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FIFA Street 3 review

EAs latest footie title has only enough skills to pay a couple of bills

Pros

  • Gravity-defying gymnastics
  • Lots of scoring
  • Using style increases power

Cons

  • Unfulfilling Challenge mode
  • Boring single-player
  • Art style not for everyone

FIFA Street is absurd, but not entirely unrealistic. For all its fancy flicks, deft touches and brilliant goals from impossible angles, it%26rsquo;s not that different from the football you think you%26rsquo;re playing while down the park with mates. Best of all, thanks to revised gameplay and new looks, FIFA Street 3 lets you live out your Kaka-esque dreams without the toe-curling urban %26lsquo;vibez%26rsquo; - and dire MC Harvey commentary - of the old games.

EA Big%26rsquo;s bombastic PS3 debut comes with a new look, turning the players into caricatures. Rooney is built like a bear with massive shoulders, a stocky chest and a pug face, and Crouch looks like he%26rsquo;s made from a string of sausages.

Different players are put into one of four categories: Enforcers - defenders like Puyol who can tackle well, Playmakers like Kaka who can pick out more accurate passes, Tricksters that can dazzle with skills like Ronaldinho and Finishers - player%26rsquo;s of Raul%26rsquo;s quality who can score from all over the pitch. These talents are accentuated when you fill the Gamebreaker gauge by pulling off tricks and activating it. Each of your five players - from goalie to striker - will become even more powerful as the screen drains of colour except for the rainbow trail of the ball. Shooting is almost a guaranteed goal in this mode as long as you don%26rsquo;t smash it straight at the keeper, so tricking your way up to this status is well worth it.

FIFA Street 3 feels more fluid, too, thanks to the silky-smooth animations and new free-running elements. The moves are tinged with an element of parkour - you can run up and across a nearby wall with the ball still at your feet or sprint straight up it and backflip over a chasing defender. You can even vault over an opponent and perform a volley.

More Info

GenreSports
DescriptionFIFA Street will return with a new look that turns athletes into stylized action heroes.
Franchise nameFIFA
UK franchise nameFIFA
PlatformDS, Xbox 360, PS3
US censor ratingEveryone, Everyone, Everyone
UK censor rating3+, 3+, 3+
Release date:19 February 2008 (US), 15 February 2008 (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
Genre:Sports

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Hi, I’m Nathan. You may remember me from such websites as, erm, this one circa 2011. Been hustling in games for over a decade and write for Official PlayStation, Official Xbox, Gamesmaster and more.
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