Long term fans of FIFA 12 will recognise certain elements of the FIFA team’s FIFA Street debut immediately, but there is more than enough to appease soccer fans, flair players and series newcomers here.
Anyone who knows FIFA Street knows that skills moves, flair and pizzazz are at its core. Thankfully, it’s quite easy to look like you know what you’re doing. Skills are executed by flicking the right stick, while the new Street Ball Control is simply a matter of using the left trigger and left stick simultaneously. Unlike FIFA 12, trick commands are not based on the direction the player is facing, but the moves are intuitive.
The one-on-one battle is key in FIFA Street; the pace of the game is actually slower than FIFA 12 and there is an emphasis on close control. Crunching tackles are allowed, but this is street rules where men are men, and are able to ride challenges, so the excellent impact engine from FIFA 12 has seen some tweaks.
EA aimed to create an authentic street soccer game and FIFA Street strikes the balance between those values, creating a game that is fun and accessible, yet harder to master. It’s well worth picking up, even if you’re a casual fan.