Lets not beat around the bush. When it comes to footy games, presentation, sound, commentary, innovation and graphics dont count for a great deal if it doesnt play well.
David Beckham Soccer on the PS1 has great presentation, sound, commentary, innovation and graphics.
Gameplay wise though, it is more of a Barthez than Beckham.
Two immediate flaws with this game. First, that age old problem of player selection. It is not entirely manual. There you go, positioning your player to intercept the opposing striker and... the computer decides to select some bonehead yards behind the play.
Second, I lost count of how many times I managed to charge down the wing at top speed, then bear down on goal, only to find no defence waiting for me. Half expected tumbleweed to blow across the 18 yard line. Lets just say it holds a slightly loose resemblence to the beautiful game.
On the plus side, the players can head the ball. (not as common a sight in PS1 games as I would have hoped) and the goalies are quite good shot stoppers.
In a nutshell, if you worship at the alter of Beckham, or lurve having lots of options to choose from you'll be happy come Crimble Morn'.
Whereas, if you worship at the alter of addictive and realistic gameplay and have a forgiving attitude toward graphics, commentary etc, ... get a second hand copy of ISS Pro 98 (the one with Ravanelli and Ince on the box).