NFL STREET 3
The EA Street series has
proven wildly popular with its fantasy approach to the games that we
know and love. Taking away the game from the playing field and putting
it smack bang on the streets with wild moves and a lot of sass is what
has the fans raving, and for me personally the ease of play was also a
major factor in my enjoyment of the title.
With us having two previous games to get used to the
new dynamic, this time round we are faced with taking the game a little
more seriously as a lot of the things that by now you would be used to
have been removed in order to have a more competitive game which really
makes sense as you should not be able to whip the stars of the NFL as
easily as you could in the previous titles.
Though, truth be told, I liked the fact that I could
do just that!
One of the features that most of you would be
familiar with are the Gamebreakers, crushing moves that you could pull
off by filling up the Gamebreaker bar and at a crucial moment you could
make a really cool cinematic start up that would show your guys doing
some crazy stuff. Now that feature has been made a tad harder as you
have to execute the moves in real time. However the sense of achievement
when you do it is far greater.
Gamebreakers can also be broken in this incarnation
if your opponent pulls off the right move as you are initiating the
play. This ups the ante during these moves and requires a certain amount
of skill. Make sure that you take the time to go through the tutorials
that are provide and pay attention to the moves that you see in the
intro movie, especially the moves off the wall as well as they allow you
to do some crazy stuff during air time.
Another cool point to this incarnation is that you
have to actually earn the right to play the game against the skilled
players of the NFL, and this is achieved by getting respected by other
teams that you have to play in order to make it to the top. I do think
that this feature which is career mode is pretty cool and does make a
lot of sense. Not only that but it gives you an appreciation for the
intricacies of the game.
There is definite career progression benefits too
that make working your way through the “minor” leagues worthwhile as
well. You have a playbook that needs to be filled and as you make your
way through the game, new plays will be added and your team stats are
boosted with drills that you can practise and also recruitment becomes
an option. So the game covers a bit of ground in both management and
also general plays.
This is a good looking game with fluid graphics that
move along at a nice framerate. You can definitely tell who is who in
the game and there are a ton of players in the mix for you to go up
against. Checking the NFL rosters though for the purpose of the review
did show me that we are a little out of date here but considering the
time and development that these sorts of games take, it certainly is
understandable. So if you are looking for a sports game that is not your
typical type of challenge, then I can say that this might be a title for
you, I certainly know that I like a break from the ordinary and this
game certainly provides that no problems at all.