Excerpt: The FIFPro license covers players from forty soccer federations. World Tour Soccer 2005 takes advantage of this, with over 900 squads and leagues from Finland to Australia and national teams from Brazil to Brunei. This license can build the foundation for an excellent soccer title with tons of replay value. But what's important is how you use the license. Is the gameplay solid? Does the top player from Brazil play better than the top player from Guam?
Excerpt: World Tour Soccer 2005 is the third soccer game that 989 has done on the PS2, and if you've never heard of the series it's for a good reason. The solid colors along with the poorly detailed players make it look like a first generation title. Animation-wise, things look stiff. The players on the pitch don't have a natural feel to them, and when someone takes a dive or slide tackles, it looks as if they are trying to pull a super man.
Summary: Sony's 989 Sports returns to the pitch with
their latest football title World Tour Soccer 2005 for the PlayStation2. With
more than 900 real-world teams, and thousands of real players, the game is quite
comprehensive. WST 2005's multiple modes offer plenty of variety while a more
intuitive control interface gives the gameplay a smooth flow, allowing for
better ball control.
Conclusion: For starters, I love reading official fact sheets and overviews. They always manage to make the game in question sound like the next big thing through gratuitous hyperbole. I always try to give the game in question the benefit of the doubt. Maybe World Tour Soccer 2005 will live up to its potential, but does that mean it will be able to knock of Electronic Arts’ FIFA series as the top soccer game on the PS2?
Excerpt: Although 989 Sports is taking a year off in several of their franchises, World Tour Soccer 2005 is here and the franchise has proven to be one of their most consistently good titles in their yearly lineup. Does that tradition continue in the latest version in the series?
Excerpt: “World Tour Soccer 2005” enters a PlayStation 2 market that’s dominated by the “Winning Eleven” series. A few months ago, I wrote a review on “Winning Eleven 7” - and it was obvious that I loved it. I’m not a soccer fanatic, but I still own and play “Winning Eleven 7”. However, if you haven’t seen the changes 989 Sports has been making to their games, then you have been missing a lot.
Excerpt: 989 Sports' stable of games has taken more than a bit of a nosedive heading into the 128-bit era. Whether it was the transition to a bigger staff or just taking full advantage of the hardware, it seemed Sony Computer Entertainment America's resident sports development offshoot just couldn't hand with the programming prowess of Electronic Arts and, later, Sega's Visual Concepts offshoot just across the Golden Gate Bridge.