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Kick Off 2

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
89
3.0
Commodore 64
...
2.6
ZX Spectrum
...
2.6
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Description

The original Kick Off was expanded on in many ways for this sequel. The game now features full tournament modes (although the players on the teams are fictitious) and four different pitches (including an implementation of plastic pitches, whose uneven bounce cause controversy when several British clubs tried them in the 1980s).

Viewed top-down, the controls involve trapping the ball under your foot, giving you time to prepare passes. Running with the ball is tricky at first, as it doesn't stick to your foot the way it did in contemporary football games. Complex moves such as overhead kicks, back-heels and long-range through-ball passes can be completed with practice.

Screenshots

Kick Off 2 DOS Title screen
Kick Off 2 Sharp X68000 Brazil vs. Spain, can you tell who's who?
Kick Off 2 Sharp X68000 Argentina vs Italy
Kick Off 2 DOS Team adjustment

Alternate Titles

  • "World League Soccer" -- SNES title
  • "Pro Soccer 68" -- Sharp X68000 title
  • "Pro Soccer" -- Japanese SNES title
  • "KO2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "プロサッカー68" -- Sharp X68000 Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The best soccer game ever created, bar none DOS Mark Papadakis (30)

The Press Says

The One Amiga Jul, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1990 94 out of 100 94
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1990 92 out of 100 92
Atari ST User Atari ST Oct, 1990 92 out of 100 92
Obligement Amiga Dec, 2007 9 out of 10 90
CU Amiga Amiga Aug, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Joker Amiga Jul, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Amiga Sep, 1990 65 out of 100 65
Power Play Commodore 64 Dec, 1990 60 out of 100 60
Mean Machines SNES Nov, 1991 55 out of 100 55

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Trivia

Controls

A wide range of shots - including aftertouch - are available, and fully accessible with a one-button joystick.

Controversy

Famed UK journalist Stuart Campbell of Amiga Power magazine was renowned for his vicious hatred of this game - he found the controls really hard to grasp, with the ball whizzing around the pitch seemingly, to him, at random. This created a lot of friction among readers of this and other magazines, especially when he became an obsessive fan of Sensible Soccer and ultimately began working for Sensible Software. By the time Amiga Power magazine closed in 1996, Stuart was writing for them again, and his final review for them saw him give Kick Off 96 (which wasn't written by main Kick Off 2 author Dino Dini) a score of 1% (the trivia entry for the game explains why - he wasn't merely being petty).

Remake

The in 2002 release remake Kick Off 2002 has almost exactly the same cover art as Kick Off 2. The only difference: the '2' in the front cover art is replaced with "02".

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – Best Sports Game in 1990
  • Commodore Format
    • January 1992 (Issue 16) - Cf's all time Top Ten Essential Mega Games
  • EMAP Image's Golden Joystick 1991
    • April 1991: Game of the Year - 16 Bit
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #54 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #2 Best Simulator Game in 1990 (Atari ST)
    • Issue 08/1991 – #5 Top Atari ST Classic Games (Editorial staff vote)
    • Issue 01/1993 – #25 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
Information also contributed by Indra was here and Martin Smith

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