Top 5 Old-School Soccer Sims

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With Messi’s Barcelona besting Ronaldo’s Manchester United to claim club soccer’s most prized title in the 2009 European Champion’s League final, we’re on a serious soccer binge here at COED. So to keep the party going, here are five old school soccer titles that can most definitely kick it…

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5. Match Day

With players kitted out in lurid yellow and white kits against a borderline luminous green pitch, a retro blast with Ocean Software’s early hit will likely cause eye-strain today, but in 1984 it helped – ahem – kick off the soccer sim craze. Back of the net!

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4. FIFA International Soccer

Hailed at the time for its swanky graphics, the Sega Genesis title shocked the soccer sim world by, er, ditching the traditional top-down or side-on view for an isometric one that was either ‘quirky’ or ‘down-right unplayable’. Nearly 20 years on they’re still updating-slash-milking the franchise, but this is where it all started back in ’93.

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3. Sensible World Of Soccer

A cult title if ever there was one, here a manager mode was added to the original Sensible Soccer’s top-down, micro-sized players gameplay engine – just a shame about the litter of bugs in the first batch released. Bonus 16-bit sing-a-long factor: The original lyrics and music of theme song ‘Goal-Scoring Superstar Hero’!

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2. Kick Off

Never has a soccer game split sides so furiously as the Commodore Amiga classic Kick Off, with one side claiming that it was a rip-roaring, high-speed sports sim while the other maintaining that the game’s dynamics were more like pinball with the ball zipping randomly around. Imaginatively-titled sequel Kick Off 2 did little to clarify matters, though that too was a guaranteed joystick-breaker.

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1. Soccer

Simply titled and pixelatedly-looking, the blocky bods in the original Nintendo console’s kickabout had only two moves available (A to shoot; B to pass) and seemed to be sporting anti-regulation caps on their heads on the cartridge’s artwork. Bonus early schoolboy titillation factor: the inclusion of cheerleaders!

COED Writer
COED Writer
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