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What parents need to know
Parents need to know FIFA Street is a family-friendly sports game. There isn't any controversial content as it's a soccer simulation played off the pitch (field) in urban environments. The only consideration is online play that is unmonitored, so it's possible to hear profanity or other inappropriate words or phrases.
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What's it about?
Similar to past FIFA STREET offerings from EA Sports, the idea behind this video games is to let soccer fans experience the sport away from the official tournaments in giant stadiums and take it to the streets. Here you can have your favorite soccer stars compete in trick competitions in Rio de Janeiro or Tokyo, or engage in fight-for-possession matches with smaller teams in Amsterdam, New York City, London, or Paris (in fact there are 35 locations, in all). This is a reboot for the franchise, of sorts, which has taken a nearly 5-year absence, and offers more realistic-looking characters (as opposed to the cartoon-like ones), tighter control, and more modes, including multiple online options.
Is it any good?
If you're a soccer enthusiast and enjoy the look and feel of EA Sports' award-winning FIFA Soccer 12, FIFA Street will be a treat. Footie fans will enjoy the intuitive and responsive ball control, which relies heavily on the dual analog sticks, as well as more than 50 new skill moves to master -- including aerial moves to maneuver past opponents.
Powered by the FIFA Soccer 12 engine, the game looks amazing, has licensed players from the top teams (such as Manchester United and Barcelona), and enjoys realistic physics. FIFA Street also houses multiple game modes including futsal, cage matches, last man standing, and a World Tour mode. The latter lets you create your own player, build your own team of street stars, and take on real competitors. Note: Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game are the same.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about if sports fans like these twists on traditional sports games. That is, do soccer fanatics like the idea of taking their favorite players out of the professional leagues and the top stadiums in which they play and challenging others in these urban environments?
Does playing a sports simulation game make you want to go out and play sports? How about when you play active games? Does that motivate you to be more active?
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