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.
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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.