FIFA Street 2 (GameCube) Review

By John Boyle 10.03.2006 13

Review for FIFA Street 2 on GameCube

Oh the joys of the new millennium. We have political idiots in all countries; we have the threat of terrorism, the threat of global warming and now the rise of chav culture and the excruciatingly awful "street" part of our society that was created in a marketing lab as a way of tapping into the Rap generation. And sadly gaming is now tapping into the "street" phenomenon, with games like GTA, True Crime and even the new Tony Hawk games all being "street" and "with it". Even our one great export, football, has been put into the "urban game creator" and mangled into a disastrous gaming experience. Now in typical EA style the sequel is here, and the true cardinal sin has been committed. The sequel is actually worse than the original. How is this possible? Read on and find out.

Fifa Street 2 is the second (and hopefully final) attempt from EA to make a "cool" "street" version of football that revolves around skills instead of the fundamentals of football. So instead of 11 vs 11 you have 3 vs 3 in small street settings and with no rules, no refs and no atmosphere. The main goal is still to score goals, but it is accompanied by doing tricks using the c-stick. Each trick adds to a trick point tally, once you hit a certain amount you are awarded with a gamebreaker, which is essentially an unstoppable shot but with a certain quirk.

Ah the quirk, the quirk that ruins the game. Not single handedly as the rest of the game is dire as well, but it is certainly a major factor. When you have the gamebreaker the game goes into a slow-mo dreamlike state and you have the choice of either scoring or taking players on. For every player you beat there is a perk, you get an extra goal and they lose one. And when you beat the third and final player you can take an unstoppable shot and "k.o" them. Game over, you win. Now look at that again and see if you can spot the flaw, found it yet? Yes, you win regardless if you beat 3 men. So even if you are 15-0 down then you can win with one goal if you have a gamebreaker. Now this would be fine if the trick system was well balanced enough that beating 3 people would be rare and an achievement.

But guess what, the trick system is flawed as well. Yes just when you think things can't get any worse the game manages to get even worse. The trick system is a bit different from last years with the new tricks having more of a root in real football. Which is lovely. Problem is tricks are easy to pull off and the computer will only stop you 1 in every 10 times, so it's easy to rack up points.

Screenshot for FIFA Street 2 on GameCube

The trick system is also easy to abuse. When you nutmeg a player (called a panna ingame, which I'd never heard of) the player falls down in a ridiculously exaggerated manner. They then take a ridiculously long time to get up from the ridiculously long fall and when they are getting up you can dance around them doing tricks unopposed. So essentially loads of free points... ridiculous. You'd think the developers would've spotted this problem... but no. You can also rack up points by passing the ball about in the air, because apparently a short lofted pass is stylish whereas a long perfect pass isn't.

The sound is a million times better than last years. DJ Embarrassment (joke) is no more and Zane Lowe of Radio 1 and MTV 2 fame is the replacement. He does a good job with no more mortifying football raps and let's the decent music flow. There is also a distinct mix of international music, with a regional feel to each location. Very impressive stuff EA, so why not put this much care and thought into the rest of the game?

Fifa Street 2 is a game that is crippled from the start with a few fundamental flaws in what should be the solid foundations of the game. Simply speaking you don't base a game on tricks and gamebreakers then leave those open to abuse, and no amount of nice graphics or good sounds can change that. A game with poor foundations shouldn't be let out of development, and guess where Fifa Street 2 should still be. Please EA, don't try again. Instead pour the money into making the regular Fifa series half decent. That's possible, turning Fifa Street 2 into a decent game isn't.

Screenshot for FIFA Street 2 on GameCube

Cubed3 Rating

2/10
Rated 2 out of 10

Very Bad

Embarrassing and a nightmare to play and review. The gameplay is so poor that it's difficult to see past it to the decent graphics, improved sound and plentiful extras. However should we be trying to look past gameplay, that should be the core of the game with everything else being an added bonus? No, we shouldn't. Gameplay is everything and this is where Fifa Street 2 falls down. Don't buy this people, you'll only be disappointed.

Developer

EA Sports

Publisher

EA

Genre

Sport

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  2/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

Great review John. Shockingly I've never played this...I'll be getting it on Revolution's virtual console.

Yeah, definitely get it. A simply brilliant game.

It's bloody painfully hard! Wade Hixton's Counter Punch (I think that's what it's called...Smilie is in a similar vein, and there's always the brilliant Super Punch Out!! as well :-D

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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You can play it on Animal Crossing, it's where I played it. It's pretty good :-D.

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Yeah dire game. Noone buy or I'll hurt you

i played this at Oxford Street in HMV it was fun for a while then i got bored doing the same thing over and over and over and over....again is fun for about 15 mins then u get bored.
There is no way its worth the money i wouldnt pay

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...Wow. Just wow. I didn't expect it to be this bad. I still expected it to be bad, granted, but that trick system/game breaker stuff sounds bloody ridiculous. Also, it's a nutmeg, dammit!

Good review, John. :Smilie

I played the two player version on the Xbox in Tesco last night and I thought it was really fun, the 20 minutes we were playing flew right by. Maybe it could get tedious, and not be fun on it's on, but I'm not going to deny I had fun playing it.

It can get really tedious. As a pick up and play game it works with friends, but otherwise it's not a patch of the NBA Street series...

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

UNITE714: Weekly Prayers | Bible Verses

Exactly Raz, and patrly because Fifa Street doesn't take itself too seriously, whereas this desperately wants to be a cool, big name game.

Folks, wait til you hear John's spoken review of this...you'll laugh like I did - John mate, thought you were going to start shouting at EA!! :eek: :lol:

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

UNITE714: Weekly Prayers | Bible Verses

Looks awful. Shame its at number one.

My friend was going on about how great this game is...foooool.

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