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Soccer Superstars 2011 Review: This is One Great Soccer Game

I feel like I’ve been playing a lot of Gamevil games recently; Air Penguin sucking up the “waiting” times, while Soccer Superstars 2011 has been sucking up the rest of my time.

And with good reason: Soccer Superstars 2011 may as well be the next, great sports game on the iPhone.  Before this, I’ve been playing Madden NFL 11—that’s right, 2011—on my iPhone, as it was the only sports game that really was enjoyable for me.  I love soccer as well, but all of the soccer games on the App Store are pretty outdated, starting with X2 Football 2010.

I do see some glaring issues with Soccer Superstars though.  So far, after 6 hours of play, it has crashed on me twice causing me to start over whatever game I was playing.  Along with that, Gamevil continues to apply the horrid, extremely small buttons in the UI along with the extremely small text.  On top of that, the controls are slightly off in that whenever I try to change direction, it takes about half a second to switch.  And when a defender is in front of you, that’s a bit too late, as the ball has already been stolen from you.

Restoring your condition after every game is a bit of a nuisance as well, on top of the whole “you look tired, I’m going to bench you” sort of thing that appears in the My League mode.

And while that looks like a large pile of bad things compared to a small pile of good things, Soccer Superstars 2011 is still, probably, one of the best soccer games to date.

Likes

Improved: I never played Soccer Superstars 2010 for a lot of reasons, starting with the controls and frustrating UI.  While Gamevil went on to fix the controls, by that time, the game had already been deleted from my phone and that was that.  While the controls here need a very slight improvement, it’s come a long way from the controls found in the first edition.  On top of that, there’s that it factor in here that wasn’t in the first one; I don’t feel compelled at all to delete this game.  In fact, this is probably my most played game on my phone as of this instance.

Content: The content here is endless, considering that in the My League mode—the mode I’ve been playing the most—you go from Year 1 to Year 2 to Year 3, etc.  There’s really no end to it, and it’s pretty realistic for a cartoony soccer game.  Each year is different, with you trying to win the championship at the end (kind of like winning the Super Bowl).  On top of that, there is the season mode, match play (some variant of online multiplayer), dramatic mode (solve missions and earn G points), and the exhibition mode.  For $4.99, you’re getting a boatload of content and lots and lots of “productive” hours.

Dislikes

Small annoyances: There are a lot of nitpicky annoyances in the league mode, especially the times when “Chance!” comes up on the screen.  You can switch from playing only when you have the ball or just watching the game unfold before you; the latter being the much better choice.  But it also comes with its problems, as there are times when those chances come up and you’re either offsides, someone else has the ball, or you are nowhere near the ball.  Other small annoyances include the offsides rule itself.  One time I was shooting the ball and it happened to hit one of my players; that player was “offsides”, and even though I was shooting and not passing the ball, it was still called as offsides.

Another annoyance is the clock.  I’m shooting the ball, it reflects off the goalkeeper, and right when I’m about to shoot the ball again, it says “Halftime”.  That has happened to me a numerous amount of times, and it does get pretty annoying.  Especially when you lose by one goal and know that it could have been a draw.

And yet another annoyance: stamina and “condition”.  I’m currently in Year 5 and I have to recover my condition every single time after a game.  And even though I recover my condition, it doesn’t really do much.  And it gets even more frustrating when your guy gets taken out 30 minutes into the game, and with no goals or attempts, your morale, popularity, reputation, etc. all go down because of it.  I really, REALLY hope Gamevil strongly considers removing this feature because 1) it’s useless and 2) it’s annoying.

UI: The text is too small, the buttons are too small, and the main menu is too confusing.  This has been a main problem with most Gamevil games, and while it’s a bit better in Soccer Superstars 2011, it still does bother at times.

Soccer Superstars is an extremely fun game.  I would go right on ahead and give it that coveted Must Have award, but there are those small, nitpicky annoyances in there that prevent me from doing so.  I’ve spent hours upon hours playing this game, and while a huge improvement over the previous edition, it still needs some work, especially on the whole stamina and condition thing.  But other than that, for $4.99, you’re getting at least 6 hours of simple, soccer fun.

Soccer Superstars was developed by Gamevil, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPhone 4.  The price is $4.99.


Update for ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2010’ Released, Fixes Many Issues

Konami released a 1.3 update to their soccer game Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, and it has added some things that I disliked.  One particular feature seems to be the ability to manually switch players, which in the version before, was not possible.  This seemed to be a major oversight from Konami, but luckily, they have added it along with many other fixes and features.

Here’s a list of all that’s been updated:

  • Manual switch of defending player (button mode only): When you don’t have the ball, tap on any free part of the screen to switch player.
  • Kick feint: Prepare a shot and quickly press B (or tap on any free part of the screen in Touch controls) when the power gauge appears.
  • Improvement of ball control reactivity (less latency when a player controls the ball).
  • Improvement of headers.
  • Improvement of performance on iPhone 3G.
  • Yellow and red cards management in competitions.
  • Display scorers’ names on Pause/Half-time menu.
  • Improvement of the simulation of the other match results in a competition.
  • Improvement of the camera angle in Offside replay.
  • Improvement of the team random selection in Quick match and Exhibition.
  • Fix of miscellaneous little bugs.

If this is your first time hearing about Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, be sure to check out our review.  Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is available in the App Store for $6.99.

‘X2 Soccer 2010’ Updated to Support iOS 4 Multitasking, Online Stability Fixes

X2 Soccer 2010 seems to be one of the first games to actually support iOS 4 multitasking, a feature that’s only available on the iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch third generation, and the iPhone 4.  While it’s not a huge update, the main issue here seems to be the online multiplayer stability fixes.

Since my review, I have not played one full online multiplayer match.  The farthest I’ve gone is about 3 minutes before I inevitably disconnect from the server and have to go through the entire connecting process again.  Hopefully the update will fix these issues, as I am dying to show off my soccer skills to the world.

I haven’t been able to test the update yet though, since people don’t seem to be playing online (waiting for games for atleast 5 minutes now), and I’m not sure if it’s because of a lack of players or the fact that the update did absolutely nothing.

While I’d like to believe the former, it would be nice if X2 Games fixed the framerate issues, animation problems, and sprinting control issues.  Some higher resolution graphics for the iPhone 4 would be quite nice also, although I’m not expecting too much for now.

With that said, hopefully this update will fix all of mine (and your) online multiplayer woes.

It was a Mistake: ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2010’ Gets Bumped to $6.99

Seems like Konami made a mistake with their pricing and released PES 2010 for $1.99, instead of the usual $6.99 price tag.  Fortunately, I was able to pick the title up for the lower amount, and I highly doubt it’ll go down to that price anytime soon.  Of course, it’s still a good game although I would advise to read around the interweb to form some opinions.  You can read our review to get a feel for the game, as there were some problems that I dealt with.

With no multiplayer (that means no WiFi, Bluetooth, or online multiplayer), this is a hard one to recommend for $6.99.  The single player mode isn’t bad though, and the controls, AI, and character models are by far the best we’ve seen yet.  Again, it isn’t the best and it sure is missing some features, but if you’re looking for a challenging soccer game, this may be worth your hard-earned dollars.

Be sure to check out our in-depth review before making the purchase.  If you’ve already purchased the game, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 Review: Not Quite there yet

Soccer games on the iPhone and iPod touch have all but been lackluster and mediocre; X2 Soccer 2010 has its lag and animation problems, Real Soccer 2010 has its AI problems, and FIFA 10 has its control and other issues.  But let’s put in yet another soccer game into the confuzzled mix, in this case Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, and you get a solid soccer game that could have been better.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 includes all of the basic things you would expect from a soccer game: exhibition, league, and cup play, along with the inclusion of a UEFA League mode with licensed, European league teams.  Of course, that’s not enough to really balance out the fact that Pro Evolution Soccer doesn’t include much more than a standard soccer game.

Along with that, it’s failure to include multiplayer seems like a huge oversight to me.  Even WiFi and bluetooth multiplayer would have been great, and with the competition such as X2 Soccer including online multiplayer, Konami did something that was quite surprising.  Multiplayer is a standard now in most iPhone games, and it just seems like a huge misfire by Konami.

Other than that, Pro Evolution Soccer contains a lot for the $1.99 price tag, regardless of its lack of multiplayer.  Sure, it’s not the best game on the platform and it would have been nice to see more, but the single player mode is actually much improved from its predecessors.

Likes

Speed: In PES 2010, the speed of the players feel normal; they’re not going drastically slow such as the case with X2 Soccer 2010, and when they’re sprinting it actually looks like they’re sprinting.  Some people may have to adjust to the speed (although I highly doubt it), but PES 2010 adds much needed quickness to a should-be quick game.

Player models: If I said the graphics were good, I would be lying to myself.  The grass detail is lacking, and it looks just like a green rectangle angled a bit to “look” like grass.  But enough of that aside, PES 2010’s player models are probably the most detailed of all soccer games on the App Store.  They actually look like people, compared to other soccer games that have players with very pixelated arms and legs, with little or no eye or hair details.

AI: If you’re one of those people that love a challenge, this is definitely the soccer game for you.  In the regular difficulty (mind you, there’s two levels higher than that), I never lost, but I did tie three times with teams I just couldn’t score against.  But that’s a huge improvement from Real Soccer 2010 and X2 Soccer 2010; I was able to score 11-0 and 7-0 respectively pretty much every match.  The average scores for PES 2010 range anywhere from 1-3, as I haven’t scored four goals yet.  That’s much more realistic and akin to professional soccer matches; you won’t even find an 11-0 score in a kiddy game.

They actually block the ball: Wow, what a surprise!  The players can actually be used as blocks now, like they are in real soccer games!  If you kick the ball and happen to hit a player, the ball actually bounces back!  This is how it should be in any soccer game, but I first encountered it here in PES 2010; this shows that iPhone soccer games still have a ways to go.

Dislikes

Lack of multiplayer: This is a HUGE oversight by Konami.  With multiplayer, I believe the game would have easily achieved the Must Have award and proclaimed the best soccer game so far.  But without it, PES 2010 is somewhat crippled in terms of features, and without any new game modes other than the standard, I just don’t understand why they didn’t include it.

No commentary: Meh, I’ve never been a huge fan of commentary, as soccer players are on the field and not in the commentary box.  Games such as FIFA may be trying to achieve a more “TV” type of soccer game, and it just feels natural and not as quiet with commentary in there.

Nothing more: Like I mentioned before, there’s nothing more than the standard gameplay modes: League, Exhibition, and Cup.  X2 Soccer atleast has the Dream Team mode, FIFA the Be A Pro mode, and Real Soccer 2010 with something similar to the Be A Pro mode.  PES 2010 has nothing more, which in turn takes a huge hit on the amount of content it has.

Manual switch?: Is there a button to manually switch players?  I can’t seem to find it.  If it’s not there, then someone at Konami really needs to wake up, as it’s yet another huge oversight.

PES 2010 is, at best, a good soccer game.  There are a lot of feature and content problems that I know could have been nonexistent had Konami been more creative.  Along with that, it would have been very nice if they included some sort of multiplayer in here; a single player experience just isn’t enough anymore with App Store games.  Other than that, the gameplay experience is definitely one of the best out there, and the AI is probably the most intelligent of all.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 was developed by Konami Digital Entertainment, and I played with version 1.0 on my iPhone 4.  The price is $1.99.