The 8-bit soccer game that was way ahead of it's time... seriously
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I'm Gaming Jay: Youtube gamer, let's player, retrogaming fan, and determined optimist... Join me in this series while I try out EVERY game in the book 1001 VIDEO GAMES YOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE, before I die. The game review for each game will focus on the question of whether you MUST play this game before you die. But to be honest, the game reviews are just for fun, this series is more about the YouTube gamer journey. Let's try out those classic retro games we grew up with, have fond memories of, or heard of but never got a chance to try! And with that said, the game review for today is...
Sensible World of Soccer
Developer(s) Sensible Software
Genre(s) Sports, Management Simulation
If you are a soccer fan, it's hard to see what you won't enjoy about Sensible World of Soccer. From the realistic background hush of thousands of onlookers in the stadium as you play, to the simple yet relatively realistic controls, to the literally library of teams, countries, and players to choose from, Sensible World of Soccer truly stands out as an amazing game for soccer fans. Indeed, I can easily see why this game was heralded as one of the best games ever made for the Amiga.
Now, for us non-soccer fans, Sensible World of Soccer is a little less impressive. I must say that I'm a sucker for sunny retro graphics and this is a beautiful game. However, the controls themselves, though simple, were a little frustrating for a non-soccer player like myself. I suppose soccer is just a difficult game with a lot of back and forth across the field but I found it quite difficult to do well in the game. I could recognize though that this wasn't due to poor game design but rather my own soccer ineptitude so I don't hold it against the developers. Though it did make me think I'd almost rather watch someone play this game than play it myself. And actually, in an interesting twist, this feature does exist in the game! Yes, you can watch two computer players duke it out in a game of simulated soccer.
All in all, this game gave me mixed feelings. I felt like it was a good game and it had so much detail that especially back in 1994, this was a tremendous soccer game worth the time for any die hard fan out there. And indeed, maybe even casual soccer fans will still find this to be a great game today. For myself, not being a soccer guy though, this isn't a game I would likely go back to. And so for that reason I give this one a soft recommend. But hey, whether you decide to try it or not, you do have to appreciate it as one of the great retro soccer games!
➙ Must You Play It?
Simple controls, smooth gameplay, great retro graphics, and a seemingly neverending list of countries, teams, and players, Sensible World of Soccer strikes me as one of the best retro soccer games out there. Now that said, not being a soccer guy myself, I did not find the game to be that amazing for me personally, which is why I'm giving it a soft recommend. But hey, if you're a soccer or sports gaming fan, go out and try this one, I suspect you'll really enjoy it!