Following the footsteps of NBA Street and NFL Street, the FIFA Street series offers a more arcade-style approach to its sport simulation counterpart. The latest game in the series, FIFA Street 3 is the first next-generation offering. How does it fare against its predecessors? Find out in this preview.
Although it was a choice of style, the character models look bland and uninspired. Fortunately, FIFA Street 3 looks great in every other department such as the incredible lighting, super-detailed environments and smooth animation. However, it doesn’t look leaps and bounds better than previous games of the series.
Since soccer is a prominent international sport, FIFA Street 3 will feature artists from around the world including Bassnectar (San Francisco), Chromeo (Canada), Datarock (Norway), Hexstatic (London), Walter Meego (Chicago) and more.
As part of the Street brand, FIFA Street simplifies the game of soccer for a more arcade-like experience.
Several changes had to be made in the game to make the game of soccer more action-packed while maintaining the fundamentals of the sport. These changes include a smaller playing field, smaller roster of players and emphasis on style. As a result, you get a more exciting, high-scoring affair.
Style in FIFA Street 3 is important since it builds momentum for your team. To gain momentum, simply perform a few tricks with the ball. Once you fill the momentum meter, you will enter the Game Breaker mode, resulting in you getting new moves that will increase your chance of scoring.
Since Game Breaker mode provides an absolute advantage, gamers can easily spam the momentum meter by constantly performing tricks. This is because, like all other Street games, defense is kept at a minimum in FIFA Street 3. Basically, your best defense is a great offense.
Fifa Street 3 controls in the following ways:
Left Analog: Move Player
Right Analog: Drags
L1: Switch player on defense
R1: Use Gamebreaker
L2: Face Up and stall
R2: Hold to sprint
Square: Lob pass on offense; aggressive tackle on defense; throw the ball longer as goal keeper
Triangle: Flick/juggle on offense; drop the ball as the goal keeper
X: Pass on offense; conservative tackle on defense; throw the ball as the goal keeper
Select: Instant Replay
The shift to next-generation won’t be complete without online gameplay. Luckily, FIFA Street 3 has plenty. The most interesting mode is the Online World Challenge, which allows gamers from around the world represent their country in a tournament. Every game in the tournament matters since the combined results of one country will be measured against others.
If you don’t like soccer than you probably won’t appreciate FIFA Street 3. Soccer fans looking for a casual experience, however, should love the game. FIFA Street 3 will be released in February for the Nintendo DS, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.