Summary: The somewhat mythologized sub-genre called street soccer -- as presented by FIFA Street -- is hedonistic and excessive, with a strong tilt toward showboating and theatrics. It’s puzzling, then, that EA Sports decided to use Lionel Messi for the game’s cover art. Messi is efficient and graceful; Street is abrasive and flamboyant. His natural talent was nurtured by, and continues to flourish at, FC Barcelona, which is one of the most group-oriented teams in the world.
Excerpt: Lionel Messi surveys the situation and decides to act. From a standing position protecting the ball from Sergio Ramos, he starts to juggle it; first with his feet, then knees. Seconds later, he spins while kneeing the ball over Ramos’ head, catching the World Cup-winning defender leaning a quarter-step in the wrong direction. In a flash, Leo is past him. With 10 meters between himself and the goaltender, he sidesteps right then deftly kicks in the opposite direction.
Pros: Deep trick mechanics, Variety of game types, Nifty online integration
Cons: Animation and collision problems, Not-so-great audio presentation, Lackluster defending
Excerpt: I am not a talented footballer. Anyone who has ever seen me on the field of play will tell you that I’m not a Lionel Messi so much as a Carlton Palmer; effortlessly turning basic football skills into the greatest of chores. I send the simplest of passes three yards either side of my target, my first touch is so ineffective you would think my boots were made of dolly mixtures and the last time I got a shot on target I was downing vodkas in Derby city centre.
Conclusion: The game is deep and focuses on beating the man in front of you. It's like having a pickup game of soccer somewhere except this time you can actually pull off the tricks that the pros use. Grab a pal and have a blast.
Summary: FIFA Street brilliantly depicts the beautiful game in a cosy, informal setting. With the game's focus on quick-paced action, step-overs and tricks, fun is guaranteed with short bursts of street football played on a variety of pitches all over the world.
Pros: Entertaining football, Great presentation, Diverse pitch locations, World Tour
Conclusion: There are numerous events to take part in, with varying numbers of players and rules. Those include simple five- or six-a-side matches where the team with the most goals wins; Last Man Standing, where each goal you score eliminates a member of your team; and Futsal, where the stadium has no walls.
Pros: Brings flair and pizzazz to the FIFA series, Comprehensive career and online modes, Almost as entertaining to watch as it is to play, Slick presentation.
Cons: Complex controls can make certain tricks difficult to learn, Some grinding required to progress in World Tour mode.
Summary: FIFA Street's focus on one-on-one humiliation is a blast, especially if you can master the controls. There is nothing better than tricking past an opponent, and EA makes it look so good despite some rough A.I.
Pros: One-on-one trick humiliation is a blast, Building and progressing a team, Strong online features
Cons: Poor A.I., Controls are a bit slow, Occasional ragdoll engine issues