Excerpt: With football games flooding the UK video game chart at the moment, anyone would think the country has gone football mad. Of course, it has, despite the England team performing about as poorly as everyone had feared, and looking about as likely to win the World Cup as Peter Crouch being told he's too short to go on a ride at Alton Towers.
Excerpt: World Tour Soccer 2 kicks off on the PSP, bringing more of the same arcade football action as its predecessor. And the timing of its release couldn't be better if they'd planned it. Oh, apparently they DID plan it! Obviously, the huge success of EA's FIFA and Konami's Pro Evolution franchises has not escaped Sony's attention of - Sony must feel there's room for another football game in people's collections.
Excerpt: When compared to the norm, World Tour Soccer 2 is quite a different soccer video game experience. While it still carries the same basic controls that are quickly mastered by virtually anyone that is capable of pushing buttons corresponding to on-screen motion, it offers more than yet another regurgitated attempt at pitting gamers into an ultra-realistic world of soccer (or for many, football).
Excerpt: World Tour Soccer 2 (titled World Tour Soccer 2006 in the US) is Sony London Studio's second football game on the PSP. Conveniently arriving at the height of World Cup fever, the follow-up isn't as realistic as Pro Evolution Soccer. Instead, the game marks itself out as the PSP's best arcade football title, with fast and enjoyable gameplay that rewards skill-based play. Thanks to the acquisition of the FIFPro license, all player data is accurate.
Pros: Easy to pick up and play, Fully licensed international teams, Points system encourages accurate play, New multiplayer modes including online, Decent music and in-game commentary
Cons: No club teams, Graphically rough round the edges, Lacks traditional league and cup modes, Long load times
Summary: World Tour Soccer 2 is a very enjoyable arcade styled soccer title released as the sport reaches fever pitch around the world. Fortunately, like the World Cup, this game doesn't disappoint either.