The first thing you notice about the FIFA Street demo is that it’s decidedly different from the first three games under the FIFA Street name. This version is more of a reboot than another follow on- it’s more realistic, bringing in more elements from the annual FIFA series to make this return to the streets a successful one.
The more realistic angle can be seen in a variety of ways. The most prominent is the trick system which no longer means executing an unfathomable seventeen back flips before deftly flicking the ball over an unsuspecting defender’s head to volley home in Game-breaker fashion. The tricks in FIFA Street are all ones that real life street football players can do, and it’s all the better for it. To execute these tricks EA have implemented a street ball control system which means holding the Left Trigger roots your player to the spot to then allow you to use the analogue sticks to execute tricks. Pressing the Right Trigger then slingshots you past the bamboozled defender to reward you with an open bit of field. Or street car park. Or arena. (There is a whole lot of variety).
The variety of arenas and game types also takes the game to the more realistic field it’s intending to compete on, with the type of arena not only varying in aesthetics, but also in gameplay effect too. Different surfaces and walls play differently and the different game modes also affect how you play. It’s all very good stuff.
The demo allows you to familiarize yourself with the new-look FIFA Street with a standard kick-off game, but also gives you a taste of the game’s career mode- World Tour. The World Tour mode means taking a team of nobodies (your own created character and your friend’s creations) and progressing them through a quest to become world street football champions. But there’s a twist: you actually unlock skills and attributes along the way, meaning you won’t be executing the most extravagant tricks while playing on a dark and dank tarmac pitch. Eventually you’ll progress though and be busting out tricks like Lionel Messi, the game’s cover star.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing the FIFA Street demo. The new realistic approach suits the game to a tee and teasing and taunting a defender by flicking the ball around in front of him is a real treat, even more so when you beat said defender and tuck away a tidy finish in the bottom corner. From the demo it looks like FIFA Street fans have a lot to look forward to when the game ‘hits the streets’ on 16th March.