A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Gameplay showcases healthy fun. This includes athleticism, team play, and ethnic/gender representation.
Positive Role Models
You can populate your team with real street and freestyle soccer players, including Daniel Got Hits, Raquel Benetti, Liv Cooke, Melody Donchet, and Soufiane Bencok. These players are role models in real life and exemplify talent, healthy competition, being a good sport.
Ease of Play
A mandatory tutorial walks the player through all the controls, which are quite easy to pick up -- especially for more experienced sports game players. This includes player and ball handling, passing and shooting, and special moves.
Products & Purchases
Game is based on real players, but they're not wearing branded apparel, and you don't see logos around the streets you play in (it's mostly the game logo and developer's logo). That said, there's a Red Bull Street Style World Championship stage, based on the real-life contest. Plus, music is licensed from various artists, like Black Eyed Peas and DJ Snake. Coming this fall, free downloadable content (DLC) is said to feature Swedish street soccer ambassadors Josef and Jakob El-Zein (the SkillTwins).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Street Power Soccer is a sports game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. Unlike more realistic soccer games, Street Power Soccer is more of an arcade game played in urban environments. In fact, players can master Super Powers to give them an edge over the rival team. There's no inappropriate content to be found in the game, but parents should know that there's licensed music from a number of artists, and while there aren't a lot of logos posted in the game, there's a Red Bull World Championship stage.
Is It Any Good?
This different kind of soccer game may give several hours of enjoyment for those looking for a very accessible and more arcade-like and street-influenced experience. But despite the various modes to indulge in (many of which are more like mini-games), the shine of Street Power Soccer fades after a few sessions. This isn't a classic soccer sim -- it's street ball (soccer). So not only will you learn and master moves and trick shots, but the developers have tried to capture sports culture -- between fashionable wear, graffiti-laden urban settings, and licensed music from all kinds of artists. To add a little extra "kick" are Special Powers, like jumping way up in the air, curving shots, and delivering a serious power kick between the posts. It's fun at least for a while, but there isn't really much more to the game than this.
The best mode to start in is King mode, which serves as a kind of career mode, allowing you to perfect abilities across different styles of play. You'll first choose your players in a kind of loadout screen. Once you play a couple of Street Power matches (which somewhat resemble FIFA Street) and learn the nuances of each player, you'll likely start to master the game -- like learning Liv Cooke's "Around the World" move and Super Mario Strikers-like power-ups to take advantage of. Visually, the cel-shaded character models are attractive and the animation is slick. While it doesn't have cutting-edge graphics, it's not horrible, either, and makes up for it in style. There were a few small technical issues, like long load screens at times and some clipping issues, but it was decent for the most part. So long as you're a fan of soccer and have reasonable expectations with this arcade game, you'll find Street Power Soccer is accessible, stylized, and fun for all ages.
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