Virtua Striker 2002
Genre Sport -> Sport
Today's Rank 8872
Homepage N/A
Date N/A
Publisher Sega
Date 2002-05-24
Publisher Atari
United Kingdom Retail Box ArtFootball makes for good business when it comes to computer games and, ever eager to score a few shillings for the coffers, Sega have unleashed the latest version of their arcade footy game Virtua Striker onto the Gamecube masses. Arcade really is the keyword here--there are no officially sanctioned player names and little in the way of tactics, and ball control consists of a couple of button taps. That's not to say it's not fun--we hadn't laughed so much in ages when our Tongan side beat Germany 6-0 in an oddly disjointed game featuring poor animation, no commentary and sparse sound effects which are totally inappropriate within the context of the game. It's hard not to feel this is an opportunity missed. Virtua Striker 2002 has oodles of play modes for single and multi-player action, but there's something unsatisfying about the playing experience. The lack of proper challenges makes tackling an awkward affair and team members either slide dramatically across the turf or produce some kind of nervous tic which throws the opponent away from the ball. And matters don't improve when the other side gain possession. Time after time a computer-controlled friendly player will dash perilously close to a loose ball only to snatch himself away and run off in a random direction--it's frustrating to say the least. If you can bear its inadequacies, Virtua Striker 2002 can be very good fun--it's certainly the most hilarious footy game for the 'Cube to date--but those looking for a more realistic representation should stick with the FIFA or ISS series. --Chris Russell
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