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And that’s FIFA Street 3, in essence; a cauldron of bubbling football, where John Terry can score from the half-way line, tricks are rewarded with something akin to a bad trip on drugs, and the goalie is just as likely to clear the ball with a backflip as he is a simple pass. But, more importantly than all this, it’s damn good fun. Whether it can distinguish itself enough from FIFA’s main thread to find a sizable enough audience remains to be seen and – enjoyable as it may be – justifying a full £40 price-tag just months after FIFA 08 hit the shelves is no easy task, but to dismiss this on the basis of its license and developer would be a foolish move indeed.
FIFA Street 3 aurait pu frôler la perfection arcade s'il n'avait pas oublié la moitié du contenu de son aîné en chemin. EA a eu la main légère à ce niveau-là, privilégiant un travail de fond sur l'esthétique de la série. Un style qui ne plaira d'ailleurs pas à tout le monde. Qu'importe, le plaisir est immense et le concept est poussé à son extrême, sans commettre trop d'erreurs.
Verdammt schnell, verdammt spaßig! 'FIFA Street 3' ist der erfrischend andere Kick. Die Grafik ist schick, der Soundtrack gelungen, die Steuerung schnell erlernt - nur an der Langzeitmotivation mangelt es ein wenig, zumindest im Einzelspielermodus. EA Sports macht eigentlich fast alles richtig, aber doch nur fast. Man vergisst dabei nämlich leider eine der größten Stärken der 'FIFA'-Reihe völlig: die unzähligen umfangreichen Modi. Von denen hätte auch 'FIFA Street 3' einer gut getan. In unserem Nachtest klären wir, ob der Online-Mehrspielermodus dieses Manko noch ausgleichen kann.
En resumidas cuentas, FIFA Street es un arcade puro y duro, con todo lo que ello conlleva. Los partidos son espectaculares, emocionantes y muy divertidos, sin embargo la escasez de modos de juego es muy alarmante y acorta de sobremanera la vida del título para un solo jugador, aunque el modo multijugador será capaz de ofrecer horas y horas de diversión con amigos.
With its bold artistic direction and its fun, refined gameplay, FIFA Street 3 is a winner for casual fans of the sport. Those looking for an in-depth simulation should look elsewhere, but if you want a fun virtual kick-around with mates, you need look no further.
FIFA Street 3 es la más espectacular entrega de la saga de fútbol arcade y, también, la mejor. Gráficamente es impecable, los regates y jugadas son muy sencillos e intuitivos y el juego es aparatoso y adictivo desde sus primeras partidas. No obstante la escasez de contenidos y lo repetitivo de sus modos de juego lo hacen desaconsejable para quienes no sean unos absolutos fanáticos del Deporte Rey, y es que a medio plazo puede resultar algo repetitivo.
Alles in allem macht das Spiel sonst handwerklich wenig verkehrt, aber für einen Vollpreistitel bietet es mir einfach zu wenig. Gelegenheitsspieler, die sich nicht lange in ein Spiel einarbeiten möchten und unkomplizierten Spielspaß suchen, werden mit FIFA Street 3 dagegen sehr gut bedient!
While slim on modes, the sum of FIFA Street 3’s individual parts makes it recommendable to anyone, including those who aren’t too hot for soccer. It’s not particularly great and it’s only a rental if you only really plan to go solo, but it’s certainly not bad by any means. If you’ve been teetering on whether to buy it or not, then give it a spin and you might have a good time if only for a weekend.
So far, EA BIG titles for the PlayStation 3 have been hit and miss. There was NBA Street Homecourt, a definite hit, and then there was NFL Tour, a miss. FIFA Street is EA's next major arcade franchise that deals with a popular sport, and its third entry has arrived. The first two were quite welcomed; gracing both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, and that makes FIFA Street 3 the series' first next-gen iteration. So how does it bow in?
FIFA Street 3 is an entertaining arcade title that does have a very nice presentation, but it is the lack of modes that will be the next challenge for the development team. Still, this game finally brings the franchise some needed respect and performs well, but only if played in short bursts of time.
Overall, FIFA Street 3 is a markedly better game than its predecessors. It's got great presentation, from visuals that pop to its eclectic soundtrack to its stylized art design. The action combines trick-based gameplay with FIFA's strategy, and outside of the long-distance lag it's got a very fun head-to-head online game. Unfortunately, beyond the core experience, there's a lot of wasted potential here. The career mode and offline multiplayer modes are fun, but lack variety and get old quite fast; you'll mainly play through the challenge cups to unlock Achievements (on 360) and squads. FIFA Street 3 isn't the greatest soccer title ever, but it's certainly head and shoulders above any other street footy game at the moment.
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These improvements stand in contrast to the continued weak goalie AI, unhelpful camera work, and iffy passing. I also think you could add give-and-gos, set pieces, and through passes to give more gameplay dimension to a title that is too limiting.
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So how does this game stack up overall? It's got to be the best FIFA Street to date. The presentation is exactly where it needs to be and deserves high marks. Gamers will be pleasantly surprised to find such a smooth and attractive game. Disappointingly, the gameplay feels only moderately better than the title's predecessors. There's definitely a lot of tweaking that still needs to be done before the game can be considered truly fun. The controls are too simple for any true depth, and while I like the attack-minded gameplay, I wish it wasn't attack-centric. I suppose it will due for a few laughs though. Thankfully, the game sells at the reduced, if not bargain, price of $49.99. World football fanatics should enjoy the title, but they will definitely be wishing for a lot more.
FIFA Street 3 seems to be steering the series in the right direction as it’s an improvement over the first two installments. Still, it’s lacking in a few key areas and that’s what keeps it from attaining the glory that other Street games have been able to find. Add a finely crafted career mode and even more depth to the gameplay and more football fans will take notice, but as it stands Street 3 probably doesn’t deserve a spot in your lineup.
FIFA Street 3 plays a more enjoyable game of street soccer than any of its predecessors, but the lack of anything resembling a career mode with player and team progression really hurts the single-player experience. This year's game ultimately marks an unfortunate victory for style over substance, but at least it was a close contest.
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FIFA Street 3 single player lacks the depth that is needed to have players coming back for more. After just a few hours, you have explored every excitement that the game has to offer. If this title was released for a handheld system it would be a score, but for the capabilities of Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, it is very underdeveloped. Hopefully EA Sports Big can add some much needed depth to future renditions because the online multiplayer, the graphics, and the offensive controls are the only things that keep this game from being rained out.
FIFA Street 3 is going to sell tonnes of copies no matter what anyone says about it, but that doesn't stop it being a real disappointment as a game. When I played it a few months back it had huge potential, but after spending some prolonged time with the game its flaws are all too obvious. It looks great and has more character than any sports game I've ever played, but its gameplay is too shallow and unrewarding to provide long-term entertainment. While the real FIFA games are progressing nicely towards a potential leading position, the Street spin-off simply can't find its feet.
To sum it up, FIFA Street 3 is a fun, yet relatively short lived game that won’t keep you entertained for too long compared to the likes of Pro Evo 08 and FIFA 08 - but there are far worse ways to burn a short while here and there. The offline mode’s a big disappointment, although the mechanics of the game have been improved on since the previous instalment, the lack of content offline really is a massive let down and doesn’t make the game look like a sound investment at full price. Maybe if they add a more expansive career mode in the next instalment it may be, but as it stands; it’s not.
Don't get us wrong. We're all for a good soccer game, like the arcade-y Sega Soccer Slam and EA's more serious FIFA 08. However, FIFA Street 3 just feels like the same old thing, rather than that significant "next step" in the series. The online options are good and soccer fans will thoroughly enjoy lobbing a ludicrously high-speed ball at a goalie. However, like NFL Tour before it, it just doesn't go as deep and hard into the sport as it should have.
It feels like every step FIFA Street 3 takes in the right direction is countered by two steps backward. While the title has made great strides in improving the overall look of the players and fields, the actual gameplay has already grown incredibly bland and repetitive. There needs to be something that not only spices up the variety of moves and options, but also helps to give FIFA Street a definitive "soccer" feel. Overall I'd say that FIFA Street 3 is a pretty average arcade sports title, with not enough going for it to keep players interested for long. It is one of the only arcade-style soccer games out there, though, so if you've wanted to try one, this is definitely your best bet. Here's hoping some improvements to the overall gameplay and available modes can be made for the next entry in the series.
Despite the highly accessible gameplay, FIFA Street 3 doesn't offer enough to
justify even the lowered $50 asking price. Xbox 360 owners will be happy to
learn that most of the game's achievements are easily unlocked, but that still
doesn't place the game any higher than "rental" or "bargain bin purchase"
status. Unless you've got a strong love for the sport and a bunch of friends to
play online and off with, skip FIFA Street 3 in favor of the more features-rich
soccer offerings on the market.
At first look there’s so much to like about FIFA Street 3 – its visual style is strong and charismatic, and the flamboyant legion of tricks and fakes make for an arresting looking game of football. It’s such a shame, then, that the sheen is not backed up with any substance, as though the game enthralls in short bursts it’s hard to see anyone sticking with it for more than a couple of plays before moving on to more substantial fare – and as such we wouldn’t recommend anyone paying out for the full-fat asking price.
The Street series should just be burning in a great hole right now, in a firework display of broken promises. If the developers could just give us a proper 5-a-side football game without the Gamebreaker, quicker movement and a little more fluid interactions, that will be enough to satisfy us. Otherwise please move along Sir as there is nothing more to see here.
Is FIFA Street 3 a good game? It could have been, but it's not. Even for a Street game it's below mediocre, and the constant little things like annoying AI, bad passing physics, and random ball bounces that lead to losing the ball add up far faster than they should have. EA made the move towards realism in a Street game, and it really took away whatever redeeming qualities it may have had. When people play FIFA Street they expect fun, absurdity, and soccer matches the likes of which they'd never see in real life. Instead, we get a game that's more realistic than ludicrous, and offers little in the way of replay value. If I want a realistic soccer game, I'll get Pro Evo. If you're a fan of soccer (or football) at all, you'd be wise to pass this one up and do the same.
If you’re a soccer fan (a.k.a., a real football fan), you’ll be pretty disgusted by what this game does to the players, to the teams, and to the sport. Outside of the US, soccer is the standard “street” game, so it’s inexcusable that a game that purports to bring soccer back to the streets would be so far off the ball. This series would benefit greatly from a re-imagining. Send the developers to the streets of Paris or Mexico City or Johannesburg; then have them come back and make a real FIFA Street game. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of more frenetic “American” sports and soccer has always seemed to you like a game for pansies, you might enjoy checking this game out to see what soccer might be like if it were more like basketball.
If you're a soccer gamer dreaming of the NBA Street Homecourt of footie, hit the snooze button and rest your head for another cycle -- FIFA Street 3 isn't the charm. The game mechanics are passable and you'll see more than a few thrilling moments on your way toward the goal (the bicycle kicks, wall climbs, and juggling are all squeal-worthy the first time you see them), but the game lacks the creative and dramatic spark needed to keep it in your system after a few kicks.