A game about football, that isn't a football game. Huh?
playmemike01 wrote this review on .
After that long, and kind of pointless ramble, we'll get back to the game. I have never been a fan of football games, he one with men with posey men with nice hair and are relatively lanky compared to American Football player s- who are basically rugby players. I find them tedious and pointless, why play football on a screen when you can go to fresh patch of turf and do it yourself? Lazy git. However, something struck me about FIFA Street 3 - hoever much you may think it is, it isn't a football game and heres why:
It's an extreme sports game. Like Tony Hawk, Skate and SSX, not as extreme as those extreme, but along those lines. The tricks and animations are as fluid as those games and it's not often you see Ronaldhinio performing a back flip off some wall, whilst playing a match.
Fluidity, is a great word to describe this game, everything work so spontaneously, kind of, and looks extreme natural, though they are cartoons. It's a weird combination, but it pulls it off extremely well to present a unique and realistic quality to the game.
The game sees squads of 5 not 11 and different speciality types. Like Ronaldhinio is a speedy bastard whilst Rooney can charge through puny French players like upright baguettes. It's a bit like Team Fortress in the sense, and it works to a degree, just a times feels like you have to use particular types of players to win particular situations.
Showtime Mode, gets built up within a game very easily - a bit too easily, as the AI tend to take advantage of the fact you can build it up through volleys and keepy ups and then using it to score unstoppable goals. One nuisance.
Second nuisance, like the footballer described earlier, the game is a bit lanky or thin on content. There's a career mode and a poor attempt at a challenge mode which is miniscule compared to the size of Roony's face.
However, the game is fun to play a lot more so than annual FIFA and PES, it adds that little bit more fun of unrealisticness to a game which gives the matches a bit more excitement. You're not just kicking a ball down one end of the pitch, your performing gravity defying moves and comet-shotting the win.
It looks brilliant, and it was a brave move for EA to do so with the artistic style, adding to the essence of fun. Pitches are "urban" but successful in presentation.
Overall, FIFA Street 3, racks up points with presentation and pure enjoyment but lets itself down in the second half with a lack on content. A severe lack of content. But I have to bare in mind though, this is the only football game that has ever held my interest for more than an hour - quite an achievement.