FIFA Street (GameCube) Review

By Adam Riley 13.04.2005 3

Review for FIFA Street on GameCube

Whilst EA has had phenomenal success with its FIFA Soccer franchise across Europe, it has been slightly more difficult trying to break North America since football is nowhere near as popular there as it is here. However, with the major success story of EA Big's 'Street' series, it was thought that FIFA Street might be the version to change the pattern. Whether it manages this or not, though, matters not if it is a bad game...

There have been three iterations of the NBA Street series, with each version improving upon the next. Then up came the NFL Street editions, two of them so far, again both of excellent quality. So the question was where was EA's BIG label meant to go from there? Well, if you sit back and seriously ask yourself what sport is played in the streets the most around the world it would be football, or 'soccer' to our US friends. So the logical step was that FIFA Street grew from mere concept to in your face reality.

With the latest outing for the regular FIFA series, FIFA Soccer 2005, being technically impressive except for the hideous character models, expectations for FIFA Street were not too high at all. Thankfully it would seem that the different in-house studio at Electronic Arts has made the world of difference as this Street version literally oozes with charisma. From the worldwide outdoor locations and the apparel adorned by the select choice of famous footballers, right through to the design of each player to look just like their living counterparts. A real lick of paint has been given to this offshoot and it the pay-off is fantastic. Fluid movements, slick replays and a general gloss that has been missing from previous FIFAs. At last you can rid your mind of the horrible jerking freaks from the past...

Screenshot for FIFA Street on GameCube

Now when it comes to the sound side, matters become a little trickier as the EA Trax associated with FIFA in general are on the whole quite astounding thanks to the vast range of different songs brought together. Street, however, cuts down this number and goes for a more urban feel that still suits the game due to its change of pace, skill and setting. Hard to fault in some respects, but not that easy to praise either as there is less to choose from. The same goes for the commentary...You will certainly not find any John Motson, Gary Linekar et al here. Instead you get a reggae-style voice-over throughout the whole of the match, chucking little 'hip' phrases at you on a too-regular basis. He can really grow tiresome, but thankfully the excellent sound effects of the football being thwacked around the outdoor pitches and zooming toward goal drown him out. Phew!

The main problem lies with the gameplay. Now, the NFL Street and NBA Street games have been superb, but they have also had time to mature, with NFL on its second edition and NBA turning out for its third appearance. Therefore, the negative feedback has been received and improvements made to ensure that the sequels are far more pleasing. Unfortunately, FIFA Street is the debut effort, and really lets the side down. Hopefully future sequels will get better as lessons are learned.

Screenshot for FIFA Street on GameCube

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

FIFA Street unfortunately does not quite live up to its NBA and NFL peers. However, what is here can be fun in short bursts and has massive room for potential improvements in the inevitable sequel. Definitely give this a rent, but think twice about the purchase...

Developer

EA Canada

Publisher

EA Sports

Genre

Sport

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  4/10 (1 Votes)

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Comments

I was really looking forward to this one, looks like I'll wait for the second or third to come out, see if it gets any better...

Gameplay 6.5 - have you played pro evo - I know they don't cpmpare exactly but come-on this game is unresponsive and dull... Agggh I really hated this.

I'm sure the mark went up from 6.6-6.9 between downtimes, this makes no sense as the game gets worse the more you play it!

Good review Adam, I'll probably get this as I need a footy game, or may wait to see if EA sneak out a sequel before they move onto the next generation of consoles.

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