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Posts tagged “football”

We remember Manager Man, the mascot of Football Manager

After over a decade of leading Football Manager, watching from the sideline and becoming increasingly animated on the box art, series mascot Manager Man has been fired. Just as his dramatic poses (from the nostrils down) seemed to confirm his leadership was finally steering the series right, becoming cheers and fist-pumps over the past few years, he's out the door. It's scandalous. Publishers Sega have…

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Sociable Soccer kicks off in early access

Inclement digital weather saw the match called off last week, delayed with only a few hours' notice, but Sociable Soccer today started its pre-season fixtures and launched into early access. It's a new arcade-y ball-kicker made by Sensible Soccer co-designer John Hare and the Combo Breaker squad. They expect to launch the full version early next year but, if you really want to get kicking…

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Sociable Soccer delayed to next week

Bad news, gang: the match is off. Unlace your boots, refold your kit, suck up all the flob you've been spitting on the sideline, return the magic sponge to its reliquary, and unslice the half-time oranges. Sociable Soccer [official site], the new arcade kick 'em up from Sensible Soccer co-designer Jon Hare, was due to launch into early access today but it will not. The…

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Very realistic football game Behold the Kickmen dribbles onto Steam in authentic and accurate way

Behold the Kickmen [official site], the arcade game about football, known in some parts of the world as British Football, has been released this day. It’s by Dan Marshall and Size Five Games, makers of The Swindle. Dan started working on the ball-kicker as part of a game jam but was whisked away by the locker room drama of it all until he finally ended…

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PES 2018 should not suck on PC this year

Maybe, just maybe, 2017 will be the year Pro Evolution Soccer is good on PC too. After several years of mugging us off with PC releases similar to the last-gen console versions, Konami have announced PES 2018 [official site] and declared this time it'll be different. They've promised the PC version will have "substantial enhancements in graphics and content, meeting quality standards and ensuring parity…

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Feature: Why sports games still have more to learn from RPGs

The RPG Scrollbars: A Questline Of Sport

God, I hate sport. In other news, let's talk sport! The fate of any successful game or genre is to be picked apart for reusable pieces, until it's hard to remember a time when they owned it. Adventure games for instance began as one of the few genres with interesting stories and conversations and characters, before slowly being absorbed into RPGs, which now routinely offer…

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Overwatch Goes Footballing In Summer Olympics Event

Overwatch [official site] isn't the first game to imagine "What if, instead of cars, football was played by people?" but heck, let's not scold Blizzard for unoriginality. To celebrate the Summer Olympics, or an unbranded equivalent, Blizzard have added a football-with-people mode to their FPS. I'm always happy to see more studios' takes on football-with-people, and Overwatch's six-player mode sees two teams of Lúcios trying…

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Silly Football In The Swindle Dev’s Behold The Kickmen

Here's a curious thought experiment: what if football were played by human beings rather than sentient cars? How would they turbo boost? How would they even kick the ball? Dan Marshall - him what made The Swindle and is the mean half of Ben & Dan - has some ideas. He's making Behold the Kickmen, a game where football is played on a round pitch…

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Gooaal! Cities: Skylines Adds Free Football Stadium DLC

With Euro 2016 'kicking off' [a technical footballing term meaning 'throwing a wobbler' -ballkicking ed.] tomorrow, Cities: Skylines [official site] has brought football home with a little free DLC. The 'Match Day' DLC lets players build a stadium in their city, pick kit colours for their home team, earn a cut of ticket sales, enact stadium-related policies, and - oh god help - try to…

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Goalball! Super Arcade Football Punted Into Early Access

I remember when this were all trees, and we'd ride the hog to market to play football on the village green with Amiga joysticks for goalposts. Proper football, that, proper football. Developers OutOfTheBit remember those simpler times too, and this week released the first version of their arcade kick 'em up onto Steam Early Access.

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Feature: Ball-toward-foot

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Feature: Fantastic FIFA

Sci-Fi And Fantasy Football: The Cookie Cup

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…

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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…

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Feature: A physics issue

RPS Chat: Curve Balls And Cheat Claims In Football Games

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…

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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…

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