European Super League
|a game by||Aqua Pacific Ltd.|
|Platforms:||GameBoy Color, PC|
|User Rating:||6.0/10 - 1 vote|
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A bit of a tricky one this. Initially dismissed as unplayable rubbish, a surfeit of spare time allied to an almost perverse degree of professionalism has, some days later, yielded the verdict: vaguely playable rubbish.
It's at times like this we're glad we don't have to buy games. Imagine the scene. You like football, you like football games, and you've had European matches pumped into your brain on an almost daily basis throughout the season. What more could you ask for than a game that enables you to take charge of any of the continent's 16 finest clubs? A game that works perhaps? A game that wasn't a glorified version of blind football? If we'd got back from the shop with this, we'd be absolutely spewing, particularly if we already owned the long-forgotten Viva Football, of which this is little more than a buffed up European version (with England oddly represented by Liverpool and Chelsea).
Despite its lofty pretensions, the player AI is more school ground than European. Defenders will back off a player until he reaches a certain distance, at which point a few of them will lunge in like Roy Keane on downers. Oddly, this can be used to your advantage, as luring the entire defence to the edge of the area before passing to any one of the three or four unmarked teammates in the area gets results. Passing to feet works most of the time, although players will sometimes simply turn their back on the ball as if it isn't there.
Perhaps they should have fitted a bell on it. With practice, ESL does perversely verge on compelling, although the main incentive for playing it is that it's insulting to be beaten by a game so flawed.