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: There’s no doubt about it. When playing FIFA Street, I was surprised at how I really got inside the game. For a game full of the process of leveling up so you can play tougher teams, that’s an accomplishment. Here’s how they make FIFA Street a very good game: The developers pay so much attention to detail, you often feel like you’re living the life of an amateur soccer player.
Pros: Fun simulation. Great level design makes you want to play more. Jump in for one game or go on World Tour.
Cons: Animations should be more varied. Occasional screen freeze online. Can be very difficult to win.
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
Excerpt: The game’s designed to reward players who really get into it, with replay sharing, leaderboards, integration into EA’s Football Club system and ranked online seasons. There are also real teams in the game, though never before in a game have we felt so little desire to use them. Why would you, when you can use your custom team and level it up? Still, fans have the option of using famous players, and this could be more of a thing with competitive online play.
Pros: Nice polish and aesthetic, control depth, creative online implementation
Cons: Steep learning curve for a Street game, limited mode variety
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
Excerpt: FIFA Street is a do-over of sorts, a reboot of EA’s soccer spin-off series that drops the wild, arcade-like action from 2008’s FIFA Street 3 in favor of a more realistic approach to the stylistic sport. There’s still plenty of showboating to go around, but the controls now offer a degree of finesse that wasn’t present in earlier games. While you're able to perform a surprising number of moves, the list of play options in FIFA Street isn’t quite as diverse.
Excerpt: Reminiscent of EA Sport's FIFA series, FIFA Street (although not a new game) is a much more relaxed outing but still contains the same intricacies of the game but in an urban setting. Don't let the stylised graphics fool you as the learning curve of FIFA Street is quite high but fortunately there are plenty of hints and tutorials to teach you the basic game mechanics and all that fancy footwork of street soccer.