Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 48
  2. Negative: 4 out of 48
  1. FIFA Street 3 is about taking all the superficial and superfluous things about modern day football – from the overhead kicks to the pop-culture that surrounds the beautiful game in the 21 st century – and placing them centre stage.
  2. As satisfying as a nutmeg and as exciting as a scissor kick. A vast improvement from before. [Feb 2008, p.56]
  3. If you're a soccer fan you got to go out and try this game, it's actually quite entertaining especially if you play online or have some friends over.
  4. FIFA Street 3 thoroughly improves the series with its leap onto the next-gen consoles, not only visually, but in terms of gameplay and all-round appeal as well. However, if you're looking for single-player mileage out of it, you're best of getting a copy of PES or FIFA. This game is unashamedly all about multiplayer party gaming.
  5. Even with some of the gameplay issues that, if avoided, could have helped to make a better overall game, FIFA Street 3 is still a fun pick-up-and-play experience for the raving soccer fan.
  6. EA have created the football equivalent of "NBA Street" - and it's great. [Apr 2008, p.82]
  7. While slim on modes, the sum of FIFA Street 3’s individual parts makes it recommendable to anyone, including those who aren’t too hot for soccer.
  8. Unfortunately, it looks as if there isn’t enough content or new ideas that will make many gamers readily come back for more once the original challenges are completed.
  9. It's a good job the multiplayer's so enjoyable because, if we're being honest, the single-player mode is pretty shallow.
  10. FIFA Street 3 dazzles like thrift-store bling round a pit bull terrier’s neck. Shallow but reasonably satisfying, the best is still yet to come from the FIFA Street series.
  11. FIFA Street 3 offers some nice improvements over previous FIFA Street games, but unfortunately is devoid of a time-investing career mode, making it one that you might get bored with before too long.
  12. These improvements stand in contrast to the continued weak goalie AI, unhelpful camera work, and iffy passing.
  13. 70
    FIFA Street 3 would be a great game if it could manage to find some depth. As it is, the game is immediately pleasing, but runs out of puff too quickly, especially in solo play.
  14. Third game in the FIFA Street series, and EA is still looking for the best balance between playability and fun. It's enjoyable to play, but it can become tedious after a while.
  15. 70
    A markedly better game than its predecessors.
  16. 70
    A fantastic sense of style puts the series' best foot forward, but it's at a cost of losing the relative depth found in the previous two installments. [Apr 2008, p.85]
  17. It's got to be the best FIFA Street to date. The presentation is exactly where it needs to be and deserves high marks. Gamers will be pleasantly surprised to find such a smooth and attractive game. Disappointingly, the gameplay feels only moderately better than the title's predecessors.
  18. Overall this game doesn’t take any chances and it suffers because of it.
  19. 67
    FIFA Street 3 seems to be steering the series in the right direction as it’s an improvement over the first two installments. Still, it’s lacking in a few key areas and that’s what keeps it from attaining the glory that other Street games have been able to find.
  20. It lacks pace, but makes up for it with skills and basic soccer strategy. What it lacks is teams and depth in its gameplay modes.
  21. FIFA Street 3 has plenty of style but not quite enough substance to justify the price of admission.
  22. I'm totally open to a game like this working off a solid simplicity, but ultimately Fifa Street 3 isn't strong enough at its core to keep the reward of play on a fever pitch. [Apr 2008, p.61]
  23. FIFA Street 3 single player lacks the depth that is needed to have players coming back for more.
  24. Although it tries to reinvent the franchise it doesn’t represent a step forward. Quite the opposite. It throws away some of the promising elements of previous titles in favor a new structure and gameplay with little depth. And it still fails to offer the same flair as other Street brand titles from EA Sports Big. [March 2008]
  25. The game feels rushed, with an obvious lack of love and passion.
  26. FIFA Street 3 is action-packed, well-balanced, and fun for multiplayer sessions, but its lack of content and simple play mechanics stifle the long-term prospects.
  27. There is a great, great game yet to be made in this subset of the football sub-genre, where the depth of a beat-'em-up lurks beneath accessible showboating, but this isn't it.
  28. Fifa Street 3 certainly kept us hooked for a while. It has an excellent online mode, but is let down by its single player shortcomings.
  29. No one can deny that the game has got style - it oozes it from the menu screen and onto the football pitch in typical EA fashion - however, it lacks the depth and substance to make it appeal for more than a couple of hours, after which you may start to question the wisdom of your investment.
  30. It looks great and has more character than any sports game I've ever played, but its gameplay is too shallow and unrewarding to provide long-term entertainment.
  31. Good in the short term, somewhat tedious in the long. [Issue#30, p.88]
  32. The graphics don't look bad and the music is a well-chosen, energetic mix of EA Trax. However, the game feels more like a rehash than a full-blown sequel, with little improvement in the controls and not much to explore outside of decent online play and unexpectedly short modes.
  33. 60
    For whatever reason, FIFA Street 3 is about as deep as a book of poetry by Paris Hilton.
  34. The omission of previously available features, like season mode and create-a-player, make this a serious step down in terms of gameplay and replay value, and what’s left isn’t quite worth the price of admission.
  35. While the title has made great strides in improving the overall look of the players and fields, the actual gameplay has already grown incredibly bland and repetitive.
  36. FIFA Street 3 is a fun game in small doses simply because it is lacking in true depth.
  37. This game may not appeal to a big percentage of soccer fans. Nevertheless, it does provide a few good laughs albeit short-lived. It’s not a game I can see myself playing consistently.
  38. You will get a visual style that is like no other, the ability to perform over the top moves off of interactive environments, and score a lot during the process. This is soccer on adrenaline.
  39. It’s just not very fun and has very little to set it apart from other games. EA really needs to take a look at what they are doing with this series.
  40. 57
    Though the game enthralls in short bursts it’s hard to see anyone sticking with it for more than a couple of plays before moving on to more substantial fare – and as such we wouldn’t recommend anyone paying out for the full-fat asking price.
  41. The Street series should just be burning in a great hole right now, in a firework display of broken promises.
  42. Despite the undeniable popularity of the series, this third game would do well to take time off to reinvent itself for the inevitable sequel next year. While it doesn’t shirk on the number of game modes available, the actual substance of these offerings doesn’t add up to much.
  43. The FIFA Street series has enough interesting ideas to sustain a fully realized, sports remix, but after three lackluster entries, it desperately needs to work on its finishing technique. [Mar 2008, p.92]
  44. Street 3 is the best game yet in the FIFA Street series. Sadly, it's still a bad game compared to the other soccer offerings out there. Limited gameplay choices, repetitive play, and lots of little things add up.
  45. The new "Incredibles"-esque visuals and accessible dribbling mechanics are welcome, but this arcadey pitch still needs grooming. [Mar 2008, p.75]
  46. 45
    For all its flaws this one's still fun for a short kickaround, but in the end it's really nothing more than a softcore novelty.
  47. This series would benefit greatly from a re-imagining. Send the developers to the streets of Paris or Mexico City or Johannesburg; then have them come back and make a real FIFA Street game.
  48. 40
    A sequel isn’t supposed to be softer, poorer, slower, weaker, but that sadly sums up FIFA Street 3's questionable content.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. NoahR.
    Jun 26, 2008
    4
    FIFA Street 3 went in the opposite direction of FIFA Street 2. The game dropped player creation and made players very cartoony. An utter disappointment for street soccer fans everywhere. Full Review »
  2. TomS.
    Apr 29, 2008
    7
    As the years have gone by it is true that the FIFA Street series has gone downhill. Fifa Street was fantastic,number 2 just above average and this latest edition continues the downward slide. The series has lost the fun and customization of the first Street, however this 3rd game is not as bad as people think. More detail has been added to the arenas, and the new cartoon-style graphics work well for most players. Despite this FIFA Street 3 has a poor soundtrack and the only good game mode is the inspired playground picks. The challenge mode is nothing compared the Rule the Street mode of the the first FIFA Street, because you cant make a player or buy other players. Full Review »
  3. IanC
    Mar 7, 2008
    9
    I don't think that most reviewers are being fair with this, it feels like they are putting Pro Evo or Fifa 08 and Fifa St side by side and comparing, but they are totally different games, the only common ground is football. Fifa St is hugely accessible, fast and funky street football that just about anyone can pick up and have fun with, and it is TREMENDOUS fun, especially with friends. Graphics are amazing too. So, yes it is arcadey and doesn't have a billion footy-geek options concerning buying and selling players, leagues yawno yawno, it is straight up super dynamic, adrenaline fueled trick and stunt filled street football gloriousness. if in doubt, download the demo. I was in doubt, I downloaded the demo, and then rushed out and got the first copy I came across. Simply brilliant. Full Review »