Sunday 28 October 2007

FIFA Street 3, coming in Spring 2008

EA Sports started its first street game in the year 2001 with NBA street then in the year 2004 EA sports releases its first street game for FIFA, which creates a fireworks among all the gamers all around the world after that EA sports have continued to innovate and surprise with each subsequent release.
Now EA Sports is back with another stunning release of FIFA Street 3, which they alrady announced that it will be releasing in spring 2008.

Featuring over 250 of the world’s best players representing 18 of the top international teams, each player has been rendered into a stylized caricature with heroic qualities. Decked out in authentic training kits, every player boasts their own, distinctive style of play with unique abilities to match. Whether you’re after brawn, brains, silky skills or crunching tackles to complete your team, the perfect street player is out there. Choose from Tricksters, Enforcers, Playmakers and Finishers to give you different options on the ball and make your mark on the street.

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An addition this year is player roles. Amongst your five-player team, there's a goalie, along with playmakers, tricksters, finishers, and enforcers. The idea is: bust up the play with your enforcer (think John Terry or Fabian Cannavaro), quick-pass it to your playmaker (think Michael Ballack or Pavel Nedved), who can dish it to your trickster (think Ronaldinho or Cristiano Ronaldo), who can then run up the wall before serving it up to your finisher (think Thierry Henry or Samuel Eto'o) for the score.



While the passing seems a bit off at this point -- we found ourselves banging passes well wide of our players on a consistent basis -- we're more dim-spirited on the evolution of the Gamebreaker...or that it's in the game at all. Do tricks, fill up the meter, and when it's time to unleash the Gamebreaker your entire team gets a boost so everyone has playmaker, finisher, trickster and enforcer skills all at once. You can hammer in goals from far away and pull off crazy moves, and the defenders have to get the ball and keep it clear of you until enough time passes and the Gamebreaker runs out. It feels like an unnecessary feature for a soccer game.








Online play allows you to engage in a playground-style pick of the world's best players, with four per side if you have enough controllers, and there seem to be enough different game modes to keep things fresh (play to 10, score on volleys only, etc.). As for the teams, you can pick who's on the pitch from full squads, not just a small scattering of players. We've only seen national teams so far, but EA aims to feature teams from all regions, including Mexico, USA, China, Italy, Australia, Czech Republic, France, England, Cameroon, and New Zealand. No Japan, at first glance, and the roster isn't too robust, as we didn't spy Poland or Ghana either, but the biggest soccer nations look to be represented.

If the FIFA Street series wants to be an arcade sports star, this game seems to have a chance to do it. Hopefully the third time's the charm.





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