FIFA Street Preview
Xbox 360 | PS3
FIFA Street Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3
Dev: EA Canada
Pub: Electronic Arts
Release: March 13, 2012
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p
Pumped Up Kicks
by Ryan Rigney

It's been almost four years since the last FIFA Street, and apparently that's just enough time for EA to decide it's time to completely reboot the series and forgo adding a number to what would otherwise be known as FIFA Street 4.

One of the key differences between FIFA Street and its big brother FIFA 12 has to do with the number of players on the field at once. You won't encounter games with more than six to a side (including goalies). This is in keeping with traditional games with the "Street" tag, but also ensures that FIFA Street will play like a totally unique game. Just because you're awesome at FIFA 12 doesn't mean that your skills will carry over to FIFA Street, where the name of the game is tricks.

FIFA Street Screenshot

The game will also include a variety of fun modes that are almost minigame-like in nature. One such example is Panna, a one-on-one game in which players try to get a nutmeg on their opponent. It's expected that FIFA Street will also include some sort of variation of Futsal (a smaller, indoor version of the sport that requires tighter movement and ball control).

Like in previous games with the "Street" label, players will make heavy use of walls when dribbling down the urban pitches in FIFA Street. You'll be able to bounce your ball off the wall as a part of tricks, meaning that throw-ins and out-of-bounds will be far less important in this game than in traditional soccer simulators.

Graphically, FIFA Street won't have much in common with its cartoony predecessors. Also still technically stylized, Street's presentation will go for more grit than goof, and that philosophy will also be reflected in the gameplay, which EA promises will be a closer reflection of actual street soccer rather than the over-the-top arcadey madness prevalent in previous Street titles.

FIFA Street Screenshot

Other various features that will doubtlessly be slapped on the back of FIFA Street's box include the new "ATTACK" dribbling system and dozens of new tricks—allegedly twice as many as in FIFA 12. On top of that, Street will features hundreds of real-life FIFA stars from as many teams as playable.

In what seems like a strange PR move, the developers of this edition of FIFA Street are talking a whole lot of smack about how much better this game is than previous Street games. Speaking to Gamespot, producer Sid Misra said, "what you know of FIFA Street 1, 2 and 3, you can forget about it. What we really wanted to do is come out with the first truly great street football experience. There hasn't been one yet. FIFA Street 1, 2 and 3 barely tried, they came out kinda good and then a little bit into the experience, people kinda lost interest."

FIFA Street Screenshot

FIFA Street's development is being led by Gary Paterson, who is often credited with breathing new life into the once-ailing mainline FIFA franchise. He also recently directed FIFA 12, and since FIFA Street will run on FIFA 12's engine, there's probably no one better qualified to see this through.

Fun fact: I was somewhat decent at soccer back in my high school days. I even won my team's "best defender" award my senior year, but we were a high school team from southern Mississippi, so that's sort of like winning a beauty pageant in Antarctica. Regardless, I'm the type of guy that might actually buy FIFA Street instead of FIFA 12––half of my time playing soccer in my high school days was spent trying in vain to "rainbow" the ball anyway, so it'd be nice to actually be able to pull off the trick for once.

Ryan Rigney
Contributing Writer
Date: January 25, 2012

Game Features:

  • All-New Skill Moves - Over 50 never-before-experienced skill moves—double the amount found in FIFA 12—that will enable you to beat your opponents and look good doing it.
  • FIFA Gameplay Engine - Powered by the critically acclaimed FIFA 12 gameplay engine and the revolutionary Player Impact Engine, FIFA Street delivers an arsenal of groundbreaking street dribbling styles and trick moves that ignite the one-on-one battles.
  • Complete Authenticity - The most authentic street football game ever created replicates the way the game is played by street football players all over the world. Play with and against the stars of the most popular clubs in the world—or real-life street players—and compete at more than 35 locations around the globe.
  • Own the Street - From parking lots and parks to gyms and rooftop arenas, FIFA Street will feature cool and unique environments where the world plays street football. More than 35 different environments, including iconic locales like Rio de Janeiro, London, and Amsterdam.
  • Street Ball Control - Enjoy a superior fidelity of ball control and responsiveness to anything ever experienced. Street Ball Control replicates the touch, creativity, and flair street stars bring to the streets. Take on the challenge of beating—and embarrassing—your opponent.

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