Polygon realism seems to be the rage these days, but few sports games use this new technology to their advantage. Goal Storm may be the best soccer game to use the boxy buggers efficiently.
Goal Miners' Fodder
Loaded with the options and fluidity that make the FIFA series so popular, Goal Storm throws in polygonal Sbccer players to boot. You choose from 26 teams, including soccer superpowers like Colombia and Brazil, as well as smaller team? like Cameroon and Greece. With instant replays, varying camera angles, customizable offensive and defensive structurns, this game has the standards that soccer fans look for. Novice players will pick up the effective controls immediately.
One-button passing, shooting, and kicking are coupled with smooth soccer moves like jumping over downed players, faking out defenders, and bicycle kicks. With all these moves and options, Storm plays as well as FIFA, but looks more realistic.
The graphics are the game's standout feature. The plays flow by smoothly, though some minor breakup mars an otherwise-superb effort.
The sounds also add an extra dimension. A clear-voiced British announcer nails down all the nuances, including voice inflections unique to Latin American countries (like the extended "Gooaaalll!").
As a next-gen soccer game. Goal Storm maintains the standards of realism and excitement set by FIFA and Worldwide Soccer. It looks like a Storm's brewing for soccer fans.
- Colombia is a good team for beginners. They're so strong they can win with minimal effort.
- Use replays as a tool to determine problems and to plan defenses.
- Be careful when Irving to steal the ball. Approach from an angle rather than directly in front or behind, or you'll be called on a foul.
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If you enjoyed the fast-paced, in-your-face soccer action of Konami's earlier Super NES soccer title International Superstar Soccer, you'll be glad to know that Goal Storm has all of those incredible features and then some packed into this soccer simulation for the PlayStation.
The game features true 3-D polygon player animations and multiple camera angles that change the view of the field of play.
Konami used a high-tech motion-capture technique to capture the movements of actual soccer players.
They wanted a realistic look and feel for die-hard soccer fans and they have succeeded. If this game is a sample of things to come, PlayStation users will have some hard choices to make.
Goal Storm '97 sprints into summer with intense arcade-style soccer action, using the same tried-and-true formula of football games past. Konami, however, bumps up the gameplay a notch with a simple one-button touch pass that adds a much-needed element to this year's game.
Football the World Over
Gamers choose from a list of 32 international teams--including Germany, Brazil, and the U.S. GS '97 covers the field in Exhibition, International League, and International Cup play. You can also hone your penalty-kicking skills through a special P.K. mode.
Players can customize their game by making substitutions while choosing between four stadiums, three difficulty settings, three weather conditions, and night or day play. GS '97 also features eight strategy settings and 13 formations.
Stormin' the Field
GS '97 delivers with solid graphics, smooth gameplay, and user-friendly controls. Every player is defined in the familiar polygonal style, exhibiting fluid lifelike movements when executing everything from slide tackles to blistering shots on goal. The game's simple controls enable you to move the ball up and down the field effectively with relative ease. GS '97 also features an easy one-two pass that enables you to perform give-and-go passes to your man racing downfield, which can make for some exciting goals. The only minor annoyance in the game occurs when the computer arbitrarily chooses which man you should control, but this usually works to your advantage.
GS '97 receives a red card, however, for sound because of the inconsistent and spotty announcer, uninspired crowd chants, and an annoying clicking effect as you kick the ball downfield.
Goal Storm '97 offers up a healthy round of fast-paced soccer. If you're looking for a larger list of teams and options, you should stick to the front-running FIFA '97. The best bet is to rent both and see which game sets your net on fire.
- On a corner kick, hit the middle of the pack for a good chance at scoring a header.
- To avoid a penalty, slide-tackle when you're in front or on the side of the ball handler.
- Push your player up the side, then pass to the man in the middle for a dear shot.