Emmanuel Brown played FIFA Street 3 from developer EA Canada. The third title in a series which was spawned from the very popular, long-running FIFA Football (Soccer) game franchise. The Street games are designed as arcade-style games with panache being a bigger gameplay focus than actual sport simulation. The first two installments were poorly received, critically -- the author shares his opinion on the third.
All of which makes this another lacklustre prospect for arcade-football fans. It isn't like EA is incapable of pulling off this style of game either, with NBA Street crafting a well-beaten path for an arcade sports title that oozes playability, depth and polish. It just doesn't work here though. Perhaps football just isn't meant to be this way. After all it's not a game in which double-digit scorelines ever truly happen. Hell, even a scoreline with a cumulative total of five or more would mark out a particularly odd game. What people don't seem to get though, is that the magic of football doesn't always come down to an individual trick or a spectacular shot. It's the names of the workhorse players that get sung on the terraces long after the pretty-boy strikers have moved on, and in a world of increasing short-termism and shallow thrills, i'll take a player like Gennaro Gattuso over the Christiano Ronaldo's of the world, any day of the week.
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