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Real Soccer 2011 Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on September 30, 2010


Real Soccer 2011
  • Publisher: Gameloft
  • Genre: Sports
  • Released: 25 Sep, 2010
  • Size: 231.9 MB
  • Price: $6.99
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PROS

  • Neat ball-juggling controls.
  • Constantly updated player database.
  • Crisp high-definition graphics.

CONS

  • No online multiplayer! Dull AI opponents.

VERDICT

Real Soccer 2011 doesn't add much more than graphical advancements to its football franchise and while that may be enough for some it's a hard sell to those who already own earlier World Cup games from this year.


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Real Soccer (or Football for those of us in normal countries) 2011 is this years update to Gameloft's sports franchise and much like the other Real 2011 titles this one attempts to take full advantage of the new graphical capabilities on offer in new iDevices.

But we'll get to the graphics in a bit as first and foremost the game needs to be playable before graphics concern us. In particular this title has opted for some interesting changes in the control scheme and players will need to get used to a unique combination of tap, hold and drag moves to perform advanced maneuvers. This can take considerable amount of time to get used to and in the heat of the moment it's easy to mess things up like performing a lob pass instead of a goal cross.

However this may also be a result of being distracted by the game's visuals that are simply stunning to see on a Retina display. While players aren't rendered in detail, they're a marked improvement over RS10 and their only shortcoming is a lack of smooth animation blending, occasionally resulting in some odd popping and juddering.

The usual selection of modes are available, including exhibition, team management and following a solo star, but the removal of online play seems like an odd choice, leaving players with only local Wifi and Bluetooth options in this release. Real Soccer (Football) 2011 doesn't revolutionize the sport for video games, but for those starving for more content it's not a bad addition to the collection.

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