World Tour Soccer 2005
989 Sports has always been a step behind EA Sports and Sega. Sometimes it's a small step, others times a colossal step. Their soccer franchise however has held up well in the past and once again gives a solid performance with World Tour Soccer 2005. Although it hasn't made up any ground against its competition, it doesn't step backwards either.
What World Tour Soccer 2005 does offer is an enormous variety of options ranging from over 900 teams to 18,000 plus players. In addition numerous stadiums are available and the expected game options like exhibition, season, career, and challenge are all represented. That variety of teams and players is eye catching on paper but it does seem like that effort might have been better placed elsewhere.
Like in the gameplay for instance. I don't want to imply that it has in major problems but when compared to the competition, more needs to be done. There are numerous moves involving passing for instance that are difficult to master and the controls seem slightly non-responsive. Overall however World Tour Soccer 2005 controls reasonably well and you'll only have an issue with it if you've played the competition.
World Tour Soccer 2005 is the same story graphically. The players and stadiums are all well detailed and few would have any complaints. People probably won't be overly impressed either however but the physics are in order and there won't be any distractions from the gameplay.
The audio offers a slightly different story however. The regular sounds from the soccer field are included and meet expectations but a few added features such as crowd participation help further the experience.
I hate to keep putting 989 Sports in third place but at least this time it's a close third. Overall, World Tour Soccer 2005 puts together a solid performance that won't disappoint fans of the series.