That was my first thought when I was assigned this article. But the more I thought about it, the more interesting the trick question (because it really is one) became. So thankfully I didnít send a tersely worded email to my dear editors Ö for this particular reason, anyway.
At first glance, of course it is an arcade game. Just look at the title, itís FIFA Street-- street football. I mean, how much more arcade can you going to get? Itís 5-on-5, in a cage, with smaller nets, and in some venues, you play balls off the wall. And besides, if EAís past Street titles were anything to go by, you can bet the farm that itís going to be an over the top arcade game.
Honestly, I think the arcade label is completely unfair to FIFA Street. A few years ago, I spent six weeks on a mission trip in Senegal (Which is in West Africa). Prior to that trip, I hadn't cared about soccer since I stopped playing in the sixth grade. But what I experienced there got me interested in the game again. People were playing in the streets all the time. And not just kids either. I was in college at the time and, one night, we joined up with some guys about our age playing in a small parking lot. It was 2 on 2 and the goals consisted of rocks spaced just a little more than a balls' width apart. To score, you had to put it through on the ground. Somebody was timing the games and if nobody scored in 10 minutes, they took penalty kicks from the other side of the "field." I think FIFA Street captures this culture very well, and its one that we aren't as familiar with in the U.S. But because it exists in a very real way, I find it hard to label the game as an "arcade" game in the usual sense of the word.