Excerpt: Defy gravity and stretch the world of arcade football to the skies with NFL STREET2. NFL players are free from their real-world constraints to dominate the streets one stylin' move and one field at a time. Raise your game to the limits with up-the-wall passes, off-the-wall catches, and highlight-reel wall jukes that are sure to solidify your place as football's greatest urban legend.
Excerpt: EA Sports BIG's third street-based football game, NFL Street 2 Unleashed, takes all of the action of the console version, NFL Street 2, and jam-packs it into a single UMD with all of the features of the big-brother version and more. The result shows a few ported flaws, but NFL Street 2 is just as much fun as ever on a handheld.
Excerpt: Of all the sports represented in the PSP’s launch line-up, the most noticeable absence was of football. That hole has now been plugged with NFL Street 2 Unleashed , and though it’s not the proper sim (okay, so its not Madden ) that some were hoping for, it’s still football. Unleashed will always stand out in my mind for one reason – it was the first game I saw running on the PSP when the system was officially unveiled at last year’s E3.
Excerpt: Sometimes it seems like there's no "offseason" in the NFL ... and in keeping with that, there's now no offseason for NFL gaming. Though the Sony's PSP released in the heart of spring, there was still an NFL launch title: EA Big's
Excerpt: NFL Street 2 pits two teams of seven players head to head, and forces each player to play both offense and defense. Since defense is a distant second when it comes to Street 2's priorities, most of your players will likely be selected based on their offensive prowess, and you'll be hoping to simply out score your opponent. The playbook is small (compared to Madden), and it's broken down into passing, running, and trick plays.
Summary: NFL Street 2 Unleashed may be one of the least altered, if not <i>the</i> least altered, of all the console games ported to the PSP. And that ultimately works both for and against it.
Pros: All the game modes found in the console versions of Street 2 can be found here., Graphics look only slightly dumbed-down from the PS2 version., Solid arcade football gameplay., Some of the new minigames are quite good.
Cons: This is so much like Street 2 on consoles that anyone who played it on consoles really doesn't need to bother with this version., Too many long loading times., A dance contest? Are you kidding?
Conclusion: EA has at least added some incentive for purchase with three modes not featured in the PS2 version, and the 4-way multiplayer will enthrall anyone who can stomach the game itself, but beyond this NflStreet 2: Unleashed is unlikely to satisfy either sports fans or ardent gamers.