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Still the best football game
on 11 May 2002
Being rated the best football game, ISS 2 is really stunning in terms of its graphical presentation and game play, it is very close to another Konami soccer production Winning Eleven series (known as Pro Evolution Soccer in the Europe). There are four unmaned stadia, which are finely modeled, players also look realistic from far distance, you can recognise (Zidane and Petit) straightaway.
In my opinion the dribbling is realistically modeled and a distinct feature of ISS series. It makes running with the ball alot tougher than in FIFA series. In ISS2, the physical aspects of the ball are accurately captured. Shooting and long pass are controlled by a power meter (so as FIFA 2002). However, the shooting is no longer as easy as FIFA, it is all about timing and control of the power meter. The passing is relatively easier to execute, there is no power control in pass system(except long pass).
There are also plenty of options to choose from, we can go for a friendly match, international league, world league. More importantly, the ability to customise a tournament and create our star player.
The AI of the players (both your team mates and opponents) is fine tuned. Your team mate will really get into position as you issue different formation and strategy. The opponents' marking a tough when the game is set to Real Hard difficulty. However, there is no frustration as in FIFA, where in the professional or world class mode, the opponents can pass accurately and fast (you cannot really intercept), or score from outside the box when you have defenders marking them.
One strange thing I cannot understand is why the commentators only mention the names of European footballers' name. I only hear the calling of shirt number, when I use non-european football teams.
If you demand a realistic gameplay, the Konami's ISS series is still simply the best choice for any football gamer.