Total Soccer 2000
From Kick Off World of Soccer - wikickoff
"Get down to some really playable football" and "The world's most playable football game" are the key phrases to this 3D Kick off clone.
Designed from the start with playability in mind, Total Soccer 2000 is the essential game for people who wish to play soccer at the field level. While other titles have focused mainly upon graphical splendor or strength of statistical data in order to create simulations that appeal to the dedicated gamers out there, Total Soccer 2000 is an instantly playable and intuitive game that accurately recreates the fun and excitement of the sport. Total Soccer 2000 really gets that "kick, pass and rush" feeling from the old top-down footy games. It's all there: curbed passes, great runs, well placed shots, but now in 3D (with support to 3Dfx cards). The view still is top down (with a handy zoom in / out function), but replays are played from different camera angles . There are enough leagues (with real teams) to keep everyone happy (actually the leagues only have the default teams, you can play with Celtic and Rangers on the EPL) , and the teams can be edited with a powerful and easy to use editor. You can add up to 255 teams, 16 players each, with 7 individual skills and own skin and hair colour (you can even create grey or green alien teams). Also worthy of mentioning, you can have multiple databases, loaded within the editor.
There is a Tactics editor, where you can edit and create the tactics for the game, and if you try enough, you can smoke the computer's tactics with good player placement. As for gameplay it is easy to learn (you can choose to have players with the ball glued to their feet or not glued like Kick off) and quite simple - low ball and high ball, but still you can make quite realistic - and effective - plays, like crosses, one on ones, shots and lobs from outside the area, and even sit down the goalkeeper with the best George Best style with just some turns of the directional keys or simple button taps. The ball flows freely, and you can play a few games without getting tired. Now, is there any point on scoring great goals if you can't save them to brag about later? The game allows you to save replays by just pressing a key and inputing a name... and now, the cooler part: saved goals (as well as highlights of the current session the computer saved randomly) are displayed in the main menus, that are no more than a simple window on the top corner. This is a problem with some bigger names you give to replays and saves - just keep that in mind, and everything goes fine. In game texts are on a TXT file, so you can just translate the game to your mother language (I just experienced some problems, so backup your files if you want to give it a try).
With so good things, what went bad? Support, support, support... the game had some annoyances like recognizing a kit with blue and white stripes different of one with white and blue stripes. The managing options (buying / selling players) from Sensible Soccer was also left out. The season mode, although good, seems too shallow and misses some stats. The biggest flaw is the lack of on-line gaming, as a simple game like this (min. requirements P90 mhz) could use some on-line functions, and with exportable replays, team databases and tactics as easy as 1-2-3 would surely be a success with the on-line community. The editor sometimes duplicate teams when you delete teams like mad, so editing teams is a better option than deleting and adding. On other times, when you start a game, you get some of your (or theirs) players injured. Sound is dull, but appropriate.
In brief, few flaws, but too annoying.
The game failed in the market for the reasons stated, plus the price of this simple game was the same of PC footy giant FIFA 2000. However, the "old game" tag certainly make it a favourite for Cover CD in mags. Total Soccer 2000 could have been a legend on the market of soccer games with more support but give it a try, you'll surely enjoy it for a long while.
How to run Total Soccer 2000 on Windows XP
There are two ways...
1) You must install Glide Wrapper ( www.zeckensack.de/glide/archive/GlideWrapper084c.exe ) and run Total
Soccer's Video setup and select 3dfx. Now you may run Total Soccer and normally play.
2) Second way is worse but if First don't work properly then you may try it. First you must create an accout on WindowsXP which will have non-admin rights. Now you must right-click on the soccer.exe and select "run as..."
(it's polish verion of XP but positions are similar :) )
and enter that user name in this place:
this is it but notice that FIRST WAY IS BETTER because smoother graphics and you can back to Windows(WINDOWS KEY or CTRL+ESC or ALT+TAB) and back to game without total soccer crash.
enjoy playing on XP... :)
If you have any problems, write in this topic.
How to run the Playstation version on ePSX
- Total Soccer 2000 PC version of one of the best Kick off clones for Windows 95, 98.
- Total Soccer 2000 Playstation version.
- update v1.52 - Now is possible to play home games in every modes. Solved some other configuration problems during the game and updated the spanish teams.
- Total Soccer 2000 graphic card patch - patch for Windows XP, 2000
- 2004/2005 teams update - updates for teams and players
- Total Soccer 2000 Replay - several replays on .tsr format from fmoran
- Total Soccer 2000 tactics - some great tactics from an italian fan
- Total Soccer 2000 fmoran tactics - some great tactics from fmoran