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Urban Freestyle Soccer Review - PS2

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Sport is one of the most popular activities around and this is no surprise as all of us have some sort of sporting favourite from football to tennis, not only to play but also to watch and even to play games based on them. Serious sport titles that follow the rules down to the finest detail, offering the most realistic in-game sporting experience are in hefty accumulation in the gaming industry. But there's also the other end of the spectrum with the street styled, lenient-on-the-rules sport titles around and they share the success that realistic sports titles achieve. When street soccer title Urban Freestyle Soccer was announced it gave the world game a less glamorous look, but a path in the new direction that could offer something different from the commercial style of some soccer titles these days. Has Urban Freestyle Soccer got the game to make it big or is it one player short?

Gameplay

So often you hear of a footballing superstar talk about his days as a youngster playing in the streets because of his less that fortunate upbringing. This is the same guy who's driving around in cars worth more than most people's houses, wearing flashy accessories and having multiple females hanging off each arm. Hard as it is to believe the progression from the street to the stadium, it appears that the players who don't have it easy in their early stages have some character, that get in there attitude that makes them above the level that others player are. In Urban Freestyle Soccer it takes gamers to the hardships those players had once endured in a more gang-looking fashion style, featuring ten toughened sides to battle in a four versus four street-styled football match.

The idea of having four players per team takes us back to the days of indoor soccer, smaller playing areas, quick touches, roughing up opponents and fancy little tricks that could only be pulled off in such a game. Basically, that sums up Urban Freestyle Soccer. The teams are made up of clans with their own little style injected by language, looks and personality. The courts are small and in an array of suburban environments that anyone could find in their local hot spots, from the street alley basketball courts to the rough city streets. Of course like all street styled games trash talking is a big thing and not a single player is short of words to direct at you, some even mention you: "Hey Gamer, having trouble with the control pad?"

Without the booklet and struggling badly in a quick match to determine what the buttons actually do, I found help in the training option available that runs you through the basics of Urban Freestyle Soccer. The usual suspect buttons are there that keep the game football; shoot, pass, chip and run, all the necessities football gamers have come to be accustomed to over the numerous football games released. Some new ideas Acclaim have included are some impressive trick moves including flips, ... (continued next page)