Libero Grande

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Libero Grande
Libero Grande
Cover art of Libero Grande
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) Arcade
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution CD

Libero Grande is a 1997 arcade game by Namco, released in 1998 for the Sony PlayStation.


A typical arcade football game in its nature, Libero Grande introduced a novelty factor previously found in Namco's "Top Striker" for the Nintendo Entertainment System: the ability to play as just one player, instead of controlling the whole team, always swapping for players nearer the ball. This idea was later used by Konami in Winning Eleven/Pro Evolution Soccer titles named Become a Legend mode, and by EA Sports in its various sports game franchises with the name Be a Pro.

The player starts to choose one of the star players, and then a national team. Each star player, based on a real football player but with changed names (Zinedine Zidane is Zenon Zadkine, for instance) is rated in both ball skill, speed and shooting abilities.

In addition to the original arcade mode, the home release adds an International mode (basically, the FIFA World Cup format), a league competition (up to eight star players/teams), which can be all human controlled and a skills mode where the player has to complete several training ground tasks such as hitting a target floating in the goal mouth or hitting an area from distance.

A sequel, Libero Grande 2 (Known as Libero Grande International in Europe) was released for PlayStation in Europe and Japan only, but with less success than the first title.

A playable demo of the game was included in Ridge Racer Turbo (Ridge Racer Hi-Spec in Europe), which was sold with Ridge Racer Type 4. The demo includes three players (Zenon Zadkine, Alfred Shaffer and Jordan Krüger) and three teams (England, France and Italy), which a person could use to play a ten-minute game.

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