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NFL Street - reviewed by Andrew B
Review Date: January 2004
Review Score: 7.5/10
Distributor: Electronic Arts
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NFL Street is the latest and greatest football game to arrive on the sadly neglected GameCube console that comes with a very interesting twist. Unlike stock-standard NFL games, NFL Street gives players the chance to play American football on the rough and tough streets of the United States.
The gameplay of NFL Street is pure arcade fun that takes away many of the strategic and sometimes boring aspects of NFL and instead puts gamers right in the middle of the action. Fortunately many of the real-world manoeuvres have been incorporated into the game and players can perform a variety of moves such as runs, passes, spins, jumps, tackles and of course kicks. The game also contains a few different gameplay modes that include NFL Challenge (the main billing of the game), exhibition and of course a great multiplayer option that allows up to 4 players to play simultaneously on your GameCube. NFL Challenge also allows you to play various divisions in the United States (similar to the NFL) as you travel around the country competing in various challenges such as scoring first or performing set tasks and once these challenges are competed, you can then access another division in the game.
The developers have also included a turbo function that gives your player a burst of adrenaline that not only helps with offensive moves but also defensive moves. Another cool feature of NFL Street are the "taunt" moves that allows your players to taunt other players by the touch of a single button. Although they don't really do anything towards the gameplay of the title, they do look impressive and you can perform a variety of taunts such as spinning the ball on one finger and even some cool ghetto dance moves. Another aspect of the gameplay is the introduction of a game breaker meter that slowly goes up as you are awarded for various moves in the game. Once the game breaker meter is full, your team basically becomes super NFL-players and depending if you are playing offensive or defensive, they strongly disadvantage your opponent. The game also has a very in-depth player editor that allows you to edit just about every aspect of your NFL players from faces, hairstyles and various other attributes such as strength and endurance.
Graphically, NFL Street is a very impressive looking game on the GameCube and all the characters are extremely well modelled that move with realism and grace. The most impressive features of the players is how they tackle and slam each other in the gaming arena that almost looks like you are watching television because of the realism of the movements.