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      10.10.2002 02:24
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      All-star teams: Press Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right to unlock two All-Star teams in cup mode. Bonus teams: Complete the game with all the league and cups on the hard difficulty setting. The European All-Star Team, World All-Star Team, Classic European All-Star Team, and Classic World All-Star Team will be available. Complete Olympic mode with Japan to unlock the All Golden Japan team. Bonus stadium: Win the Konami Cup on any difficulty setting to unlock the Clubhouse stadium in exhibition mode. Bonus Cup: Win the International Cup, Konami Cup, European Cup, American Cup, Asian Cup and African Cup. Listen to play-by-play commentary in training mode: If you are tired of listen the always repeated drums in training mode, pause the game. Select "Audio Settings" and turn off the play-by-play option. Resume the game, then pause again. Select "Audio Settings" and turn on play-by-play. Return to the game and you will hear the commentator. European Datel Action Replay codes: Requires a Datel Cartridge Home Team Scores 15 Goals 800759C2 000F Home Team Scores 0 Goals 800759C2 0000 Away Team Scores 15 Goals 800759C4 000F Away Team Scores 0 Goals 800759C4 0000 Special teams exhibition match/pk match D0075ABA FFFE 300BF335 00XX For the above code, replace XX with one of these two digit codes for that cheat: 35-euro all-star 36-world all-star 37-classic euro all-star 38-classic World all-Stars 39-golden all japan (no name) 3A-Play ireland with an invisible body. Special team all star match D0075ABA FFFE 800F1FC8 00XX For the above code, replace XX with one of these two d
      igit codes for that cheat: 02 classic world all star match 1p europe 03 classic world all star match 1p world 04 japan all star match 05 ireland vs ireland Quick Win Cups 800759C4 0F00 D0075ABA FFFE 800759CE 0200

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        24.07.2002 04:18

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        This game is ideal for people my age and i would have to say any warm blooded male group! If you adore football, and you adore competition, and you adore your PS2 this is superb! The all round game play is top class. If your ever bored with a group of friends this can be the one and only best solution. It's fast action, flowing graphics, tactics, cups, leagues, players are a great combination! Be warned though you must be a big big football fan. We have found any of our friends that are anti-football, mainly women and gay blokes, dislike this game. It's in a league of it's own from all over football games released on the consoles. The graphics on the PS2 just take it to that extra level. The master league option allows for hours of addictive football, that can lead to many items of furniture in your bedroom being broken when the results go against you. It is frustrating, encapsulating, addictive, all in one. This is my recommened buy by an absolute mile!!!

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        20.10.2001 04:34
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        cBACKGROUND: ISS is a series that first started in 1995 on the Sega Megadrive and PS1, since then it has been a huge success and has beaten Fifa many years in a row in a bid to be best football game (Fifa will get it right one day). GRAPHICS: The players and pitch are great to look at although the crowd are unfortunately 2D, not as visually impressive as Fifa but not as poor as any other football title for the PS2. 16/20 SOUND: Appalling commentary, but the sound effects are decent, nothing to be amazed by though. 10/20 LIFESPAN: This will keep you going for ever, lots of challenges and competitions, plus the added advantage that it is a pick up and play title that you can get into whenever you want, whether you are at the PS2 for ten minutes or a couple of hours. 20/20 GAMEPLAY – Just like soccer ISS Pro is a beautiful game, easy to get into and master but at the same time a challenge when you notch up the difficult to level 5 take control of Mali and face Brazil. 20/20 ORIGINALITY – A new addition is the challenge feature where you get to do things like win a game you are losing 3 – 1 in the time limit of 2 minutes, or score a crucial penalty. Other than that it is just a football game – period! 15/20 OVERALL: The best football title available for any console, but expect more good things to come when winning eleven comes to the black box soon. 81%

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          08.08.2001 16:38
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          Everybody has his or her special favourite things. Some like brown bread opposed to white. Tomato sauce is the best whilst others will choose Brown. Games can be a bit like that too and if there’s one ‘clash of the titans’ genre it’s got to be Football titles. I think you know the two games I’m talking about too, they are of course ISS and FIFA. I’ll be straight with you from the start – I’ve preferred the ISS titles due to their blistering playability, they’ve always had that edge over the EA Sports title. It’s back to business for both titles on the PS2, EA with (shock horror) FIFA 2001 and Konami with International Superstar Soccer (ISS). Having played Fifa 2001 my verdict would have to be that the graphics are good, the sound/commentary is sufficient and that the playability is better than previous titles. ISS on the other hand plays pretty much as well as ever, has good sound/commentary but visually is a little on the disappointing side. The most important thing is playability in this case more than most and thankfully Konami have produced the goods on that front. Hey good lookin’: ISS was one of the first titles to appear when the PS2 was released over here back in November last year. Based on that you can allow a little for any graphical imperfections as just about every new game has its faults as the programmers get to grip with the new hardware. ISS does suffer on that front, the visuals are certainly nothing to be ashamed of, the players look quite stunning at times but on the whole the graphics aren’t pushing the PS2 too hard. There are also a few graphical glitches and the biggest complaint here has to be player collision. You can often walk through players and some animation scenes for goal celebrations are totally up the spout as faces and limbs disappear into each other. From the normal playing angle everything looks good though so unless you’
          re a lover of replays or goal celebrations there is nothing to lose sleep over. Menus are also a little on the poor side and they’re certainly a long way behind the FIFA equivalent. It’s all very functional though and to be honest I don’t make a habit of hanging around the menu too long, we’re here to play play play!! Let’s all chant: Things rapidly pick up in the sound department and there really is very little to pick at here. The virtual crowd sounds superb with chanting, singing and cheering depending on how the game is going. Near misses are responded to with one of those heart-stopping ‘oh!’ shouts whilst cheers big enough to bring the house down can be heard when you do actually score. Commentary is featured and it’s some of the best I’ve heard (although the commentators are not people I’ve heard of). Despite the appearance of player names the commentators only refer to players by their number which is a real shame as the commentary is otherwise actually impressive. Features: You can’t really complain on this front as ISS is packed to the hilt with features that will keep you busy for quite some time. : Open Game – The quickest option of the full game scenarios. Choose your team from the featured international sides, choose where you want to play, adjust time and weather conditions and off you go! : World League – Never mind the Premiership, choose 32 teams and compete against them in a world league. The real beauty here is the multiplayer element. If you are indeed the most popular person on earth you can have 32 people having a team each – although if reality kicks in you can play with friends via the multitap on one side or various combinations thereof. : International Cup – Let’s face it, it’s the World Cup competition with a different name. Up to 64 players can participate (Jesus!) in th
          e ultimate ISS competition. : Scenario – Hurrah! One of my favourite parts of ISS is the popular scenario mode. Take 10 moments from football and relive them to achieve a specific task. For example, you’re two one down and you’ve got two minutes to win the match. These scenarios range from being simple to downright impossible and it’s a great feature that will keep you glued to the screen. : Training – I know some of you think that a training mode is a waste of time but if you’re going to get the most from the myriad of moves in ISS then you’re going to need this. When you flick through the manual you will see that there are dozens of moves to master. There is no way you’re going to remember them after reading the information from the manual – the only way is training and plenty of it. : PK (penalties) – Another small but worthy feature. One to Four players can compete here in the penalty kick competition, which is much more fun than it sounds. There’s nothing more satisfying than sending one of your mates the wrong way as you blast the ball in to the top corner. : Options – An essential part of any respectable game of course. If there’s something that you don’t like you can probably change it here. Create/Edit players, difficulty settings and match settings can all be altered to suit your taste although the default options are just right for most players. You’ll also be expecting to change all the player names won’t you? Aha! No you won’t though! At last there is a licence to use player names. It doesn’t appear to be a full licence as I have noticed that Brazil player names are still fictional and that player names aren’t verbally mentioned in the commentary (although this may be through choice of course). It’s a welcome step in any case as it does add to the realism. Kick Off – Despite
          those few graphical gripes there is one thing that is more important than anything else. Playability. Frankly this game could have the worst graphics of any PS2 title yet released and the playability of this game would still give cause to merit a good rating. Just ten minutes of playing was enough to reaffirm just how incredible the playability of ISS is. If you’re going to be picky then you may well say that it’s not quite as fluid as the recent Playstation ISS Pro Evolution 2 but nevertheless for a first effort on the PS2 this title is the best Football title available on Sony’s new console. There are fantastic moves, fast gameplay and a really hyped experience as you play – something that is lacking in many other Football titles. The Verdict – ISS on PS2 isn’t the huge leap forward we were all hoping for. Some occasionally dodgy graphics and a weak menu system give the initial impression that the title is doomed. Start playing the game however and things take a dramatic turn for the better and easily beats FIFA 2001 on every aspect except visually. If the next instalment improves on these faults we’ll soon be in complete footie heaven and considering that this title was there at the PS2’s beginning Konami have very little to be worried about.

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            29.06.2001 22:20
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            First off, let me start by saying this game is not yet out in Europe. The version I played was not the god awful ISS available at the moment in the shops but the Japanese code for the up and coming Pro Evolution Soccer. And having got it from a source at Konami with the promise that the main game engine was going to remain pretty much the same, I can guarantee that this game is going to be awesome! For those of you who have been unfortunate enough to be deprived of playing these god like games I shall begin with a small introduction into the wonderful world of International Superstar Soccer: Evolution. Originally ISS came out on the N64 and in those days it was pretty good. They then transferred it to the Playstation, but the conversion was shoddy and the N64 version was still the definitive one. Eventually the team behind the PS1 version did start tweaking and changing the game engine and suddenly ISS 98 was a success. When ISS: Evolution hit the shops it went down storm and most agreed that it was the best footie game on any system. The next one along was ISS Pro Evolution Soccer and this truly did confirm the game’s status as the best on any system. When the PS2 came out, Konami decided for some unknown reason to bring out an ISS game coded by the original N64 team and this atrocity soil the good name. It was glitchy with some of the worst slow down I’ve seen in any game, no fluidity and ultimately more frustrating than fun. But low and behold they realised their mistake in the nick of time and made plans to bring out a game base on the evolution soccer engine we all know and love. When it hits the shelves over here, I have been informed that it will probably be titled ‘Pro Evolution Soccer’ leaving out the ISS brand name, and splitting the two franchises. Anyway now you know the history onto the actual game. It’s four o’clock in the morning, my eyelids are heavy, but I can’t shut them, I know I
            have work in a few hours and my girlfriend has threatened to leave me if I don’t ‘turn off that bloody machine and come to bed’. But I cant. In fact I won’t. I don’t want to. I’m 45 virtual minutes away from righting every wrong our beloved national side has had to suffer at the hands (or feet) of the infuriating German team. I’ve been playing all day, slowly progressing through the world cup. I haven’t moved for hours and my bladder is nearly ready to burst. I need a cigarette but I dare not move. This game has me hypnotised. It plays like a dream, no in fact it isn’t even a game it’s the real thing. You are there; you are kicking that ball. It’s heaven on a small blue disc. It has it all and quite simply is the best footie game I’ve ever played apart from Sunday down the park with the Grenfell Grizzlers (don’t even mention that ‘F*** game from EA’), but that’s a whole different story. How do I justify this? I hear you whispering from the small dark corners. Well where do I start? It’s not the prettiest games on the market. In fact the player models were quite basic, but I was told that this would be addressed by the time it hits our shores. It’s not that it looks crap, far from it, it’s a vast improvement on the PS1 version. But the players don’t really have any likeness to their ridiculously over paid real life counterparts and some cases that is a glorious god send, because quite frankly Martin Keown, you scare me (honestly, a man with a monkeys head, what is the world coming to? Freak). The animations is amazing as players stretch their polygon legs to bring the ball down, try to keep their balance when being tackled, go up for a header or any other action you care to mention. It just looks so life like; you could squint your eyes and think you were watching TV. The stadiums are wonderful, red flares light up the stand, crowds jump up and
            down confetti litters the pitch near them. It feels like the crunch match between Juve and Inter in Serie A. The atmosphere is thick. It’s genuinely exciting. And the AI is actually pretty good, almost impossible to beat on hard and hard enough on medium. But that’s the joy. It’s so realistic that you don’t get the ridiculous score lines that you would with other game I don’t care to mention. It truly is an achievement when you put the ball in the back of the net. And a work of genius if it happens to be a volley or overhead kick and such like. It’s very difficult to score from a free kick and when you do it’s definitely one for the memory card, one to show off to your mates or to bore your partner with again and again and again. It’s hard to tell you what options there were, as sandman is unfortunately not fluent in Japanese and obviously it could change by the time the game gets here, but I’ve been told that there will be the usual practice, internationals, friendlies and some form of league teams. The structure will pretty much follow the form of the current incarnations and that’s no bad thing. Again they’ve managed to get the licence for most player names so we don’t have to put up with pitiful names like Owan and Fowlor. Fundamental they haven’t changed much, just spruced up the graphics which at the end of the day is all we wanted. It will be a truly breathtaking example of the beautiful game. And one that you will go back to again and again. You’ll feel it calling you at all hours, you’ll break out in sweats after prolonged absence from the game and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. I’ve lost my job, my girlfriend left me for my sister and taken the goldfish. I haven’t eaten in weeks but somehow, it doesn’t matter, this game makes up for everything. Proof positive that God exist and better than that God wants us to play.

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              12.05.2001 17:12
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              Here you can look at I.S.S.Information.rates.pros & cons I.S.S has great graphics combined with gameplay that you could play for ever.It is very hard to score which is better than fifa 2001,scoring from anywhere on the pitch.Control is every thing in I.S.S.Get to grips with it and you'll be away.The controls in I.S.S are quite hard to get use to.But once you are use to them you will enjoy it so much.The graphics are so smooth it looks real.The players do not look like who they are ment to be.The crowd is o.k.But nether the less the graphics are breathtaking.There is a swift pace and plenty of moves that are equally well judged.The loading at half time and full time takes a while.Overall it is a superb game,well worth buying. I.S.S matches Matches are now even more fluid and true to life. Pitches are bigger and player movements much more comprehI.S.S improvements For starters ISS will feature real player names for the first time, but other gameplay elements are also being overhauled. Matches will be smoother and faster, ball control will be more finely tuned and goal scoring will be more dramatic. Konami has also teamed up with UMBRO on the project and real kit and boots will be featured. ensive, giving the feeling of amazingly open gameplay. Characters have more skills at their disposalI.S.S players are much more detailed and stadiums feel huge and atmospheric. Add to the mix more cups and competitions, multi-player league modes and automatic instant replays for top shots, terrible misses and dodgy decisions.Scenario mode is also great.You are placed in different situations which you have to win, wether your 1-0 down or 3-0 with 1minute 40 seconds left on the clock USEFUL TRICKS 1.Chest Trap. As the ball comes to your player,hold the circle button.The recipient will control the ball on his chest.Now lay a pass to his feet of one of the other players to catch the opposition napping. 2.Thr
              ough Ball. The simplest yet most effective way to split a defence.Run towards the opposition and look for a man out wide.Now press the triangle button to thread the ball through to leave him clear on goal. 3.One-Two Quick passing is the best way out of a huddled midfield.Two rapid taps of the x button will send the ball to a nearby player,who will then pass it straight back,confusing any rival players.

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                28.04.2001 18:47
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                Being a vivid football games guru like me, you'll know that this game is a superb game. ISS pro evolution on the PS first brought the attention of these great series of footbqall games, and purcasing this game is one of my computer gaming delights With all of the brilliant features of ISS pro evolution, plus more. With a new scenario feature, and real names, ISS is the football game of the year. So put away your FIFAs and slam in ISS for a great footballing experience.

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                  07.03.2001 20:03
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                  The Game, The rebirth of International Superstar Soccer or ISS what it is called for short is one of the best I have seen. The game has been totally enhanced graphics, sound and teams. The game has about five or six game modes like open game, world league and World Championship Cup games. The open game is if you wish to play a single game against another team. In this you can have up to four players, two against two, which is very good fun. The World League is where one player plays against other world team in a league and can change player and other football tactics. The World Championship Cup is about the same as the League mode but you compete in a Cup. The options in the game are good it has clock real time or 90 minutes, difficult level, create player where you can create yourself if you want or one of your favourite football player and delete player which is where you delete a player you don’t want. You also have audio settings and some other options, which I won’t go into so I don’t bore you any longer. In the game when playing the graphic look spectacular you can actually see the player head, faces, eyes everything and the sound is so amazing you hear the crowd even the manager from time to time. The game plays like a dream with the controls, which are fairly easy to get use to with L2 and R2 which do little trick like jumping and 1-2 passes. The onscreen display when play is easy to understand even for the first time player of ISS, it has two box down the bottom, one to the left and one to the right for each team. The box has got the current player you are a power bar for when you take a shot and tactics, which tell you what tactics your team is set on. There is also a radar at the bottom in between the two teams boxes which show you where all your players are on the field. Also there is the score box at the top left which tells you what team are playing and what there scores are. There is an
                  option of editing your team while play the game e.g. Substitution - This lets you change a player with player, Tactics - Lets you change your formation of your team. There are few more options but I don’t want to spoil it for you but you will love it. If you are thinking of buying a football game for your Playstation 2 and can’t decide I suggest this brilliant release. But if you want another football game FIFA 2001 is a very good game. In my opinion I prefer ISS to FIFA 2001. But it is up to you.

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                  21.02.2001 03:09
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                  Are you struggling to decide what to buy out of the two, I’m gonna give you my opinion.What really is better fifa or ISS. When I am comparing them I mean between fifa 2001(ps2 version) and the ISS evolution(ps2 version). As a fifa 2001 owner you may think I am a bit biast but I will try and be as fair as possible. Graphics- The game with the best graphics has to be fifa 2001. The looks on the players are much sharper and it all looks so real. ISS sadly hasn’t pulled of the best graphics and it does look like old graphics of an old football game. So fifa 2001 gets the point for that. Realism- Altough fifa 2001 looks realistic it lacks the realism of ISS. When you play a match with your mate on ISS it could be 2-1 or 1-0 but on fia it could be 5-4 or 10-8!. So the point for realism has to go to ISS. Personally I like an unrealistic 10-1 to 10-11 come back but you probably don’t so the point has to go to ISS. Sometimes 8-7 matches can get boring. Names, kitsetc- this award definitely has to got to fifa as the kits look superb and so do the players. You can even read the logos on the front ofd the shirts. Goals- this has to go to ISS because you can score a wide variety of goals. Although fifa used to be the same old shots they are starting to get better. But on ISS every goal you score is different. On fifa you can score in the top corner, crosses, bottom corners and lobs, but these goals are always similar. The point has to go to ISS. Commentary: Fifa definitely wins on this as the commentary is superb , where as ISS commentary is rubbish. This adds some realism to the game but ISS commentary can be funny to listen too. Teams: This also has to go to fifa as it has hundreds of teams, where as ISS doesn’t have that many. Overall: fifa 2001: 4 , ISS: 2: The final result is 4-2 to Fifa 2001 I hope this helps you decide which one to buy.

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                  11.02.2001 01:58

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                  This hotly awaited gaem was the first on my aggenda of getting for my newly aqquired playstation 2. It had all the looks and having the players names was definately a thing to look up to. So on comes the game. Playing the game felt smooth, and the graphics were a true quality. However, was this the game, or was it the playstation 2 doing the work here? The first instance in playing it felt great, hard to score,and all the moves, and what a great after touch button. However, i could not help feel that this game was rushed for the launch. I played with more teams, looking in more depth. The thing which annoyed me was the players names. They had some real ones, yes, but where were they fro Argentina, or Czech Republic? Did they think they could get away with leaving them out? after playing the game more, it became repetitive, and almost borng, me scoring the same goals again and again. All this in mind, things just got better. I must say that th multiplayer is a joy to play, absolute great fun. Lets keep the poor commentry and bad players naems out of this. This does have some qualities, including the gameplay, which to me is the most important thing.

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                  27.01.2001 20:22

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                  ISS is the best football game around - the sheer playability matched with the silky smooth animation and the steady, realistic build-up play all add up to the finest football game on the market. Now take that formula and put it on PlayStation 2. It's every bit as good as it sounds. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the past ISS games was the phony player names (Bekham and Sheerar to name but a few). ISS 2000 remedies that, with the spanking new FIFPro licence - the licence to use real player names so now when you drive home a screamer from 25 yards it comes from the boot of Owen and not Oren. It's a small difference but it really helps ISS purists and may help entice newbies over to the ISS camp. If you were worried that ISS won't play the same with a new engine, then don't worry - it plays just as good a game of footie as it always has. ISS 2000 has the best of both versions of the game - the complex strategies employed in the PSone version and the all-out, singing and dancing goal-heavy magic of the N64 version. It strikes a nice balance between the two and plays a superb game. ISS is the kind of game you can play for hours, desperately trying to improve your skills. It is such a deep game, the ISS virgin may catch a glimpse of themselves in the mirror, face crumpled in concentration, sweat pouring down their brow. It's that good. Build up play is easy, with searching passes and intelligent lobs making it that little bit easier. Ooh, ISS 2000 is just gorgeous. The new animations coupled with the new and improved character models make the game look better than ever, and those 30 yard screamers look so good, you might just have to save them to memory card. New game modes include the long-absent Scenarios mode - you have to finish off great moments in history like the England v Portugal Euro 2000 match. It's 2-2 in the dying moments, can you not conceed a penalty? Not if your name's Philip. ISS 2000 des
                  erves to be bought for every single PS2 that gets sold, because everyone needs to experience the kind of gameplay that it has to offer. Get it in!

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                  17.01.2001 05:49

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                  International Superstar Soccer is a very good footbal game, much better than FIFA 2001, but it still it worse than ISS Evolution on the playstation 1. The gameplay has gone downhill instead of improving, which is disapointing. The graphics have improved which they should have, but not by enough to warrant spending 300 pund on the system and 40 pund on the game. I say stick with PS1 and ISS Evolution. Oh, and the sound is still very poor.

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                  19.12.2000 04:03
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                  ISS on the Playstation 2 was met with great excitement, after seeing the quality of the ISS games available on the massively underpowered PS1 and N64 (compared to the Playstation 2). These games were the best footie games ever, good graphics and extreme realism. But somehow the game has gained the same problem as the rest of the PS2’s launch titles. Yes its has the ISS name, but nothing else. The graphics are mindblowingly realistic, everything makes you want to have a second look, but the physics/movement of the players has obviously gone to waste, they seem to have taken on the FIFA way of doing things. The players may be motion captured but the still act like robot, every things the same for each kick, there is no variation. Yes, this is a good start, but wait until it goes down in price if your that hooked on ISS games, or get the Palystation ISS Pro Evolution version and play on that in your PS2. Excellent graphics yes, but where has the gameplay gone?

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                    The ISS titles for the Playstation have been among the best games for the console. I bought this game without seeing any reviews, expecting a terrific product. Unfortunately, I feel a bit disappointed overall. So what is the problem ? The game itself looks good, although I am sure there is alot more to come from PS2 for football games. The aspect that lets it down is the gameplay, which is not as smooth as I would have liked. It does seem that there are certain methods of play or 'sweetspots' where scoring a goal is almost guaranteed. The intentions of the control system are impressive. In particular, the strength you apply to the control button dictates the strength of the pass or shot you make. This is not easy to get to grips with, but does give you the opportunity to attempt Beckham type passes with varying degree of success. In addition to this, there is a clever system whereby you can control the running of a team mate off the ball, by using the right joystick on the keypad. A neat feature and not easy to master. Despite the variety of options, which makes full use of the keypad - ultimately this game is not a great development upon the games that exist for PS1. At £40-45, it is difficult to recommend the product. My feeling is that this has been rushed for Day One release, and would have benefitted from a few more months development.

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                  Developed and published by Konami, this is an arcade style football simulation game.