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"Repetition interspersed with highlights"
Soccer fans out there can wet their fancies with this generally inexpensive Sega Saturn game. Like most outdated sports games, you can usually find this one in the bargain bin for 99 cents. Is it worth purchasing, though? Read on, to find out.
Ok, this IS a Sega Saturn game, and it WAS one of the first ones. Considering this, the graphics are not half bad. At least from a general standpoint. When you try to get up close and personal with the players, however, it deteriorates. You can't even see faces on the players. Two eyes, a nose, and a mouth is really all I'm looking for here, guys. The fans don't do much for me either.
Very smooth and easy to play. The controls are simple enough, and players are very responsive to my button pressing. No delays in motion, no choppiness, just straight-forward soccer. But the slide tackling and ball-stealing buttons were made a bit TOO effective. So much so, that any time the opponent gets the ball, it's very simple to take it back from them. Passing is flawless too. These combined makes the game quite simple, even on the hardest difficulty setting. You could pick a worse country to play with to increase the challenge level, but why would you?
The music is catchy, but it does get repetitive. Luckily, if that becomes the case, you can just turn it off. The chanting and cheering of the crowd is a nice touch. All in all, no complaints here, except everything sounds the same after a while, so sound doesn't really add to the game. It just doesn't take away from the game either.
Between exhibition, league play, tournament play, and (everybody's favorite) penalty shootout, this game provides sufficient variety to keep you hooked. Try playing shootout with a friend. It's a guessing game, but it's always a fun challenge. Some sports games are highly boring and once you played a few games you are tired of it...not this one. This game keeps fun statistics and keeps you coming back for more. This to me, is the clincher for making this game worth having.
In short, the game is not sophisticated, but it doesn't have to be. It's a soccer game, and in fact it is quite enjoyable. Even for a second round. So when you skim through the bargain bin again and come across Worldwide Soccer, I say go ahead. Splurge a little and spend the 99 cents to buy this game. It's worth at least that much.
Reviewer's Score: 7/10, Originally Posted: 08/15/06