To say that Atlus' World Soccer '94: Road to Glory for the SNES plays at a high rate of speed is like saying Pele was just an average soccer player. This game looks and plays like a VCR tape running on fast-forward and it takes some getting used to. However, despite its intimidating high-speed challenge, in the final analysis this game scores big-time.
Shooting and Scoring
World Soccer has a stadium full of options. There are almost as many ways to play this game as there are teams. (And that's 64 teams!) Virtually every aspect of the game is adjustable, from the type of match you want to the weather conditions and your player's hair color. The best feature is the Indoor option, which is a great version of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
ProTip: If you're playing the Indoor option, use the walls to set up your shots and pass the ball to teammates.
What will startle you, though, is the game's speed. Even at its slowest setting, World Soccer's players run at a dizzying pace and the ball zings all over the screen. Fortunately, the controls are pretty responsive. You can even control the flight of the ball after you kick it. Once you master the controls, you might find it hard to go back to playing a slower game.
- Move your striker inside the penalty box to lure the keeper out of the goal. Once he's out, kick the ball past him for an easy goal.
- Since the game moves quickly, get ready for a lot of rebounded shots. The computer's keeper doesn't always catch the ball cleanly, so if you hang around the goal you can pick up an easy score.
Shooting and Boring
Unfortunately, World Soccer's graphics don't keep up with the game's other features. The small players and the bland fields suggest first-generation NES graphics, rather than the detailed graphics you'd expect to find in a 16-meg game.
The sound isn't much better. Disappointingly, the roar of the crowd is reduced to something from an old horror flick.
World Soccer has its flaws, but overall it's as fun as any soccer game around. If you can overlook the graphics and learn to handle the speed, you'll want to get on this Road to Glory.