"Football game which includes Exhibition (1 or 2 players) or Tournament format. 32 international teams, changeable controls."
Acclaim revolutionized the hoops market with NBA Jam. While Champions World Class Soccer for the Genesis isn't of that high caliber, you should still check this game out. CWC Soccer has all the key ingredients -- the topnotch graphics, the super sound, the good controls -- that make it a game to be reckoned with in the soccer world.
Champions World Class features the world's top 24 soccer countries, including the powerful German team and the mediocre U.S. squad. Each team is rated in speed, offense, and defense, and the ratings reflect their real-life counterparts.
ProTip: When going for a steal, don't tackle your opponent. Just bump into him, and you'll come away with the ball.
CWC's SNES version was disappointing because the difficult controls took the fun out of the game. Fortunately, Acclaim has revamped the controls for the Genesis version, making it a much more realistic and satisfying experience. Passing, scoring, dribbling -- everything is better and easier on the Genesis.
Also improved are the graphics and sounds. The graphics in particular get high marks; the players are nicely detailed, and their movements (especially for special moves) are as realistic as those in any soccer game. The excellent sound includes crowd noise that is based upon the rowdy reactions of the European fans, adding even more realism to the game.
- If you steal the ball from your opponent when you're near your own goal, hit Button C to blast the ball downfield. It'll go farther than a normal pass.
- Attack your opponent's goal at a 45-degree angle. When you reach the penalty box, press C twice and aim toward the back post. You'll score nearly every time.
We Are the Champions
If you're looking for a realistic soccer game for the Genesis, then your search is over. Champions World Class is a serious World Cup contender.
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Champions World Class Soccer for the SNES looks good, has excellent sound, and offers above-average control, so you'd think this game would be a World Cup finalist. Unfortunately, frustrating game play sinks the FunFactor to the bottom of the league standings.
Out of Bounds
World Class Soccer is frustrating because it's so difficult to keep control of the ball. All of its good features and options are nullified by the difficult game play. Even Pele would have a hard time scoring in this game.
ProTip: Press X for an extra burst of speed to catch up to an opponent and take the ball away.
The problem stems from the physical style of game play. Because the game allows so much extra contact without a penalty, it's almost impossible to dribble or pass the ball downfield on offense. No matter what player or team you've got, the opposition can easily steal the ball by bumping into your player.
- When going for a steal, don't tackle your opponent Just bump into him, and you'll come away with the ball.
- If your opponent is near your goal and you steal the ball, press Y to clear the ball from his attack zone and end his scoring threat.
Apart from this fundamental problem, the controls are merely decent. On defense you can't switch players quickly enough, while on offense it's almost impossible to shoot on the run. The only saving grace is that your players respond well once they have the ball, as long as no defenders are near.
Get Your Kicks
The graphics get high marks. The players are nicely detailed and their movements, especially when performing special moves, are excellent. The players are easy to see, so you can always tell which player you control.
The sound is also top-notch. The crowd noise is based upon the rowdy European fans, adding a touch more realism to the game.
If you're in the market for thrilling SNES soccer, look elsewhere. Despite World Class's few good points, the bottom line is the FunFactor, and that's where this game trips up.
Champions World Class Soccer brings together 32 international teams to compete in either an Exhibition or Tournament format.
Once you choose your team, select from four different formations, whether fouls or offsides are called, and either 15, 30, or 45 minute halves. Play then begins on a horizontal field, with players being able to perform shoves and slide tackles, bicycle kicks, headers, passes, traps, throw-ins and corner kicks. You can also elect to have your goalie set on one of three different levels: automatic, semi-automatic or manual.
Other notable features include a transparent radar display at the top of the screen and support for four languages: English, Spanish, French or German.
Passwords will allow you to continue Tournament progress.
Champions World Class Soccer features:
- Features eight different language choices
- 32 international teams
- All kinds of realistic soccer strategies and formations
- Referees that keep the action clean and the game under control
- Fully interactive goalkeepers