Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Fifa Street' Falls Short of the Goal; This Version of Soccer Isn't Challenging, or Interesting in Long Run

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Fifa Street' Falls Short of the Goal; This Version of Soccer Isn't Challenging, or Interesting in Long Run

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Byline: ROBERT McGINTY

FIFA Street 3 tries to be hip and fun, just like your 40-something Uncle Mo who got drunk and danced at your wedding. And just like your uncle, it comes up a little short.

What they're selling: From EA Sports Big - "FIFA Street 3 brings to life football superstars from around the world as stylized action heroes in the ultimate arcade football experience."

What we're telling: Yes, and a game of Foosball is a realistic depiction of what happens in a typical World Cup match.

The nut graph: At least FIFA Street is easy to learn. After just a handful of matches you'll understand all the basic moves you need to beat most of the single-player challenges. These are interesting at first, but don't change in style much as you move on. They just get longer and tougher.

Online it's a little different, although most people play the same way, juggling the ball around to build up the gamebreaker bar; once that is full it's easy to knock in a quick goal or three. It's not hard to find a game, especially early in the evening while all the Europeans are awake.

The controls aren't as responsive as you would hope in a game based as much on style as skill. Even top-flight players such as Ronaldhino stagger and stutter at times, and he doesn't seem to have a skill level much different from lower-tier players.

The graphics aren't going to win any awards, although some of the "arenas" have a fun feel.

All in all, FIFA Street isn't a horrible game, but it's not going to win many converts from American football.

Reason to smile: Plenty of interesting players and teams to choose from, mostly by unlocking them through the single-player mode.

Reason to growl: Goalkeeper play is annoyingly spotty. Some games your keeper is a brick wall, other games he seems to let every other shot past.

robert.mcginty@jacksonville.com, (904) 359-4250

'FIFA STREET'

Rating: ** (2 stars) out of 4

System: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360.

Price: $60.

Family guide: Rated E. A bit rougher than an actual soccer game, but it isn't anything to get worked up about.

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