December 7th, 2008
It’s been a while I wanted to play the NSS series on my mac! Indeed, until this latest release, the popular shareware soccer series of games was Pc only. Now finally, even mac users can try this awesome game, that initially seems only a soccer game, but there’s much more behind it! You’ll see it for yourself once you start playing it: the game simulates the life of a soccer player, similarly to what happens in recent commercial AAA games like Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 or Fifa 2009.
Differently from those games though, this one REALLY simulates the life of a player. Not just the field and the training: but everything else, from your girlfriend to your car, and your free time. There are many sub-games, so really it’s like playing lots of games in one.
The minigames really help the game atmosphere, it’s really like if you’re living the life of a soccer player, not just playing the match, like most other games. You’ll have to manage your relationship with friends, media, girlfriend and more, if your personal life suffers so will your performance on the field.
That’s really what makes me unsure what genre this game exactly fit. Sure, is a sport game, but not “just a sport game”. It’s also a life simulation, a sort of Kudos Soccer! that’s what really makes this game stand out from the group.
This latest version features a full 3d soccer field, and while the game control might seem a bit hard in the beginning, once you’re used to it you’ll be able to control exactly what kind of shot/passes you want to make.