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Sega Worldwide Soccer

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Genres  Sports
Year of inception  1995
Publishers  Sega
Platforms  Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, Windows
First release  Victory Goal 1995 (1995)
Latest release  Sega Worldwide Soccer 2000 Euro Edition 2000 (2000)

Sega Worldwide Soccer is a series of soccer games by Sega for initially for the Sega Saturn but later was moved to the Dreamcast. They were released between 1995 and the year 2000.

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History

Sega Worldwide Soccer, produced by Sega themselves, was a launch game for the Sega Saturn's North American release. It was preceded by International Victory Goal, one of the debut titles of the console. The game featured international teams and league, play-off and tournament modes. Although it used fictional player names (due to the lack of a license), the non-volatile memory of the Saturn allowed editing of names. The team kits were as close to the official 1996 kits as possible. The game was the top-rated football game until ISS 64 was released one year later. Worldwide Soccer was later ported to the PC.

One year later Sega Worldwide Soccer 98 was released, again for the Saturn. This version featured (still unlicensed) clubs from England, Spain and France, two new stadiums and the same free-flowing gameplay.

One final title, Sega Worldwide Soccer 2000, appeared on the Dreamcast. However, instead of being developed in-house, Silicon Dreams (who previously worked with Eidos on the UEFA Champions League series and also World League Soccer) was given the rights to produce a game bearing the Worldwide Soccer name. A Euro Edition (capitalizing on the popularity of Euro 2000) was released in Europe.

Reception

GamePro gave Worldwide Soccer a positive review, commenting that "Not since FIFA amazed 3DO owners has another soccer game looked so good and played so well." They particularly praised the graphics, zooming camera, and the demanding gameplay, though they did criticize the "magnetic" dribbling and passing as being less realistic than the dribbling and passing in 3DO FIFA. Out of 5, they gave it ratings of 5 for graphics, 4 for sound, 4.5 for control, and 4.5 for fun factor.

References

Sega Worldwide Soccer Wikipedia


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