Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Despite its flaws, ‘Madden NFL Arcade’ packs a solid quick pick-me-up take on the pigskin classic. Football fans wishing for a more accessible ‘Madden’ experience now have a home. Until a solid competitor comes along, ‘Arcade’ is the best at what it does for the PS3.
  2. Madden NFL Arcade provides a nice break from the more serious Madden NFL 10, and even though it’s not without its share of minor issues, none of them are detrimental to the overall experience.
  3. Madden NFL Arcade does a great job of providing a more casual, arcadey experience for football fans that long for the days that NFL Blitz ruled the arcade football genre many years ago.
  4. Madden NFL Arcade is a very entertaining little game. It doesn’t attempt to be an NFL sim, so don’t buy it expecting one. The arcade feel with real NFL teams and players included is a nice combination, and at only around ten bucks this will be a great addition to your library that you can fire up and enjoy a few minutes of fast-paced arcade fun.
  5. Madden NFL Arcade has a great deal going for it and they did almost everything right; they just didn’t follow through and make it a worthy, over-the-top arcade experience.
  6. 65
    It doesn’t have the depth of a sim, nor does it engage players fully as a standard arcade styled football game, but Madden NFL Arcade provides some amusing football action in spurts – provided that you’re willing to overlook some shortcomings. The controls could be tighter, the game changers could be harder to acquire and disperse and there could be a season or franchise mode to play.
  7. Fundamentally, the game offers a similar amount of content to 3 on 3 NHL Arcade (playing the computer, playing a friend, playing online), but it costs 50% more, and the most logical assumption I’m left with is that EA figured they could charge an extra five bucks just because the hallowed Madden name is attached to this product. Madden Arcade isn’t bad, but I would’ve had a much easier time recommending it if it were priced at $10.
  8. The presentation is great and if you just fancy a quick game of fun simple mindless NFL (and have some money to burn), then it's a good choice. Hardcore fans would be best to stay with Madden 10 though.
  9. 58
    At 1,200 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live and $15 on PSN, Madden Arcade simply isn't the bargain of the $10 NHL Arcade. While it's $5 more, the experience isn't appreciably better -- in fact, I'd peg it as slightly worse.
  10. 58
    Another PSN fumble, unfortunately. [Issue#188, p.87]
  11. Uninspiring. [Mar 2010, p.88]
  12. Madden NFL Arcade straddles the line between over-the-top arcade sports games and buttoned-down sims but doesn't wind up pleasing anybody.
  13. for fifteen bucks we wanted a lot more game than Madden Arcade delivers. A bland on-field experience coupled with no single-player season/tournament/anything translates into another failed attempt at “extreme” football. Please, just give us our NFL Blitz back!
  14. For this reviewer it just feels like an expensive demo in which I will forever await a full version that will never come. Sorry EA, 15 yard penalty for a personal foul on the gaming community. Repeat first down.
  15. Hell, Speedwalking Arcade would have more longevity than this. [Feb 2010, p.114]
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 19, 2010
    10
    This is a great game. It takes the good parts of madden nfl and makes them into a user-friendly game. The game also gets roster updates, soThis is a great game. It takes the good parts of madden nfl and makes them into a user-friendly game. The game also gets roster updates, so you always have the newest rosters. This is a must buy. Full Review »
  2. zebm
    Dec 8, 2009
    9
    This game is perfect for casual football fans, or anyone who enjoys the more simple arcade style gameplay to the overly complex and sometimes This game is perfect for casual football fans, or anyone who enjoys the more simple arcade style gameplay to the overly complex and sometimes confusing gameplay of the more recent madden 200X titles. A great game, especially for such a low price. Full Review »
  3. SammyR
    Dec 4, 2009
    8
    Madden NFL Arcade is unpolished and light on features, but the core gameplay is so much fun that it is easy to overlook its flaws. The game Madden NFL Arcade is unpolished and light on features, but the core gameplay is so much fun that it is easy to overlook its flaws. The game is stripped down to the basics and has tons of fun power ups to add to the over the top nature of the game. The Madden games are generally too complex for me to spend time on, but the low learning curve of Madden NFL Arcade makes it the perfect pick up and play sports game. Full Review »