Conclusion: I think what’s most disappointing about Fifa Street is the thought of what could have been. I think many videogame soccer fans have been waiting for a solid 5 on 5 soccer title since the indoor soccer mode in Fifa: RTWC 98. Unfortunately, instead of focusing on the basics of soccer and making a game that’s all about quick intricate passing combined with individual skill, we get a game that’s basically a poor version of NBA Street played with a soccer ball.
Excerpt: In FIFA Street , we finally get to see those guys from FIFA up close, and they don’t look half bad. The textures look great and the animations make them look even sweeter in motion. There are a few wonky bits with the animation when a group of guys gathers around the ball and people start to slide around, but this is easily overlooked. The worst is when the ball magically warps to a player’s foot/knee/head in order to make the play.
Excerpt: EA really are in an enviable position in the industry. They've got the licences, they've got the franchises, they've got the game engines and they've got a fair few talented people working in their offices. Quite where any of those people were when FIFA Street was being bungled out the door is anyone's guess because given the Street template, the FIFA engine and talent that obviously resides at the company (look no further than the NBA Street franchise for evidence) this...
Excerpt: Soccer sure isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite pastime. It is the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite pastime, however, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably one of the reasons why Electronic Arts put the effort that they did into this game, targeting a European audience, and casual American gamers that just might need a soccer game for their collection. For soccer enthusiasts, FIFA Street might be as insulting as SlugFest is for me as a baseball fan.
Excerpt: It’s fair to say that Electronic Arts have a near-undisputed monopoly on licensed sporting games: such well-established names as the FIFA, NBA, NHL and Madden NFL are all part of their extensive portfolio. Recent years have seen their IP brands expanding in various directions, most notably perhaps under the ‘extreme’ banner of EA sub-brand EA BIG.
Excerpt: FIFA Street is four-on-four soccer with three players in the field and one goalie. Most of the matches don't have a time limit and are played to 5 goals, but there are matches that have the traditional time limits of regular soccer. The game feels like indoor soccer since there aren't that many players on the pitch and it is surrounded by walls that keep the ball in play. The triangle button performs "beat" moves which is a hip way of saying "juke" I'd suppose.
Summary: FIFA Street has been eagerly anticipated for quite a while now and we couldn't wait to get our hands on it, however we were thinking that it was just going to be FIFA 2005 re boxed with a few extra tricks you can do, but to be honest, that statement couldn't be more further from the truth.