Enter World Tour Soccer 2005 from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's London Studio. I don't want to imply that it has in major problems but when compared to the competition, more needs to be done. Lost in last year's clash of the titans was a surprisingly solid World Tour Soccer 2003 from 989 Sports. Guide a team through exhibition matches, entire seasons, careers, or single-player and multiplayer challenges. The winner will be the player who can hammer the ball down the field more times than the other guy. It's mostly luck after you let go of the button.
World Tour Soccer wouldn't be too terrible if it was alone in the soccer realm. That variety of teams and players is eye catching on paper but it does seem like that effort might have been better placed elsewhere. The inclusion of this dirty tactic in a video game isn't inappropriate given that it is all too common in the modern sport, but the way it's implemented in World Tour Soccer 2005 does make you wonder what the developer is actually trying to achieve. Play in numerous international tournaments including the World, Euro and Asian Cup. About First Released April 12, 2004 Platforms ps2 Genre Sports Rating Summary World Tour Soccer 2005, released as This is Football 2004 in Europe, gives players the ability to choose among 900 international and league teams from across the globe, 18,700 players from 30 divisions and 22 leagues.
The only time you'll be forced to use these subpar sides is during the game's career mode, thankfully, but what's even stranger than their inclusion in the first place is that they are, for all intents and purposes, identical to all of the other teams in the game save for their lower skill ratings and gaudy uniform designs. Like in the gameplay for instance. So what's wrong with World Tour Soccer 2005? In World Tour Soccer 2005, scoring on and beating your opponents is no great challenge. Unfortunately, everything falls apart when you actually get into a soccer match. The players and stadiums are all well detailed and few would have any complaints. The tourneys are all there as well. .
This April, Sony's apparently time-traveling, calendar-deprived sports division will attempt to make a run for the soccer title with the release of World Tour Soccer 2005. In the end, World Tour Soccer boils down to a game of kickball. Let's start with the first thing you'll notice after negotiating the menus and staring at the loading screen for 60 seconds that you'll later wish you'd spent doing something worthwhile: the in-game visuals. Most soccer games of the past have been relatively easy, that is, games will usually end up being 10 goals to 9. Control for the rest of the team is a mixed bag; free kicks are aided by the use of icon passing, but the aid is minimal.
This year, both games have upped the ante and put their best foot forward. We'd recommend that you don't. First the graphics suffered from this, and now the gameplay. Play as or against the world's best soccer stars with more than 18,000 players from 900 international and club teams from 23 leagues and 31 different divisions. Games take place in stadiums and arenas faithfully remodeled after real locations.
The result, invariably, is that our player receives a yellow card, and the opposing team gets a free kick. The regular sounds from the soccer field are included and meet expectations but a few added features such as crowd participation help further the experience. Although it hasn't made up any ground against its competition, it doesn't step backwards either. Though you can change strategies on the fly different areas of attack, defense, etc. People probably won't be overly impressed either however but the physics are in order and there won't be any distractions from the gameplay. In addition numerous stadiums are available and the expected game options like exhibition, season, career, and challenge are all represented. Perhaps the worst thing about the game is that no matter how many goals you score or how many matches you manage to win in succession, the experience is never pleasing.
Does World Tour Soccer 2005 have anything good going for it? Deliberate dives, for example, appear in the game and can be performed at the touch of a button. Amazingly enough, the sound is almost as sub par as the graphics are. Goalie control is almost non existent, and they will tend to come too far out of net when a long ball is coming their way, leaving room for a lot of crap goals scored by tapping the ball over the keeper's head. World Tour Soccer 2005 is the same story graphically. World Tour Soccer 2005 also comes with commentary in English, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, German and French. Overall however World Tour Soccer 2005 controls reasonably well and you'll only have an issue with it if you've played the competition. The ability to create any player or team from scratch is definitely a plus and is handled rather well.
The goalies, as we already mentioned, react unrealistically to just about every shot they face, and it's also worth noting that they're extremely reluctant to come off their line unless you specifically ask them to using one of the shoulder buttons. World Tour Soccer 2005 also features a new icon-passing system, detailed stadiums, and intuitive controls. Defensive players, with three different tackle commands and an injury-inflicting deliberate foul at their disposal, are lucky to make it through an entire match without getting booked if you're playing with a strict referee--even if you use the tamest of the three tackles exclusively. World Tour Soccer 2005 gets few things right, making it consistently disappointing. In fact, it's difficult to recommend this game to anybody. There are numerous moves involving passing for instance that are difficult to master and the controls seem slightly non-responsive. Developed by Sony's Computer Entertainment London Studio, the latest edition in the series also features upgraded graphics, an improved transfer market, and a deeper controler scheme with all-new passing and shooting systems.
The cheers from the spectators are muffled and will cut off at strange times. Depending on which of the game's 900 or so soccer teams you've chosen to play with, you might recognize some of the better-known players well before you spot the names on their generic-looking uniforms. Depending on the situation, you can choose to power the ball past a wall of defenders by adding mighty swerve or use the revolutionary icon passing system to have your speedy player make a run to the open area to volley the ball into the back of the net. Players will fly wildly around the pitch, passes are difficult to aim, and trying to tackle the ball away from somebody seems like guesswork. Multiple modes of play including Exhibition Match, Season, Career, and Challenge Mode give the sports gamer the opportunity to get in and play a quick game with a friend or battle it out in a grueling season where they'll have to manage player contracts, trades, salary caps and injuries. It also stands to reason that, as a fan of those series, it would take a very special game to convince you that your loyalties were misplaced.
Their soccer franchise however has held up well in the past and once again gives a solid performance with. Play in quick Exhibition or Challenge modes, or go all the way with Season and Career modes. The game also features famous teams from the past such as the '90s Barcelona team, the '80s Milan team and the '70s Liverpool team. This is a major aspect of most sports games these days and is becoming more and more sophisticated as the years progress, with no exceptions here. It's a pity, then, that World Tour Soccer 2005 plays such an ugly version of the beautiful game that it's unlikely you'll play it for long enough to see even half of what it offers. The school team players do, admittedly, exhibit an appropriately low level of understanding of the game as they chase the ball around the pitch; but given that this is actually no different from the very best international teams in the game, it seems reasonable to assume that the schoolboy artificial intelligence is more by accident than by design.