Madden NFL Arcade is all about accessibility and its clean and simple menus mean the field is never more than a couple of presses of the X button away. You can choose to play as any of the 30 NFL teams with licensed strips and your five-man team will be made up of recognisable American football stars.
On the field, players are caricatures of themselves and their positions, so wide receivers are tall and lanky, while running backs are stocky, fast and bull-like with the ball. Big plays come thick and fast, thanks to the smaller teams and simplified rules, and hits are suitably massive.
To make the game accessible to those less familiar with the sport, playcalling has been simplified to allow quick gameplay while still giving you strategic options. When your team has the ball, you can choose between run and short, medium and deep pass plays. On the other side of the ball, you can go for short, medium or deep coverage, or go for a blitz if you feel the need for a big sack.
There are also two control schemes available - Arcade and Standard. Arcade controls are simpler and reduce most actions to a simple press of one of the action buttons. Standard controls will be more familiar to fans of the full Madden games, with the option of using the right stick to perform feints and big tackles. Don't worry though - in multiplayer, neither control scheme offers any distinct advantage.