From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by Matt_B » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:32 am

The Match Day games were great for their time, but I think I'd have to go for Sensible Soccer. I'd think it struck a nice balance between relatively simple controls and being able to pull of quite fancy moves where, rather than press a specific button for them like you would in a modern game, it was all about the timing. A frame or two might be all the difference between pulling off a headed ball or missing it entirely, and at the other end you could pull off a clearance or stick the ball in your own net by a similar margin.

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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by SpecChum81 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:07 pm

Though I've never been a Football fan, I always thought that Striker for the SNES and Kick Off 2 for the Speccy were rather fun.
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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by seekingvirtue » Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:33 pm

Megaman soccer. I like the powerups, bringing some action to the field, eh?

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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by RetroMartin » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:11 am

Don't like the game in real life, won't waste my time on it on a game system either. Though saying that I played ISS64 once and it was amusing enough.

I do note that almost nobody here mentions any similar type games. It's always the zany or arcade OTT types. Probably a good reason for that!
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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by Hiro » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:20 pm

Emlyn Hughes International Soccer. With its endless set of options and moves, editable teams, free kicks, penalties... in 1987 it was light years ahead of all the previous football games and is still better than most that have been released after.
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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by RichL » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:03 am

Championship Manager 93 on the Amiga - I still play it today, albeit on an emulator.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:45 pm

Hiro wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:20 pm
Emlyn Hughes International Soccer. With its endless set of options and moves, editable teams, free kicks, penalties... in 1987 it was light years ahead of all the previous football games and is still better than most that have been released after.
Yes, on the Speccy it was brill. Keepers that could actually catch a ball! Brilliant game, and lots of firsts not seen in a footy computer game
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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by Big Shoes » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:32 pm

Sensible Soccer on the Amiga, followed by World Soccer on the Master System and Match Day on the Spectrum 48K

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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by Sputryk » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:43 pm

There can only be one choice, only EVER one choice: Sensible World of Soccer (SWOS) on the Amiga. I couldn't care less that it lacks entirely the 'realism' of the modern releases. No footie game before or since has ever provided the ridiculous level of fun and entertainment that SWOS did/does. Absolutely fantastically superb.
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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by stvd » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:32 pm

I played a LOT of the following...........
Matchday (1 & 2) on the Spectrum
Kevin Keegan (SNES)
Sensible Soccer (Megadrive)
and a few others on the Dreamcast, SNES.

As retro as I can go.... Pro Evolution Soccer 2 (PS1) - still better than some current-gen efforts.

As fun as the older games are, their depiction of a life-like football game has to be created in the player's mind.
I played Match Day a lot and, just last week, decided to play it. It's almost unplayable.

The current PES & FIFA's are, as should be expected, the best depiction of football as you can get.
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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by kebabinho » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:45 pm

It has to be SWOS on the Amiga. Great playability, a good management system, and the commentary by Johnathan Pearce was excellent

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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by sirclive1 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:02 pm

Hiro wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:20 pm
Emlyn Hughes International Soccer. With its endless set of options and moves, editable teams, free kicks, penalties... in 1987 it was light years ahead of all the previous football games and is still better than most that have been released after.
in 87 it would have least been 1 light year ahead :)
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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by greenberet79 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:41 am

Sensible Soccer. One of the greatest games in history. It may not get the world wide attention but for someone growing up in Britain in the 80s/90s SS was The Business.
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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by greenberet79 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:43 am

stvd wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:32 pm
I played a LOT of the following...........
Matchday (1 & 2) on the Spectrum
Kevin Keegan (SNES)
SWOS (Megadrive)
and a few others on the Dreamcast, SNES.

As retro as I can go.... Pro Evolution Soccer 2 (PS1) - still better than some current-gen efforts.

As fun as the older games are, their depiction of a life-like football game has to be created in the player's mind.
I played Match Day a lot and, just last week, decided to play it. It's almost unplayable.

The current PES & FIFA's are, as should be expected, the best depiction of football as you can get.
Great shout for Kevin Keegan's Player Manager on the SNES - a decent manager game and an excellent version of Kick Off.

Also loved Striker on the SNES.
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Re: From The Forum issue 176 - Favourite football game

Post by greenberet79 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:44 am

As far as management games go, my favourite was Championship Manager 97/98 on the PC. Later versions just got too in-depth for me. 97/98 hit the sweet spot - a nice balance of entertainment and strategy.
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