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World Tour Soccer

Developer: SCEE | Publisher: SCEA
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 03/14/05 | Genre: Sports

So you find yourself with a brand new PSP and need a soccer game. What do you do? You may be surprised but you actually have a choice of games. Sony delivers with one of their most consistent sports franchises, World Tour Soccer, and EA brings us FIFA Soccer. Now you may be thinking to yourself... "Two soccer games for a brand new system?Ķ are these guys nuts?" True, having more RPG's on the system would have been nice but at least there is some choice when it comes to the soccer game we choose to play.

After loading up a new game, players have the choice between using the analog stick or directional pad to control their players. Other buttons on the controller are also used to help you spin, perform tricks, do defensive moves, and offensive moves. This area of the game really seems to shine and seems about on the same level as the PlayStation 2 version of World Tour Soccer.

Like the other PSP sports games, a lot of features that you normally find in titles are not included. I have a big problem with this because PSP users are paying a premium price for the games. For the same amount of money, a person can go purchase a copy of a PS2 version and experience the full featured game. Granted the PS2 isn't a portable system, but I cannot excuse the reduction of features in the game without a reduction in the price.

One of the big selling points for all the PSP launch titles is the Internet Gameplay through the built in 802.11b wireless card. This will allow a user to connect through their router and play opponents online. In World Tour Soccer, this feature does work well. However, the gameplay can get extremely choppy against an opponent even on a very fast connection. The framerate issues during online play remind me of how bad things were in Gretzky NHL.

The Artificial Intelligence in World Tour Soccer can leave a lot to be desired as well. The CPU can make several silly mistakes. This not only happens on the opposition's team but on your team as well.

Players can choose from 245 real soccer teams from all over the world. Yes, you read that right?Ķ 245! I bet you didn't even know that there were that many soccer teams in existence today. David Beckham can only bring publicity to so many soccer clubs.

Visually the title is nice looking. Again, like other PSP titles, it isn't quite as good as the PS2 but pretty darn close. This should only get better as the developers get more accustomed to the PSP hardware.

With solid gameplay, multiplayer options, and great controls, World Tour Soccer for the PSP is a title all fans of soccer should check out. Expect great things from this series in its next PSP incarnation. Until then, check out World Tour Soccer to scratch the soccer itch you have on your new PSP.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 03/23/05

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