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.