FIFA Street Review

  • Posted March 13th, 2012 at 09:27 EDT by Adam Dolge

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FIFA Street's focus on one-on-one humiliation is a blast, especially if you can master the controls. There is nothing better than tricking past an opponent, and EA makes it look so good despite some rough A.I.

We like

  • One-on-one trick humiliation is a blast
  • Building and progressing a team
  • Strong online features

We dislike

  • Poor A.I.
  • Controls are a bit slow
  • Occasional ragdoll engine issues

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(continued from previous page) ...he’s slow and often unresponsive. You can order your keeper to rush the defender, which still works great, and EA carried over the auto contain defense system from FIFA 12. When the ball is in your keeper’s hands, be careful with where you throw it. On several occasions I thought I was throwing it to a teammate off in the corner, but I apparently mistimed or misplaced the pass as an opposing player simply sent a header into the back of the net.

Luckily there are several game modes to offer a little something different depending on what you enjoy. For example, there are more traditional matches like 5-a-side and 6-a-side, which serve as scaled-down versions of regular football with walls instead of out-of-bounds. Then there’s futsal, which is 5-on-5 indoor football without the walls. But the mode that best demonstrates the premise of FIFA Street—one-on-one humiliation—is Panna rules. In this mode each time you beat an opponent—meaning you find a way to get around them—you earn points. When you score, those points are added together to give you massive bonuses. This is a fun mode and one where you’ll likely find the best players showing off their skills.

All these modes take place in the general single-player experience, the World Tour. You’ll create a team, you can even import your friend’s players, and you’ll take your team to the streets, so to speak. As you can expect from a sports game, you’ll start off locally, then advance to regionally before attempting to dominate the world. You’ll gain experience points along your journey, and those points are spent to upgrade your team and player’s ability and even add new skills. This is nice addition for a sports game as you can control how your players progress. It’s not terribly deep, but there’s enough here to make some players stronger as defenders and others better as offense.


The game is best played with others, either online or locally. That’s because the A.I. is often unresponsive and just lazy. On several occasions I found my teammates standing around, behind a defender and just watching me trying to find an opening. Even when on defense your teammates act like cardboard cutouts, dazed as the offense walks the ball straight up the court. This is odd since FIFA 12, and most other sports games, have relatively responsive A.I. considering there is so much going on at once. But, it’s hard to find an excuse for poor A.I. when you are playing 5-vs-5.


There’s plenty here to keep the game social. You can capture video of your tricks and share them in game via Street Network. You’ll also find tournaments, challenges, and online seasons. You can compete in 5-a-side, 6-a-side and Futsal matches online. There are 15 divisions with 10 games a season. You’ll also find real life stars from Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Arsenal; in addition, you’ll find actual street football stars to compete with you in real-world tournaments. There are a ton of venues throughout the world, and EA did a great job of making it feel authentic to locations.

FIFA Street is a good attempt at bridging the gap between the realistic approach of traditional FIFA games, and the more over-the-top arcade style of past FIFA Street games. This is definitely a game built around fun and not around heavy management mini-games or extreme depth. If you are looking for a new football experience, FIFA Street is definitely perfect for you. While it is fun to learn new tricks, the better moves are likely too complex for casual fans to master, meaning many people aren’t going to appreciate the more subtle moments. If you can get past the poor A.I., occasionally frustrating goalkeeping, and controls that are just a bit slow, you’ll find a lot to like about FIFA Street.

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