Take Control: When describing the features of Adidas Power Soccer, it's perhaps too easy to go on at length about the sheer weight of options and what have you. We've described the main features a bit later on, but the most important aspect of the game to note is the control method. Without a shadow of doubt this is the make or break of a console soccer game, and it's good to see what Psygnosis have settled on a simple, very easy to master system. Although the buttons are easy to get the grips with, actually getting the very most out of this system takes quite some time, making it perfect for beginners whilst posing some long-term challenge for potential masters of the game.
Arcade Action: Adidas Power Soccer features a number of « special moves » when played in the arcade mode. Don't be in any doubt about these techniques - for the most part, they're totally outrageous and would have no business being in the proper « simulation » area of the game. However, such is the excellence of these moves, they can seriously boost the enjoyment factor of the game, particularly when playing again a human opponent. To distinguish these techniques from the average movements of the player, each of them is accompanied with some minor pyrotechnics.
How did they do that ? In producing what is one of the best sports simulations of recent times, Psygnosis have expanded the envelope in combining stunning visuals and realistic motion-captures animation with truly superlative gameplay. Maximum Checks out the « behind the scenes » story behind Adidas Power Soccer.