Adidas Power Soccer
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Its time to kick some grass, and I Oadidas Power Soccer is the place to do it. This game features fast, arcade-style soccer action with all the options you'd expect in a great soccer simulation, plus extras that give the game an additional kick. Look for simulation and arcade modes of play, multiple camera angles, instant replays, tournaments and seasons, a full menu of explosive special moves, and more.
Graphically, the game is stunning. Using the latest high-tech motion capture techniques, adidas Power Soccer's rendered 3D graphics are smooth and fluid. Team the look up with the gameplay, and you've got the best soccer sim available for the PlayStation to date.
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Adidas Power Soccer kicks its ball into the nearly full bag of PlayStation soccer sims. A strong contender, it doesn't upset VR Soccer, the current greatest.
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Prepare to take the field with up to three other players and any of 77 city teams from France. Germany, and England. The user interface is tricky at first, but von can compete in a friendly rriafeh. a tournament, or go the long haul for the season. Everything's adjustable, from the harshness of the referee to the condition of the field.
While Power Soccer plays more like a sim in both the Arcade and Sim modes, the Arcade mode adds flashy graphics and lets you get away with more fouls. Although the game moves fairly quickly, penalties often break up the pace.
The controls and player switching are somewhat jerky, but you can overcome this if you can get used to the unconventional style of control and passing. Different button combinations you'll discover reveal cheap moves like shoving and fancy footwork like rainbow and bicycle kicks.
Graphically, the polygonal players and 3D stadium are well constructed. Every animation is motion captured right down to a celebratory cart-" wheel after a goal or a limping player on a slide tackle. But these animations aren't seamless; for instance, you may see a running player suddenly slide tackling without an accompanying transition animation.
With standard crowd noise and decent menu music, the sounds rank a little better than average. The onfield effects are pretty good, and you can hear the ball ripple against the back of the net on a goal. The announcer is the typical English guy who delivers a few good lines, but you'll hear the same ones too frequently.
Power Soccer looks good, sounds good, and plays decently enough once you get the hang of it. The ugliest side of this game is the shameless Adidas half-time promotional video, but you can skip over it. In the quest for the best. Power Soccer challenges VR Soccer (offering four players to VR's two), and for some, it'll be a matter of preference. Overall. Power Soccer fields a winning, if not championship. team.
- When your goalie has possession, send the ball long. Line up your 1P player with a man mid-field who you want to kick to, then press O.
- Slide-tackle the ball, not the man. Slide from the front by pressing X--anything from behind will usually earn your opponent a free kick.
Do we need any more 32-bit soccer titles? Unlike deflecting a soccer ball with your face, another game like Power Soccer won't hurt. This sporty sim combines the hard-core strategy and control depth of FIFA with the nice scaling graphics and easy playability of Goal Storm. Smooth scrolling, solid commentary, sharp polygonal sprites, and realistic motion-capture animation give this early version of Power Soccer a winning look. This game even includes some new dirty moves, like tugging your opponent's jersey when battling in-close for the ball. Special camera angles bring you right onto the field for comer and penalty kicks.
In all probability, Sony Interactive could have struck out on its own to make a pretty good Soccer game. Instead, Sony teamed up with Adidas to make its first 32-Bit soccer game.
What does this mean? Well, probably that Sony means serious business with this game. By teaming up with the biggest brand name in soccer worldwide, Sony apparently hopes to forge the kind of product identity that EA Sports did with FIFA Soccer.
Of course, all of this is easier said than done, but an early look at this game already shows that Sony has a few tricks up its sleeves.
Like NHL Faceoff and NFL GameDay, the game uses retendered characters that are rotoscoped within a 3-D playing field. The developers motion-captured four soccer players, and integrated those movements into the game.
As for the field itself, Sony offers four views to choose from, which truly illustrate the game's zooming and scaling abilities. Most impressive are the two extremes: Sky provides a bird's-eye view of the game and Virtual offers an up-close and personal first-person view. A neat graphic touch is how the Radar Screen follows the same perspective as the playing field, which should help gamers keep track of their teammates.
The game controls run the full gamut. Players can dictate both high and low passes, as well as direct the ball to veer left or right on a shot. Players can even add backspin to a ball to slow its flight path.
Defensive controls are not as extensive--but then again, they don't need to be. Players can choose between regular and hard tackles, although the latter runs the greater risk of earning a yellow card.
In addition to a Tournamerit Mode (that can include from four to 32 teams), a gamer can also play a full season.
Both sides' goalies are controlled by the computer during the game, except during goal kicks, penalty shots or when the goalie has possession of the ball.
Adidas Power Soccer contains the standard game features: replays, formation tactics and turning offsides calls on or off. The game also features both simulation and arcade-style play.
In addition, players can dictate how tough the officiating is, from blind to unkind. The playing field surface can also be changed to account for dry, rainy or even snowy weather. As expected, the playing field condition affects ball and player movement.
- MANUFACTURER - Psygnosis
- THEME - Sport
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2