Posts Tagged ‘football’

Twenty Years Of Balls: PES 2016 Revealed

By Alice O'Connor on June 12th, 2015.

If Pro Evolution Soccer were a person, it could legally buy alcohol and pornography, pawn its possessions, and join the army, and wouldn’t be far off adopting a child – and that’s just my Friday night. Jokes. The ball-kicking series turns twenty this year, and Konami are talking this year’s edition up more than they usually do.

The announcement of PES 2016 [official site] includes a list of features as long as Cristiano Ronaldo’s theatrical dives [I’ve tried a football joke there – could you tell?], from more control over aerial battles and 1v1 situations to new Fox Engine-powered fanciness like dynamic weather.

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Sci-Fi And Fantasy Football: The Cookie Cup

By Alex Spencer on June 5th, 2015.

The Cookie Cup's roster of refs, picked out of a deck for each game – it turns out Morgan Freeman is not an interventionist god.

In the back room of a pub in Norwich, a small group of people are excitedly shouting things like: “Buffy Summers! 390 points!” “Virgil!” “The one from Devil May Cry?” “No, from Dante’s Inferno!” “210 points!”

This is Draft Day at the Cookie Cup, a fantasy football league with an emphasis on the fantasy.

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Fighty Footy: Soccer Rage On Steam Early Access

By Alice O'Connor on June 5th, 2015.

To make a futuresport, take a modern sport then add ultraviolence and perhaps motorcycles. Imagine hockey with razorpucks, cycle polo with motorcycles and warhammers, or football where people don’t dive to the ground when touched but rather give the other player a damned good hiding. That last one’s not far off the idea of Soccer Rage [official site].

With no off-sides, substitutions, fouls, or any rules beyond “kick the ball into the goal” really, Soccer Rage is part football and part fighting game. Ungentlemanly sportsmen can check it out now on Steam Early Access.

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In The Game: FIFA 16 Gets Women’s International Teams

By Philippa Warr on May 28th, 2015.

Alex Morgan

So here’s a GOOD piece of news involving FIFA – the gaming franchise will finally be adding women to its playable character roster, kicking off [sorry] with the twelve women’s international teams included in FIFA 16 [official site].

Here’s the trailer:

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Turn-Based Ball-Kicking In Football Tactics Demo

By Alice O'Connor on May 7th, 2015.

Back in September 2014, I wrote my one good RPS post, feigning ignorance of football and describing FIFA 15 as real-time squad-based tactical ritualised combat. Oh, what japes! But look who’s the fool now: it’s you, you rotters. Football Tactics [official site] takes that real-time action onto a grid with team management and turn-based ballcombat.

Developers Creoteam have released a demo to support their Steam Greenlight campaign. On the balltlefield it’s all pretty JRPG-ish, which proves me entirely correct.

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RPS Chat: Curve Balls And Cheat Claims In Football Games

By Philippa Warr on April 30th, 2015.

A jolly sportsman

Pip: Adam and Graham, do the football simulators include curve ball physics? I was trying to get to sleep last night and I started wondering if curve ball physics were seen as weird or unfair or OP if they transitioned to games on account of being less predictable than straight shots.

Graham: You can add after touch to shots to curl them in PES or FIFA, but it requires careful aiming on the part of players and is usually limited by the skill of the real life footballer you’re controlling at that moment. The camera angle, because it’s side-on like a television camera, also stops it from being an easy bend-away-from-goalkeeper cheat.

Adam: Going way back, it was the best way to score in Sensible Soccer.

Pip: But people don’t kick off if you use it? What I mean is if curling a ball happens in real life you have to suck it up – okay you might complain but it’s something that physically just happened and you can’t argue that it’s a broken system – but in a game I was wondering if that held or whether it was treated differently.

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Minimalist Footy: Super Sec Soccer

By Alice O'Connor on November 20th, 2014.

Kick!

I’ve gushed about local multiplayer minimalist sports games before, those lovely games which strip sports down, tossing out slow bits and rebuilding them as frenetic and weird games. It’s a pretty great movement/genre/thing. Today brings the release of another reinvented sport, a bouncy version of football this time, in Super Sec Soccer. It offers 90-second matches of 5-a-side where the ball bounces back off boundary lines and the action is never slowed by free kicks, corners, penalties, fouls, or anything. It has matches vs. AI too, but it looks like one best played with a pal.

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Dini And The Wonderkids: A History Of Football Games

By Adam Smith on June 26th, 2014.

Certainly within the rules

FOOTBALL. It’s been on your telly for the last few weeks and it’s staying there for a few weeks more. FOOTBALL. Every supermarket is full of products adorned with the looming faces of men who kick balls for a living. FOOTBALL. It’s only gone and found its way onto RPS as well.

The World Cup comes but once every four years and it’s a time of celebration and eventual heartbreak for many, and numbing ennui for many more. In honour of the tournament so far, which has been refreshingly full of goals and only the occasional nil-nil draw or shoulder-chomp, I’ve written a brief but definitive history of football games.

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Fouled In the Box: PES 2012 Demo

By Adam Smith on August 24th, 2011.

This foot-to-ball man only has a 360
Foot-to-ball is coming home. Or at least it will be as soon as you click this direct download link for the PES 2012 demo. As always, perfect to play while lounging on the couch in front of the tellybox. Unless your tellybox is linked to an Xbox 360 in which case, come back to the PC. The 360 demo has been delayed due to those pesky unforeseen circumstances that crop up from time to time! This is the first demo to be released for the game and is based on preview code and it allows you to play ten minute matches with Manchester United, AC Milan, Porto, Napoli, Santos and C.A. Panarol. It’ll be followed by an updated demo mid-September.

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PES 2012: This Year, Feet Meet Balls

By Adam Smith on August 23rd, 2011.

A wistful foot-to-ballsman, yesterday

Like a whisper on the breeze or a particularly quiet spectre, the foot-to-ball season has begun once more. Of course, the quiet clamour of millionaires hoofing calfpelts is often drowned out by more mundane matters such as collapsing regimes and a crumbling global economy. That’s a joke of course. The global economy has crumbled. It is constituted entirely of crumbs. But, to return to the point at hand, the silly season is upon us and not enough people are repeatedly telling you that. Konami shall be honouring this glorious occasion with the release of PES 2012. There will be demos available very soon. That’s right. Demos. Plural. Excited? Read on!

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