Let's Make a Soccer Team!
Let's Make a Soccer Team! allows you to
create your own football club from scratch and control every element of
its progress against real-life teams and players. Your career begins
when you take charge of your own club in England, France, Holland,
Italy, Germany or Spain with just three matches of the season remaining.
A ruthless rival is threatening to take over your club, to safeguard its
future you must guide your team to promotion to the second division.
Let's Make a Soccer Team is the latest
Soccer Management game from Sony that allows players to create their own
dream by becoming not only the manager but also chairman of their
football club. For those that are having a little trouble reading that
first sentence, that's correct, this is probably the first true soccer
management game for the PlayStation and was actually designed in Japan!
As boss, you take
responsibility for the clubs successes and failures - on and off the
pitch. Appoint your own personal secretary to help manage your diary
as you focus on the tasks of controlling everything from the badge
and kit design, right through to sponsorship, merchandising, stadium
expansion and extra facilities to help bolster profits.
You'll also be in
charge of the squad, so you'll have to buy and sell players, set-up
training sessions to nurture the stars of the future, tweak your
tactics and mastermind your climb to the top. Through the advanced
3D match engine of Let's Make a Soccer Team! you can monitor your
team's progress and view your tactics in action whilst managing your
team from the dugout. Success will then allow you to rebuild the
squad in a bid for another promotion into the top league, and once
you achieve that - the Championship and European competitions await.
Keep your players,
fans and the media happy - dealing with players concerns; media
interviews and rivals mind games. Your club in the real football
world - time to decide if you belong in the dugout or the director's
With that said, the
game allows players to perform a variety of functions as manager such as
mastering staff morale, training, tactics, transfers, stadium
development, sponsorship, merchandise and many many more aspects of
football management. Unfortunately for those that want realism, the teams
are unfortunately limited to only a select number of European countries
such as England, Germany or Spain.
Unlike most soccer management games, Let's
Make a Soccer Team features some interesting twists that are clearly
Japanese in origin such as the option of choosing your own personal
secretary that each have their own... special attributes. Once the
necessities are out of the way, the gamer then decides about his or her
Fortunately not all
aspects of the game are controlled by the player which assist in the
gameplay value because nothing is worse than having to control every
inch of gameplay, especially in management or world-builder games. Thus
as manager, you have the power to delegate certain responsibilities to
staff while you sit back in the stands and watch your team win... or
With that said, the
chairman aspect is arguably the strongest point of Let's Make A Soccer
Team, as you can ignore the day to day triviality of improving players,
to build up the ground and maximize the potential of your back office
staff. You can appreciate why this title was such a success in
Japan as it offers the practically of signing players and making
decisions without any of the depth or strategy that more experienced
Australian players demand.
The menu system and
controls of the game are relatively straightforward and are extremely
reminiscent of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series. Once the game
starts, the player can either choose to watch the events on the field
with some commentary or receive the quick option that basically gets to
Graphically, Let's Make
a Soccer Team is a mixed bag that sometimes features extraordinarily
realistic animation that is sometimes matched with poor animation.
Fortunately the backgrounds, player designs and menu system almost makes
up for this slight graphical hitch.
In conclusion, Let's
Make a Soccer Team is not your stock standard PC sports management
simulations but is aimed at those who just wish to dabble in the
management aspect of games to basically give you a taste. The developers
have added some unique things into the game such as being able to choose
your own secretary and the creation of merchandise that screams Japanese
and in the end, it comes down to good clean fun. Unfortunately it may
become a little repetitive for those wanting more.