Total Soccer is the result of a company called Live Media with the intentions of re-establishing the old 16-bit playing soccer titles as we once knew them. Viewed from a top down 3D (zoom option is available) view the game runs at either 30 frames per second or 60 frames per second in 640x480, 800x600, or 1024x668 resolution now supporting 3D cards, Total Soccer has a certain good old 16 bit feeling.
Gameplay is mixed between an arcade and simulation title with faster than the real thing gameplay but realistic strategies and play otherwise. Players will also notice the difficulty in dribbling compared to the FIFA series giving a realistic impression that the ball just doesn't stick to the player boots (auto dribble option available). Control can also be configured while gamepad and keyboard are the recommended controls.
Game modes include single game, training (puts the player through various exercises) and competition while saved replays can be viewed and last match highlights are also available. Game options include frame rate (target 30 or 60 frames per second), pitch graphics (textured, checked or flat shaded), wind, half length (includes various amounts of time and the golden goal option), pitch conditions (muddy, wet, dry, normal), extra time, sound balances, choice of referees with various characteristics and difficulty (CPU Skill).
Total Soccer is a fun Sensible Soccer-style football game that is quite a lot of fun, even if it doesn't introduce any new concepts that Sensible Soccer fans haven't seen before.
One of the best things about Total Soccer is multiple resolutions. You can play the game in 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, and even higher resolutions. You can zoom in or out on the pitch as close to the action or as far away as you want. As for the action itself, fans of Sensible Soccer will be delighted to hear that Total Soccer recreates the feel very accurately - although not all the sense of humor remains intact. Unlike most other (unrealistic) soccer games, the ball in Total Soccer does not stay "glued" to your feet; dribbling, like in Sensible Soccer, is therefore crucial to success. The tough computer opponent doesn't make things easier for you, either, unless you are playing Manchester United. You can choose your team from hundreds of European teams, and compete in various cups and tournaments. With very smooth graphics, superb control scheme, and a very fast pace, Total Soccer will entertain everyone who loves Sensible Soccer. It is too bad that a lot of manegerial options in Sensible Soccer (for example, the ability to buy/sell players) are not implemented in this game, but on the pitch, the action is just as much fun as you remember. The game also seems to be lacking the sense of humor that makes Sensible Soccer such a charming classic (I miss the cute victory dance when someone scores a goal, for example). But once you see the little players dive for a header or pull a nice curving free kick, you will be having a great time with this excellent game.
People who downloaded Total Soccer have also downloaded:
Total Soccer 2000, Sensible Soccer, International Sensible Soccer, FIFA Soccer 97, Ultimate Soccer Manager 98-99, Hardball V Enhanced (a.k.a. Hardball 5 Enhanced), Kick Off 97, Sensible World of Soccer: European Championship Edition
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