European Super League
Out April 2001
European Super League is a football game that gives a glimpse of how many see the future of our national game. A future where the domestic leagues are of no concern and the whole European scene revolves around just 16 teams. These teams include Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Liverpool to name but a few. It must be said that life must be tough for Dreamcast owners with no ISS games and even no FIFA game either so they must be hoping that European Super League can hit the spot (or rather the net).
OK lets start off by looking at the options you can tweak. There are 3 difficulty levels and an option to switch between arcade and simulation modes although I couldn't find that much of a difference between the two. Match time can vary from 5 to 20 minutes per half. There is a choice between playing a quick start game where everything is chosen for you or you can opt for a friendly game where you select the sides taking part etc. You can also have a custom league or tournament or you can just opt for the full-blown super league.
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Right, let's get down to the gameplay. From the moment the whistle signals the kick off I found the feel of the game to be a little odd. The speed of the game is fine and the shooting is good, especially from long range. The peculiar thing is the passing. I found when I passed a ball to a team-mate along the ground the player receiving the ball would just walk around the ball like it wasn't there, instead of actually having control of the ball like in other games. If the pass was off the ground then this wasn't a problem.
The main problem with the game has to be the camera angles. You have a side on view of the pitch and the camera angles can be adjusted by either lowering or raising the camera angle or altering the zoom to one of three settings. This simply isn't enough as either combination does not satisfy. The standard of the gameplay is very average. European Super League doesn't do anything disastrous but it doesn't show any brilliance either. The graphics do nothing to highlight the potential of the Dreamcast and only look marginally better than a game on the original Playstation.
As usual with football games, the deaf gamer does not miss out on any information or any enjoyment that there is to be had, its just that there isn't any real enjoyment to be had with European Super League. There is a small amount of teams in a fictitious league with no real charisma about the gameplay to keep you interested. Dreamcast games aren't cheap and you can buy better for less.
Overall Game Rating: 5.5/10 An average mark for an average game.
Quality of text: 6/10 Sparse but not really needed in a game of this nature.
Graphics: 4/10 Does not do the Dreamcast an justice at all.
Interface: 7/10 Nice and simple.No real awkwardness to moan about.
Gameplay:5/10 Average, no other word sums it up better.