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www.nintendo.com:
    Build street cred worldwide in FIFA Street.

    Game on! EA Sports Big proves that soccer is a sport you can play virtually anywhere you have a ball in FIFA Street.

    Features

    • Professional players
    • Simple-to-learn controls
    • Global venues
    • Off-the-wall (literally) gameplay


    This is a game that's low on classic soccer strategy and extremely high on hypercaffeinated action. No rules. No crowds. It's all about moves flashier than the Las Vegas strip and respect from your fellow players. Purists will groan, but those with low attention-spans can expect some off-the-wall (literally) excitement.

    Play against the world's top professional players, showing off your skills and individual style in 4-on-4 match-ups. From the favelas of Brazil to the urban courts of Amsterdam, gamers taste the flavor of soccer from around the globe. Each city's pitch (field, to you non-fans) is a gourmet example of why soccer is one of the most accessible sports in the world. All you need is a ball and something to count as a goal. This game shows off soccer's universal appeal.

    As with the other games in the Street series from EA, players show off their moves with the Trick Stick (the C Stick). Combo several moves together to build up the Gamebreaker meter. When that's full, one of your players can launch a blistering shot that will be too hot for most keepers.

    In Rule The Street mode, you pick a rag-tag crew of players for your team. When you defeat opponents, you earn Street Rep and Skill Bills based on how well you played. Skill Bills are used to purchase skill upgrades and enter tournaments and competitions to upgrade your squad's personnel. Also, as you play you unlock a ton of different kits and other apparel for your player to wear. The gear isn't as inspired as it is in the other Street titles, but you should still be able to find yourself some snappy threads.

    Players will find the controls simple and easy to learn. On defense, you can tackle the ball handler. On offense, you shoot and pass the ball high or low. Having the pitch surrounded by walls gives players a chance to pass off the wall to themselves or a teammate, making the defender look foolish.

    Although the controls are easy enough to learn, the players in the game don't always implement what you want as fast as you want it. Their movements are a bit jerky, and they don't have enough room on the pitch to really combo many ball-handling tricks together.

    It's tough to perform tricks in the small pitches, where an opponent is never more than a few steps away. Even if you succeed in tricking one defender, another often steps right up to steal the ball away from you at the end of your trick. You can do the same thing to your opponent.

    Balls that you kick over the walls surrounding the pitch bounce back into play, as if the walls extended invisibly to the sky. That's a quirk you can look past, but the overall ho-hum gameplay drags this game down.

    Strategy is a key component of real soccer. With FIFA Street, though, you don't really feel a sense of doing anything except kicking the ball around. You can pull off the occasional one-timer or give-and-go, but those are more flashy techhniques than well-thought-out strategies. Bigger pitches are definitely needed.

    Bottom Line

    The presentation looks nice, but the gameplay lacks luster and personality. Hopefully, the second FIFA Street effort will correct these issues.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66712) on Apr 17, 2005.

www.xbox.com (US):
    Let your skills reign supreme in the ultimate combination of arcade action blended with the culture of freestyle street soccer. EA SPORTS BIG™ presents FIFA STREET. By removing the rules from the simulation soccer experience, FIFA STREET exposes the heart of the world's most beautiful game, with on-the-ball flare and individual style.

    Features

  • FIFA as never before: Guide the world's best players in four-on-four matchups.

  • Jaw-dropping maneuvers: Express your style with the Trick Stick and charge your Gamebreaker with tricked out moves. The wall is the fifth man!

  • Global street venues: Play in locations around the world, and try Rule the Street mode.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66712) on Apr 17, 2005.

uk.playstation.com:
    Summary

    The mighty FIFA series leaves the glamour of international stadia and heads for the cities in FIFA Street, a new arcade-style urban kickabout from EA Sports BIG. Style and flair come to the fore as some of the world's top players engage in fast and frantic four-on-four battles. Hand pick your team then prove your skills in street football venues around the globe, building up your reputation as you go.

    Details

    Away from the glare of floodlighting and the scrupulous eye of the referee, the beautiful game is stripped to its essence with individual talents really given the chance to shine. FIFA Street's intuitive control system will have you performing crowd-dazzling tackles, dribbles, and step-overs in no time. Fancy footwork and stylish play have their rewards in this game; string together enough funky moves and you'll fill up your Gamebreaker meter, allowing you to put the ball home in style with a stunning trick shot.

    At the end of the day, it's all about reputation - and you'll have to work hard to earn yours. Create your own players then embark on a global street football campaign in FIFA Street's engaging single-player mode, stealing players from defeated opponents and unlocking rewards on your way to the top.

    Features

    • Addictive, fast-paced arcade football action

    • Prove your skills in international street football hotspots, including Brazil and Amsterdam

    • Use the back wall to set up strategic passes

    Contributed by Xoleras (66712) on Apr 17, 2005.