Conclusion: While I’m still not convinced that football can be considered a “street” sport, I give EA kudos for making a good first stab at a football game that is far different from anything before it. The single player game modes have a fairly decent amount of depth to them, but this game really shines in multiplayer. The computer AI, even at the harder difficulty levels, provides only a moderate challenge for heavy duty football gamers.
Excerpt: Whereas Midway took measures to redesign their "Blitz" franchise and make it more sim-happy, EA has used their vast knowledge of what fans love to make an "NBA Street" spinoff in the form of "NFL Street.
Excerpt: NFL Street review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com So, it’s first and ten, and the quarterback calls a quick pass to the flat. You run up to the line and eye a cornerback who just glares at you behind his shades. The ball is snapped, and you start your route. As his pocket collapses, the quarterback launches the ball behind his back into your hands.
Excerpt: If that description sounds a bit unorthodox, that’s just because you haven’t hit the gridiron of EA Sports Big’s latest “extreme sport,” NFL Street. Having conquered the slopes with their SSX franchise and dominating the boards with NBA Street, EA now turns their attention to America’s most popular game. Just like their other games, NFL Street has been modified from the typical simulation to feature a faster paced, more arcade-like battle between the hash marks.
Excerpt: “NFL Street” is the first edition of what will likely become another yearly series by EA Big. This high octane, hard hitting, showboating game tweaks the NFL rule book to come up with a game that’s focus is fun and tosses EA’s “Madden” football style aside.
Conclusion: While initially put off by the ‘catch up' A.I in NFL Street I kept at it and started having loads of fun. It plays a mean game of NFL but unfortunately does get repetitive through the NFL Street Challenge mode, the heart of the game. A lot of the challenges that you need to pass are next to impossible to complete and a lot of them require way too much from you for little reward.
Pros: plays a nice action packed game of NFL, great ingame and play menus, detailed graphics and ultra smooth animation, painful looking tackles, in-depth player and team editing
Cons: initially frustrating and too hard, the ‘catch up' A.I is cheap, less polished than NBA Street 2, not enough reward for a lot of the challenges, give us Xbox Live!