Down- Left = Speed Under route, Click (press in) = Pass block.
Maximum Tackling: When an offensive player is wrapped up by a tackler, he can get dropped or break free. When a defender wraps his arms around you, the cursor under the offensive player turns red. At that point, both the ball carrier and the defender can rapidly press the A Button to either break free, or take the other player down.
MENU NAVIGATION CONTROLS Directional Pad Highlight option, increase or decrease selected option Left Thumbstick Highlight option, increase or decrease selected option/click for maximum passing and player card Right Thumbstick Change VIP name A Button Advance/decrease selected option B Button Return to previous screen Y Button Increase selected option White Button Cycle backward through options Black Button Cycle forward through options Left Trigger Cycle backward through options Right Trigger Cycle forward through options Start Advance Back Return to previous screen
IN THE HUDDLE - FORMATION SELECT SCREEN CONTROLS Directional Pad Up/Down = Scroll formation groups by backfield, Left/Right = Change receiver alignment Left Thumbstick Up/Down = Scroll formation groups by backfield, Left/Right = Change receiver alignment A Button Select formation B Button Sub receivers (offense)/swap D line (defense)/select screens (offense only) X Button Sub running backs (offense)/Swap defensive backs (defense) Y Button Choose package screen (offense) White Button Help menu Black Button Flip formation Left Trigger Coach's pick Back Timeout
IN THE HUDDLE - PLAY CALL OR CHOOSE PACKAGE SCREEN CONTROLS Directional Pad Up/Down = Scroll Play or Package page Left Thumbstick Up/Down = Scroll Play or Package page A Button Select play or package in A slot B Button Select play or package in B slot X Button Select play or package in X slot Y Button Switch to Choose Formation screen White Button Help menu Left Trigger Coach's pick Right Trigger On-the-fly audibles (play call only) Back Timeout
OFFENSE - PRIOR TO THE SNAP CONTROLS Directional Pad Up/Down = Select player, Left/Right = Put player in motion Left Thumbstick Up/Down = Select player, Left/Right = Put player in motion Right Thumbstick Call a Hot Route for a receiver (with A, B, X, Y or L Button for receiver) A Button Hurry to the line/snap the football B Button Hard count Y Button Bring up/dismiss Audible menu White Button View players' routes (press and hold) Black Button View players' fatigue levels (press and hold) Left Trigger View players' routes (pull and hold) Right Trigger View players' fatigue levels (pull and hold) Back Timeout
OFFENSE - AUDIBLE MENU CONTROLS Directional Pad Left/Right = Cycle available audibles Left Thumbstick Left/Right = Cycle available audibles Right Thumbstick Flip routes (press in) A Button Select audible A B Button Select audible B X Button Select audible X Y Button Call up/dismiss Audible menu Black Button Flip play Back Timeout
OFFENSE AFTER THE SNAP - PASSING PLAYS/QUARTERBACK CONTROLS Directional Pad Move the QB Left Thumbstick Move the QB Right Thumbstick QB evade (behind Line of Scrimmage) A Button Throw to receiver A B Button Throw to receiver B X Button Throw to receiver X Y Button Throw to receiver Y White Button Pump fake Black Button Throw ball away Left Trigger Throw to receiver L Right Trigger Scramble with QB (pull and hold)
OFFENSE AFTER THE SNAP - RUSHING PLAYS/BALLCARRIER CONTROLS Directional Pad Move runner Left Thumbstick Move runner Right Thumbstick Up = Stutter-step, Down = Stop short, Left = Juke left, Right = Juke right, Press in = Hurdle A Button Speed burst (tap)/charge up power for a move (hold down) B Button Spin move X Button Dive/QB hook slide Y Button Shoulder charge White Button Stiff-arm left Black Button Stiff-arm right Left Trigger Juke left Right Trigger Juke right/pitch the ball (Option plays only) Combo #1 Left Trigger + Right Trigger = Lateral
OFFENSIVE PLAYER CONTROLS - AWAY FROM THE BALL Directional Pad Move player Left Thumbstick Move player A Button Speed burst (tap)/charge up power for a move (hold down) B Button Switch player X Button Dive/chop block Y Button Wave for the pass White Button Juke left Black Button Juke right Left Trigger Juke left Right Trigger Juke right
OFFENSE - AFTER THE PLAY IS OVER CONTROLS B Button Hurry up offense (defaults to last play, automatically displays Audible menu) X Button Hurry up to spike the ball
DEFENSE - PRIOR TO THE SNAP CONTROLS Directional Pad Move player Left Thumbstick Move player Right Thumbstick Right = Shift defensive linemen right, Left = Shift defensive linemen left, Up = Spread defensive linemen out, Down = Pinch defensive linemen in A Button Switch player B Button Switch back to previous player X Button Blitz selected player Y Button Call up/dismiss Audible menu White Button View defensive assignments (hold) Black Button View players' fatigue levels (hold) Left Trigger Pull with Right Thumbstick to the: Right = Shift linebackers right, Left = Shift linebackers left, Up = Spread linebackers to the outside, Down = Bring linebackers inside Right Trigger Pull with Right Thumbstick to the: Right = Assign DB's outside coverage, Left = Assign DB's inside coverage, Up = Assign DB's off coverage, Down = Assign DB's tight coverage Back Timeout
DEFENSIVE AUDIBLE MENU CONTROLS Directional Pad Left/Right = Cycle available audibles Left Thumbstick Left/Right = Cycle available audibles A Button Select audible A B Button Select audible B X Button Select audible X Y Button Call up/dismiss Audible menu White Button Return to original play Black Button Flip defensive assignments Left Trigger Select audible L Right Trigger Select audible R Back Timeout
DEFENSE - AFTER THE SNAP CONTROLS Directional Pad Move player Left Thumbstick Move player A Button Speed burst (tap)/charge up power for a move (hold down) B Button Switch player X Button Diving tackle Y Button Intercept or block pass Black Button Linebacker strafe or spin off of blocker (defensive linemen) Left Trigger Block pass or Club move (defensive linemen) Right Trigger Intercept pass or swim move (defensive linemen)
SPECIAL TEAMS - KICKING TEAM CONTROLS Directional Pad Aim kick arrow Left Thumbstick Aim kick arrow A Button Press to activate Kick Meter, press again to set power and kick ball Y Button Bring up/dismiss Audible menu
SPECIAL TEAMS - RECEIVING TEAM CONTROLS Right Thumbstick Down the ball in endzone (press in, must be done just after catching ball) Y Button Call fair catch (press before you catch ball)
FIRST PERSON FOOTBALL CONTROLS - BEFORE AND AFTER THE SNAP Right Thumbstick LEFT = Look left, RIGHT = Look right White Button On defense: Locate the man you are assigned to cover. Left Trigger Hold down to perform Hot Routes (on offense) or Defense Shifts (on defense) Right Trigger Hold down to perform Hot Routes (on offense) or Defense Shifts (on defense)
FIRST PERSON FOOTBALL CONTROLS - BEFORE THE SNAP Left Thumbstick (Click) Swap between 1st person and 3rd person mode
FIRST PERSON FOOTBALL CONTROLS - AFTER THE SNAP Right Thumbstick (Click) Initiate temporary "slowdown" mode
FIRST PERSON FOOTBALL CONTROLS - AFTER THE TACKLE Right Thumbstick (Click) View an action replay of the last play