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I feel so let down!!
on 28 October 2003
I had been looking forward to this game for months.
I put the disc in the PS2 and waited for it load, after a short moment an intro sequence started to play, off to a good start its quite nicely done and its the build up to a penalty kick, some guy all kitted out in Liverpool colours puts it away.
Then comes the menu, I go straight for the full season game - I enter my name and a few small details, then I get asked if I would like to place myself in the team, I choose 'yes' and then a panel appears, I can create a myself as a player complete with choosing facial features.
Quite a lot of detail as gone into this - facial shape (size, width and length) Hair, Facial Hair, Height, Weight, Ears (large to small, sticky out or flat), Eyebrows and even Chin shape too!
I manage to create a rough likeness of myself, place myself on the bench for the first game, and then I go to 'Play Match'.
Loading doesn't take long, and cue Gary Lineker to talk about the two teams Liverpool vs. Leicester. The two sets of teams run out onto the pitch, to the glorious anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' sung by the crowd led by the Kop end, by now I'm started to get a bit sentimental with the a mix of excitement and the usual prematch Liverpool buzz.
The stadium looks great, and so do the player likenesses, the players are warming up and Barry Davies waffling on about something (as he often does), the camera angle zooms out and the match is ready to kick off. After a minute or so of bad passes and aimless shots and crosses, we're not talking about Leicester here - this is me trying to get the hang of the controls, I manage to string a few passes together and start playing some football!
Half Time - I'm down to 10 men (Owen, for simply stepping on someone's foot) and 1-0 down, I'm also feeling a bit let down by this games poor gameplay, I don't think I've played a football game so poor it feels all the effort in this has gone elsewhere, perhaps into the nice presentation, the graphics and maybe taking too many field trips to see the relevant clubs to make the game (or 'not' as the case may be), literally none has gone into the game itself. Its difficult to string good bit of play together, crosses are poor, shooting is terrible, and the artificial intelligence is next to none as players are frequently out of position. I ended up losing the game 2-0 and having 3 men sent off (I was being careful too).
Whether I was missing something I don't know, I thought I read the controls carefully.
I'm normally pretty handy at footy games, and it doesn't normally take me long to master.
But this ones gameplay is so poor and unfulfilling, I doubt that I'll really be making the effort and perhaps will play FIFA 2004 instead!! (which I do highly recommend!!)
I give this game 2 stars, one star is the lowest and that's what the gameplay deserves, and an extra bonus one for being Liverpool FC, and the nice game presentation!!
I would normally take something so poor back to the shops, but being a die hard 'Pool fan I think that I'll keep hold of it (also Amazon was cheap) and perhaps play it once or twice when its a rainy day!!
Avoid this game - Buy FIFA 2004 instead has all the features plus tonnes more
(whats more you can personalise it in Liverpool colours and kits too anyway!)
You'll Never Walk Alone