Adidas Power Soccer
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