Champions World Class Soccer for the SNES looks good, has excellent sound, and offers above-average control, so you'd think this game would be a World Cup finalist. Unfortunately, frustrating game play sinks the FunFactor to the bottom of the league standings.
Out of Bounds
World Class Soccer is frustrating because it's so difficult to keep control of the ball. All of its good features and options are nullified by the difficult game play. Even Pele would have a hard time scoring in this game.
ProTip: Press X for an extra burst of speed to catch up to an opponent and take the ball away.
The problem stems from the physical style of game play. Because the game allows so much extra contact without a penalty, it's almost impossible to dribble or pass the ball downfield on offense. No matter what player or team you've got, the opposition can easily steal the ball by bumping into your player.
- When going for a steal, don't tackle your opponent Just bump into him, and you'll come away with the ball.
- If your opponent is near your goal and you steal the ball, press Y to clear the ball from his attack zone and end his scoring threat.
Apart from this fundamental problem, the controls are merely decent. On defense you can't switch players quickly enough, while on offense it's almost impossible to shoot on the run. The only saving grace is that your players respond well once they have the ball, as long as no defenders are near.
Get Your Kicks
The graphics get high marks. The players are nicely detailed and their movements, especially when performing special moves, are excellent. The players are easy to see, so you can always tell which player you control.
The sound is also top-notch. The crowd noise is based upon the rowdy European fans, adding a touch more realism to the game.
If you're in the market for thrilling SNES soccer, look elsewhere. Despite World Class's few good points, the bottom line is the FunFactor, and that's where this game trips up.