Actua Soccer
for PC (DOS)

Elwood:Popular Vote:
2/6
Alternate Titles: ran-Soccer
Company: Gremlin Interactive
Year: 1995
Genre: Sport, Action
Theme: Multiplayer / Team Sports
Language: English
Licence: Commercial
Views: 35889
Review by Elwood (2008-04-18)
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Now I've never been one of the greatest in playing football games... however I do see it as a bad sign when I cannot find a way to move the goalkeeper. Okay, I managed to let him lift his arm... but that's about everything. Limited by this I was naturally not too hard to beat by the computer who pretty much only needed to shoot at the goal to score. Well... I have to admit that this led to frustration. I am willing to accept though that it was just my usual low intelligence hindering me to find out how that @#!* goalkeeper could probably be convinced to do more than lift his arm in the hope to reach the ball without moving or even jumping. Apart from that playing is something like semi-enjoyable. If you can live with getting control over a player that's somewhere in the background instead of the one near the ball and of course an automatical switch once you approach the ball... I do have to be fair though - this does not happen all the time - only in the worst situations. ;)

While being normal in these days the 3D view was something totally revolutional back in 1995 and so it might not always seem to work out that great - the angle might switch just when you're trying to shoot... with the expected result of completely missing the goal.

You got two different modes in which you can play - simulation and arcade - the only difference between these two seemed to be though that in the latter the computer player is a little more dumb, thus giving you the chance to actually win (which I didn't manage...).

In case you find your way into the controls of this game (totally possible - don't give up just because I did ;) ) you can play in league or cup controlling the national team of your choice (while the accurate names seemed to be there I couldn't notice any impact on gameplay - all players seemed to be pretty much equal - "weaker" countries played more dumb though). Of course a quick friendly match is also possible. The game is designed for 1-4 players with keyboard or joystick (my joystick didn't seem to work though, couldn't test those controls - keyboard was more or less okay).

All in all this might actually be a good game if you want to take the time to dig into it - for those who just want to play a quick round this is not really a good choice.

Technical notes: To get the game to run, you have to point a virtual CD-ROM drive to the game directory. By default, this has to be drive E:. Edit SOCCER.BAT to change the drive letter.

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