-Estimated trophy difficulty: 3/10
-Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 5-10 hrs
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: N/A
-Number of missable trophies: None
-Glitched trophies: None
-Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No
-Does difficulty affect trophies?: No
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Madden NFL 11 is one of the easier sports based platinum’s available, once you know what you are doing. The trophy breakdown is top heavy, so if you are looking to boost your Gold and Silver trophy counts, this is the game for you. The bulk of the trophies can be earned in a few hours of play. The only section that can take a little time is the Madden Moment Mode. But if you take your time and follow the guide, you shouldn’t have many problems.
LINK: MADDEN MOMENT GUIDE
This guide has been written from the point of view of a non-NFL fan, and is designed to be usable for people who like me know little about the sport and its rules. Before playing, all my knowledge about American Football had basically come from movies and other games. If you know your NFL, you should be able to skip many of the tips. But for everyone else, I hope they help.
Here are a few general Gameplay tips to start you off:
GameFlow: Madden NFL 11 has a new feature called Gameflow. This basically picks the plays for you. While it can get it right most of the time, every so often it will pick the worst option available. I’d recommend you get into the habit of picking your own plays manually. It will give you more control over what happens.
Two Player: Many of the trophies can be unlocked much easier with two controllers.
Simming: You cannot simulate matches.
Finishing: Quitting games once a trophy goal has been met will give you the trophy.
Rewinds: Unlimited Rewinds should be kept on all the time in case you need it.
Difficulty: The game difficulty does not affect any of the trophies.
OTP: The trophies that have No OTP in the description cannot be done during Online Team Play. This shouldn’t matter though, as Madden NFL 11 can be platinumed offline.
There are a few ways you can drastically decrease the difficulty of getting many of the trophies:
- Changing the Game Settings
- Changing the Skill Settings
Game Settings: By messing with the game settings, you can open up opportunities to exploit your position to make many of the trophies easier to get. First of all you will want to turn off Offsides in the Penalty Settings.
My Madden > My Settings > Penalties
All you have to do is zero out the slider. This will make it much easier to get those Sacks and Fumbles that you will need later on. While you are in the Game Settings, make sure to turn ‘Fight for the Fumble’ on. You will need it on to be able to unlock the Pick Up 6 trophy. None of these changes will not affect play in Madden Moments.
Skill Settings: By messing with the skill setting sliders, you will drastically alter the effectiveness of your team (in a good way) and any CPU controlled team. Firstly, for the Player Skill settings go to:
Hit ‘custom’ and zero out all the sliders. This will increase your playing effectiveness across the board, basically making everything easier to pull off. Next up are the CPU Settings:
As before, you should zero out all the sliders. This has the opposite effect on CPU controlled players, decreasing their playing effectiveness across the board, and making your life whole lot easier. None of these changes will affect play in Madden Moments.
Notes: If you are interested in more of a challenge, you should be very selective in how many of these changes you implement. Leave the bulk of the settings alone at first and see how you go. If the need arises, you can always change the settings as you go to make the game easier.
Make sure to save all changes by clicking the left stick .
If you find yourself having trouble beating a certain team, or are finding it hard to complete a particular trophy requirement, you can alter any player’s skill statistics in your favour for whatever you are attempting.
My Madden > NFL Rosters > Player Management
Before you start trying for trophies, you should set up a team which has had its statistics slammed: from now on referred to as the ‘Slammed Team’. This will help you to get most of the running and passing trophies out of the way quickly, easily and hopefully on the first attempt.
Which team should you hobble? You could pick your most hated team if you like, but I’d recommend picking any one of the following teams:
Why these teams in particular? These are the only six teams that you DO NOT play as in Madden Moments. Player stat changes carry into the Madden Moment mode, so you do not want to end up having to play out a challenge using a team that has been completely knackered.
Once you pick your sacrificial team, start at the top of the player list and edit every player in turn. Drop all their stat sliders to the minimum setting, which is 12 points. This will ensure each player is pretty much unusable. It takes a little time, but will save you hassle in the long run.
Important: When you are finished, make sure to hit to save your changes.
You should now have a ‘go to’ crap team that is almost assured to be a pushover. Now you should be set to go and get some trophies.
Note: As with Step 1, if you would prefer a greater challenge from the game, you should skip this step. Most of this Road Map and Guide is setup to get the trophies as quickly and easily as possible, and this is not necessarily the most fun route.
There are six trophies that you should get during this step:
- Man Dozer
- Elusive Man
- Fantasy Freak
- Home Run
- He’s Got All Day
- Old Spice Swagger Return
You can get them all in one game if you plan ahead. Use two controllers and line up against your ‘Slammed Team’ to make it as easy as possible. See each trophy in the main guide for more detailed descriptions.
There are six trophies that you should get during this step:
- Deadly Accurate
- Winning Isn’t Everything
- Perfect Game
- Defensive Dominance
- Did I Break It?
Again, the easiest way to get these trophies quickly is to use two controllers and line up against your ‘Slammed Team’ which you should have setup and ready to go. For a full strategy for each of the trophies, see the guide proper.
It may be better to leave Did I Break It? for another match do you don't chance messing with your averages for Perfect Game.
Step 5: Defensive Trophies
There are five trophies that you should get during this step:
- Pick Up 6, Nano
- Sack Master
- No Offense
- Old Spice Swagger Pick 6
These can generally be all got in a single game as well. Again, the easiest way to get these trophies quickly is to use two controllers and line up against your ‘Slammed Team’ which you should have setup and ready to go. For a full strategy for each of the trophies, see the guide proper.
Step 6: Madden Moments
There are 49 Madden Moments in total, but only 46 of them have to be completed. Most of the moments involve coming from behind to win in the 4th Quarter, so don’t worry about Comeback Kids. You can’t help but get it. Follow the Moment Guide to negotiate each one until you unlock Super Bowl Sunday. This is by far the biggest time-sink in this game, but if you take your time, you should make steady progress through this mode.
There should be only 4 trophies left:
- Very Special Teams
- Laces Out
- Thanks for Coming
- Master Strategist
Again start a game using both controllers and against your ‘Slammed Team’. Make sure you are receiving the starting Kick Off. Return it for a Touchdown. Now switch controllers and get a Touchdown with your ‘Slammed Team’. This should give you the opportunity to return another Kick Off for another Touchdown. Make sure it is the same player both times, and you should receive Very Special Teams. After that, your job is to set up a 60+ yard Field Goal. The guide details the setup, and once you score it, you should receive the Laces Out trophy.
Next, enter Franchise Mode. You will be able to Simulate every match until you reach the Pro Bowl. All you have to do is play the match till the end. You don’t even have to win. Once it over, you will receive Thanks for Coming. That only leaves the Master Strategist trophy. Go to:
My Madden > Game Planning > Create Offensive Game Plan
Save any game plan, and the trophy, followed quickly by the Platinum, is yours. Congratulations.
[PS3T Would Like to Thank Savenger for this Roadmap]