Let's Make a Soccer Team!
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|Let's Make a Soccer Team!|
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Let's Make a Soccer Team!, known in Japan as Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! Euro Championship (プロサッカークラブをつくろう！ヨーロッパチャンピオンシップ?), is a PlayStation 2 football management game, released by Sega and Konami in 2006.
The game has heavy role-playing video game elements with a running story and characters alongside the more regular management side of the game. Unlike other football management titles, in this game you are also the chairman and creator of the club.
The game is set around the 2006 footballing season (although, the playoffs at the beginning of the game concern the 2005 football season). The game story begins with a brief introduction concerning the history of football.
After this, the player is then led to creating their own football club, where the hometown and base of the club is chosen. In total there are 11 countries the club can be based in, which are England, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, Wales, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Monaco.
After this, the name of the owner of the club, the colour and design of the club kit, the team's playing style and club secretary are chosen. The story then continues.
Following this, the game slides onto a series of newspaper headlines, such as "[Name of Hometown] forms new club [Team name]" and "[Team Name] win promotion to [Country's 3rd Division]!". An example of this is:
- "London forms London United!"
- "London United wins promotion to English League 1!(Division 3)"
The game officially starts as the playoffs for the 2nd Division of the country which the club is based in begin. If the player's club are knocked out of this tournament, the game consequently concludes, otherwise known as 'Game Over'.
There are three other ways in which the game ends due to a player fault. These are:
- Ranking last position in the country's 2nd division two seasons in a row.
- Becoming bankrupt financially, causing the club to close down.
- The player being unable to provide 16 uninjured and non-tied players for a match.
When the game was first released, reception to the game was mixed with most reviewers seemingly either loving or hating it. However, since then, much criticism has aroused, mainly due to the fact the game takes a long period of time to begin its actual story and gameplay. Additionally, similar to the other titles, there is an increased quantity of unlicensed factors in the game. Nonetheless, the game still has its advocates. The Neo-Seeker forum for LMAST was the second highest used in 2008 (only behind FIFA 2007) and is still used to this day. A tutorial video of the game has 13,000 views on YouTube and there have been a number of campaigns for a sequel. The game was described as 'a slow-building addictive, mesmeric tour de force of a sporting simulation, which prevails over FIFA, PES and Football Manager.' by game critic Craig Navarro.
The former Italian footballer Roberto Baggio endorsed the Japanese version.