FIFA Street (also known as FIFA Street 2012) is a sports video game by EA Sports' FIFA Street franchise based on street football. It is the first such game in almost four years, and a reboot for the series. FIFA Street is developed by some of the same team behind FIFA 12, including creative director Gary Paterson, and will use the FIFA 12 game engine. Sid Misra, the line producer for FIFA Street, promised "the first true quality street football experience."
The game was first announced on 16 August 2011 at the Gamescom event in Germany, and was released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles in March 2012. Along with several other new EA Sports titles, FIFA Street was available early to purchasers of the EA Sports Season Ticket. Lionel Messi features on the cover after EA announced, in November 2011, that he had signed a deal to become the new face of the FIFA franchise. The "Adidas All-Star Team" including 13 of the greatest footballers in the world and the Lionel Messi Barcelona-themed venue were available as pre-order bonus. A FIFA Street demo was launched on 28 February 2012 on Xbox Live and a day later on PSN. To buy FIFA Street 2012 press here
In an effort to make the game more "authentic", the stylised cartoon-like visuals of previous games in the series has been dropped in favour of a more realistic look, though there will still be the same emphasis on skill moves and tricks. The focus is once again on fast-paced games involving small teams of five or six players per side, one-on-one, and game modes based on panna and futsal also included. As with the previous games in the series, skill moves are an important element of gameplay. FIFA Street features twice as many tricks as are possible in FIFA 12, with much greater variety, and over 50 more than its predecessor FIFA Street 3. Other new features include improved one-touch passing, a feature called Street Ball Control, and a new "ATTACK" dribbling system.
The game features a large number of real-life players from 2000 teams of many of the world's biggest leagues, and 2012 locations from around the world ranging from Amsterdam streets to the beach in Rio de Janeiro. Each of these arenas attempt to reflect the style of football played in that country. The game is the first game in the series to feature both national and club teams.
The game features a World Tour mode, which lets the player create their own player and travel around the world to scout and compete with other teams. With the integration of EA Sports Football Club, players can add friends' players onto their World Tour team.
The game is compatible with the EA Sports Football Club service introduced with FIFA 12, which has been compared to a social network that tracks what players do in the game and awards XP. This is linked to both friend-based and worldwide leaderboards, and include a levelling system. EA Sports Football Club connect play across multiple titles, starting with FIFA 12 and FIFA Street. By playing both games XP earned in one will be carried over to the other.
A new feature called the Street Network is designed to encourage social competition among players. Requiring an internet connection, Origin account and online pass activation, Street Network let players "capture video of their best tricks and share them in-game with friends, showing off their personal favourites and embarrassing their opponents. In addition, friends will be able to track and compare each other's progress throughout the game."
The online modes have been criticized by players for the inability to use licensed teams whilst playing online. EA later confirmed this and has stated: "We decided not to have licensed clubs online because we wanted to create an online experience different from FIFA, and we wanted to remove the frustration of having the online experience reduced to matches only featuring super power clubs, which is common in FIFA... Playing with and against user created teams and players – including clubs your friends make – tailored to each gamer’s unique preferences, creates a richer online experience and more variety in gameplay. All of the teams are unique and you are not playing the same licensed clubs, playing the same style, over and over again."