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FIFA Street Review


A unique sports offering that is much more sophisticated than its previous iterations

Posted by Alex V (SpectralShock) on Mar 25, 2012 - 11:55pm EST (Mar 25, 2012 23:55)

FIFA Street’s online offerings are comparable to that of the main FIFA series. There’s some Football World integration, head to head seasons and cups, as well as custom unranked games. Some of the championships found in the single player career mode can be actually played online, progressing you through the campaign should you win them against real opponents. With offline multiplayer support for either competitive or cooperative play with up to four players, this title great to pick up and play with friends, and is certain to provide a ton more cheering and teasing moments per game than FIFA.
 
With this new reboot, the engine from the latest FIFA game is used, giving Street a great set of mechanics to work with right off the bat. The title focuses on realistic locations and animations, most of which look rather great. Tightly controlling the ball and making lightning quick moves is a joy to watch, though some physics based player collisions can still look silly. Overall the game looks quite similar to FIFA – down to the cardboard cutout fans in the stands, now much more prominent due to their relative proximity to the playing field. Most of the pre and post-game cutscenes and celebrations are the same and can feel repetitive. The soundtrack is catchy and fitting with the style of the game, plus some DJ-like effects during pauses in play are interesting.
 
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But perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the game is its atmosphere – this isn’t a game where you listen to commentary or crowd chants. Instead, the focus is on hearing the actual players, their reactions, calls for the ball, celebrations and disappointments. EA Sports has done a great job at bringing the game to life with this focus on individual players rather than the grand scheme of FIFA games. And even though, again, many of the lines are often repeated, the atmosphere is none the less impressive and very personable.
 
It may be tough to say just where exactly FIFA Street fits in. It’s not a bad game by any means, and it certainly offers something unique for the sport and the genre. With solid presentation and satisfying gameplay, it’s a nice diversion. However, fans who enjoy the global appeal of FIFA may question this spinoff title. Whereas FIFA 12 is all about making dreams come true, FIFA Street is more about the everyday experience of football that many potential players may already have in their real lives. So we end as we started – FIFA Street is a great game for what it attempts to provide, some gameplay hitches notwithstanding. And if you’re looking to get tricky, there’s no better alternative.
 


 Our Ratings out of 100 for FIFA Street
75
Presentation
A realistic approach helps provide solid groundwork to the rest of the experience. Though awkward player collisions and low-resolution fans now stand out more than ever.
84
Gameplay
Tricks work with precision and perfectly satisfy. However, defending is hit-or-miss with animation-based mechanics. It's still a fresh and unique approach to football, but just short of being perfectly executed.
78
Single Player
A decently lengthy world tour that does a great job of introducing all locations and gameplay modes. A decent replay value with the ability to reset each stage with new teams. Opponent AI should really shoot more, as games are not very challenging.
90
Multiplayer
A wide variety of gameplay modes, and some limited FIFA World integration makes this a complete package. Throw in local coop or competitive player with up to four players, and there's not much more left to ask for.
87
Performance
Animation issues aside, the game runs well, with quick loading times.
79
Overall
A successful reboot of this niche football genre, FIFA Street brings the tricks and skills of back alley players of the world to your living room. With mostly solid gameplay and a variety of modes, it is easily recommended to football fans looking for something different.
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FIFA Street is ranked #336 out of 747 total games.


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