Review by antHraxz

"Aw man! I got grass stains all over my jersey!"

What's EA BIG known for? Outrageous, over-the-top, thugged out, hip-hoppified sports games that shows what the real life thing would be like if one had omnipotent powers. They've already represented the sport of basketball quite nicely with the NBA Street series. They also represented other less popular ''sports'' such as snowboarding (SSX), motocross (Freekstyle), sled racing (Sled Storm), and wrestling (Def Jam Vendetta). So what's next for the BIG line-up? Well, naturally, it's the pigskin-laden, 2-point conversion-ed, get-outta-my-house world of football.

Let's start with the presentation of the game. As you can see from the box-art, this is one ghetto-stylish game (as is every EA BIG game these days it seems). More awaits on the disk itself. From the sequence before the game even gets started, you can see EA BIG wanted this game to represent the streets (no pun intended). The menus are easy to access and are easy to find your way around with. The game doesn't have as many options of NBA Street Vol. 2, but it's a fairly good size amount of options for the first iteration.

The graphics are what we've come to expect from the EA BIG team. Exaggerated and masculine bodies are dominant in this game each with their respected team street uniforms on. The graphics exudes color and are very easy on the eyes. The players themselves are over-the-top (big players in real life are huge players in the game). You can easily distinguish a Keyshawn Johnson with a Luther Ellis. The playing fields are also just as vibrant. The grass field is green as can be while the more urban fields have the concrete jungle colors.

Sound has always been a strong point in any BIG game from the soundtrack to the chitter-chatter between fellow competitors. The soundtrack in this game is filled to the brim with hip-hop then topped off with a little rock. Some of the rock that is there even has some hip-hop thrown in like the Korn song that has NaS rapping. If you don't like hip-hop, it's really no big deal as the songs only play during the menu screens. While you are playing in a game, there is field specific ambient music. There is no commentary in the game what-so-ever. There is, however, a whole lot of verbal interaction and taunting between the players. They are amusing, but they do get old after the first couple games.

What it offers:

The heart and soul of NFL Street is the NFL Challenge. In it, you take a group of nobodies around to different divisions of the NFL and play against the best the league has to offer. If you win, you get tokens which can be used to buy things to transform your group of losers into ghetto-fied Pro Bowlers. There are also two other quick game options (Quick Game and Pick-Up Game) designed to help you get used to the game (if the Tutorial doesn't work). After you exhaust the fun out of the single player modes, go online and challenge people from your next door neighbor to some guy on the opposite side of the country. Once you get tired with online, well, there isn't much else in the way of offering up new things. Just like the first iteration of NBA Street, once you're done with the short single-player mode, the game is all about multiplayer from there.

Overall, this is a good first effort from Tiburon. Like the first NBA Street, there are tons of improvements that are required to make the sequel better, but at least the series started on a good note.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 04/13/04


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