Sega Soccer Slam
Genre Sport -> Sport
Today's Rank 8405
Date N/A
Date 2002-10-18
Publisher Atari
Sega Soccer Slam may mention the beautiful sport in its title, but you’ll not find any competition here for the FIFAs or Pro Evolutions of this world. This is pure arcade soccer: loud, colorful, completely unrealistic, yet soooo much fun. Gameplay is simple: three-a-side fast footie action. You can head, dummy, slide tackle, shoot, pass, and conjure some quite unbelievable super-special shots using button combos and shot gauges. The pace is frenetic, with most games being tense 9-7 affairs. The soccer action plays really well. The game is similar in style to Virtua Tennis in concept, though a lot less serious. Modes of play are standard: arcade, tournament, quest, etc. Play out the quest mode and the similarity to the aforementioned tennis title is clear. You select one of six preset teams based on continent and elemental power. Fire, water, toxic, spirit, electric, and ice form the special powers that each team can unleash on the pitch. Teams are taken on in a round-robin style league with a special challenge offered to you after each match. The challenges are fun and in the style of Virtua Tennis--complete each one and you’ll be given cash to spend in the shop, where you can purchase kit upgrades, new grounds, game artwork, and more. Win the leagues and you'll be able to unlock extra hidden teams. Other game modes allow you to create a personalized super team and unlock more characters. The game's graphics are excellent and each player is instantly recognizable with great animations and detail. The stadiums are well animated and the sound effects are vibrant. The game oozes Sega quality. All in all, Sega Soccer Slam is ideal for those less serious sessions and for pick-up-and-play gaming. --Laurent S. Hall
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