FIFA Street



Great soccer sim takes to the streets rather than the pitch.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sports games like this one send the message that being active, competitive, and working with others is fun. This game takes the popular sport of soccer ("football" around the world) off the pitch and drops it in more urban environments.

Positive role models

These soccer players are based on real world athletes, so if they're good role models in real life, it can be inferred they're good role models in the game -- but vice-versa, too. You can play as or against stars like Rooney and Kaka.

Ease of play

The game is quite easy to pick up and play thanks to most of the controls being tied to the two analog sticks: one to control the player and the other his foot (ball control). Buttons are also used, too, plus there's a good amount of customization. The game has a tutorial mode to ease players in.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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As with the FIFA Soccer games from EA Sports, there is a lot of branding seen on the players and in the environments where they play (as you'll see in the screen shots here, too). This includes Messi, Adidas, Nike, LG, Samsung, and so on. The advertising in this game mirrors what is found in the real sport of soccer, which also has plenty of branding.

Privacy & safety

Creates privacy and safety concerns. There are multiplayer modes in FIFA STREET, playable online for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, and both support open voice chat via a headset microphone. Therefore, your child could hear inappropriate language such as profanity, taunting, or other off-color remarks. While the game is rated "Everyone," online interaction is unmonitored, so be aware of that.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:March 13, 2012
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 8 years old May 10, 2012


i think it is awesome
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byMr Common Sense April 12, 2012

17 plus, MINIMUM

You can kick the players in the shins, or slide-tackle. There is no ref, which is not a good message to send out to kids; you are encouraged to hack at your opponents. The crowd yell out cusses occasionally after fouls or missed opportunities. With cheat codes you can make blood spurt from wounds. MOST IMPORTANT: Lionel Messi's face is too scary for kids.
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Too much violence


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