I've been playing Madden all my life. Arena Football is great in many ways that are unexplainable in words. Most if it you have to see for yourself. If you have ever played a football game before, this should be no problem for you. It's got hard hits, trash talk, and 50 yards less playing space. If your tired of Madden, I reccomend this game over ANYTHING else.
This game delivers in a way that fulfills football needs. The kick is, it is indoor and has great controls to get used to.
The offense side of the ball is very creative indeed. You can be the standard QB to WR or, CPU QB to YOU(WR) in Wide receivers mode. the only problem to this is that the QB doesn't quite have the step back to relieve a little pressure and have a little room to breathe. Then when it comes to editing your plays, audible, and Hot routes, that is cool. So if you see a familiar defensive set-up, mix it up with a quick hot route. The only things i don't like is R1 being the audible and not 'triangle'. Then when you have the pass/run/kick return/, no juke button and no regulated left/right stiff arm buttons, along with the juke buttons. Doing the run plays are really hard to pull off except at the 1-3 yard line.
On defense, you have some really strict rules that need to be applied. No line change, it has to be head-to-head. No blitzing except the one guy in the box. Then, you have the some plays in the book that are a little the same( Offense same way a little). The you-cover-the-WR is neat to apply and you can still see the route the CPU is running.
Pro's- Innovating game play. Cool Be The WR mode. The telemetry cool to use.
Con's- Funky controls need real getting used to. QB bit dumb when in the WR mode. Some real stingy defense rules. Defensive plays seem the same.(OFFENSE TOO)
posted by jwilson (BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA) Apr 12, 2006
Member since Sep 2005
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
This game is a fun hybrid game that feels like a mix between typical EA football games and the Blitz franchise. It is fast paced and very easy to learn. I have been playing at work with my friends, and it has been easy for everyone to be able to pick it up and start bombing passes. Single player is more limited due to predictable AI, but I highly recommend this game for the multiplayer element.