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You should've seen the smile on my face when the game first loaded. "This is it," I said to myself. "The moment I've been waiting for has finally come." NFL Street 2: Unleashed is nothing short of amazing. If you've played the PS2, GameCube or Xbox version then you know exactly what I'm talking about. It might seem strange to deem a game a "must-buy" when it receives a score lower than 9.0. Normally I'd agree, but Unleashed doesn't get its praise for perfection. It gets its praise being the most addictive arcade-style sports game on the planet.
If you've already spent hours playing this game at home, then there's no reason to get this portable rendition. Sure, it's a great game of arcade football (the only football game currently for the PSP). However, you'll need to start from scratch here. If this is your first time with the game, then yes, this is a worthy purchase, one made better since it's portable. Just be sure your battery is fully charged before heading out with this on in the drive.
All in all, Unleashed reminds me a lot of the St. Louis Rams. A lot of flash, some potential, and even some great highlights from time to time, but in the end it just doesn't have the goods to be crowned the champ.
In the end, if you love the NFL Street series on the home consoles and you own a PSP, there is no reason why you should not add this to your current library. If anything, it will curb your football fix until August when the mighty Madden hits.
If you enjoyed the NFL Street games you will enjoy NFL Street 2: Unleashed. Essentially what we have here is NFL Street 2, with a few extra features, for the PSP. Pleasingly the game is more deaf gamer friendly than its PlayStation 2 counterpart which is great news. On the whole it's a good game if you can suffer the chronic loading times. If you've played NFL Street 2 to death though then it's probably not worth picking up as the games are practically identical and there's only the Party Play mini-games that are different. If you're looking for an arcade style American football game to fill the gap until Madden arrives on the PSP then NFL Street 2: Unleashed is certainly worth a look.
NFL Street 2 Unleashed may be one of the least altered, if not the least altered, of all the console games ported to the PSP. And that ultimately works both for and against it. Graphically, it's tough to argue with a game that looks just about as good as its PS2 counterpart, and it's great that the same long list of play modes made it into this version. However, if you've played NFL Street 2 already on consoles, there's not a lot of reason to rush out and buy this one, because none of the new content is really all that enthralling. Ultimately, Unleashed is best served to those diehard NFL Street fans who absolutely want to play football on the go, as well as to those who didn't experience the original NFL Street 2 on consoles. If you fall into either of these categories, the game is certainly worth a look.
Like so many other launch titles, Street is an instant sell to fans of the original release, and may not hold much interest for anyone disinterested the first time around. Still, it's an admirable port -- a perfect example of how to properly transfer a game to Sony's handheld. With a few control tweaks to take advantage of the hardware, the sport will really shine.
You’d think that some of the bite-sized challenges in this game (the PSP edition even has some exclusive ones) would make it more conducive to the handheld, but I believe that no matter the system, it all goes back to gameplay. This series doesn’t have enough of it. The GameBreakers are unbalanced and the new non-interactive GameBreaker 2’s are shameful. Street 2 is fast, but it can be less than smooth in the control department when pulling off some of the style moves.
EA tried its hardest to give gamers a perfect recreation of the NFL Street franchise for play on the go. For the most part, they've succeeded, but unfortunately, the load times have the added effect of killing a lot of the joy that can be gained from playing this game. Note to EA: The PSP is a portable system. People are more likely to be picking up this system to play for a few minutes at a time, and then putting it down. They don't want to be spending most of their time staring at a line filling at the bottom of the screen. If you can get past the load times or are desperate for some pigskin action on the PSP, you'll find a lot to love in NFL Street 2 Unleashed. If you've played the console versions to death and are looking for a new experience, you won't find it here. NFL Street 2 Unleashed can only be recommended for the patient football enthusiast.
Though it's probably one of the better PSP sports games in its own right, NFL Street 2: Unleashed won't command much respect from anyone who has played the other NFL Street titles. While EA scored big with the original, each successive Street has felt more and more like the repetitive plays in the identical playbooks - rote exercises to be performed in the endless pursuit of bling.