got to really want a portable soccer match really,
really bad to appreciate FIFA Soccer by EA. Even then
it's doubtful you'll appreciate it when you see just
how flawed this game is.
Soccer for the PSP has bit off more than it can chew.
I can't help but get mad at the fact that this game
is simply loaded with features and modes but suffers
from poor controls. It's definitely quantity over
quality as it attempts to compete with its PS2 counterpart.
Sure, I would still probably bitch about the lack
of modes if some were left out to better facilitate
the gameplay but I just have to shake my head when
I can view music videos in a soccer game that I can
complaints stem from the control system. It's unresponsive,
causing timing delays that require you to choose your
actions well before they actually appear onscreen
making this more of a game of strategy than reflex.
Basic running and passing moves aren't so bad but
some of the advanced moves such as the First Touch
which was implemented in last year's PS2 version requires
the skills of a prestidigitator to execute.
right thumb moves the nub that substitutes for the
analog stick which you will use to move the player
around the field. The other thumb presses buttons
for passes and then quickly shifts to the D pad to
activate the First Touch which is supposed to replicate
spontaneous passing so as to out-maneuver your opponent.
This lack of precise control degenerates further when
you enter in the Head-to-Head mode.
problems such as inopportune loads help to stall the
pace. You'll encounter these when the ball goes out
of bounds, or I should say before the ball goes out
of bounds as it loads up the next sequence before
it completes the previous one. It just gives the game
an unpolished feel. I can take the static, unmoving
crowds, the fixed camera perspectives and the lack
of a Franchise mode but only for the sake of a solid
Soccer is loaded with features such as a FIFA store,
trophy room, all licensed leagues and players, and
Scenario, Challenge and Multi-player modes. A lot
of stuff is packed into this title but at what expense?
The graphics don't look much better than you average
PSX game. They are prone to alaising and flickering
which make them look really rough. The players animate
decently but with such low resolution you have to
really use your imagination to make out their likeness.
I mentioned there's music. Lot of tunes including
some videos will have you rocking but it's not enough
compensation. I can see videos and listen to music
for free, thank you very much. The announcing is good
but it's limited. If you're new to the game of soccer
you'll likely benefit from the play by play as you
realize that some of your moves actually have names.
all of the window dressing, FIFA Soccer is a very
basic game. It's got more in common with FIFA 2003
and I don't want to spend my money on something that's
already been done, and not done very well.