Addictive Football
Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Tuesday, 28 November 2006

We were many who loved the Sensible Soccer games so I jumped right over the latest soccer game from Addictive 247. Is it as fun as the Sensible Soccer games? Read on to find out.

It’s been years since I played a soccer game like Sensible Soccer, I loved the overhead graphics, cute players running around and the overall feel that the game brought. So when I reviewed Addictive Football that warm nostalgic feeling grabbed hold of me.

Addictive Football makes no secret of being developed in the UK; the first line says it all; “It’s football not soccer!” The British feeling can be hinted in the background menu graphics and on the team names. In the game it self it’s gone, which is a shame.

At first Addictive Football might seem diffuse and rough, but if you look closely you will see stuff happening outside the field. Like hooligans being chased by police, well at least it’s an accurate picture of today’s soccer.

The game is best played with a game pad, like most other sports games. In the beginning this game is extremely frustrating, the controls are imprecise and passes never end up where you want them. After a while you will get the hang of it, but the passing part of the game is still extremely hard with an 8-way gamepad.

Sometimes you wonder if your defence is afraid of the ball as they go down and hide in the corner when the opponent attacks. Instead they should be in front of the goal protecting it. The game is full of these weird choices by your team-mates. If you have the ball on the opponents side of the field and try to get a shot on goal the rest of your team will stand on their side watching.

Addictive Football features a bunch of game-modes including knock-out cups, amateur and pro league and tournaments. All of them are great fun, but the best part of the game is the custom game mode. Using the mode you can create your own team with different skills, it’s great for practicing but even more fun to create a superb team and trash the competition.

The game also has different pitches, including grass, astro-turf, concrete and indoor. For example the ball will roll slower on in the grass pitch than it will indoor. I think it’s a pretty neat feature.

If you get over the frustrating controls and weird AI movement this game gets kind of fun, I can definitely recommend it if you liked the Sensible Soccer games. However there is work to do in order to get a very high score.

Related: Sensible Soccer 2, New Star Soccer 3
Developer: Addictive 247
Website for Game:
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
Where to get:
Download demo here!
Cost of full game: $19.95
Year of Release: 2006

Pentium 400 MHz or higher.
Tested on:
AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz, 2x512 MB RAM, Geforce 4 64 MB, Windows XP.

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