Soccer is the world’s most popular sport for numerous reasons, but perhaps the most important one is its inherent simplicity: it’s the original “pick-up-and-play” game. You don’t need any expensive equipment or complicated rules -- just a round object, and a goal area to put it through with your feet.
FIFA Street (Xbox 360 [previewed], PlayStation 3)
The different environments support fully customizable player counts and rule sets. For example, futsal games -- without wall play -- are perfectly suited to smaller indoor venues. I tried my hand at 2-on-2 soccer with smaller nets and no goalies in Shanghai; the focus there was on embarrassing opponents with panna/nutmeg moves (getting past a defender by booting the ball between his legs), which were worth two points while goals were worth one.
As a street soccer showcase, FIFA Street not only presents the dazzling techniques that street footballers use -- it highlights the street community’s stars themselves. You’ll be able to play with and against these athletes, as well as many licensed teams like Man U and Chelsea. Street players are unlocked by completing challenges in the game’s World Tour mode, a setup that charges you with putting together a street team from scratch and making a name for yourself online -- locally at first, and then regional, nationwide, and global tournaments. And FIFA 12 owners will be happy to hear that all game progress contributes to their EA Sports Football Club ranking.
|5:00 PM on 04.13.2012|
Review: FIFA Street
The somewhat mythologized sub-genre called street soccer -- as presented by FIFA Street -- is hedonistic and excessive, with a strong tilt toward showboating and theatrics. It’s puzzling, then, that EA Sports decided to...more
|1:45 PM on 08.16.2011|
EA Sports announces FIFA Street, but not that FIFA Street
EA Sports has announced that it's developing an "authentic street soccer" game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It's called EA Sports FIFA Street and… wait, what? Didn't they already release three games in a FIFA Stree...more
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Nintendo Direct: Wii U Mario & Sonic at the Olympics
Uggggh... a new Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics is coming to the Wii U. Why am I not surprised? The game will take place in Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and will use a combination of Wii ...more
|3:00 PM on 05.14.2013|
Tune in to Konami's pre-E3 show for Metal Gear Solid 5
Konami has plans for another pre-E3 show in June. This year, the stream will happen on June 6 at 10:00am Pacific through GameSpot.com as well as the GameSpot Xbox Live app. What hijinks will ensue? Who knows. The company was,...more
|12:30 PM on 05.14.2013|
More fu for you! 'SHAQFIGHTER' has been trademarked
This must be punishment for every unpleasant word ever uttered in response to Shaquille O'Neal's off-court ventures -- his rap career, his starring roles in Kazaam and Steel, the mind-numbing Shaq Fu. I can only imagine that ...more