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      01.11.2001 01:38
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      UEFA Striker is a really good game on the Dreamcast, possibly the best football game on the console, for many reasons, although, as with many games, it’s not perfect, far from it in fact, but still you can’t go far wrong with this game, especially when it costs the right side of £10, you should easily be able to find this for £9.99, online and offline. Graphics are far better than the PlayStation football games, although I wouldn’t say that the visuals alone are enough to make a game worth buying – ISS Pro Evolution 2 is a rather good PlayStation football game, I’d say it’s better than UEFA Striker in gameplay, but visually this Dreamcast game by Infogrames is very good indeed. Playing – football games are notoriously associated with obscene score lines, but UEFA Striker is different. In fact it’s completely different – you’re actually going to have to direct your shot as well as change the power you put on it in order to stand a realistic chance of beating the incredible good goalkeepers, something that is actually rewarding for a change, it’s really very, very hard indeed. But, with practice makes perfect and you should improve with each game you play. The controls are simple to learn – you have a wide range of moves you can perform – bicycle kicks as well as diving headers, scissor kicks and individual skills including ball juggling even in play! Player animations are good, each footballer actually has eyes and a face, although you will see superior movements and realism in Fifa 2001 on the PlayStation 2, but then that is expected seeing as it was released about 2 years later. The teams all have the correct kits, although you may wish to change some of the team names in the options – Dennis Bergkamp plays for Arsenal NOT Highbury – and Blanco de Madrid is meant to be Real Madrid – etc… You can even create your own teams though, change the play er names, change the faces, skin colour and hair style – should keep you playing for longer, knowing that the created teams are all top 5 star sides! You can play leagues, knockouts, world cups, tournaments or just friendly matches – select the weather options, game time, night or day match, golden goal or penalties – extra time options, even choose the stadium you’re playing at, but again, the names of these aren’t quite right. So it is officially licensed, just a bit strange – players are all given real names, and the commentators – Ron Atkinson and Jonathon Pierce are both pretty good at commentating, with exception to Ron Atkinson! A unique training mode does enrich the gameplay and longevity – a certification mode is basically there to help you improve your game – match situation, passing, tackling, shooting and penalties – hone your skills, get a better level of certification and you’ll be rewarded – new teams will be available to be played as, teams like Brazil etc. Replays are good, sound is fine and the graphics are great. UEFA striker does have a major flaw though – the keepers. They are flawless. Why? Simply because it’s near impossible to score against them, as I already said, this does mean you’ll play in more realistic score lines – none of this 23-45 business, instead you’ll be around 2-3 or 1-0, but the keepers are just not supposed to be this good. Very good indeed!

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        17.09.2001 23:38

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        17.09.2001 18:28
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        UEFA Striker is Microsoft International Football 2000 (PC) with a different name. There are absolutely no differences that I can see between the two titles, aside from different intro movies, of course. The game has the same "ping pong" feel of MIF2000 and also, the stupid sliding tackles that with one button press, take you down a quarter of the pitch are also still included. It's pretty much impossible to perform a sliding tackle without performing a foul for this reason. There are at least 4 penalties a match and the red cards flow thick and fast. Graphically, UEFA Striker is pretty impressive in places, but ultimately appalling in others. Goalkeepers are rendered well but the outfield players look like they're running on water. Also, when a player looks like their foot has actually made contact with the ball, you may as well celebrate as it doesn't happen often at all. I would avoid this like the plague, even for £9.99. UEFA Dream Soccer, although flawed, is FAR better than this and can be picked up for a similar price now.

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        16.09.2001 16:16

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        Uefa Striker is an average football game, it’s as good as UEFA Dream Soccer on the Dreamcast, but it’s better than the other mouldy crop of Dreamcast football games – there’s not a lot on the console that justifies all this football sponsorship – Arsenal etc, but Uefa Striker is ok. The game has really good goalkeepers, so it’s fairly hard to score, but that’s not so much of a problem, as there are some very good strikers too! The game is an all round good game I would say, it has appreciable graphics and gameplay – the controls are easy to learn, but those goalies are pretty amazing, it is hard to score. You can choose from training and certification mode, friendly matches (either club or country), a league or a tournament/knockout. The options and game selections are fine, you’re able to select the time limit for the game, choose stadium, weather and extra times, but unfortunately there is no indoor match option! The teams are all official, the game has an official licence, although the names of the teams, not the players strangely, do seem a little odd for some – since when was AC Milan ‘Rosso de Milano’? But don’t worry too much. The commentary is ok but Ron Atkinson is an idiot and repeats his lines over an over again, just like in real life, but Jon Pearce is alright. Overall, Uefa Striker is a good game, but sometimes it gets frustrating when you can hardly score. 3 stars.

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        19.08.2001 21:11
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          16.07.2001 22:14
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          UEFA Striker is the best footy game on the Dreamcast. It outshines the likes of Virtua Striker and Sega Worldwide Soccer both cosmetically, and playability wise. Graphically it is not as good as it could be, there are a few glitches and some lack of detail in the bakgrounds. A few frames of animation seem missing too. But it still looks good enough to do the job. But its the playability where this hame shines. It plays smoothly enough, although the controls take time to master and the keepers seem unbeatable for a while. But this game offers a bit more than the usual league, cup and friendly modes (of which there are plenty) but there are also a couple of modes that add longevity to the game. The first of these is classic matches, where you take control of a losing team in a real scenario from a while ago. Can you rewrite, or repeat history and win the day ? The second is a bit like the Virtua Tennis circuit mode, although far from as deep. You train, practice and learn skills, then you can take the certification test and see if you have mastered it all. If you acheive a certain score, you unlock new things in the game, and this makes for a challenge unlike any in a footy game before. UEFA Striker has its problems, its not as good as ISS on PSX or N64, but maybe they are the pinnacle. UEFA is a decent game, and the best on the DC at the moment for footy, but with a sequel on the way, as well as UEFA Dream soccer, maybe that will change. For now its good enough though, especially as I got it for a fiver at Toys R Us. The only downside is the sound. The in game noises are limited and the crowd dont make much noise, the ref doesnt blow for decisions so you can get confused.

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            13.03.2001 19:28
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            UEFA Striker consists of many international sides and all the quality European sides including Man UTD, Arsenal, Barcelona and Dortmund. Not happy with the range of teams?, go straight to the game editor where you can take any player from the game and stick him in your side - customize your players kit with the five different designs of shirts, sleeves, shorts and socks. The training and certification mode allows you to sharpen your techniques and increase your UEFA levls. There are nine game modes including international, super trophy, national team qualifiers, national team finals, territories cup, league, knockout and classic matches some of which you need to unlock by progressing through the training and certification mode - you can even create your own competitions. Rage have done a fab job with the gameplay - players move smoothly, ball movement is convincing and the keepers AI (artificial intelligence) is improved. The options allow you to specify what speed the game is played at and the degree of pressure that the COM plays. Use you're Visual Memory Unit to change tactics as the game is playing. Up to eight players can compete (turn based) in league or cup modes, full commentary by Jonathan Pearce and Ron Atkinson is disappointing lacking a good range of phrases and frequent stuttering. A fast footy sim with a great game editor and good options.

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              08.03.2001 16:29
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              With no FIFA football games on the Dreamcast and none coming the chances of a great footy sim are bleak but UEFA Striker is enjoyable, most European clubs are included along with some international sides most using real player names. The graphics are smooth and gameplay is fast, you have the option to change the game speed and cpu pressure to suit your needs. The game editor mode is great giving you the pleasure of taking the best players from the game and playing them in your custom side. The training mode is useful with a new feature called freeplay where you play in attack against a team using only one half, the unique feature is that whenever the ball goes out of play it is automatically bounced back on the field with the same happening if the goalkeeper catches the ball - you have two minutes to score as many as you can. The user friendly interface allows for an all around enjoyable experience with several cups and leagues to keep you going back.

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              28.12.2000 05:16
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              UEFA Striker is the best footy game on the Dreamcast. It outshines the likes of Virtua Striker and Sega Worldwide Soccer both cosmetically, and playability wise. Graphically it is not as good as it could be, there are a few glitches and some lack of detail in the bakgrounds. A few frames of animation seem missing too. But it still looks good enough to do the job. But its the playability where this hame shines. It plays smoothly enough, although the controls take time to master and the keepers seem unbeatable for a while. But this game offers a bit more than the usual league, cup and friendly modes (of which there are plenty) but there are also a couple of modes that add longevity to the game. The first of these is classic matches, where you take control of a losing team in a real scenario from yesteryear. Can you rewrite, or repeat history and win the day ? The second is a bit like the Virtua Tennis circuit mode, although far from as deep. You train, practice and learn skills, then you can take the certification test and see if you have mastered it all. If you acheive a certain score, you unlock new things in the game, and this makes for a challenge unlike any in a footy game before. UEFA Striker has its problems, its not as good as ISS on PSX or N64, but maybe they are the pinnacle. UEFA is a decent game, and the best on the DC at the moment for footy, but with a sequel on the way, as well as UEFA Dream soccer, maybe that will change. For now its good enough though, especially as I got it for a fiver at Toys R Us. The only downside is the sound. The in game noises are limited and the crowd dont make much noise, the ref doesnt blow for decisions so you can get confused.

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              22.11.2000 06:28

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              The smoothest gameplay seen on any console yet with mostly international teams which are customisable for your pleasure. the game's playability is great with every flick and turn looking great - the control system is easy to use and you will master it in minutes , the crowd sounds surprisingly realistic knowing when to react and timing is spot on every time. The training mode is very useful for the beginner or the expert user covering all aspects of the game - you can save your games to the VMU which is useful , the commentary is terrible but you can turn it off at any time. The game is so playable that you'll enjoy it even when your losing

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              09.11.2000 02:51

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              This game, as I have already said in my swws review, is a highly enjoyable and realistic footy game and the best on the dc! It has many great modes including training, territories cup, classic matches and many new ideas as well as the usual mode you expect these days from a console footy game. UEFA striker has a nice learning curve to get to grips with, when you first start to play you struggle, then you start winning so you move up a level and it becomes tough again. The classic matches, which I mentioned before, are also very fun, you have to change history! If you like footy games, and own a DC then buy this game!!!!!

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              27.10.2000 21:36

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              UEFA Striker – This is a relatively good game on the Dreamcast but you feel it could possibly be improved. It has average graphics combined with good gameplay. There are lots of clubs and countries to choose from with players similar to their real life styles. The game is one of those games, which you would want to invite your mates round to play with you. Probably not the best football game on the Dreamcast but still worth having a go at. Out of ten I would give this game 6 and a half.

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              19.10.2000 23:32

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              UEFA Striker is one of the few games that is good, but no-one says it is. You know what I mean? The mags give it avergae (7/10, 8/10) ratings, and many people argue that others are better, but having played the others, I would say UEFA Striker is the best footy game on Dreamcast. Until something like FIFA comes, this is the best you will see. Although for some reasons no real team name are used (e.g. Arsenal are 'Highbury'), this is a good playing game. If you are unsure, this game can be found for about 9.99 now!!! Under ten pounds?! Yes please! IT's so cheap, you could pay it just to try it! Or rent it if you like. Anyhow, try it, it is a good game, especially two player and the coaching mode. rob :P

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              08.10.2000 05:20

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              Well their is nothing much to say about this game, except the fact that it is ummmmmm, whats the word now, Oh yes "RUBBISH". The game lacks decent gameplay and sound and basically nothing in the game is any good at all. The gameplay is crap and far to hard for any half brained person to understand, the buttons are silly. If only it was a good as ISS Pro Evolution, the king of football games. The commentary is rubbish the teams havent even got real names, which is a bit crap seeing as it is endorsed by UEFA themselves???? If I was you I wouldnt bother buying this game it is in one word RUBBISH, spend your money on ISS Pro Evolution or even FIFA 2000, they are much better and easier to use!!!

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              07.10.2000 05:07
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              I first played this game shortly after purchasing a dreamcast as it looked good and the reviews that i read were quite positive. I enjoyed playing this game but i felt that there were a few things that could have been adjusted or could have been different. For instance, i felt that the actual gameplay was too fast and it wasn't smooth enough. I have now been able to compare Uefa Striker with Virtua Striker and Sega Worldwide Soccer and Uefa Striker wins hands down. I just hope Uefa millenium(or whatever its called) will have picked up on the few flaws that there are and adjusted them.

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