Review by Maniac107

"Take NFL back to the field."

The highly anticipated Ea sports BIG games falls short of impressive. The graphics are great, the soundtrack is pretty good too, but it falls short in terms of gameplay. It has a quick play mode with a 32 teams, legends teams, conference teams , created and special teams. This game is pretty fun, but gets incredibly boring after a while of owning it. It has a Pick up mode, a fantasy team made up of a pool of players. This is where I spend most of my time at, the combos of players and teams you can make is fun. NFL challenge is a huge disappointment. It's relatively boring and hard at times. NFL Street is a decent, but flawed game.

Gameplay: 7/10
The gameplay mainly consist of scoring a set amount of points while showing up the other team. Style points are rewarded for "Stylin" which is celebrating in the middle of a play, you can also juke and user catch to gain points. On defense, forcing a turnover awards style points. Style points fill up a gamebreaker meter, which when filled allows you to pummel the offense or run untouched or break many tackles to score a touchdown. This however works for the computer too, and it shifts momentum so I prefer to take it off. You can also do a "style point challenge" which is the 1st to score a set amount of style points. Stylin reduces your speed though and makes you fumble prone while the computer seems to never lose speed. The gameplay is fun with agile players that can make incredible plays, but it often gets boring.

Graphics: 10/10
The graphics are great. The cel-shading looks really nice and the option to mess with the players hair, hair color, and gear is a great feature. The gear is greatly represented in the game and you can see everything from tattoos, to IMPACT! gloves and shades. The fields are very detailed and have rubble and objects that effect gameplay. The crowds don't look that great but who cares about them anyway?

Sound: 8/10
The sound is another great feature in NFL Steet. The soundtrack has some catchy songs and the in-game music and too bad either. The sounds on the field are very detailed from the trash-talking before the snap, to the bone crunching hits or the sound of a player being smash and squished into the concrete wall. Players often yell out about giving them the ball or about how they are going to make a play. Not much to say about the sound but the sound is pretty good.

Controls: 5/10
Boo. The controls are pretty poor for a high octane, fast paced football game.
They have all of the normals controls but in weird places. Stiff arm is X, Juke is O, Hurdle is  and triangle doesn't do anything except for pump fake. You have the R1 button for turbo and the L1 for stylin. Then you have to move the right analog stick in the direction you want to do the specific movement. The controls are poor and really decrease the quality of the game.

Buy or Rent:
Buy if you want this game. Renting it won't give you time to do all the things in this game. And this game is cheap enough to buy anyway. This game has things to do but no season and NFL challenge is boring and stupid. If you like Pickup fast paced style football, then this game is for you.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 12/26/05

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