<i>Animal Soccer World</i> is the dog's bollocks!

Alex Phillimore Alex Phillimore: (alex.phillimore-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2014-03-05 12:07:29

Animal Soccer World is the dog's bollocks!

Animal Soccer World is a rare kind of game. It's so atmospheric that it almost doesn't feel like you're playing a game at all. Instead, it feels like an interactive movie that immerses the player in its world and refuses to let go. Few sports games have achieved this, and the very fact that I still recall the game vividly after finishing it speaks volumes when considering that I don't even like sports games.

So what is it about Animal Soccer World that does it for me? Is it the wonderful voice acting, the colourful characters or the heart-wrenching story? Is it the complex gameplay, that is less about scoring goals and more about solving puzzles? Is it the stellar soundtrack, created by a live four-piece band with a lead saxophone? I can't quite put my finger on it, but what I can guarantee is that the game is unlike any other sports title I have seen before - and is absolutely worth a buy.

So why, considering how glorious the game is, does it not appear on VG Chartz as having sold many copies at all? Why has 99% of the gaming population not even heard of this game, let alone played it? It is an injustice, if ever I saw one. Too many great games get overshadowed by their mainstream big-budget competitors. FIFA is probably one of the only football games many gamers have played, and its success risks putting a firm wedge between the consumer and Animal Soccer World.

Luckily, you all have me to guide you towards great overlooked games. While magazines will probably never give as much as a paragraph of coverage to a game such as Animal Soccer World, given that it lacks conformist appeal, I am giving two big thumbs up to this wonderful gem of a game and its terrific originality.

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