Striker '95 is the another entry in the popular Striker series. However, this sequel manages to improve on its predecessors almost in every area by featuring a more fluid and friendly gameplay, an expert in-match commentary or the customization support to edit the teams' default settings. It also has FMV clips.
Striker 95 was made in 1995 by a company called Rage Software. It is a soccer game made for Dos, and Amiga but it can also run in Windows. In this game you can use either the keyboard or the joystick. Rage Software wanted this game to be competitive with Actua Soccer, Vr Soccer and Fifa. If you like soccer games you will love this one, because here you only need to pass and shoot and hope to win the game, but this game was also improved, because in it you can edit names, tactics, and many others things. It's a game with a lot of attention for detail.
But let's talk about the game. First you'll get a lot of choices in the main menu. You can decide you if you want to play a Friendly match (for a short game), Practice (the best way for rookies to learn how to play), and competitions (where you get different options, like Championship, league, Knockout and world cup).
In the main menu you also have the options to edit teams! Yes you can edit your country name, and can put in your favorite names for the players on your team, an option that very few games offered at that time. You can also change the colors of your team's uniforms, and choose the best tactic (to play in a 4-2-2 or 3-5-2 formation and such). You can even change the face of your players. Fantastic, isn't it?! And another great option of this game is that all players have their unique statistics. But the possibilities don't end here. You even get to choose between an indoor and a traditional outdoor tournament. The indoor tournaments (as you may know) are actually a whole different game of soccer. The ball can never be out of the field, your players run faster, and there are many more differences that make separate this game from the traditional game.
You can play with comments, like the British style that you can see on TV, and with or without music. You can define the time for every match (it can be between 2 and 10 minutes) and you can play either with the keyboard, or with a joystick.
The graphics are good for the time of game's release, at the same style is similar to Vr Soccer, they use a 3D environment, that gives you more realistic movements of the players, which gives a more realistic feel while playing soccer. This game also has an option for two players, playing in the same team or one against the other. The music is good, but after a while it can get too repetitive, but since this is a soccer game you can turn the music off.
I remember I loved to play this game when it came out, so if you like to play soccer games as I do, try this game, now because I think even today it is one of the best soccer games made. I give it a clear 5 points.
Striker '95 is an above-average soccer game that features some of the best graphics for its time. Similar to Actua Soccer by Gremlin, Striker '95 features a true 3D environment, with rotoscoped player animations for realistic movements. Different stadiums are included with a variety of playing surfaces. The game boasts over 5,000 players, each with his own statistics, from over 50 national and international teams. The players' statistics don't seem to affect the gameplay that much, though-- only some very minor effects. For instance, players who have low stamina level will tire quicker, and so they will run slower than others. Gameplay is decent, although computer AI leaves much to be desired-- sometimes the computer will send all of its players on offense, leaving nobody to mark my deadly forward. This makes most matches far too easy.
The stadium atmosphere is good, as it's rendered with a wide array of sounds, from cheers to songs and noises sampled directly from real games. The CD-ROM version (not the one here, unfortunately) features good commentaries from Andy Gray (a famous UK commentator) in different languages (English, French and German). Overall, an above-average soccer game that pays much more attention on graphics than gameplay. If you like easy soccer games with great graphics, this one might fit the bill, although the controls take some getting used to.
People who downloaded Striker '95 have also downloaded:
Striker '96, Striker (from Rage), Slam 'n Jam, Sport of Kings (a.k.a. Omni-play Horse Racing), Sensible World of Soccer, Subbuteo, SuperStar Ice Hockey, Slicks & Slide
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