Although the FIFA series has also been given a street football mode called "Volta", the focus there is on glossy graphics and technically flawless gameplay. With tricks, action and nasty tricks of street football, the game "Street Power Football" by Gamajun Games, which was released on August 25th for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, now bring a breath of fresh air to the genre.
It's not about the extra kind of football, it's just about games and fighting for skin on the streets. In single player mode, a player should climb the street power king by choosing a character and facing different challenges around the world, some of which are too good. While street power football cannot be blamed for a lack of diversity, disciplines are painstakingly designed. We'll tell you in our rating if we've become the Street Power King.
Let's start with character selection. It offers a choice between female and male players, whose clothing can be selected from given sets, others can be unlocked in the game. There are no values of character and co., But the choice only has an optical effect. After that, the modes begin, with each exercise starting with a video tutorial to learn the basics. So far so good.
In Street Power mode you can decide whether to play a street game 1 on 1, 2 on 2 or 3 on 3 - either against AI or against human opponents in local or online multiplayer. The goal is simple: more goals should be scored on a mini-court than an opponent. Tricks like overachievers and spins can be performed, but they pull the stamina bar well, which is complemented by random objects found on the ground.
The game modes - rather mixed
Objects are actually a nice idea, but there are also superpowers like opponents of gauze and stun, teleportation and fields of power that destroy the fun of pure tricks and scams. Boredom spreads in the trick-shot mode: The aim is to shoot objects with the ball or to sink the ball in buckets etc. in order to determine the direction, the angle and the power of the shot. The motivation for this is the end.
Freestyle mode is exciting for that. With numerous rhythmic songs from easy to difficult, many tricks with the ball as fluc more flush must be performed on the stage in front of Dendap via a combination of buttons. With points you can immortalize yourself in the charts. Then there's Panna mode, which lets us share the two. It's either kicking the ball to score in a 1v1 match, or tricking an opponent into a two-point trick called "panna".
The winner was the first to win by five points. The idea might be nice, but Panna simply insists on pressing a few shortcut keys that quickly appear on the screen. If the attackers push the button more than the defender, for example, you press the “gurkerl” to the opponent, and vice versa, you take the ball from the striker. The mode would be much more fun without flash inputs, which quickly become a gamble.
The greatest strength of the game are the classic men's games, which can be played up to three against three players, which are not about "clean" football, but about tricks and style. The controls themselves are very enticing and easy to learn, the difficulty is just hitting the right buttons in time for fast-paced events. The only surprise is that when you chase the ball, the game doesn't automatically switch to the next player, it has to be done manually.
Graphics, retro-looking, comic-style sports game is enjoyable. Only sometimes is the player faced with distorted close-ups until the confrontation and animation stall for a millisecond before the next sentence. The single player mode lasts about five hours the longer you have fun in games against human opponents. When two players master the game's tricks and tricks, spectacular games develop.
But what you should definitely not expect, a real football simulation. Street Power Football is a fun football game that doesn't take the sport itself very seriously. The glamor of FIFA is simply lacking that this game could even be called a "soccer" game. But we had fun with him, if only for a short time.
Number of players: 1 to 4
Age: from 0 (USK)
Long-term motivation: medium
Publisher: Maximum Games / Astragon
Developer: Gamajun Games
Year of publication: 2020
platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Languages: German, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, Korean, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, Danish, Dutch
Cost: 49,99 Euro
Street Power Football is by no means for someone looking for a serious street football sim, it's more for someone looking for a fun diversion from FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer. Doing the crazy tricks and game modes is even more fun with friends. But everyone has to decide for themselves whether 49,99 euros is a reasonable price. In the end, this title also suffers from the strong competition from top dog EA Sports.
Those who are looking for realistic and serious street football will probably have to make friends with the current FIFA series' Volta mode. After all, fans of the fast kick will entertain the matches against human opponents, at least in the medium term. The fast gameplay and a good dose of "retro" make for a fun pastime, albeit with drawbacks.
What is convincing in any case is the fresh look that Street Power Football brings to a genre that doesn't really exist anymore, but is now being breathed new life - also thanks to titles like Captain Tsubasa. Hardly anyone will turn on Street Power Football for hours every day, but the fun football game is always good for a quick round in between.
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