Get your kicks on FIFA re­boot

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

SINCE 2005, the FIFA Street se­ries has wal­lowed in the shadow of its big brother, and reign­ing champ of the soc­cer games, FIFA, like that sib­ling that never gets taken se­ri­ously.

With this re­boot of the se­ries, how­ever, it’s time to pay at­ten­tion.

The youth­ful car­toon styling has been dropped, and with the team be­hind the main FIFA se­ries on board, FIFA Street has found its stride.

You can for­get about the play­mak­ers, as FIFA Street is all about show­man­ship and the ball skills in one- on- one matches, and most cru­cially the hu­mil­i­a­tion, as there is no greater thrill than trick­ing past your op­po­nent in grace­ful style.

Street’s on- field con­trols are fluid and in­tu­itive. You can dan­gle the ball, ex­e­cute skil­ful flicks, and nut­meg your op­po­nent, all with­out so much as a flick through the man­ual for complicated but­ton com­bos.

It might lack the depth of op­tions found in the tra­di­tional FIFA ex­pe­ri­ence, though, the stars of the show are the ball tricks.

Match types of­fer a good bal­ance be­tween au­then­tic­ity and sen­sa­tion­al­ism.

The straight- up modes of five- aside and Fut­sal, com­ple­ment the more tac­ti­cal Panna and Last Man Stand­ing, the for­mer aimed at show­man­ship and tricks, while in the lat­ter, a player must leave the field af­ter each goal.

The vari­a­tion on of­fer cul­mi­nates with FIFA Street’s slick mul­ti­player mode. By­pass­ing the smor­gas­bord of on­line fea­tures found in tra­di­tional FIFA, Street takes a more ca­sual ap­proach which is ideal for that fiveminute fix, with shorter and more var­ied match types.

That leaves us with the game’s main sin­gle player mode, World Tour.

While this only fur­ther show­cases Street’s var­ied game­play styles, this is ar­guably the one mode with the least long- term ap­peal.

Stick with World Tour mode, though, and you’ll have the chance to cre­ate and cul­ti­vate your own team from scratch.

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