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  • Summary: Arena Football replicates the unique intensity and passion of the indoor gridiron, giving gamers a completely different football gaming experience. Staying authentic to AFL rules, Arena Football will feature 8-on-8 play, including six players who play both sides of the ball, and the ability to send players into and over the walls with each exciting play. Fast-paced and high-scoring offenses allow players to launch an all-out aerial assault using playbooks created by actual AFL coaches. The arena comes alive with fans, fireworks and a rock-concert atmosphere. For the first time ever in sports gaming, an in-game telemetry system will provide real-time information about opponents such as passing tendencies, scoring history and player health. Players can build an AFL powerhouse in Season mode and win their way to ArenaBowl or challenge the best players in the nation with head-to-head online play. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. While it certainly lacks in the game mode department and the presentation can be a bit disappointing at times, the games plays great and does a great job of bringing us a good sense of what Arena football is all about.
  2. The passing game is tremendously fun, and that's where the bulk of the action happens. The job of video game QB becomes a lot easier when you don't have to worry about complex coverages in the secondary.
  3. 80
    The tackles in the game—some of which can literally send players flying into the bleachers—are the most vertebrae-jangling hits we've seen this side of a roller derby.
  4. I have no idea why this title was even made. [Apr 2006, p.118]
  5. Arena Football seems like a good idea on paper, but the execution of the idea is miserable.
  6. If I only owned this game, I'd watch more television. [Mar 2006, p.102]
  7. 50
    It's too bad that the action-packed feel of the sport hasn't been captured with this release.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. HeatherE.
    Feb 11, 2006
    I am a HUGE arena football fan, so the rules of the game I was already aware of which most likely gave me an advantage to madden junkies. Once I got all the button functions down I was unstoppable. Having a hard time walking away from this game. Expand
  2. DavidS.
    Feb 12, 2006
    This game is the most fun I've had playing a football game besides the Madden Franchise. The hits and the new plays and kicking game are outstanding. Expand
  3. FrankJ.
    Feb 27, 2006
    A great game but no announcing, no deep franchise mode, and no mini camp or practice. But on the positive side I was very impressed with the graphics, gameplay, and that you can control any man on the field. Most of all I love ironman football! Expand
  4. RobS.
    Feb 9, 2006
    If you are accustomed to playing MADDEN for the past 15 years since its inception this new take on football may give you some early problems such as remembering that linebacker movement is soley restricted by the defensive box between the 2 outside lineman and only 5 yrds. beyond the line of scrimmage or even more strange that if you have the lead late in the game the clock will continue to run just as long as you gain positive yards.May sound a little confusing but once you remember these tidbits this game is pure FUN! At only $29.99 it is well worth it. It's 8on8 football and it's ironman fball! Players play defense as well as offense. Fun factor is a 7 / 10, graphics 8 / 10, replayability is 8 / 10. The only downside to the game maybe the lack of deepness in the game as in MADDEN or NCAA FOOTBALL, both by EA SPORTS. My biggest complaint was that there is no play-by-play announcing booth, just a voice over the PA system. Not a bad job overall. Just remember not to compare this to MADDEN or any other FB title. Arena football is a little different kind of game. YOU WILL ENJOY THIS! Expand