International Superstar Soccer Pro
|International Superstar Soccer Pro|
European cover art
|Developer(s)||Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo|
International Superstar Soccer Pro (known as World Soccer: Winning Eleven '97 in Japan and Goal Storm '97 in North America) is a football video game developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo. It is a slightly improved version of the Japan-exclusive J-League Jikkyō Winning Eleven 97.
It features 32 international teams, four different stadia, 13 team formations along with eight unique strategies and a choice of Exhibition Mode, International League, International Cup and a Penalty Kick mode. It can be played as a one or two player game.
International Superstar Soccer Pro includes 32 different international teams based on their real equivalents of season 1996/1997 with accurate home, away and goalkeeper kits featuring manufacturer logos and national emblems. The line-up of each team consists of 16 fictional players.
The game was met with positive reviews. Critics were particularly pleased with the fluid, lifelike animations, the simplicity and responsiveness of the controls, and the strong blend of realism and fun. Kraig Kujawa of Electronic Gaming Monthly went so far as to say it "may be the best blend of realism and entertaining gameplay that I have ever witnessed in a soccer title." However, the audio was strongly criticized, with the primary complaints being the inconsistency of the announcer and the annoying clicking sound which accompanies players moving down the field. Next Generation summed up that "Goal Storm '97 can't compare with Worldwide Soccer '97 for Saturn when it comes to graphics or control, but soccer fans will definitely appreciate the pace and strategy of the game, and PlayStation owners can rest assured this game is a very close second." GamePro concluded that it comes in second to FIFA 97, but recommended players rent both games to see which one better suits their tastes. In Absolute PlayStation, Martin gave it an 86% and called it "the first soccer game on PSX that has the correct balance between superb graphics and intuitive controls", while co-reviewer Adam gave it an 8/10 and praised the players for being easily recognizable despite the absence of a players' license.
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