Gamevil overhauls and enhances its RPG-footie series with release of iPhone's Soccer Superstars 2011
More moves, modes and options
Korean publisher Gamevil has been pretty successful with its cutesy anime but fully-featured Baseball Superstars games, so it's continuing to build out the series with football, or soccer as some people charmingly refer to it.
Soccer Superstars 2011 Pro extends last year's release with the promise of improvement in all aspects of the superdeformed fantasy-style game, and the addition of new online features.
As with all the Superstars games, it mixes up ideas from role-playing games with sports, as you manage a player through the seasons, performing events, training and buying items to lead them to success.Promotion to the big league
One highlighted area is the improved artificial intelligence, which makes it easier to get into the game using the semi-auto option, requiring use of only the pass and shoot buttons. It's the first game in series to include headers, free kicks and corner kicks too.
There are six modes, with the My League and Season modes letting you recruit one of the eight so-called legendary players, who have special skills such as teleportation, high-speed dash and bullet-speed shooting.
In these two longplay modes, there are 60 generically-named clubs, 79 nations and 3,000 players, who can be customised in terms of clothing and physical features using the in-game currency G-points.
Other modes include the global online Match mode, and the replay Dramatic mode where you get to relive matches from football history.
Soccer Superstars 2011 Pro is out now for iPhone and iPod touch, priced $4.99, €3.99 or £2.99.
You can see how it plays in the following video.