Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
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  1. Dispense with kicking and doodle-heavy playbooks, and deploy between-the-leg laterals and double reverses, plus a mess of excellent unsportsmanlike, showboating taunts.
  2. The graphics in NFL Street look good with a slight edge going to the Xbox version of the game. The Xbox version looks smoother and cleaner while the PS2 version looks a little rough around the edges.
  3. All of the players react to the slightest touch of the controller and that is the way it should be! You can play NFL Street for months on end and you will never get bored with it.
  4. 92
    It's definitely one of the best multiplayer games out there and is so addictive you might lose a whole weekend with nothing to show of it but sore thumbs and the memory of the five lateral double reverse that you ran the length of the field only to fumble when getting blasted into a wall.
  5. A great game with just a few beefs: poor use of great licensed music, slightly lacking implementation of the Gamebreaker feature, pointless hype about all the style moves (they're best used for taunting and bragging rights), and an insane difficulty curve in the Challenge mode which may send you to the store to buy new controllers.
  6. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Surpasses "NFL Blitz" in just about every conceivable manner, thanks largely to gameplay that places greater emphasis on individual player capabilities as opposed to overall team performance. [Mar 2004, p.100]
  7. PSM Magazine
    The rowdy juice that gave "NBA Street" its flavor has been poured on a football. It has the playability of a "Madden" game, but the wilder action will have you whoopin' it up. [Mar 2004, p.36]
  8. Hard hitting, bone breaking, smash mouth.
  9. The game is easy to pick up and great for 2-on-2 action, making it one of the best party titles out there.
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Street perfectly blends the arcadey feel of old-school "NFL Blitz" games with "NBA Street's" flamboyant antics. [March 2004, p.112]
  11. 85
    An immensely satisfying arcade football game, with huge offense and serious points going to the unbeatable multiplayer component.
  12. With a strong dose of attitude, very accessible control scheme and creative spin on the sport of football, NFL Street is a bold and worthy addition to the EA Sports Big family.
  13. A good buy for below 50$, if you are sick of all the rules and regulations you have to go through in normal football games.
  14. The audio, on the other hand, is nearly an unmitigated disaster.
  15. The single player game may get a bit tedious, but the game can be just as fun as "Soul Calibur" if you have some friends who are ready for some action on the street with its pick and play controls.
  16. It was a nice idea, but I just can't relate to it as well as I do with "NBA Street." If you are a Madden fan, I suggest you stay away, but if you are a Blitz fan, try this game out. This may be your next favorite arcade football game.
  17. The one downfall of this game is that it becomes easy over a short amount of time. Even against the toughest teams, the game becomes fairly simple once you have mastered how to scramble and pass efficiently.
  18. At times it can feel a little repetitive, but NFL Street can provide for some fast-paced and exciting sports gameplay especially when played online.
  19. A fun game to play, but it does have a lot of flaws that will keep you from enjoying it like you did with NBA Street. The single player mode is frustrating and time consuming, but it’s a necessary evil if you want to beef up your team to play online or against friends.
  20. 80
    Offers true harmony between arcade and simulation football games, but with more attitude than both of them put together. Oh, and it’s fun, too.
  21. 80
    PS2 is the best version. I prefer a comfortable controller over mildly better graphics any day. The extra highlights on Xbox are barely noticable. And the smoother textures on GameCube don't make up for that confounded controller.
  22. The only thing missing is a simple pro season mode. But things like online play and the inclusion of some classic players (Walter Payton, Howie Long, Ronnie Lott, etc.) more than make up for it. [Mar 2004, p.87]
  23. While hip-hop doesn’t necessarily speak for the entire sport of casual football players, the tough, offbeat style of football played in NFL Street does.
  24. It's unfortunate that some elements of "NBA Street's" sense of style were lost in the translation between basketball and football, and the lack of a consistently enjoyable single-player mode is a problem for sure, but the game's excellent multiplayer component and its great level of graphical polish ultimately make NFL Street a game well worth playing for any fan of the arcade football genre.
  25. All in all, Street is more of a pure multiplayer experiece. [Mar 2004, p.96]
  26. Computer Games Magazine
    The gameplay is far too unbalanced, making for simple wins and an experience that gets old quickly. Still, fans of the old "NFL Blitz" games or "NBA Street" won't be disappointed. [May 2004, p.12]
  27. The PS2 version, though graphically inferior, manages to take its act online making it the best of the possible avenues, er, Streets. As unbalanced as the offense and defense are, this game is clearly all about the big offensive play which, in my opinion, is very diggable.
  28. Entertainment Weekly
    This pigskin sim fumbles by forcing players to run their amateur team against the pros in order to unlock better fields and additional players - a clear case of unnecessary roughness. [13 Feb 2004, L2T 18]
  29. Play Magazine
    Gameplay in NFL Street is fast and furious and, at times, unrelenting. [Mar 2004, p.70]

Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 3 out of 46
  1. Dec 16, 2017
    This game was one of the best games I ever played for the Gamecube. The more I look back on it, the more I laugh. When I played this game IThis game was one of the best games I ever played for the Gamecube. The more I look back on it, the more I laugh. When I played this game I was just a little kid and thinking that football was how it was in this game. I hadn't played madden, I never watched football, and I just didn't expect much to be honest. This game really led to some serious competitions with my cousins and brothers though. We would play this game all of the time and we all loved the drafting system that they had in the game. We would get so hyped for the simple things like finding legends in the drafts and getting interceptions and gamebreakers. This game was far from perfect but that's just how a lot of games were around this time. The thing that makes me want to give this game such a high score though is the fact that I played it so much and time would fly by so fast when I would play it. Full Review »
  2. Jul 21, 2014
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  3. Aug 5, 2013
    NFL Street 9/10.......................................................................................................................................