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An absolute classic for the N64. Gameplay wise, it was a real step forward for footballing games. Team and player name rights weren't acquired, which may be off putting for some.

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      01.11.2013 19:22
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      Old school footballing game for the N64

      ISS 64 was always at the top end of game ratings when it came to the N64, even towards the end of the console's days, it was usually around the 94% mark in game magazines. Most people who had an N64 had it, just like they had Golden Eye, Super Mario or Lylat Wars.

      The first time I played it, I was fascinated by the game, controlling the players was fairly straight forward, although I do recall it was too easy to switch the camera mode accidentally whilst playing, which would often result in me giving away possession. The graphics were bright and colourful and the game play was pretty good too. About a year after first playing it, I got an N64 with the game included but I ended up swapping it for something else because by that time I had Fifa 98: Road to the World Cup. It had two massive benefits over ISS64 and that was that the player names were real (almost essential for a football enthusiast) and that you could transfer players. ISS64 was good for a group of lads with some beers around, particularly suited to playing internationals but I never found it captivating in the long run, where as with Fifa, you could transfer players and play the league.

      The version I had was a lot more colourful than the one shown in the picture, it featured a guy in a white shirt with blonde hair running towards the front of the box, a kind of cross between Klinsmann and Duke Nukem, if you like.

      17 years ago, I didn't rate this game anywhere near as highly as Fifa 98 and I still stand by those thoughts. To be honest, I always found the game a bit overrated and certainly worth no more than a 6/10.

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      04.02.2009 20:05
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      Score a Hat-trick with ISS 2000

      WHAT SORT OF MATCHES CAN YOU PLAY? Friendly match, world league, penalties, training, European cup or World cup. Nuff said.
      WHAT TEAMS ARE THERE? I counted about 109 but I might have miscounted. All 109 teams are countries from around the globe, this can range from the skills of France to the amatures of Andorra, but no league teams I'm afraid. (it is international after all)

      DIFFICULTY: There are 5 settings, 1 being the easiest (I beat Italy 12-0 on level one) to 5 being the hardest.
      WEATHER: Imagine a game without weather, unthikable, well on I.S.S. there are 4 weather types: sun, cloud, snow or rain and also day, evening or night (which I know is not actually weather.)

      GRAPHICS: The graphics are very realistic and feels very much like you are playing on a real football pitch. Even the players look real from long range, but from short range the players seem to lack any emotion because their faces are in a fixed position.
      CAREER MODE: Career mode is a cool new option
      on ISS and a long one. It puts you in the boots of a player looking for stardom, starting on a non-league team, working your way up to the nation's team. Each week you can choose to train, have a rest or go to town. Although if you miss too many training sessions, you may get kicked of the team.

      The best bit of all is making your own player, as you can make yourself in the game - you can even become captain of England.
      You choose the height, the weight and the face as well as your posistion on the team (ie. attack, defence, goalie) and even the colour of your boots. Once you've made your dream player, transfer them onto a team and watch them play!
      I have found a flaw, though (it may just be my game, it may not) but the computer seems to do all the half-time decisions for me which is VERY annoying.

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      15.04.2001 00:29
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      This is a superb football game for the N64 – second only to the newer version – ISS 98. The best bit about the game is its superb gameplay, and you can do any move from a 30 yard screamer, to a athletic over-head kick. It has all the best international teams, though does not concentrate on any of the leagues at all. ISS has an edge over FIFA games because, moves look and work much more realistically. Graphics are also very good. In FIFA, you press pass, and it takes 2 seconds to do so. Also when you make a pass the ball seems to be going quite fast, but then suddenly slows down for no apparent reason. This does not happen in ISS and overall its gameplay is much better than any FIFA games. The game also has a ‘create your own player’ section and this can be extremely fun. There are a number of faces and bodies that your player can have and you can give him any name as well. You then decide what team this player goes into. If you prefer an easier way of changing names, then you can simply edit the names that are already there. This is a good feature as you can edit the fake names out and put in the proper names! So, although the gameplay is brilliant, there are some problems in the game like fake player names, and not many options. Though you should be able to get buy without these. A superb and cheap footie game that I recommend you buy!

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      29.03.2001 21:36
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      Here we go again the ISS series, first started out on the Snes and now it is reborn with all new graphics on the N64 and PS. If you are old enough you may remember the old game on the Snes, well get ready to have your world turned upside down. This is the football, or as American?s call, it soccer game to own. Be warned if you?re the kind of person who just wants to play as the players you like you will be disappointed because all the players in this game are not from premiership or at least not now. Also if you just want to play as your City team then be disappointed again because you can only play as countries. This is because Konami don?t have the rights to the names. But wait don?t feel too bad because if you are willing to take the time you can create your teams and names in the game. If not just by the other football game FIFA, which in simple terms is nothing as good except it has names and teams. If you are a gamer looking for the best football simulation then this is it ? ISS. ISS is a fantastic football game because it is not in the way of realistic like FIFA has tried to do but it is fun and arcadey. You can work up moves very easily and the passing is so straightforward you can pick it up straight away. As you progress in the game you will start to learn new tricks such as through balls and one twos. It is simply brilliant when you see the swiftness of the passing moving up the field. There is however one big problem with the game. The commentating can get very irritating after a while as he says the same old phrases and sometmes they don't match with the play. I play the ball up field and he says I'm having a shot? Personally I liked scoring the best as it gave me a feeling of being great and the best. There are several modes in this game. You can play the League, Tournament or the Scenarios. The League is quite simple so mo explanation is needed; the Tournament is like a world cup and you can start
      from either the Playoffs or the beginning; the Scenarios is a number of different situations in the history of football where you have top take control of a team to either score or defend a lead. Anyway if you get all them modes finished you will be rewarded. I have clocked the League and I unlocked the superstar teams. ISS has loads of game play to offer and will last you a very long time. The only thing it lacks is probably Robbie Williams singing in it. I would recommend this to people wanting to have a bit of fun. It is much better than FIFA even though some people might argue about that.

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        03.03.2001 22:36

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        I think that international Superstar soccer 64 is by far one of the best football game i have played on a console. Its Pirce is around £30 now because its been out for about 2 years now but i still tnik that its an emmencely talented game. The graphics on the game superb and by far better than any other football and the sound is good aswell. Although it does not have all the real names of players on it it is still good, and you can put them in anyway. You can play in lots of tournaments like the european championship which is an international tournament. You can play in a world league with all the teams on the game in it. You can only be international teams. you can play scenearios from real life like when egland beat holland 4-1 at euro '96. The only downside to the game is the commentary. At first it is alright but after a while you get annoyed by what they say and also they say it over and over and over again. The graphics are a little square but are more round than square. Overall i rate this game 9/10 for its gameplay and graphics. They need to work on the commentary though.

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        11.12.2000 02:04

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        I got this game as a christmas present and didnt know how good or bad it was or anything, i played it for the first few weeks or months like you do when yo juts get a new game of somrthing, and there needs to be more things like leagues and indoor games and things like that, with the world league and the other option cant remember exactly what it is but having tried to play them and never completed them they take ages to do, in the newer versions they should try and add shorter leagues and things. It has got good graphics, but it is not the best football game in the world i wouldn't minf getting the ISS Milennium or ISS 2000 games though, it is a pity that they couldn't get the right for real players names like fifa did.

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        24.10.2000 23:01
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        I bought this game with the knowledge that it was the best football game ever. This was through friends and family. I was never able to actually have a go before i purchased for different reasons, but now i wish i did. I know that the graphics are the best for a football game but i would have to disagree with other reviewers when they said that the gameplay is the best for a football game. I would play Michael Owen's World League Soccer over this any day as i feel it is more enjoyable to play. With International Superstar Soccer 64 the goals are always the same because it is always pass, pass , pass and when in the area shoot and it will be a goal. With other football games you can have a shot from just about anywhere and there will be a chance that it will go in. This game for me is too predictable.

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          20.10.2000 07:31
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          After playing ISS 64 and ISS 98 over the last couple of years, I have grown to expect the quality of the International superstar Soccer franchise. So when ISS 200 was set for release, I pre-ordered it straight away at my nearest game shop. The day it was released I picked it up powered up the N64. At first sight the game looked very similar to ISS 98, but there have been many little changes , that make this game one of the best that I have ever played. It by far outshines the FIFA series, which involve just booting it up the pitch. ISS 2000 is pure football, and seems to evolve through each new release one two’s, crosses flick up, bicycle kick and some fabulous goals which seem different ever time. Over a hundred international teams, participating in: International World Cup International European Cup International League Friendly Penalties Training and even a career mode brining an up an coming star up through the ranks I am sure the game will be played for years to come. A definite must buy

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            28.09.2000 07:49
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            In my opinion International Superstar Soccer is far and away the best fooball game ever. Although it has not sold as many copies as the FIFA franchise and may not have as good graphics or real player names, it is the sheer playability of this game that plays FIFA off the park. The play is much more realistic and the best goals are made using passing and crossing rather than running one player the length of the pitch and shooting as is common place in so many inferior titles. I have been playing ISS since the release of the first version on the SNES and in my opinion ISS98 is the best so far. The two player game adds to the longegivity of the title but the multiple difficulty levels ensure that while it is easy to get into, it is very difficult to master. I have heard that the upcoming ISS2000 doesn't add a great deal to ISS98 and is probably only worth buying if you don't have ISS98. With the release of a new version it may be possible to pick up ISS98 at a bargain price, so what are you waiting for!!

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              05.09.2000 21:44
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              FIFA or International Superstar Soccer - That was the choice that most N64 owners faced when they had to decide on which football title to buy. If you’re into fictitious players and realistic soccer gameplay then International Superstar Soccer is for you but of course I knew this from playing the SNES Version. Effects such as the crowd, stadium and the weather seem to be a bit 'rushed' but this is hardly noticed as the gameplay is so good (the crowd is very flat). The players themselves have good detail and move and respond to the controls smoothly. There are several camera angles for play and many more for replays as it is possible to view every shot from almost any angle and distance. Simply the best soccer game around in terms of gameplay. The game is easy play but hard to master. Beginners can easily get into the game as there are numerous handicapping features such as number of players, goalkeeper strength and team fitness. To beat the game on the hardest level requires great skill and use of all the tricks - flick overs, strategies, one-twos and bycycle kicks. There are the usual modes of play such as cup, league, training and penalty shoot-out with the added bonus of a scenarios mode. Here you take charge of a team in trouble and have to win the game from where the scenario begins. For example, you would take control of Scotland as they were 2-1 down against England with 2 minutes to go, you would have to go on and win the game for the scenario to be cleared. The multi-player mode is also great fun and, if four good players are playing, can compare to four-player Goldeneye. I wasn’t expecting this game to be so balanced, in terms of defense and offensive. Scores and results usually depend on your skill level, which is great. The game plays at a steady pace and the action always seems to be happening on both sides of the fields (well on the advanced setting). Passing is very responsive and moving t
              he ball perfectly around the field is not unlikely. Shooting has its moments; shots can be manually curved, while up close shots lack power. An extra note would be that balls appear to float when they are shot, they just don’t look as if they’re traveling at a high rate of speed. There are other features in your offensive arsenal that include lobs, dashes, one-twos, step overs, heel lifts, and through passes. Defensively the game revolves around headers, slide tackles, and leg pokes. Goalie AI is great, they’ll charge at on coming strikers, and make death defying saves when a hard shot is approaching. There are some weak spots like to many punch away balls and dives or movements that are not necessary, like falling down with a ball when they catch it standing up. The control layout is very good, all the face buttons are used throughout game, and little touches like the ability to curve a ball while it’s in air adds a great amount of depth. Passing is as a mentioned before responsive, the same can be said about one-twos and through passes. The analog control feels awkward at first but give it some time (you can use the directional pad if you want). ISS is that football game which just has on real rival in terms of gameplay, even the others spending big money on official licences can help them catch up and we dont get six month updates like with the FIFa series.

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              21.08.2000 20:13

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              This game is the best football game I have yet to play. It plays so much like a real match once you have mastered the control's you can do almost anything with the ball, from long shots to one two passes, through balls and the goals you can score are unbeliveable. The original game ( ISS64) is a good play but this game beats it hands down. The grapics and sound are crisp and the movement of the players and ball is truley fantastic. Trust me I have played all the football games from the E.A sports (the FIFA games) to Micheal Owens soccer and the rest and non of them compare to this. You can play 1-4 players and against the computer which on level 5 is very hard, but this just helps you become a better player. Once you mastered this game you just want to play it more and more. In two player mode the game really gets interesting, you cannot beat hammering you mate 5-0!, you can play with each other or against. I've had it since it's release in 1998 and still two years on this game still is my favourite. In one player mode you can also play international cup which is the world cup or you can play league tables. Now this game is 2 years old you can pick it up from around £20, but Konami have ISS2000 in the pipeline ready for release in September so if you want the new version wait for that but expect to pay around £40. Im sure I will have a review on that game as soon as it comes out so watch out for it!

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              28.07.2000 03:40
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              Yes, September the 29th is the latest date for ISS 2000, and that is a great way to start this ISS dedicated review. I have played ISS deluxe, 64 and 98, and all of them are absoulutely incredible. Even ISS deluxe, from the SNES era, is a million times more playable than the nearest competitor (probably FIFA). So easy to pick up and play, so difficult to master, fabulously challenging on the harder settings, fantastically realistic goals (A long-range shot going in is rare), fantastic 2 player mode, absolutely un-limited lastability if you create your favourite football team in the create player mode. Whenever I feel like playing a game there is always a choice of two...my most recently bought game, or my most recently bought ISS game. I have been playing ISS games, now, for about 4 years, and by the time I was just starting to get bored of one, a new one was coming out. It is the best series in the world, praise Konami for such incredible ability. The fact that it doesn't have the license for real names is such a minor point. Its quality, unlike both of the FIFA games that come out each year. ISS.....Unstoppable.

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                27.07.2000 02:41
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                I know that the release schedule for the N64 has always been a disaster but the absence of ISS 2000 is beyond a joke. It is now approaching 2 years since a new ISS game graced the N64 and I wait 4 it anxiously. It had an original date for May and so I decided to save up and buy it but the month came and went without hide nor hair of it and there is still no sign. I have scoured recent magazines and visited vast numbers of local games emporiums and I would just like to know where it is as I believe it will be one of the biggest games of the year. Therefore if u read this report and know anything please post a similar report as I know that I am not the only person to be anticipating its arrival greatly.

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                  15.07.2000 18:51
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                  Konami have without a doubt created the best football game series yet. This in my opinion is the best of the bunch. The realism in this game is astounding, the sound is perfect, the game is very, very slick and there are tonnes of options to keep you entertained. I bought this as it came out and still play it just as much now. Multiplayer mode is a real laugh especially as you take control of the goalie, and the space you have on the pitch is brilliant as the long balls work really well. This game could only be beaten by the sequel.

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                    15.07.2000 16:36

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                    This game was the for-runner to ISS98. The advantages of this game compared to one of the 'Fifa' games, is that the players are a lot more realistic. The controls are simple to learn, however the major floor in this game has to be the players names. They are not allowed to have the real player names on the games, so they slightly annotate them, for example Cafu to Cafe. This is frustrating, but there is the option to change the names if you wish. There were some floors with ISS 64, namely the goal-keeping mistakes which were all too evident on the game. If you have got one of the ISS games, go and buy ISS98, as when it games to simulation there is no better game than this.

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