Arguably one of the most successful teams of all time have made it to your Amiga courtesy of Grandslam. Liverpool FC: The Computer Game stars all the Anfield blokes in a soccer game that Grandslam think will rival the success of Kick Off 2.
Actually, when you think about it, Grandslam is an interesting name when you consider that for the rest of this review I'll be slamming their rater poor effort.
The game loads to the accompaniment of a remix version of "You'll Never Walk Alone", the song that's become synonymous with Liverpool FC. Unfortunately, Grandslam have slaughtered the tune to a point where it's not particularly recognisable. While this is playing in the background, you're treated - or should that be subjected - to a brief(ish) history of the club, with little digitised pictures of all the current players underneath.
Liverpool fans should like this bit the first time they see it, but for the rest of the world at large, and for people who've already seen it, it's a shame you can't skip it.
After extensive intro pictures of FA Cups and suchlike, you eventually get to the main menu screen. From here you can choose whether to compete in an FA Cup competition or a full League Season, and you can choose a two-player FA Cup final.
You can also change your squad about, although of course you can only choose from Liverpool players.
When you've twiddled around with the options you can start a practice session or play a proper match. Practice is definitely recommended, since the control system takes a bit of getting used to.
The pitch is viewed from an angle not unlike Rage's Striker, with one player heading up and "into" the screen, and the other coming down and "out" of it. The player currently selected is marked by four pulsing arrows around his feet, and you can move him around with your joystick.
The fire button kicks the ball, although not as in KO2. There's no way to control how hard you'll hit the ball, the player just belts it as far as he can.
This means you'll find yourself running up the pitch with the ball at your feet (it's a sticky feet control method) and shooting, because stringing together several passes is completely impossible. It's a very awkward passing system - so impractical that you'll give up trying.
The computer teams are quite good, and you'll find that before long they've scored against you. When the ball crosses the line, the view instantly flicks back to the centre circle before you know what's happened, and it's a bit confusing to say the least.
The graphics look OK when the game is paused,. But as soon as you see it in action you'll reconsider. There are precious few frames of animation for the players and the game really looks a bit tacky.
The ball responds so completely unrealistically that you'll laugh... it shoots along at 200mph and then stops almost instantly. It's as if the pitch is covered in honey or something.
So what is there that's good about Liverpool FC: The Computer Game? Erm, it's endorsed by Liverpool FC, which will mean it's bound to sell a fair few no matter how bad it is. And the presentation screens look all right.
But that's about it, I'm afraid. From the moment you start playing and think "Think is all right" to the moment a few minutes later when you think "Blimey, this game's been bunged together ina few weeks to cash in on a good licence, when in fact it's complete tripe", it's all gradually downhill.
The simple fact is, that no matter who you support, you have to admit that Liverpool are quite a good team. And the other simple fact is that even if you support Liverpool, you'd have to have a bit of a mental disorder to fork out for this.