Adidas Power Soccer International ’97
Football’s coming home. Memorable words indeed from an almost glorious summer. Euro ’96 was notable for a number of reasons, but none more than England’s ignominious exit against the tenacious Germans in the semifinal. Memorable for very different reasons is Psygnosis’ pseudo follow-up to Adidas Power Soccer, the imaginatively titled Adidas Power Soccer International ’97.
SWEATERS FOR GOALPOSTS
Other than the addition of 56 National teams, new European squads (with real names), tournament mode, slightly tweaked gameplay elements and a couple of new options, including a radar, timer, and cup stats, there is nothing really new on offer for fans of the original game.
More familiar options include an arcade or simulation mode, where two styles of footy can be played depending on your mood. Arcade mode allows players to kick, punch, handball and unleash the Super Power Predator shot amongst other things, whereas simulation mode is more for the footballing purist, incorporating off-sides and the proper rules.
As far as we can tell, there have been no graphical changes pitch-side whatsoever. The polygonal players look decidedly dated now and perform identically to those in the first version. Granted, there are plenty of moves accessible via the facia buttons of the controller, which newcomers to Power Soccer can have a few hours fun with, but the game represents nothing more than a costly update to those already familiar with the original.
WE LOVE YOU LEEDS
As a stand-alone product, Adidas Power Soccer International ’97 is passable, but nothing more.We were hoping for a substantial graphical overhaul, improved AI and better commentary – not someone who sounds like he’s been picked off the winner’s podium of the 1997World Gravel Eating competition! It seems almost criminal that Psygnosis is releasing a product which constitutes no more than a glorified data disk when we all want to see is Adidas 2.
If you haven’t sampled the relatively limited delights of the first game then this might interest, but to be honest there will be a whole new generation of football games in time for the new season, and for now you’re better off with Eidos’ Soccer ’97.