Nov 29, 2013
I’ll be honest: I’m somewhat cynical of soccer sims. It seems most long-term sports management games have been done. Still, it takes a game like New Star Soccer to change my mind, and change my mind it did.
The game provides an abbreviated player development ladder based around The Beautiful Game. It connects gameplay, skill development/career and more into a pretty nice simulation package.
It starts out with the character. Upon launch, the game prompts to create a profile in of the available slots (it’s possible to have more than one on the same device). I like that there is some customization, down to nationality and skin tone. There is a tutorial, and then some skills tests. After this, our newly created player gets to sign a contract with one of the lower teams, and it’s off on the career quest.
On the “home” page, the tabs all but explain the elements that need to be managed: League, Skills, Life and actual Games. Skills are the attributes that can be improved upon by taking mini-challenges. The League measures standings of the team, while Life measures measured intangibles, like our players relationship with teammates, Manager and fans. It also ascribes a value for lifestyle… things like tattoos, vehicles and properties all come ogether and can be improved upon by game bux earned from playing.
The games are quick affairs, with summary excerpts that denote noteworthy plays (including any involving our player; when these do occur, the game uses some fun action sequences). The action starts with the occasional easy pass or shot, which can be accomplished by pulling back on the ball to effect the appropriate power, and releasing in the direction of a teammate or the goal and then “striking” the rolling ball to control spin. As a soccer player, Successful passes and goals yield points which are reflected in bonus payouts and achievements.
The most important element is Energy. to train, or interact with teammates, or anything important, energy is expended. Not having enough reduces playing time and/or relegates the picked player to a substitute status. replacement cans can be purchased with bux or real cash.
I really enjoyed the game. I think some of the menus can be streamlined, and multiplayer functionality would be insanely cool. The graphics are a little rough, but do their job.
But for a fun career sim, this is pretty fun and engaging.
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