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5.0 out of 5 stars They've finally nailed it, 22 May 2012
This review is from: FIFA Street (PS3) (Video Game)
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Yes, FIFA Street 3 came out on PS3 years ago. It was.... okay, average, meh. So the first good decision EA made was to drop the 4 from this one. This is no mere update, this is a reboot that has taken the Street name out of the lower divisions, thrown a load of money at it and done a Man City. This is the new king. Forget about the days of typical EA.

FIFA Street is what video game football should always be about: an accessible and endlessly entertaining back and forth goalfest with fluid controls. Simulations have their place but Street cannot be beaten with a group of mates. I can't remember the last time the hours flew by so quickly while playing a sports title. It's even fun to play alone. The career mode is engaging and the AI on harder levels isn't as dirty as in the main FIFA titles. It's not completely frustration-free, but you'll always be able to make another chance while being given a stern challenge on the highest difficulty. You can change the difficulty upon entering a new event in the career mode, which can be handy because some styles are less forgiving than others...

As a package Street is close to perfect. Various modes like Last Man Standing, Panna, Freestyle and Futsal lend impressive variety to the action; the environments, from the streets to arenas, all offer unique atmospheres and experiences. What I like most of all is how it actually captures the feel of when I was in a 5-a-side team back in school. The moves are a level above what I was capable of in the school gym, though. When it comes to those moves, Street is basically a game adaptation of a Nike advert with an array of tricks to learn and humiliate the opponent with. All of these tricks are fair. They're ways to skillfully beat the man in front of you. You won't find any of the overpowered special moves that can wreck other arcade football titles such as the Mario Strikers series.

Defending, as has often been the case for EA recently, is the only weak spot. Sliding tackles are out and you're left with jockeying and trying to pinch the ball. The more aggressive form of attacking feels conspicuous by its absence, but if it had been left in, I suspect many games would end up being abandoned due to no players left on the pitch. I don't know if that's necessarily a problem, though. Last Man Standing works on that principle where a player is removed from a side every time it scores a goal - and it's an absolute hoot!

If you buy one football game this year, it should be this. And if you're American, this is the soccer game to convince you that it's the sport of kings.
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