FIFA Street 2
offers up a variety of gameplay options, but it is missing one key mode in todayís market. For whatever reason, the developers failed to include online modes of any kind. What the game does include are Rewards, which are awarded by ruling the street. Here youíll earn Skill Bills that allow you to upgrade your players with better stats. While ruling the streets, youíll have gradually-expanding access to Kick Abouts (pick-up matches), Team Captain (create your own pitch (field)), Underground Tournament, and the International Cup. Other game modes include the typical Friendly (Exhibition) mode and the Skills Challenge mode.
The game modes within Rule the Street basically progress as you do, and youíll be able to get into each one as your street credit and stats get high enough. But within each mode, the basic gameplay is the same. Youíll have to win games by scoring the most goals, beating the other player in Gamebreaker points, or other branches of those two settings that make each game independent from the first.
The biggest key to FIFA Street 2 is the same as with all of the Street games: Gamebreakers. Youíll earn Gamebreaker points for each and every trick that you perform, and performing them is quite easy with the Trick Stick (right analog stick). Once you bust out enough combos, your Gamebreaker will kick in, and youíll have to act fast to take advantage of your boost in ability to humiliate your opponents and score.
The heart of the game is definitely within the Rule the Street mode, but itís sometimes hard to get into the action because of certain elements that seem to be lacking. First off, if youíre going to have cut-scenes, they should have some sort of comprehensible dialogue to go along with the animations. Secondly, being in-game tends to get a bit repetitive because of the lack of flair involved in some aspects of the game, including in-game sound effects. But as a whole, FIFA Street 2 can also be a fun game. Itís just disappointing that a game with so much potential isnít fully realized.