Real Soccer 2009 Review
Real Soccer 2009 is one of the few full game experiences on DSiWare. Unlike many games put up on the service this one was not pulled apart into many little pieces. It is a port of the retail Real Soccer 2009 game, also made by Gameloft, but with a few extra DSi exclusive features.
Gameloft was able to create a very complete package for a DSiWare game. There many different modes to choose from. These range from your basic Exhibition games, to playing for the cup, and even playing a full season with a team. There are also many training modes so you can practice a certain move or play. There are 10 total modes to chose from. It is nice to see such a fully fleshed out game on DsiWare.
The game also includes multiplayer. Both people have to have DSiâ€™s and own the game to play. I did not get to try this mode out to see how it worked though. It is a nice addition to have since not many DSi games have multiplayer modes.
With 50 different teams from all around the world there is no lack of variety. Just like most sports games, each team had different skills they are better at than others.
Gameloft chose to exercise a few of the DSiâ€™s unique features when porting the game to DSiWare. These involve the camera. You can take a picture of your face and then paste it on a player. Or you can take a picture of something then have it wrap around a soccer ball. These arenâ€™t groundbreaking features, but it is nice they put some work into doing something with the unique DSiâ€™s features.
The graphics the game are very well done. The full 3D stadiums look really nice and fairly detailed. Though the player models are a little basic and the animations are a little choppy, it doesnâ€™t take away from the overall experience. The graphics are in the middle of the pack of what DS games look like. They are nothing amazing but very solid.
Sound is not the strong suit of this game. There is a theme song in the menus, but its not that great of quality. There is no commentary during games either which is a disappointment. While in game you have the crowds chanting and the thump of the ball, but none of the sound effects are of very good quality.
With two control schemes, you take your pick between the traditional button layout, or touch screen controls. Playing a sports game with a D-pad can feel limiting and a little awkward, and it does here. You miss the full movement to get a player in an exact location. This applies to both control schemes, since they both use the D-pad for movement.
With the touch screen controls all your player movement is all done on the D-pad. But all your other moves are done with taps, or drawing lines or shapes on the touch screen. So draw a line to pass, or tap to change your player. But for some of the more complex moves you have to draw shapes, like triangles or a Z shape which gets confusing with so many moves to learn. The touch controls work, but feel gimmicky and hard to learn.
The traditional button layout was great and felt very satisfying to play with though. You could easily pull off any move in the game. Overall it felt like just another normal sports game, and was not too hard to learn with these controls.
The actual gameplay feels nice for the most part. The gameplay is fairly deep, you can swap players in a game, or change your formations mid game. There are tons of moves to pull of in the game. You can pick any strategy and easily use it. It takes some time orienting yourself to the gameplay. In the end it is a solid soccer game on a portable and plays well.
This is a great DSiWare game and shows that the service can have complete game experiences on it. The controls, gameplay, and graphics are all solid. Its a deep game with the 10 different modes and should keep you entertained for awhile. There are a few faults like the low quality sound and a medium learning curve but if you want a solid sports game on DSiWare, or just a full game on the service Real Soccer 2009 is well worth the 800 Nintendo Points.Graphics- 7
Nice for a DS game but a few thinks are not the best like the player models and animations.Sound- 5
One theme song thatâ€™s not that great. No commentary and just decent sound effects.Control- 7.5
The touch controls are gimmicky but just using the buttons feels really nice and works.Gameplay- 8
It is very deep in just a single game. You can change your formations, players mid game. It feels like a soccer game done right for a portable.Lastibility- 9
If you get into the game you will have tons of fun with it. 10 modes from your basic Exhibition game to a full season. There is tons to do in the game.Overall(Not an Average)- 7.5
A soccer game that has a few issues and can take time to get used to but overall a solid game. Especially for DsiWare.
Review By: David Swanzyhttp://thedsiwarestop.wordpress.com/