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  • Summary: Arena football charges onto consoles with EA Sports Arena Football. You can experience the action by controlling licensed players and teams in the only arena football game for current- or next-generation consoles. Smaller teams and a smaller field combine with confining walls to make Arena Football unlike any other football game you have played. The game includes an analog kicking system, detailed stat tracking, and the ability to customize your team and its players. Online play is also available. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 83
    Priced at a frugal $29.99, Arena Football is a fantastic way to cure those post-Super Bowl blues thanks to the numerous spectacular plays you will witness every game. This game is really, really fun.
  2. It might be tough to pinpoint one single aspect of the game that shines above the rest, but it's an overall functional package that will help the pain until the big show comes back in town next season.
  3. A technically solid game overall, and its only major stumbling point is simply its subject matter. Arena Football – the sport – may be perfectly designed to emphasize high scoring and high action in real life, but on the gaming consoles it comes across as cramped and chaotic, yet strangely regimented.
  4. I have no idea why this title was even made. [Apr 2006, p.118]
  5. Despite the fact that the game has a franchise mode of sorts (you sign free agents in the off season rather than holding a draft), this isn't the kind of game that you'll most likely play multiple seasons as you would Madden or NCAA unless you're simply a die-hard Arena League fan. The game simply doesn't have the legs for it.
  6. 50
    While the overall control scheme works well enough, kicking long range field goals through the notoriously tight uprights is far too simple. The limited playbook also gives the game a stale feeling and the half baked telemetry system fails to save the gameplay with largely unimportant statistical minutia delivered in eye-straining small fonts and obnoxious menus.
  7. 40
    Arena Football may be an engaging sport to watch in real life, with the excitement of packed arenas and the promise of frenzied action on the shortened field, but the developers did a poor job in conveying that sense of atmosphere in the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. FredG.
    Feb 17, 2006
    10
    Don't listen to the critics, this game is a winner. It is fun to play and having only 8 players on the field makes gameplay easier to control. The AI is realistic and the game has most of the features of Madden football without the cojmplex plays and formations. In this game I am able to control my defensive line and backs better. Expand
  2. TomH.
    Feb 7, 2006
    10
    if you hate the afl, you won't like this game. otherwise give it a try, it's only $30 and it's unlike any other.
  3. DaveR.
    Feb 12, 2006
    9
    This is a solid football game. If you have wathced the AFL and understand their rules, then you will love the way this game plays. Most of the poor reviews are due to the reviewers not knowing the differences between AFL and the NFL. Its too bad they didn't spend the time to realize that this is not the NFL and is a solid football effort. At least give this game a rent, if not a buy (only $30), and enjoy the Arena type game for what it is. It is fast paced scoring FUN. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    May 10, 2006
    9
    The game is perfect except I did not like the atmosphere. It felt as if you were traped in a dungeon and playing football. But every thing else was good especially the graphics. Expand