If FIFA Street
catches on, Rugby Street
will not be far behind. This is why people must not buy these games. Their appeal lasts a scant few days. They look great, but they all look the same, and even the looks start to wear on your patience after a while. You can hear the game on the radio if you tune into the right channel. And if you really want to play a street game, go outside and play with your friends; it’s better exercise and a lot more fun.
FIFA Street is all about tricks. Sure the FIFA licensed players are included, there are some spectacular moves, and the replays try to glorify easily gotten goals, but don’t let the flash and pomp fool you. There is nothing more to FIFA Street than tapping a couple of buttons and hoping for a goal.
Where is the skill and style of games like Mutant League Football? How many more trick oriented games will the public be forced to swallow? Screw fancy moves, I want blood. EA would have done better in the long run to create a Mutant League Polo game. The focus here is all about what kinds of tricks you can pull off. Barely any emphasis has been put on goal scoring, as demonstrated by the lobotomized goalies each team has. This is also apparent in the Gamebreaker meter that can be built up with every trick you do. If you and your two other teammates (plus a goalie) sit in your half of the field, you can potentially do every trick in the book, keeping the ball away from the other team, and build up your meter to attain a Gamebreaker shot that is nearly unstoppable.
Enough of the tricks though, how about the game itself? There isn’t much to it. The basic premise is this: three field players and a goalie on one side versus the same on the other. Most games go until one side scores five goals. You can play a couple of Friendlies or create a player and “Take it to the Streets,” as they say. This is where the bulk of the game takes place. When you create your player, you only do his looks; as you progress through the game, you earn points that you can use to increase his skills. There’s a variety of things you can use to customize your player with, and there are plenty of unlockable items that round out a unique looking character.
You can also customize your teammates, right down to the socks they wear. This is one of the few trademarks of these games that thankfully carry over from one title to the next. This is a great way to make your guys feel like they are part of the group, that is, until you unceremoniously replace them with a better player. In Career mode, you have to win trophy cups in different parts of the world. In each part of the world, you can challenge certain players to games. If you win, you get to add them to your squad. Each player is skilled in certain areas, but generally if you get a new player, they will be far better than anything you already have.
Speaking of your teammates, they’re not that smart. The goalies have little part in this game except acting as a wall that occasionally moves. If the ball is at their feet, they like to throw their arms out and wait for a shot. When you’re on a breakaway with a teammate, he tends to run straight in front of you instead of going to a wing for a pass. Also, as a human player, you have a chance to stop the opponent from doing a trick that will send him running past you. Your teammates will never stop a trick on their own. You have to switch control to them at the last second and do it for them.