Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. What you've got here isn't so much a game of football as a game of funball. The game is stripped back to basics and taken to the streets, the emphasis moving away from carefully practiced plays and detailed managing, towards looking cool and scoring goals as flamboyantly as you can.
  2. A lack of entertainment value for the lone player is certainly made up for when demonstrating the game to your friends, and there is always demand for a game where you can just play it in a five minute stint, given the hectic social schedules of many older gamers.
  3. It isn’t even in the same league as Big’s "NBA Street V3" yet (what is though?), but this first outing has without question laid the groundwork for what could blossom into a truly great series for EA.
  4. Four aside in tiny pitches, no matter how variable, loses its charm rather soon. So even if you get bored of the main beef of the game the prospect of throwing ten minutes into a friendly is a little out of the question.
  5. It's got flaws but more than that it's just not very good. Had this game come along five years ago things might be different but as it is this is just a convoluted arcade-style ball game using soccer as a backdrop.
  6. It left us shaking our heads in utter bewilderment. Fans of EA's other Street games will be rightly embarrassed by the sheer awfulness of this faux street culture. [PSW]
  7. The game breakers you work so hard to earn really don't turn the tide. All you get is a slow-motion, high-powered shot that's likely -- but not guaranteed -- to net you a goal.
  8. The main single-player mode is fairly short and repetitive as well, so with no online play, FIFA won't be in your rotation for long unless you've got some soccer-obsessed pals.
  9. 60
    The controls just aren’t responsive. You’ll never feel like your player is doing what you want, when you want.
  10. If the passion of soccer leads people to violence, then I would watch out if I were FIFA Street - the game's liable to make some people mad. [Apr 2005, p.120]
  11. 70
    While two buddies playing each other can certainly appreciate FIFA Street, competitions against the computer can quickly turn into a repetitious chore.
  12. A soccer game that boasts far more style than substance and has more in common with the FIFA games of old than it does with "FIFA Soccer 2005."
  13. 40
    The AI is shoddy, ball physics are often laughable, and, worst of all, there's no online play for any of the systems.
  14. The responsiveness between button-press and what occurs onscreen is likewise dubious.
  15. Sure its street soccer but FIFA Street just feels too flawed to be the edgy, no-holds barred soccer game we all hoped it would be.
  16. Not the title to bring soccer to the greater masses; it only insults those who enjoy the sport.
  17. 55
    The ball physics, poorly executed mo-cap, animations, and the character controls are all awkward, frustrating, and off-putting. What's more, the trick system, while OK, dominates the style of play to such a degree that FIFA Street doesn't really play like soccer at all.
  18. Some gaming cynics proudly state that playing videogames is a waste of your time and your life. Unfortunately, for us all, games like FIFA Street prove them right.
  19. Just not as good as I hoped. And not having online gameplay is a big big big issue for me.
  20. An oversimplified career mode, lack of game modes, shoddy dribbling physics (the ball seems magnetically tied to a dribbler's feet), and complete lack of responsiveness mean you should wait for the sequel to get your kicks.
  21. The Street family grows but FIFA Street fails to impress with its blocky animations and the constant out-of-control feeling. [Mar. 05]
  22. The dimwitted A.I. is frustrating and removes much of the fun from the game. Although not a bad game by any means, it doesn’t meet the Street’s series high standards.
  23. [Street] mode would've been a lot more enjoyable if it weren't for the idiotic AI. Quite frankly, it's downright painful. [March 2005, p.80]
  24. 63
    Even though I was astonished by the terrible controls, infuriated by gameplay and dismayed at the barrenness of game modes I did find myself playing this game more than was necessary to write this review. It did have a certain pull over me which I am somewhat ashamed to admit, considering the slapdash and cynical nature of the title.
  25. Trick moves are easy to perform, but impossible to defend; you'll stand there frustrated and motionless while guys dance right around you. [Apr 2005, p.79]
  26. There’s a solid base for a franchise in FIFA Street, but it’s buried under several layers of crap, so you’re not likely to have much fun with it.
  27. It’s far from perfect, with issues such as the crazy swings in player AI and overall lack of finesse and skill required; but for the most part we’re more than willing to forgo them in the name of fun – in multiplayer bouts particularly, FIFA Street throws up some highly frenetic yet engaging, competitive fun.
  28. Basic soccer with equally basic AI and gameplay means you'll be entertained at first, but the more you play the less you appreciate what's happening on the urban pitch.
  29. It is certainly a good start, but it's nowhere near the level at which "NBA Street" was when it was first introduced into the market.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Jul 28, 2013
    2
    The idea of creating a more arcade style, quicker paced spin-off of the hugely popular FIFA series was certainly a sound one, after all itThe idea of creating a more arcade style, quicker paced spin-off of the hugely popular FIFA series was certainly a sound one, after all it worked pretty well with the NBA Street series. Unfortunately however, when it came to the execution EA got virtually everything wrong.

    Even played against a friend it was difficult to garner much enjoyment from the game and I could spend all day listing the huge number of flaws that prevent it from even being considered average, just a few examples of this are listed below:
    - Terrible ball physics with players seemingly having the ball stuck to the feet.
    - Too much focus on being able to perform worthless tricks rather than actually playing soccer.
    - The special 'Gamebreaker' shots are a waste of time.
    - A terrible selection of 'rap' music and a truly obnoxious game announcer.
    - Winning is far more reliant on luck than skill.
    - Dull single player career mode.

    I could go on but by now you should have realised that this is one to avoid.
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  2. RussH.
    Feb 3, 2006
    6
    Rented the game...felt like I had done everything in 3 nights.
  3. AdamO.
    Oct 7, 2005
    0
    Worst Game Ever Made. Biggest Selling Game In UK 2005. It makes no sense.