International Superstar Soccer Pro 98
While it's not as healthy as its N64 counterpart, ISS Pro '98 has a great balance of realistic and arcade gameplay tempered with a swell amount of stats and options. Variable game speed comtrol and a bunch of difficulty levels are especially useful in this competent game. In general the game feels like an improved version of Goal Storm '97 (which is a great compliment by the way). There's no World Cup license but with play this good, who cares? Player animations are decent if not a little jerky-looking when in motion, but head movements, hand gestures and defensive moves all look nice. The ball and game physics in general are believable. There are no crazy half-field goal shots or other such "money plays." Slide-tackles are realistic--no 20-foot blasts when the player is barely moving. Little things mean a lot too, especially tactics like the through- and long-pass. The through-pass is especially instrumental in keeping the game momentum on the speedy side. A well-executed fast break using nothing but through-passes is a beautiful thing to witness in ISS Pro '98. As far as negatives go, the weather effects are a little cheesy (especially rain) and while I personally don't agree, Ricciardi seems to think the goalie Al is on the weak side. For the PS I would rank ISS Pro '98 near or at the top of the heap.
My testing of this game involved a re-creation of England's failed World Cup game against Argentina. Fortunately my game didn't result in a travesty of free kicks and penalties. It did however, reveal that ISS Pro '98 is probably the best footie game on the PS. It doesn't feel quite as solid as the N64 version (the controls don't feel as reliable) but the flexibility of the game makes up for this. Who cares if the player names are wrong?
It's not as good as the N64 version, but this version of ISS for the PlayStation is the best soccer game on the system, easily topping any of the other soccer games in playability. The graphics are very good, particularly the smoothly animated players that move about at a brisk pace. Again, as always with Konami games, the game lacks licensing to make it the complete package. But nevertheless, this is ffte PS soccer game to get.
Even though the graphics and animation in ISS Pro '98 are superior to those in EA's World Cup 98,1 still prefer the latter overall. Passing and defense are overly dominant in ISS Pro, to the point where it becomes frus-tratingly difficult to make any swift advances on the net„.and when you do, more than half the time you'll have no problem scoring (the goalie Al is pretty lame). Definitely a very solid game, but I prefer WC98.
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Konami's putting some kick into its PlayStation sports line with International SuperStar Soccer. There's less flash and flair than in the N64 version, but the dead-on gameplay, pinpoint control, and strong visuals all made the cut.
ISS '98 features 40 international teams (but unlike the FIFA series, it contains no real-life players), five stadiums, and pass-heavy, strategy-oriented gameplay that's realistic and action-packed. The visuals sport smooth animations that really rock. The ball seems to move a bit slow, however, so the gameplay may feel sluggish at first, but everything else falls into place thanks to ISS's intuitive controls. The game's worst drawback is its highly repetitive play-by-play commentary.
With their superior all-around package, the FIFA games will still reign supreme for most, but ISS certainly deserves a look from soccer fans everywhere.
- Combination pass/kicks are the best way to fool the opposing goalie and sneak one into the net.
- Use the scanner to keep your passing game strong: running the ball downfield tires players.