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Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Sunday, 28 May 2006
Have you ever wanted to become a complete egocentric soccer player like all the other soccer players? Well here’s your chance, in New Star Soccer 3.

New Star Soccer 3 is one of a few soccer games for the PC that dismisses teams and team strategies. Instead the game focuses on only one player and follows that player through his career. The player of the game can only control one player in a match. It’s a pretty neat concept, one that we haven’t seen too often. But is it as good in a real game as it is on paper?

The first screen in the game is where you select your player name and in which team you want the player to be placed. There are several teams in leagues from Albania to Italy, Spain and England. You can also select in what position you want to play, preferred foot and the difficulty level.

After the basic selections there is also a bit more advanced one. To define your player’s characteristics you get a couple of points that you can place in flair, control, both feet, pace, strength, stamina, positioning and vision. The more points you place within one area the better the player gets.

When you have created a player you have to go through a training round. The training teaches you the basics; unfortunately the training round will show up every time you decide to start a new game. As it turns out the training is quite simple, the only real problem might be doing headers.

The real part of the game is playing matches against other teams. It’s also here that you will notice how hard this game really is. First of all it isn’t easy to anticipate what your teammates will do, even if you do that they do it so fast that it’s hard to react. However this is simply something that you will get better at as progress is made.

After a while you will learn to only stay in the zone you are assigned to, and not run all over the field. But this isn’t nearly as fun as being the player of every situation, if you for example play defense with a very offensive team you will mostly be away from the action. Some might argue that this is how real soccer is played, and that’s true. Realism and computer games aren’t always good to match up though.

If you make mistakes during the game your team will substitute you and eventually kick you out. So after playing two really bad games it will be a couple of matches before you actually get to play again.

Graphically New Star Soccer 3 resembles the older Sensible Soccer –series. There are however nicer shading. Personally I think the graphics are as you would want them in a game like this, you don’t notice them and that’s the way it should be.

New Star Soccer 3 includes an interesting concept that we don’t see too often. Only that earns the game a special place in my heart. Sometimes the concept does make the game a bit boring, especially if you compare it to traditional soccer games, all in all an entertaining game with potential of becoming better.


Related: Sensible Soccer 2
Developer: New Star Games
Website for Game: http://www.newstarsoccer.com/
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP
Cost of Full Game: $19.99 Buy It Here
Where to Get: Download Trial Here
Year of Release: 2006

Requirements:
Direct X 7
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card




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