NFL Street (Microsoft Xbox, 2004)
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|The popularity of NBA Street has attracted a new neighbor in NFL Street, an urban-themed football title distinguished by its players, venues, and rules. Rather than select from traditional athletes armored in pads and helmets, players can choose from 300 NFL pros dressed in street attire and ready to show off a wild assortment of exaggerated moves. The game offers seven-on-seven action taking place on seven distinct "fields," including a beach, park, corner lot, and other offbeat locales, each with varying terrain and dimensions.
The street theme means players won't have to worry about penalties, kicking field goals, or punting the ball away. Before proving their mettle on the asphalt, mud, or sand, players can select a Pick-Up Game, NFL Challenge, or a Create-A-Team option. Pick-Up Game has players assembling their team, playground style, by picking and choosing from a pool of 40 randomly selected NFL athletes from the past and present. NFL Challenge has players competing against each of the 32 professional teams until they are crowned champion, while Create-A-Team involves developing an athlete and squad from scratch.
NFL Street follows a similar structure to NBA Street, in that players accumulate points by performing outlandish moves and trick plays. Amassing a certain number of points activates a Gamebreaker mode, which enhances an athlete's abilities and makes it harder for the opposing side to shut down a play. Created athletes can also earn development points by winning games, which can be traded in for new clothing, equipment, physical attributes, and more. Up to four players can tackle each other on the same screen.
NFL Street received "favorable" reviews on all platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.
Maxim gave the game all five stars and said the player can "dispense with kicking and doodle-heavy playbooks, and deploy between-the-leg laterals and double reverses, plus a mess of excellent unsportsmanlike, showboating taunts." The Village Voice gave the Xbox version a score of nine out of ten and said, "In the surprisingly good single-player "NFL Challenge" mode, you earn points to build a franchise, choosing everything from the players' mutated genes (10 attributes, plus size) to their speed-enhancing sneakers. 'Cause it ain't all about the steroids."
|Number of Players||1 - 4|
|ESRB Rating||E - Everyone|
|ESRB Descriptor||Mild Violence|
|Game Special Features||
|Game Series||NFL Street|
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