Excerpt: When I was in college one of my favorite things to do was go over to my friends’ dorm room and play FIFA soccer on the original PlayStation. We spent hours and hours playing co-op games against the computer. We would do playoffs, exhibition matches and seasons. Back then there was more of a focus on making games fun and entertaining than there is now. Over the past decade or so “realism” has taken over as a priority in game development.
Excerpt: If you’ve never witnessed some of the amazing footage of street soccer players showing off their tricks, check it out on YouTube sometime. The guys (and girls) have skills that are truly phenomenal: the depth of control seemingly defies physics, their flair is almost artistic. Actually, these athletes are more performance artists than anything.
Summary: Going by both soccer and football, the beautiful game is humanity’s favourite sport. Played on just about every landmass on our planet, it draws record numbers of spectators and their passion is well documented. Not surprisingly, many video game releases have featured the cleat and ball game, with Electronic Arts’ FIFA franchise being the most popular of all. For years, arcade sports games have meant good business when they’re done right.
Conclusion: I was looking forward to playing the online, and I am still determined to get the 1000. What really gets to me is the EA thinks they can release a $59.99 game that people are looking forward to, with as many simple bugs. Thanks to the achievements, the game gets very repetitive very quickly, but they HAD something good here, too bad they threw it away.
Summary: Powered by the FIFA Soccer gameplay engine and introducing Street Ball Control, FIFA Street delivers an arsenal of groundbreaking street dribbling styles and trick moves that ignite the one-on-one battles within matches.
Excerpt: Nothing says “street” like wearing dodgy clothing, listening to dub-step and hanging about in a car-park. So what better way to spend your time being street than keeping the neighbours awake kicking a ball against a fence. Fifa Street is not football in the classic sense, more an arcade game with football elements.
Conclusion: FIFA Street is a great sports game as long as
you stick to its multiplayer component. The
controls are easy to learn and provide cool ways
to manipulate the ball. The animation is
incredibly smooth and the different environments
offer lasting replay value. The gameplay however
suffers from mindless AI. As a result, it is
difficult to defend your opposition. The
terrible collision mechanics send you in
Summary: It is nice to see " FIFA Street " returning after a four year break and in that time it seems that the developers have taken into account previous flaws and ironed them out in producing this package which is superbly packed with content.
Excerpt: Last week, Lionel Messi became the first player ever to score 5 goals in one Champions League match. His performance didn't only embarrass a handy Bayer Leverkusen outfit, it epitomised why EA poached his face from Konami's faltering Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. The Argentinean, despite his beautifully conditioned hair, poses the most prominent threat in football today.
Excerpt: Football mania has waned a little after the World Cup came and went in South Africa, but for a few people it actually opened their eyes to the sport. Now you get little pockets of people playing football in parks, backyards and even parking lots – people who never would have played football before.