Street Power Soccer

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Soccer game delivers arcade action over simulation.

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Positive Messages

Gameplay showcases healthy fun. This includes athleticism, team play, and ethnic/gender representation.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

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Consumerism

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).

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What 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.

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What's it about?

STREET POWER SOCCER is a high-energy arcade game that takes soccer to the streets. It's an over-the-top experience for footy fans that even includes executable Super Powers and crazy moves to win games. The game lets you play as or against real-world street and stunt soccer stars -- including the likes of Liv Cooke, Melody Donchet, Andrew Henderson, and others. This title features six game modes. Single-player options include Street Power (three vs. three) and Become King (guided by the Street King himself, Sean Garnier), open-ended modes like Trick Shot and the dance/rhythm game Freestyle, as well as head-to-head competitions with Panna Cage battles (which focus on playing the ball through your opponent's legs). Multiplayer options include up to four-player local or online party play. Rather than a huge pitch, most modes use much smaller play areas, and focus is more on player and ball control, tricks and super moves. With most of the modes, players can unlock customizable elements to decorate their players in various ways (like clothing or tattoos) and have several different urban playgrounds and pitches to choose from around the world. Players can also tag their locations, with graffiti from renowned artists like Dize, Edge, and Marco Cabrera.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the positive player representation, including men and women with various ethnic backgrounds and skin colors. Do you think it's important for gamers to see diversity on-screen? Could other game developers learn from Street Power Soccer?

  • While it's more arcade-like than other games, do you think that Street Power Soccer will make you more interested in playing soccer games? Do you think you'd want to play soccer in real life as well as in video games?

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