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Madden NFL Arcade

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
67
2.8
Xbox 360
68
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PlayStation 3 1 2.8
Xbox 360 1 3.0
Combined MobyScore 2 2.9


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82
Xbox 360TeamXbox
For what it is, Madden NFL Arcade is pretty fun. It won’t stop me from occasionally busting out NFL Blitz 2000 for the Dreamcast once in a while, but I know it will be a hit when the friends come over to watch the NFL this weekend. With EA’s stranglehold on the NFL license ending no time soon, this is probably the most we can expect for an experience like this utilizing real NFL players and stadiums. For now, it’s pretty good.
80
PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
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.
80
PlayStation 3Gamervision
When it comes to ways to play the game, your options are fairly limited, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had when playing this game with a friend or two. 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. I’d rather be playing this than sitting through another boring half-time show on a Sunday, or while waiting for a few friends to come online to play Left 4 Dead 2, and I’m looking forward to hitting the gridiron again.
80
PlayStation 3Game Over Online
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.
80
Xbox 360Gamervision
When it comes to ways to play the game, your options are fairly limited, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had when playing this game with a friend or two. 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. I’d rather be playing this than sitting through another boring half-time show on a Sunday, or while waiting for a few friends to come online to play Left 4 Dead 2, and I’m looking forward to hitting the gridiron again.
80
Xbox 360Game Over Online
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.
80
Xbox 360Gamestyle
That aside though, EA have made a very solid package, that as long as enough people still play will be worth every single one of the 1200 points EA have asked. You will find yourself picking it up and having a blast if you have a spare 10 minutes and don't fancy a longer lasting game. The only fear though is that if people do stop playing then it is unlikely the game will continue to get the play time it deserves. Here's hoping we are witnessing the rebirth of the arcade sports title.
75
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
While Madden NFL Arcade gives little attention to the single player game types it is rooted in sharing the experience either locally or online. The gameplay is easy and fun enough to lure in the non-football gurus as well as the seasoned Madden veterans. This 'arcadey' twist on football brings back fond memories of NFL Street and the original Blitz games while providing a visually appealing style. Although some may shy away from the $15.00 price tag the game will definitely hold its own in the over the top sports genre.
75
Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
A little expensive considering not many of us play American Football in Europe, but if you enjoy the sport and have a few friends then considering purchasing this as it is well worth it.
70
PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
But the bottom line is that 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.
70
Xbox 360Gamer Limit
Madden NFL Arcade is, to me, a proof of a concept. A spinoff of a game like Madden NFL Season 2, which does not get nearly enough respect at local arcades such as Dave & Busters. Should Madden NFL 10 be too intimidating for you and you are looking for a casual, approachable football game, this may be right up your alley. But for Madden fans out there, this seems a bit on the light side for a $15 price tag. Ultimately, I genuinely hope that this is the beginning of a yearly arcade installment from EA, assuming they fix the issues with this one.
65
PlayStation 3Destructoid
Ultimately, though, most of my reservations with Madden NFL Arcade stem from its $15 price point. 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.
65
PlayStation 3IGN
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. The price would also be a large stumbling block for many people. However, if you’re looking for a diversionary match and aren’t expecting a ton from your cartoonish football, NFL Arcade will have what you’re looking for.
65
Xbox 360IGN
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. The price would also be a large stumbling block for many people. However, if you’re looking for a diversionary match and aren’t expecting a ton from your cartoonish football, NFL Arcade will have what you’re looking for.
64
PlayStation 3Console Monster
Overall I think EA have made a critical error in the pricing for the game, which may and probably should, for what you’re getting in terms of game time, put a lot of people off. It’s especially annoying when you see that 3 on 3 NHL Arcade is cheaper, but I suppose EA were hoping the ‘Madden’ tag was worthy of bumping up the price. 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.
64
Xbox 360Console Monster
Overall I think EA have made a critical error in the pricing for the game, which may and probably should, for what you’re getting in terms of game time, put a lot of people off. It’s especially annoying when you see that 3 on 3 NHL Arcade is cheaper, but I suppose EA were hoping the ‘Madden’ tag was worthy of bumping up the price. 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.
58
PlayStation 31UP
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. Now, I've had plenty of fun with both of the games, and it's clear that EA's arcade initiative is the right move for the company; both of these games showcase the tremendous potential of the simplified arcade experience, but neither quite nail the concept just yet. In my mind, it's clear that a combination of the two -- NHL Arcade's arcadey silliness and Madden Arcade's real-life rosters and stadiums -- would elevate the arcade experience to the next level.
58
Xbox 3601UP
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. Now, I've had plenty of fun with both of the games, and it's clear that EA's arcade initiative is the right move for the company; both of these games showcase the tremendous potential of the simplified arcade experience, but neither quite nail the concept just yet. In my mind, it's clear that a combination of the two -- NHL Arcade's arcadey silliness and Madden Arcade's real-life rosters and stadiums -- would elevate the arcade experience to the next level.
55
PlayStation 3GameSpot
In a lot of ways, Madden NFL Arcade feels tenuous. You can tell that EA Sports is trying to branch out here and embrace the arcade sports gamers that have been left behind by the increasing complexity of the company's flagship gridiron franchise, but nobody has decided exactly how this new kinder-and-gentler Madden should play. This leaves you with a boring game stuck in the middle between realism and over-the-top arcade antics that isn't a good fit for anybody.
55
Xbox 360GameSpot
In a lot of ways, Madden NFL Arcade feels tenuous. You can tell that EA Sports is trying to branch out here and embrace the arcade sports gamers that have been left behind by the increasing complexity of the company's flagship gridiron franchise, but nobody has decided exactly how this new kinder-and-gentler Madden should play. This leaves you with a boring game stuck in the middle between realism and over-the-top arcade antics that isn't a good fit for anybody.
50
PlayStation 3Games Radar
Even so, 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!
50
Xbox 360Games Radar
Even so, 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!
42
Xbox 360Gaming Age
To say the least, I really was excited when this game was announced, but upon further review, the decision is overturned and my excitement turned to disappointment. It's a shame not more is featured in Madden NFL Arcade as the game play is solid for the little while it lasts. It's just the appeal will only stick with you for a few days and quickly become a case of what could have or should have been from a company with the reputation of EA. 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.