Actua Soccer 2

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Following the success of the first Actua Soccer game, a sequel was likely. The game is fast-paced with more of an action than simulation feel, and an emphasis on ground play rather than heading.

A young Michael Owen provides motion capture to produce realistic player motions and actions - the different builds and styles of players are taken into account. 64 top international teams are featured, as are 24 distinct stadiums, with weather conditions having both visible and noticeable playing effects.

This was one of the first games to feature 2-man commentary, with former England captain Trevor Brooking joining Barry Davies in the analytical role.


Actua Soccer 2 Windows A goal kick; a different, huge stadium
Actua Soccer 2 Windows Can he manage to score a goal?
Actua Soccer 2 Windows Shadow strikers...
Actua Soccer 2 Windows Title Screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Actua Soccer 2 featuring Alan Shearer" -- Portuguese title

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It was OK... Windows Quackbal (51)

Critic Reviews

Mega Score Windows Feb, 1998 92 out of 100 92
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Jan, 1998 90 out of 100 90
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Dec, 1997 90 out of 100 90
OK PC Gamer Windows Feb, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun PlayStation Jan, 1998 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec 03, 1997 72 out of 100 72
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1997 72 out of 100 72
PC Joker Windows Dec, 1997 63 out of 100 63
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation Aug 15, 2001 3 out of 10 30


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Alan Shearer, the soccer captain of the English national team, is on the European cover.


In a time where some players questioned if game developers actually cared about the sport itself, Actua Soccer 2 included an interesting touch: In the printed manual credits, the name of each developer is followed by the club they support. The only exception is Barry Davies, who always made a point on never disclosing his supporting side. There's also a natural dominance of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday supporters.

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