Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. While EA will probably never make another Mutant League game of any sort, NFL Street 3 ensures that the game of football can still be irreverent and entertaining at the same time.
  2. With its stylish visuals, some rocking sounds, and a solid control scheme to all compliment the frenzied gameplay, you should enjoy the core of the game.
  3. The new Gamebreaker moves are out of this world. For the die-hard, obsess-bordering fans like myself, that’s all the series needs (at this point). I’m hooked.
  4. 80
    The inclusion of new game types helps players who’ve outgrown the older street events, and removing Gamebreakers from the cutscene format is a definite improvement for in-game strategy.
  5. The third in the series has plenty of upgrades, but none are more evolved than the new Gamebreaker system. [Holiday 2006, p.78]
  6. Sure, they could have done more with the two-year development cycle since the last release, but the game is worth a look for fans of the series and rookies alike.
  7. NFL Street 3 plays a fine game of street football. It’s the kind of game that you can get a casual gamer into in a few minutes, compared even to other casual games like the Madden series.
  8. A good game that should improve the more you play, as more moves come out of the closet. [Mar 2007, p.73]
  9. For the most parts an entertaining street football experience. The gamebreaker meter and environmental objects add freshness to the gameplay. There is a lot to do, but the lack of variation is a definite problem. [Mar 2007]
  10. Once you're over the cosmetic gloss, you might wander back to Madden for your gridiron fix, especially if you own one of the older "NFL Streets." Worth a look, however. [Mar 2007, p.77]
  11. NFL Street 3’s biggest competition is last year’s "NFL Street 2." Now what does that tell you?
  12. It can be fun for a while, but a lot of that fun comes from its novelty factor ... and novelty factors don’t really last.
  13. Yes, the action can get tedious over time, as you realize that strategy takes a back seat to cheap super-moves and quick fingers. But there's something here.
  14. Street only fails to score higher because of its Gamebreaker feature. Activated after you've nailed enough big hits, it virtually guarantees you'll score a touchdown or nab an interception. [Apr 2007, p.118]
  15. Controlling your WRs, the different winning conditions, wall running, and increased Gamebreakers are all smart additions, but they get mired in the poor AI and unresponsive controls.
  16. 70
    A maturation of the series, this is a really solid game with lots of loony Street-style happenings. In the end, it's fun to play, and will keep you engaged. If only it were on next gen.
  17. 70
    Taken in small does, NFL Street 3 is fun enough, but despite comic book flourishes and interesting interactive field ideas, it just can't hold a candle to Blitz's polish in it's current form.
  18. NFL Street 3 doesn't manage to be consistently entertaining, and the new wrinkles in its gameplay don't do enough to differentiate it from previous games in the series. Unlike Ocho Cinco, Street 3 is probably a bit too safe for its own good.
  19. 68
    Maybe EA just need a few more sequels and a brand new console to perfect the series, but this writer has a sneaky suspicion that EA knows that a brand name and a few famous faces will be enough to encourage strong sales.
  20. While you'll now find more variety in supermoves, some are still wickedly unbalanced (especially the interception Gamebreaker). [Dec. 2006, p.140]
  21. There's nothing groundbreaking here, and it provides more of the same, with few improvements, and therein lies the rub: NFL Street 3 plays it far too safe. The new features work and the new modes are entertaining, but as a whole, it is sometimes too close to the previous edition.
  22. It’s not great by any means but it certainly doesn’t come anywhere near the point of being bad either.
  23. Even with a spit and polish to the visuals and the usual effortless presentation it can't help but feel tiring after a while.
  24. Perfect if you're new to the series: pointless if you've already got an NFL Street. [Mar 2007, p.93]
  25. And as fun as the game can be from time-to-time, after a few hours with Street 3, it's impossible to shake that feeling that you've played this one before.
  26. Despite such changes and an energetic attempt to put more intensity into the game, it reeks of familiarity. The graphics haven't improved over the last two NFL Streets, and the attitude through celebrations and taunts fails to impress.
  27. To me the stale dated visuals, boring audio, and updated game play features didn’t win me over this year, and if more gamers are like myself, this game may fade faster that the Detroit Lion’s franchise.
  28. If you really liked the second one, you’ll probably enjoy this one…however if you had your doubts in the past, this one will just make it worse. Wait for the bargain bin on this one.
  29. 40
    Even Ocho Cinco might have trouble keeping up the trash-talking intensity after prolonged exposure to the same old Street feel.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. RyanF.
    Jan 27, 2007
    9
    This is a great game, it just takes a little while to get used to the gamebreaker moves, where as in 1 you only have the gamebreaker power This is a great game, it just takes a little while to get used to the gamebreaker moves, where as in 1 you only have the gamebreaker power that does it all! Cool Game! Full Review »
  2. DJSummers
    Jan 3, 2007
    9
    A really outstanding game. There's more customization features and more game modes.
  3. MLee
    Nov 13, 2006
    10
    Fun game. The special moves and the gamebreakers add to a great arcade version of football. The 7 on 7 gives you much better control.