Video Game: EA Sports Street
The EA Sports series of Street Sports Game is a series of game by Electronic Arts released under the brand name of EA Sports BIG. The games are a more arcade and less-realistic take on the sports when compared to the likes of Madden NFL or FIFA Soccer, two other EA Sports games, but they still had the big sports stars that the two games had. There are different series of these games and they tend to be classified separately, but they usually have some common elements. The games would usually place more emphasis on tricks than tactics.So far, there are 3 series of these games:
- NBA Street (Basketball)
- FIFA Street (Association Football/Soccer)
- NFL Street (American Football)
The games provide examples of:
- Character as Himself: Multiple rappers appeared as playable characters in the NBA and NFL Street games, including Nelly, Xzibit, and the Beastie Boys. Xzibit is practically the star of NFL Street; not only does he have a spot on the cover and a song in the game, he also plays quarterback for a team named after himself stacked with an all-star roster of NFL players, narrates the tutorials, and gives your created character a primer on how to progress in Own the City mode.
- Character Customization: Every single game, regardless of what sport, allows you to create a custom character and build their stats up until they're on par with the best players in the game. Most games also allow you to create an entire team and customize them to varying degrees.
- Made of Iron: The players on NFL Street. They would be hit as hard as the usual American Football game but without all the armor.
- Large Ham Announcer: NBA Street revels in these, first with "Shoeless Joe" Jackson in the original, then with Bobbito Garcia in the games afterwards. The FIFA games' M Cs were more subdued, and the NFL games ditched the announcer in favor of trash talk between the players.
- Limit Break: The aptly named "Gamebreaker"
- Mundane Made Awesome: All three games run on this, with players pulling off impossible dunks, shots, or tackles like it's no big deal.
- The basketball courts in V3: sure Foss Park being dedicated to shooting victims or Rucker being the go to playground for street gods is awesome, but you'd think this is the hallowed ground of the Dream Team home turf by how much they are revered.
- Old Save Bonus: NFL Street 2 gives you 25,000 credits for each save file you have of certain EA games. Also, when you complete Own the City mode, you unlock the ability to import that character into [[Madden NFL Madden NFL 06's Superstar mode.
- Totally Radical: All of them, to some degree, but NFL Street gets hit with this the hardest thanks to the corny trash talk.