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Von wegen Winterpause: Ins Amiga-Stadion sind gerade zwei komplett runderneuerte Soccer-Games (Bundesliga Manager Professional Update & Sensible Soccer V1.1.) eingelaufen, die zum Besten zählen, was Fußballspielern und –managern heutzutage passieren kann!

Sensible Soccer V1.1 Die neue Rückpaßregel findet man jetzt genauso vor wie gelbe und rote Karten, für die Anfänger wurden ein "Versagerturnier" und eine "Trostliga" mit eigenen Teams eingerichtet. Die "Intelligenz" der Kicker ist deutlich gestiegen, was besonders beim Abstoß zu merken ist. Ganz im Zeichen von mehr Realismus darf man hier von einem als Verteidiger eingesetzten Stürmer keine Glanzleistungen erwarten, dasselbe gilt für andere Fehlbesetzungen. Außerdem sind nun 100 originale europäische Mannschaften vertreten, wobei alle zwischenzeitlich erfolgten politischen und fußballerischen Umstellungen berücksichtigt wurden. Zum Beispiel spielt Lothar Matthäus jetzt für den FC Bayern, Leeds United ist englischer Meister, und in der Länderliste tauchen Kroatien, Litauen etc. auf.

Auch Grafik, Sound und Spielbarkeit haben sich um einen Tick verbessert – Altmeister "Kick Off 2" muß um seinen Titel bangen, selbst wenn man hier einige Features vergeblich sucht, die es dort längst gibt (Abseits-Regel, Wind-Option, Vier-Spieler-Simultanmodus, 2 x 45 Minuten Spieldauer). Ein grobes Foul ist schließlich, daß hierzulande nur die überarbeitete Vollpreis-Version angeboten wird, während sich die englischen Soccer-Fans über einen preisgünstigen Update-Service freuen dürfen... (mm)

Amiga Joker, January 1993, p.97

SENSIBLE SOCCER 92/93
(SENSIBLE/RENEGADE)
FUSSBALL - ACTION
83%
"VOLLTREFFER"
Amiga Joker
GRAFIK
ANIMATION
MUSIK
SOUND-FX
HANDHABUNG
DAUERSPAß
53%
72%
56%
89%
88%
86%
VARIABEL
PREIS DM 69,-
SPEICHERBEDARF
DISKS/ZWEITFLOPPY
HD-INSTALLATION
SPEICHERBAR
DEUTSCH
512 KB
2/JA
NEIN
SPIELSTÄNDE
KOMPLETT


Sensible Soccer V1.1 logo

The best got better. Now we’ll never get any work from Stuart.

Game: Sensible Soccer 92/93 Season
Publisher: Renegade
Authors: Sensible Software
Price: £25.99 standalone/£3.95 upgrade
Release: Out now

M Sensible Soccer V1.1 orning, Stuart.
IT IS THERE! WHAT A GOAL!
Oh, is that the new version of Sensible Soccer?
FANTASTIC! DID YOU SEE THAT ONE?
Could you stop shouting please?
WHAT? YOU ARE KIDDING! A YELLOW CARD FOR THAT?
Mark, could you make Stuart be quiet?
I NEVER TOUCHED HIM! OH NO, WATCH OUT FOR THE FREE KICK!
Oh look, Estonia just equalised. That is so very interesting.
SHUT UP! THERE ARE NO EASY GAMES IN WORLD FOOTBALL!
(Bring bring) Stuart, I think that is your phone.
OH, WHAT A VOLLEY! TWO-ONE! UP YOURS, ESTONIA! LET’S SEE THAT ONE MORE TIME! OH YES! YES!
(Bring bring) Hello, AMIGA POWER. No, I am afraid he is not here at the moment. Can I take a -
AND HE IS CLEAN THROUGH AGAIN AND HE IS – NO! WHAT A SAVE! CORNER!
No, no, that is just, er, the radio. Hang on a minute. I will turn it down. (Clout)
HE FLOATS ONE IN, A DIVING HEADER – GOOAALLL!
Yes, I’ll get him to call you as soon as he calms dow – er, comes in. Bye.
AND THE SCOTS HAVE REALLY GOT THE PSEUDO-RUSSIAN LOSERS ON THE RACK NOW! A CROSS, A GOAL!
So, you will be giving this a pretty good review then? Lots of stuff about the new goalkeepers and how they can turn the ball round the post for corners and stuff, and how the new passback rule’s been implemented, and how the computer teams’ skill levels have been tweaked upwards for a tougher challenge, and how there are new custom teams, and how the game has got lots of up-to-date options like the chance to play the World Cup Qualifying groups, and how the red and yellow cards that quite a few people complained about the lack of in the original game have been implemented this time round 9complete with extra crowd samples), and how it is just generally an even more fabulous all-round recreation of the true feel of football, right down to the unpredictable way that you can thump Italy away in one match, only to get a 6-2 home drubbing from Portugal or lose to a breakway goal from Malta in the very next one, and all that kind of thing. In fact, I should not be surprised if you were to tentatively suggest that with all these improvements this might, in fact, just possibly be the best Amiga game of all time, as our readers voted it in last month’s Readers All-Time Top 100. After all, you do seem to be having a good time over there.
NO WAY! YOU CANNOT SEND HIM OFF FOR THAT! NOW THERE IS A HOLE IN THE WALL, AND – ARGH! FOUR-TWO! HOW COME THE GOALKEEPERS NEVER EVER SAVE FREE-KICKS?
Oh God, I am getting a headache now.
COME ON REF, SURELY THAT IS A PENALTY? YES! IT MUST BE FIVE! IT IS!
I think it might be an idea if the rest of us took an early lunch, Mark.
AND IT IS ALL OVER! WHAT A WIN! LOOK AT THESE HIGHLIGHTS!
I think you could be right, Tim.
STUART CAMPBELL

Amiga Power, Issue 21, January 1993, p.78



"No way! You cannot send him off for that!"


Upper UPPERS Tougher, slicker, more realistic, in pretty much every way better than the 93%-rated original. Is there any more to be said?
Downer DOWNERS The keepers do seem to have a bit of a weak spot where free kicks are concerned, and it would be nice if you got to play some kind of World Cup if you qualified. And where have Aberdeen gone?

THE BOTTOM LINE
The lot think this (even in its previous, inferior incarnation) is the best Amiga game ever. I am inclined to agree with you.
94

P E R C E N T


Sensible Soccer V1.1 logo CU Amiga Super Star

Veteran football hooligan, Steve Merrett, slides his tackle towards Sensible Software's update of what is commonly-regarded as THE football game.

Sensible Soccer V1.1 NEW TESTAMENT
It's a testament to Sensible Soccer's supreme playability that it was the only game capable of knocking Anco's Kick 0ff II from its position as the ultimate footy sim. However, as is always the case, the best could have been better, and whilst Sensible Soccer outflanked Anco's aging star in terms of playability, realism, and graphical finesse, its goalies were veritable Helen Kellers and it completely ignored fouls, red cards, and bookings. Time restrictions could have been blamed as Renegade were keen to get Sensible out in time for the European Championships, but even without these features, the Sensi boys did good.

So what's new? Well, all the aforementioned features have been added and the whole game tweaked and... er... oh yeah, for some reason Leeds Utd have been added (presumably the game didn't sell up there or something). Thus, after slamming the disk in the drive I prepared for what again should have been the ultimate footy experience. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the minor modifications the Sensible lads have added have breathed new life into what was already a legend in its own lifetime. Although the presentation screens boasts new teams in the custom league (including one called 'Look, Mr Taylor!'), it isn't until a dirty tackle is attempted or a shot fumbled towards the keeper that things start happening. Whilst the Ref doesn't actually appear on-screen as he did in the Anco classic, his omnipotent powers become apparent as he dishes out tiny yellow and red cards to offenders - and if a player receives the latter, he duly leaves the field with his head bowed!

GOAL FINGER...
In addition, if the goalies of the original were akin to those in the Vauxhall Conference League, V1.1's 'keepers are a real step up - to the second division at least. My only real gripe with the first Sensi Soccer was that many a match was lost due to the goalie farting about doing nothing in particular whilst a long and slow ball drifted into the back of the net. Now, however, not only do they use a little more savvy, but they can also nudge the ball from the goal if they can't hold on to it - and they even get up in time for a second chance as your opponents rush in for another crack! Although they still make the odd mistake and often let really dumb goals in, the addition of these enhanced 'keepers is the real saving grace of this updated version and ensures that the games are real end-to-end affairs which keep the players on their toes.

I really cannot praise this update highly enough. Simply by conceding that the original wasn't perfect and actually doing something about it both Renegade and Sensible have scored well on my 'caring people' scale. However, whereas past enhanced versions of games (Arkanoid, Xenon, et al have been minor remixes of old favourites the additions made here are genuinely to the game's benefit. If you are one of the few sad individuals who didn't buy Sensible Soccer first time round then do so now - they don't come any better than this. And I have a feeling that Renegade are going to be swamped with upgraders, too.

CU Amiga, December 1992, p.46

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE The enhancements made to Sensible leave us wondering where they could go from here. When Anco released Kick 0ff II, Refs, free kicks, and aftertouch had been added, but between the original Sensi and V1.1 these ideas have already been covered. The sequel could feature players who cry when they get sent off before launching on a short-lived pop career, but as far as on-field action goes Sensible have it covered.

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RENEGADE £25.99
(£3.95 UPGRADE)
The best just got better – buy it now...
GRAPHICS
SOUND
LASTABILITY
PLAYABILITY
88%
83%
95%
94%
OVERALL 94%