LiberoGrande

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LiberoGrande
Libero Grande Coverart.png
Cover art of LiberoGrande
Developer(s)Namco
Publisher(s)Namco
Platform(s)Arcade
PlayStation
ReleaseArcade
1997
PlayStation
  • JP: November 26, 1998
  • PAL: 1998
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player
Multiplayer

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

Summary[edit]

A typical arcade football game in its nature, LiberoGrande 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 in the 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, except for initials (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.

The player roster in the arcade version consists of: Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Brazil Raimundo
Netherlands Rudolf de Buys
Italy Antonio Del Pacino
France Zenon Zadkine
Japan Naoki Hidaka
Cameroon Philippe Empson
England Alfred Shaffer
Argentina Gaston Balmaceda
Colombia Cornelio Valencia
Germany Jordan Krüger
Italy Raffaello Balbo
Netherlands Dirk Berlarge
Germany Oswald Bismarck
Italy Patrizio Mazzini
Brazil Richard Castro
Germany Ajax Möbius
No. Position Player
Romania Godwin Hasdeu
Spain Renato Gallegos
Croatia Deron Slojacek
Wales Robin Garrick
Serbia Dorman Smixolovic
Italy Gregorio Zonaras (Hidden player)
United States Arnold Lang (Hidden player)
Brazil Roland (Hidden player)
Japan Minoru Kai (Hidden player)
France Edgard Cailaux (Hidden player)
England Powel Gardner (Hidden player)
Liberia Gerald Wells (Hidden player)
Netherlands Ruprech Goes (Hidden player)
Argentina David Magellan (Hidden player)
France Maurice Poulenc (Hidden player)

There is a total of 48 national teams, but only 32 of them to choose from, depending on which version:

a Only playable in the Arcade version
b Only playable in the Japanese version
c Only playable in the PAL version

A sequel, LiberoGrande 2 (known as LiberoGrande 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.

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankings81%[1]
Review score
PublicationScore
GameSpot8.1/10[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Libero Grande". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  2. ^ James Mielke (1998-12-30). "Libero Grande (Import) Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-01-07.

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