Posts Tagged ‘football’

FIFA 16 Is A Game Of Marvellous Imperfections

According to the wise folks of digital football, there’s a new king in town. Or rather, an old king who has returned to reclaim his crown. Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 has been receiving rave reviews and with FIFA head honcho Sep Blatter once again making headlines for all the wrong reasons, there’s no better time for a changing of the guard.

I’ll get to Pro Evo soon. Early impressions of FIFA 16 [official site] suggest Konami’s kick ‘em up might have to fight hard for my affection.

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Kicking Off: Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 Released

I’ve been looking forward to the latest Pro Evolution Soccer [official site] game since reading a couple of extremely positive reviews of the PS4 version. The game arrived on Steam last night and I’m installing it right now but release day revelations are chipping away at my excitement. Last year’s PC Pro Evo was a hybrid version that felt closer to the 360 and PS3 edition of the game than that on current-gen consoles. The same is apparently true this year and while that doesn’t mean the game will necessarily be a load of cobblers, it does mean I’m unwilling to assume any positives related to the celebrated PS4 version will carry over.

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Build Your Own Offspring: Football Manager 2016

Did you know that you can have children in Football Manager [official site]? Spend enough time in the managerial game and a player appears in the youth ranks of your club, a ‘regen’ who shares your family name. It’s your son, that, and he might go on to be a star. In previous installments, Junior was made up of a random assortment of stats, as likely to be the next Bruno Cheyrou as the next Zinedine Zidane. In this season’s release, you’ll be able do design your son for the first time.

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Twenty Years Of Balls: PES 2016 Revealed

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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