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Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 7.5
Sound 6.9
Value 7.8
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
G
Review Date:
July 2006
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

7.8

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World Tour Soccer 2

Fast and furious to play WTS2 is a game that should make gamers happy who are trying to relive the World Cup excitement just gone by now. This is the second instalment in the series and there have been a few neat tricks added to the way that the title performs both on and off the field. 

The system that you play by is a little different from many of the other games on the market in that it rewards players for using different skills when on the field as opposed to just brute force play tactics. Clever shots and real use of skills will see the medal tally go higher which goes toward your overall score. So there is the game itself that you have a vested interest in winning and also the way that you are playing the whole title. 

Despite the focus on the skillz to pay the billz, WTS2 is surprisingly easy to pick up and play with a learning curve of about 20 minutes to get the hang of the controls. There is a reason for this and it makes perfect sense: 

Being a handheld the game leans toward the simplicity of itís pick up and play ability, giving it the ability to just grab it and play for a short amount of time which is a trait that I will always want to see on a handheld game. It is paramount that I should be able to get into any game for as short a time as possible. 

This has not dumbed down the game at all, however football purists may not like the structure of the title, to which I say ďGet over it!Ē This title is heaps of fun with all the moves and tactics that you would expect to see on a larger console version of the game. There simply is not the level of micromanagement that fanatics might want, however the general look to the game, and feel for that matter is that of a full blown soccer title. 

This is a title with a fair bit under the hood which was a real refreshing thing to see. The PSP continuously surprises us with the quality of the titles that are coming out. There has not been a lot of crud for the machine as yet and whilst I am sure that it will happen at some stage, it is still a while off yet. 

I must admit that whilst I enjoy soccer, I donít play it and the delicacies of some plays are totally lost on me. For others out there who are in the same predicament you might find that the Exhibition mode is more to your liking where you just have to get that damn ball down the field and into the net! Nothing more, nothing less, just lots of great fun.  

The game also has a number of other modes to get into and really enjoy that I am sure that will allow it to stand on itís own as a pretty unique sort of football title. The graphics are a lot of fun and full of crisp detail and the title itself handles really well in an enjoyable fashion. The only downside is there is a slightly long load time between events but that is about it in terms of complaints, so give it a go and see what you think. 






 
 



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