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International Superstar Soccer 64 (N64)
Member Name: Silent Bob
International Superstar Soccer 64 (N64)
Date: 05/09/00, updated on 05/09/00 (17 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent Gameplay
Disadvantages: Dodgy commentary at times
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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