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A different take on EA's Madden games of realistic football simulation, Madden NFL Arcade focuses more on looser arcade-oriented gameplay, similar to Midway's Blitz games. It features all 32 NFL teams including top stars with a five-on-five match up, offense consists of an Offensive Lineman, a Quarterback and three receivers while defense consists of a Defensive Lineman and four backfield defenders. Unlike other Madden games there is no time limit, instead the play ends with a set score (the default being 30) with a shortened field consisting of 60 yards with the beginning team starting on their own 20 yard line. The offense has four tries in order to make a touchdown, however, after those four plays if the offense is not successful, it will be automatically ruled a turnover and defense will receive the ball. There are no field goals, punts or first downs.

In order to aid the player there are 13 different power-ups, including the ability to freeze a player on the field, slow or speed up gameplay, throw three footballs at once with only one going to the intended receiver, a power-up that will add an extra down, as well as a power-up that will switch the score of the game. The player receives these at random times during the match, similar to a slot machine. When players receive a power-up they can store it and activate it at a chosen moment. There are options to play against the computer A.I. or with four friends, either two friends head-to-head or two friends teaming against a second team of friends. Online multiplayer is also supported, with the option to define custom rules along with the ability to use the power-ups available in offline play and update-able rosters to reflect current NFL rosters.


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Gamervision Dec 04, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Extreme Gamer Nov 27, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Game Over Online Jan 11, 2010 80 out of 100 80
PSX Extreme Dec 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70
IGN Nov 30, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65
Destructoid Dec 21, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65
Console Monster Jan 14, 2010 64 out of 100 64
1UP Nov 30, 2009 C+ 58
GameSpot Dec 04, 2009 5.5 out of 10 55
GamesRadar Dec 18, 2009 5 out of 10 50


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