Although the FIFA series has also received a street football mode called “Volta”, the focus there is on high-gloss graphics and technically flawless gameplay. 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 your skin on the street. In single player mode, a player should climb the Street Power King by choosing a character and facing various challenges around the world, some of which are too good. While street power football cannot be blamed for too little diversity, disciplines are painstakingly designed. In our review we will tell you whether we have 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 using a combination of buttons. With points gained, you can immortalize yourself in the charts. Then there is the panna mode which lets us split the two. The point is either to score the ball for a goal in a 1-on-1 match or to cheat an opponent in a two-point trick called "panna".
The winner was the first to win with five points. The idea may be nice, but “Panna” just insists on pressing a few key combinations that quickly pop up on the screen. If the attacker really presses a button more than the defender, for example, you push the “gherkin” to the opponent, and vice versa, you take the ball from the striker. Without lightning inputs that quickly degenerate into gambling, the mode would be a lot more fun.
The greatest strength of the game are the classic men's games, which can be played up to three against three players, where it is not about “clean” football, but about tricks and style. The controls themselves are very tempting and easy to learn, the difficulty is just pressing the right buttons in time for quick events. The only surprise is that if you chase the ball the game doesn't automatically move 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 soccer 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 simulation, it is more for someone looking for a fun change from FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer. It's all the more fun to do the crazy tricks and game modes 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 a realistic and serious street football will have to get used to the Volta mode of the current FIFA series. After all: fans of the fast kick will entertain the matches against human opponents at least in the medium term. The fast course of the game and a good portion of “retro” make for a fun pastime, albeit with some drawbacks.
What is convincing in any case is the fresh look that Street Power Football brings into a genre that actually no longer exists, but has now been breathed new life - also thanks to titles like Captain Tsubasa. Hardly anyone will throw Street Power Football for hours every day, but the fun football game is always good for a “quick round”.
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