This new soccer game resembles Actua Soccer 2 and World
Cup 98. The improvement is mainly in the detailed graphics,
player's faces, weather conditions and movements.
The player control is somewhat difficult, especially orientation
without the ball while defending. Even with the ball there isn't
a variety of special moves as seen in FIFA 98. The menus (that
is after the main menu) are hard to understand, you never
know what the icon is going to do and it isn't written anywhere.
Fox tried to imitate World Cup's lovable menus but failed
The team management is rather poor although there are all
the regular options you'd expect to see, however most of which
aren't very useful. For example, when trying to change team
formation, you can only use the few defined formations and
even then it hardly effects the game. Also, you can't control the
The graphics are actually quite good. There aren't any big
changes from other soccer games, most of the changes are
small but add to the fun of playing the game. Tackles leave a
nice trail on the grass and when playing in snow the players
leave footprints. You can also play in rain or fog, all these
makes the game more believable. The replays are very
professional and turn every goal into a new experience. There
is even a line in some replays which indicates ball course. The
game supports 3dfx and MMX technology. The animation is
very smooth and the resolution can be changed.
The stats are very nice and has all the basic information plus
number of passes and tackles. The sound is okay, with no
major improvements from other soccer games. There are many
mistakes in player's name, especially on unknown teams.
Multiplayer game is fun and comfortable, it supports IPX/SPX,
TCP/IP, modem and direct cable.
Overall the game is very similar to Actua Soccer 2, which isn't
a bad thing I suppose. Its well worth a look if you enjoy soccer