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FIFA Street

FIFA gives his temporary farewell to the regular football field and goes down in the streets

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Mesut Ozil tunnels the ball through Gareth Bale's legs, performs a spectacular lob, and passes to Cristiano Ronaldo, completely alone. The latter, rather than accommodating the ball and score easily, throws himself into a choreographed scissor kick and torpedoes the ball into the goal.

The situation described above occurred in the first ten minutes of my first game of FIFA Street. It immediately makes me think the developer has been frozen in time, and we're seeing but a continuation of the previous games.

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But it's not. The scissors, for example, occurred only once in the game, something that would happen at least five or six times in previous games.

FIFA Street

The first three titles in the FIFA Street series had a relaxed attitude towards realism, and acrobatic excesses were frequent enough in some games that you could tell it didn't take itself too seriously.

This has greatly changed with the latest newest release, primarily due to developer manager position falling into the hands of EA Canada. They are the ones behind the "real" FIFA series, and the changes can be felt. From control, ball feel to the visuals - all remind heavily of FIFA 12. This is both good and bad.

There are a few modes in FIFA Street, ranging from the classic match 5 on 5 to the Last Man Standing mode. They're a good variety of different rules.

FIFA Street

It is also possible to create a custom game, based on variants from the main modes, letting you modify the number of players on the field, the type of ball, time duration and such.

FIFA Street also has a mode called World Tour. Here you can create your own player and make a team sourced from in-game players and user creations. If, for example, you begin in England, the team has to win some matches in the southern regions, and then participate in a regional tournament. Then you work your way up to national tournament, continental and global events.

In all the challenges in the game you collect so-called "style points", triggered by dribbling, precise objectives and the like. In World Tour these points raise the level of the players, and allow you to acquire specific skills. In this way you can change the individual player to fit a specific role in the team.

FIFA Street

The matches in World Tour are on three different levels of difficulty, each of which unlocks a useful item to customize your own team. Obviously, if you win a game at the highest difficulty, you unlock the prizes awarded by playing in the lower classes of difficulty. You can unlock t-shirts, Nike shoes, and the like, and later you unlock special teams and new playgrounds.

It is also possible to play World Tour online against human opponents. Also available is an online service called Seasons Street, where after ten games you'll shift to the next division or avoid relegation in the one where you are. There are a total of fifteen divisions, so expect several hours of fun before you reach the top.

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