World Trophy Soccer

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Genre: Sports
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 9.3/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Sport Games, Sports Management Games, Soccer Video Games

With the World Cup coming to America next year, it's time to put a Genesis soccer game on the market. It comes in the form of World Trophy Soccer by Virgin Games.

Was it worth the wait? Yes and No.

First off, the game's graphics are excellent. World Trophy is probably the sharpest-looking soccer game to ever lace up its cleats. This game offers some of the hottest, most life-like soccer action this side of the World Cup.

If you want realism, World Trophy Soccer uses real players from real teams, so pick your favorites and go for it.

ProTip: Don't be like Mike. Think more like Magic and be unselfish. If you quickly pass the ball down the field, you're chances at a good shot are dramatically better than a ball-hog strategy.

Learning Curve

The game draws a yellow card for its controls. How fun is a game if you can't control the players? It's not. Be patient, the controls are tough to master. This game is also a little sluggish when you switch from one active player to the next. In fact, when the ball heads toward a crowd, the game doesn't always choose the most strategic player. A little less lag time would have put this game over the top. Don't fret, the graphics and action make this game well worth the investment.

When you're driving toward the goal at a 45-degree angle, wait for the keeper to come out and try to loft the ball over his head to the opposite corner of the net for a goal. Most of the time the computer's keeper is too slow to react to a back-post shot.

A Soccer Smorgasbord

World Trophy Soccer offers two basic game modes, Exhibition and Tournament. The Exhibition mode is a one-match competition. You can choose any two teams and play against the computer or a friend. Match length can vary from 10 to 90 minutes.

In the Tournament mode, you select one team and enter the World Trophy tournament. Up to eight players, of course only two at a time, can play in the tournament. Passwords are given for each round to resume tournament play. Make it through the prelims and play for the ultimate prize -- the Super Cup. This is a tough one. Not just anyone can win.

In each of the two modes, players choose teams from five different continents and 32 countries, including the United States. Each team has real-life national players, which adds to the realism of the game.

  • Don't be a patriot, at least not at first. Since the game is based on World Cup teams and players, the good 'ol US of A isn't a strong squad. If you're just beginning, take either the team from Brazil or Argentina.
  • On defense, don't use the sliding tackle to stop an opposing striker. Most sliding tackles will result in a foul, followed by a yellow card and eventually a red card, which will disqualify your player.

Nice Form

After selecting your team, you have to choose from one of the six different formations. Not every formation is suited to every team. Each formation has its advantages and disadvantages. If you have fast strikers, pick a formation that features a lot of forwards. If not, then like they always say, the best offense is a good defense. Pick a formation with the maximum fullbacks.

When your wing players are driving toward the goal, don't try and work the ball inside the penalty box. Take your shot from outside the penalty box and aim toward the near post. If the keeper bobbles the ball, there's a better chance for a rebounded scoring goal.

World Trophy also offers a unique option. If you don't like the team jersey, or if you have a little Calvin Klein in you, just change it to your liking. Make that fashion statement.

Once you master the controls, this game is as good as they come. So screw in your cleats, flatten your foreheads, and set your sights on the World Trophy.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

You're in total control of all the fast and furious soccer action you can handle with World Trophy Soccer. Play the ultimate championship game by yourself or with a friend as you pass, dribble, tackle and shoot your way through the qualifying rounds with national dream teams from all over the world. The only thing you can't control is the other team's ruthless players. As long as the ref's not looking, they'll try every underhanded strategy imaginable to win the Cup!


  1. Adjustable difficulty levels and match lengths
  2. Complete directional control allows for perfectly-placed free kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins and penalty kicks.
  3. Fast, smooth, multi-directional scrolling.
  4. Ability to save your game after each round.
  5. Single or two player simultaneous action.
  • Manufacturer: Virgin Games
  • Machine: Genesis

You say the Genesis is lacking in great soccer games? Well, World Trophy Soccer takes all of the best that soccer has to offer and wraps it up into a great cart! Choose from many national teams and compete to win the ultimate in soccer achievements - a World Cup victory!

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