CONSOLE REVIEW; Adidas Power Soccer 2 (Psygnosis) PlayStation
Saturday 24 January 1998
The original title offered end-to-end arcade-style action and some of the most horrific tackles ever seen on a computer game. APS2 provides more of the same, with improved graphics, slicker gameplay and two-footed challenges Vinny Jones would be ashamed of. It also features many real Premier League teams, in addition to 56 national teams and top club sides from France, Germany and Italy.
The control in APS2 isn't as precise as in Fifa '98, but that's part of its appeal. Realistic football games won't let you kick an opposition player to pieces while he lies prostrate on the ground, or score with a power-shot from inside your own half. The other advantage it has over the more serious simulators is that it's easier to get to grips with. You can put together neat passing moves without any real effort and 30- yard bicycle kicks are a piece of cake.
However, for all its good points, there are aspects of the game which aren't quite up to scratch: the graphics could be sharper, the commentary bears little relation to what's happening on the pitch and, at times, the movement of the players feels sluggish.
The game remains very playable, but its appeal is ultimately limited.
On release, pounds 44.99
Life & Style blogs
The future of sex: The first female condoms were derided, mistrusted and shunned - but will their modern counterparts catch on?
Satoshi Nakamoto unmasked: Report claims bitcoin inventor is 64-year-old coder living in Los Angeles
Private school refuses to readmit anorexic pupil because her presence would be 'too disruptive to the rest of the year group,' mother claims
'It's brusquely intimate': A bereaved daughter tackles the task of emptying her father's flat
Study suggests that 'gaydars' are real - at least for women
Apple's Tim Cook: Business isn’t just about making profit
Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime
Ukraine crisis: New navy chief 'defects' and surrenders Crimean HQ as Putin claims ultranationalists forced intervention
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
- 1 The future of sex: The first female condoms were derided, mistrusted and shunned - but will their modern counterparts catch on?
- 2 South African rhino finally put down after roaming Kruger park for days with horn hacked off and bullet in brain
- 3 Channel 4 announces two-hour TV show to be broadcast 'Live from Space' later this month
- 4 Man stabbed with Legend of Zelda Master Sword in serious condition
- 5 Study suggests that 'gaydars' are real - at least for women
£40k to £50k pa OTE £80k: Charter Selection: My client, a leading profitable a...
£46,141 to £51,816: NI Direct: The PPS is responsible for all prosecutions pre...
£50000 - £330000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Resident...
£1000 per month: Inspiring Interns: Our client is a start-up mobile app develo...