• Captain Pain

Almost How We Played As Kids

Updated: Feb 7, 2020

Yaknow.. Just with more polygons..

Good morning my loyal Painkillers, and welcome to another addition of Grab A Buddy Monday. As the NFL is starting up another season, it just seems right to bring up a NFL game. With so many to choose from, I decided to talk about a game that brought me, and possibly many of you back to your childhood. Who remembers growing up, getting your friends together, and heading to the nearest open field, parking lot, or back alley, and play a game of football. Good times, good times. Well, you guys know what time it is. It’s time to grab your buddy, hook up your PS2, and it’s time to play some NFL Street.


This game was released in 2004 by EA, and came out on the PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube. This game has the same hard hitting style of the NFL Blitz games, without all of their crazy rules. Since this is an NFL licensed game, it uses the 2003 rosters, and includes some NFL legends.

Gameplay is fairly simple, since it uses most of the control layouts that EA uses for their Madden series. Once you pick a team, you choose your seven man roster that will play both offense and defense. First team to score 36 points wins. Since this is street football, there are no field goals, or kicking for that matter. If you score a touchdown, you can go for an extra point or two point conversion, depending on if you pick a pass or run play.

The big concept of the game is the Gamebreaker, which EA took from their NBA Street Franchise (coming really soon to GABM). How this works is you gain style points for things you do in the game. Points can be earned by, pulling off big plays, and taunting the other team. The points fill up your Gamebreaker meter, and once it’s full, it’s time to use it. If you use it while on offense, it makes it easier to plow through the defense, and score. If used on defense, it makes it easier to cause turnovers, and shut down the offense. Gamebreaker tend to last that drive. You can kill the other teams Gamebreaker, though it can be difficult. Offensive Gamebreakers can be killed by causing a turnover, while defensive ones can be killed by scoring a touchdown. If you are having difficulty with this, the best thing to do will be to just cancel the Gamebreaker out. Fill up your meter, and when your opponent activates their Gamebreaker, you activate yours to cancel both Gamebreakers.


This game is tons of fun, especially if you were a fan of the blitz series. With all of the trash talking, hard hits, and the over the top showboating, this is everything that we wished the actual NFL was. It had good reviews across all three platforms. I know that I said PS2 earlier, and that’s because that was the system I played it on back in the day. If you can’t find the PS2 version, at least you have options.

Until next time Painkillers!

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