VR Soccer 96
VR Sports' first entry fields the best-looking teams for the PlayStation so far. Providing easy playability and some of soccer's technical aspect! VR Soccer is good foot action for the middle-of-the-road fan.
VR takes a gentle, realistic approach to the world's biggest sport, implementing more of the natural pace of soccer. The.'gume offers Arcade and Sim modes, but the high energy and heavy tackling associated with an arcade feel are nonexistent. You need to utilize solid soccer strategy to put the ball in the net.
With 43 international teams, you can hit the field in a season. Cup tournament, exhibition match, or practice. There's no license to bring you real international players, though.
Controlwise, VR is easy to pick up and play, but it suffers when you leave behind automatic player switching and try your luck manually. And while it lacks most of FIFA's special moves, the game compensates with a fairly deep level of play. However. VR definitely could use the flash of a bicycle or rainbow kick.
Visually, VR decimates the competition. The large, polygonal characters'move with motion-captured grace and are much smoother than the angular characters seen in Goal Storm. The camera scales and zooms superbly. giving you a great perspective on the impressive 3D stadium. The only drawback is that each member of the same team unrealistically has the same hair color.
The sounds win by a small margin. You get a witty English commentator who sometimes repeats himself and very realistic crowd noise. The ref s whistle shrills loudly, but other onfield noises, like the muted tackles, could have been pumped up.
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Despite some flaws, VR blends FIFA's strategy with the sharp views and simple controls of Goal Storm, making it the best all-around PlayStation soccer game available. Another solid contender. Adidas Power Soccer from Psygnosis, is due out this summer. But if you're ready to kick in some dough for a soccer title now, you'll get the most boot for your buck with VR '96.
- Beginners should play as Italy against Zambia tor an easy first match.
- If you're having trouble maneuvering into scoring position, put more men on the forward line and kick long, high passes from the backlield.
- Your computer opponent is pretty lousy at throw-ins, cover him closely, and you can usually steal the hall.
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Gremlin Interactive and VR Sports have teamed up for VR Soccer. Interplay's Virtual FieldVision technology will allow gamers to experience soccer gaming in real-time 3-D.
The game eliminates any limitations on your field of vision because Virtual FieldVision creates a full 360-degree perspective. Camera angles can be changed on the fly as players move up and down the field. The game has six custom-built cameras you can switch from, as well as six default camera angles.
By pausing the game and using the top buttons on the controller, you can move the cameras up or down or zoom in or out. The default cameras will switch from player to player as you move the ball up and down the field.
All 44 international teams are in the game with their actual uniforms.
VR Soccer also features different game modes including a Friendly Mode, a League Mode and a Practice Mode. The latter mode allows you to play as your team to perfect your passing and scoring touch. League play allows you to play all of those teams seeded in the three different groupings, and it allows you to challenge teams within the groupings depending on how well you do within your bracket. There are also custom-built tournaments: You can play with all 44 teams or with just 32, 16, eight or four teams. You can pick the teams you want in the tournament.
On the PS, the game will be two-player compatible.
The game offers a solid repertoire of special soccer moves, including bicycle kicks, power crosses and power passes.
You have the option of putting after-touch on your passes and you can kick high or low. You can even choose your favorite referee.
- MANUFACTURER - Interplay
- DIFFICULTY - MODERATE
- THEME - Sport
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2