Fever Pitch Soccer
|Fever Pitch Soccer (Head-On Soccer)|
North American cover art
|Publisher(s)||Atari Games (Atari Jaguar), U.S. Gold (Another)|
|Release||1995 (Genesis), 1995 December, (Atari Jaguar), 1995 (Super NES)|
|Genre(s)||Sports, Soccer (Football)|
Fever Pitch Soccer (in North America, Head-On Soccer) is a soccer video game developed by US Gold. It was released in 1995 for the Super NES, Genesis, and Atari Jaguar consoles. It is a slapstick game in which the player tends to have to lean towards "dirty" play, and special player abilities include the ability to dive in an attempt to win a free-kick or penalty. There are two gameplay modes; tournament and exhibition. A password is given out following the successful completion of each game in the tournament so that play can be resumed at a later point.
A critic for Next Generation scored the Super NES version three out of five stars, saying that the game has more strategy than the average soccer sim and is decently fun, especially when using a multitap. GamePro gave both the Genesis and Super NES versions positive reviews. They commented that the unrealistic gameplay makes it more fast-paced and potentially more fun than other soccer simulations, and were especially pleased with the exaggerated soccer moves which would not be possible in real life. They also remarked that the graphics and sounds of the Genesis version, while not as good as those of the Super NES version, were more than good enough. Their review of the later Jaguar version said that though it is a port of the Super NES version with no enhancements to make use of the next-generation hardware, "it's still fun." Next Generation also found the Jaguar version retained the fun of the game, scoring it three out of five stars. The reviewer summarized, "Not exactly the game for soccer idealists, Fever Pitch Soccer is fun, but it's a little on the frivolous side."
- Mario Basler: Jetzt geht’s Los! (cover art) at Giant Bomb
- "Heads On [sic] Soccer". Next Generation. Imagine Media (10): 128. October 1995.
- "Head-On Soccer Speeds past Slower 16-Bit Sims". GamePro. IDG (84): 76. September 1995.
- "Fever Pitch Soccer". GamePro. IDG (91): 93. April 1996.
- "Fever Pitch Soccer". Next Generation. No. 16. Imagine Media. April 1996. p. 88.
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