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FIFA Street 3

PUBLISHED: 12:47 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:10 05 October 2010

Publisher:Electronic Arts
Price: £44.99
Format: Xbox 360 (also on PC)
AGE RATING: 3+
If the complicat ed controls and steep learning curve of modern day football game

Publisher:Electronic Arts
Price: £44.99
Format: Xbox 360 (also on PC)
AGE RATING: 3+

If the complicat ed controls and steep learning curve of modern day football games leave you cold or even slightly bewildered, then FIFA Street 3's back-to-basics approach should be much more to your liking. It's a fun, fast and frantic reinterpretation of the beautiful game that doesn't need you to hit a combination of buttons just to hoof a ball up the field. It's about five-a-side football played at breakneck speed using the least number of button presses possible and, while it doesn't take itself too seriously, you should if you want some simple kickabout fun.

Matches take place in colourful enclosed courts and are played out to the sounds of banging urban music. This provides walls that can be used to ricochet the ball around the opposition, but most noticeably play areas that throb and pulsate to the game's tunes. It's all very stylish and suitably 'street', but there's another reason for beats and grooves to play a part. Perform a spectacular tackle or pull off a trick shot and the sound and environment will sing and dance as one imbuing the whole show with pop video excitement.

FIFA Street 3 lets you perform the sort of manoeuvres usually seen in adverts for expensive trainers, but with none

of the hassle of having to practise for a small eternity.

Simply hold down a shoulder button and you can run at a wall, spring off it and perform a somersault. The same button is used to modify kicks for trick-shots and whenever you're busy doing something fancy you're earning points that fill up a bar. When this bar is full it can be unleashed to make the ball crackle and glow with energy and, when booted, move at incredible speed while trailed by a ribbon of colours.

You're encouraged to show off your skills and if you don't your opponent certainly will, giving them the advantage. It makes for some nifty, showy, action and the controls are so simply implemented that even players of a moderate ability will be able to perform mesmerizing trickery after only a few minutes of play.

Previous FIFA Street games have failed due to broken artificial intelligence, dodgy ball physics and a trick shot system that was impossible to defend against. Street 3 fixes all these niggles, defines itself with a standout graphical style and represents an excellent choice for those who want five minutes of guilty pleasure with none of the usual

complications found in other footy titles.
Rating: 5 out of 5

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