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Arena Football is an Arena Football League video game developed by Electronic Arts (under their EA Sports brand) for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It was released on February 7, 2006. The cover features quarterback John Dutton of the Colorado Crush, the champions of ArenaBowl XIX. The game is similar to EA's other simulation football games (NCAA Football and Madden NFL), but adopts a style of play that is similar to the faster and more frantic paced Arena game. The game includes all the rules, rosters, and teams for the 2006 AFL season. The game was succeeded by Arena Football: Road to Glory.
2006 AFL teams 
All of the teams that competed in the 2006 season are included. The New Orleans VooDoo have been excluded because they have temporarily halted operations due to Hurricane Katrina. However, their logo is available for use in the game's create-a-team feature. The VooDoo resumed operations in 2007. The Kansas City Brigade franchise and its colors have been included, but the official name and logo didn't make it in because they were unveiled after the game had gone into production so the team was known as the Kansas City KC in the video game.
Historic teams 
EA included a number of historic teams in Arena Football. Though not every Arena League team in history is represented, a good deal of them are. They are awarded to the player upon meeting certain statistical goals in a game. Here is a complete list:
Teams included 
Teams not included 
- Project 86 - "All of Me", "The Spy Hunter"
- Staind - "Paper Jesus"
- Still Remains - "White Walls"
- Story of the Year - "We Don't Care Anymore"
- The Prom Kings - "Down"
- Thousand Foot Krutch - "Absolute"
- Underoath - "Reinventing Your Exit"
- Peter Lehman - "8 Yards", "Psycho Linebacker"
- Jesse Allen - "Avatar of Fury", "Dr Pizza Pie", "Shake Your Moneymaker", "The Beast Within", "Thrash Trance"
- Rob Warren - "Eucalyptus People", "Meat Mittens", "Purple Monkey Dishwasher", "Rocket Fuel", "Satellite Symphony", "wHOSyERdADDY"
- Gene Rozenberg - "Grenade Anthem", "My Little Two by Four"
- Aubrey Hodges - "Primal Nation"
History of AFL video games 
Arena Football is not the first video game to feature the AFL. However, it can be considered the first simulation (as opposed to arcade-style) AFL game. Other AFL games are:
The game received positive reviews. IGN gave the game a 8.3, stating, "While the season mode is shallow, online play and solid multiplayer action will keep you bouncing off the walls for some time." GameSpot gave the game a lower score of 6.9, and like IGN, criticized Season Mode. While GameSpot praised the Telemetry system, they also commented that the game cannot "decide whether it wants to be arcade- or simulation-oriented."
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