Fans of football games, get only one football game in a year, and they have to stay happy with it for 12 months. But according to EA, gamers should have more than one football game a year, it’s not difficult, since market is swarming with FPS games, why not make another football game for its fans. Brace yourself, here comes FIFA Street, it’s actually a reboot of the original series. There’s a little difference between the original and the reboot, while the original enhanced feel of reality with aped player semblance and a different camera system, FIFA Street sticks to the core of original FIFA franchise.
But there’s nothing to worry about, the elements which made the street football so galvanic and thrilling are still there. The only thing this game does is creating a feel of persistence among the two games, and it can’t be considered as a bad thing since the other game is FIFA 12, one of the best selling football game in the market, actually the best football game in the market. But it doesn’t mean that FIFA Street is a derisive or tepid entry to the series, FIFA Street boasts an interesting carrier mode, an efficient and simple control-scheme, and provides loads and loads of fun when played with your friends.
Presentation is good, but never comes near remarkable. Every environment looks interesting and vivacious, but they have deficiency of the details that are necessary to make them look spectacular. While none of the stages agitate you enough like a jammed Wembley arena. However, there’s plenty of variety in play areas. Play in gyms, parks, rooftop in Shanghai, backstreets and many other places, each of the environment subtly varies from other. The attributes of every pitch varies from other, also size of the goals. These assortments subtly determines the way the game spreads. Playing on a smaller pitch means more tight controls and less passing, whereas playing on larger pitch means more passing and playing with a professional style.
In FIFA Street, the camera is fixed, and there’s no commentary either. But instead of the regular commentry, your players can now shout, as in shouting to other players so they can pass the ball to you. At times, it feels a little strange to watch different players from around the world shouting at each other in weird accents, but it’s not something huge to worry about. One more thing that FIFA Street lacks is tangible ambiance that you get to see in FIFA 12.
FIFA Street utilizes the same technology as FIFA 12, it means that players will react and move in standardized manners. But since the environments are more tighter, players will clash more often ensuing in some weird and frustrating sweeps. Morever, goalkeepers many times will make staggering choices, leaving your goal open for the attacker, but it’s not always that bad to spoil the whole experience.
Top European league teams are in the game, but don’t expect to find lower or more exotic teams. Many players feel the same, irrespective of the position they’ll be playing, there are also few international teams in the game, as well as many All-Star teams which you can unlock during the game. FIFA Street’s presentation isn’t as pretentious as its predecessors, but that’s credibly a deliberate design decisiveness, a method of sobering up the series and placing it more closely with FIFA 12. Main menu and visuals are an urban blend of defiled macadam, and presumptuous graffiti, but the main highlight of game’s lusterless presentation is the World Tour. You’re given a chance to build your own team and start from amateur level to the world final that will be taking place in Brazil, the traditional home of street football. Keeping aside all that stuff World Tour has a fair cardinal vanity, particularly when you play the game online, it inhabits each part with native teams. So if you start off bounded to, lets say, the North West of England, you may come across teams that are based on the people you know.
To move ahead and start playing on the larger areas, you will have to win tournaments that adopt full vantage of FIFA Street’s altered match types. In the start, World Tour can be bedeviled, specially if you mastered several of game’s antics in multiplayer, since several skill moves aren’t available to an inexperienced teams. You’ll need to earn skill points throughout the matches to enhance the athleticism of your players and buy new tricks. The one thing I disliked was the lack of auto level-up, because you’ll have to incessantly tweak your statistics manually, and it will get flat and boring. You can also unlock a variety of branded garments for your team, making them look like professional players rather than some street amateurs. FIFA Street’s gameplay is all about giving your opponent a challenge and exploiting their faults. Of course, you’ll be needing your tricks to do such things. Most tricks are performed flicking or rotating the right analog stick, however, tricks are not that difficult to perform and won’t frustrate you. Defending however, is difficult than attacking, the game is more focused towards the attacking team. Many matches constantly end up with high scores, it’s not a bad sign, but it makes the defending feel useless.
There’s a fair variety of game modes in FIFA Street. Apart from the vanilla 5-a-side, there’s Futsal which is actually an formally distinguished form of street football; allowing stylish play, but there are many risks in this mode, such as fouls, and dead ball scenarios. Then comes Panna, which constantly rewards you for beating your opponent. And the last and most interesting one, The Last Man Standing, in this mode, as soon as you score a goal, you’ll lose a player, keep scoring and you’ll keep losing your players, making the game more fun.
Comparing FIFA Street with critically acclaimed FIFA 12, it’s quite obvious that FIFA Street lacks the depth of FIFA 12. But it doesn’t mean that FIFA Street is no fun, it offers plenty of fun, the game is not downright bad, or extremely fun, the game stays in balance and while staying in the balance it provides immense fun specially when you’re playing with your friends. In addition to that, there’s also multiplayer, where you can have more fun. Overall FIFA Street is a solid game, which will satisfy both the newcomers and veterans.