Soccer (1985) Review

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    Soccer (1985) is a pretty basic Soccer game and might even be one of the first of its kind available to play at home. Here is our Soccer (1985) Review.

    The game was developed by Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd. and published by Nintendo, This version was originally released on April 09, 1985, for the Nintendo Entertainment System but has been ported over to the majority of Nintendo platforms. It’s currently also available on the Nintendo Switch Online NES Service, this is also the version I played to review the game.

    For a game released in 1985, it somehow still is fun to play. Sports games get outdated quickly these days, but this type of game doesn’t get made anymore, so it’s nice actually playing a classic soccer/football game that was the big thing at the time. It even surprised me it had stuff like off-side and throw-ins, it felt pretty advanced compared to some other games I’ve been playing on the NES service, but it does suffer from the controls it had at the time a bit, but nothing that is hard to get used to like Tennis (1984).

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    The controls can be a bit annoying in the first few minutes, for instance, switching characters and passing around the ball doesn’t really work that well, there isn’t really a mechanic for properly taking the ball other than just walking into the opposite team and you also move the goalie at the same time you do the main player. But like I said, this isn’t anything that is really annoying, just dated mainly due to how the consoles only had the A and B buttons beside the move buttons.

    I also think this game was mainly focused on an American audience, for some reason they had cheerleaders at halftime and that kind of confused me, I know the game is made in Japan, and they do have cheerleaders there at stuff like baseball games, but that might just be just my knowledge not being great. Something that also surprised me for its time is that they have a lot of different settings, like picking a team, setting a time, and setting a difficulty, while other games from its time only had the basic settings.

    It’s an NES game, so there is nothing much to say about the visuals, but the sound that is kinda off at times in the game. When you score there is this terrible white noise that’s supposed to mimic screaming, but it’s just out of place and doesn’t sound anything like it at all, not sure why they picked this, but hearing nothing when you score or just a nice beep might have been better.

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    For its time, it would have been a must have sports game, but now, it's of course just a fun game to play for a few matches and then to go back to being forgotten.

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