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GameZone (Mar 23, 2005)
I think this is the first time in my life that I'm recommending a soccer game to people who don't even like soccer. World Tour Soccer has the potential to be enjoyed by everyone. I really didn't expect much from it - my expectations were lower for it than any other PSP launch title simply because I assumed it was going to be a bare-bones port. It's not. It's so good you'll probably forget you're playing a soccer game. European players will be thrilled, but American gamers would be foolish to think they won't be just as excited.
PTGamers (Sep 04, 2005)
O primeiro jogo de futebol da PSP deixou-nos completamente rendidos, isto quando esperamos pelos dois gigantes do género, para ver como se irão comportar nesta aventura portátil. WTS revelou-se um título bem feito, agradável, simples, e acima de tudo muito divertido, onde quer que estejamos!
NZGamer (Sep 27, 2005)
In the battle of PSP Soccer it would seem that World Tour Soccer is a close winner, and although this title too has its fair share of problems, it is still a great sports game for your PSP collection and for any Soccer fan.
AceGamez (Nov 16, 2005)
World Tour Soccer is one of those simple and addictive games that should be tried by every PSP owner. A multiplayer mode is the icing on the cake that allows you to play head to head with a friend, but the real joy lies in the single player matches, where satisfaction is only a stone's throw away. I'll look forward to a sequel with possible online play and better sound, but until then, this game is a good contender for the PSP football crown.
Its big brother on the consoles is usually thought of as the lesser of the “Big Three” soccer series, but WTS on the PSP is quite a good game. The game feels polished, the controls are nice, and there are a healthy number of gameplay options to keep you entertained for a long time. Whereas the other 989 games would have been better served being built from the ground up instead of sacrificing vital features in their transition to the PSP, WTS feels like it was destined to be here all along.
PGNx Media (Apr 26, 2005)
World Tour Soccer is a solid soccer simulation. It is currently the only soccer game available for the PSP (although FIFA Soccer looms nearby). World Tour Soccer’s gameplay is well-defined, and the different modes spice things up considerably. The presentation is solid, as well. Overall, it is recommended.
Gamer Within (Sep 19, 2005)
Being one of the first soccer titles on the Playstation Portable, World Tour Soccer is a solid experience that successfully brings the world of soccer video games onto the full 3D handheld world and sets a good standard for future games in the genre. Those looking for a enjoyable soccer experience on the PSP will be satisfied with World Tour Soccer.
Gamer 2.0 (Sep 10, 2005)
When all is said and done, World Tour Soccer offers a fast, action-packed brand of soccer on Sony’s PSP. It certainly won’t woo the simulation crowd, nor does it necessarily need to. While its gameplay could use a fair share of tweaks and the lack of a season mode is disappointing, World Tour Soccer succeeds at being a fun, easy to pick up version of the sport. However, with EA’s PSP version of FIFA Soccer right around the corner, serious soccer fans might want to wait and see how both games stack up against each other before taking the plunge.
Lawrence (Apr 25, 2005)
These problems bring down an otherwise fine playing experience. World Tour Soccer is a fun sports sim that does an excellent job of maintaining a reasonable level of realism while preserving the go-anywhere, pick-up-and-play gameplay that is necessary to portable gaming.
GameSpot (Mar 18, 2005)
World Tour Soccer, then, isn't a game that's likely to disappoint. The game isn't without its problems, and we'd really, really have liked to have seen a multiplayer option for the challenge mode gameplay, but World Tour Soccer boasts more than enough fast-paced gameplay and depth to justify its asking price.
75 (Oct 16, 2005)
Das erste Fußballspiel auf der PSP hat mir überraschend viel Spaß bereitet. So simpel das This is Football-Gameplay auf der PS2 ist, so gelungen ist die Umsetzung für den Handheld. Klar hält sich die Langzeitmotivation in Grenzen und technisch ist das Spiel auch nur guter Durchschnitt, aber Fußballfans können ihr Hobby zumindest bis zum Release von PES 5 für die PSP gut mit World Tour Soccer ausleben.
Overall though, World Tour Soccer isn't much more than better than average. The soccer game is enjoyable, but without the depth of a career mode, you can't really play it for much more than a few matches at a time before it gets old. Considering FIFA's pedigree and EA's stellar track record with PSP games thus far, we're expecting a lot more from that title with regards to features and graphics. If you can't wait two weeks though, World Tour Soccer isn't a bad choice. It's just not a great one.
Game Over Online (May 25, 2005)
While it doesn’t truly do the game justice, there’s plenty in World Tour Soccer to appease fans of the sport. There are plenty of unlockable secrets hidden away in this game, and enough teams to ensure replay value. Although there could be more features such as a career mode, World Tour Soccer is an adequate first step onto the handheld soccer field.
World Tour Soccer gives the PSP a reason to exist, as it has been tailored to be one of the best home console experiences on the handheld to date. It's just a shame about the timing.
World Tour Soccer isn’t destined to be the best soccer game for the PSP, and when FIFA comes out it will undoubtedly be the lesser of the two. However, it’s better than the PS2 version, and if there are any World Tour Soccer fans left out there, they might be able to play their game of choice with others via the wireless capabilities of the PSP. Just don’t expect any sort of huge impact from this game.
IGN (Mar 22, 2005)
World Tour Soccer is a good starting point for the franchise. It's not as deep as it could be, not as pretty as it should be, but it's certainly a great base on which to build something far better. It's not that there's anything particularly bad about WTS, it just isn't all it could be. The only soccer game at launch, WTS is a good choice for those who simply must have a soccer game right away. However, keep in mind that this isn't the only soccer game of the spring on PSP -- EA has FIFA in just a few weeks -- and Konami's Winning Eleven will be on PSP some day down the line as well. On its own, WTS has the charm of old school arcade soccer games, a flair of simulation soccer and enough unlockables to keep you busy for a long time. For next year, I hope Sony's London Studios adds a career mode, some gameplay sliders and just a tad more depth to game modes and gameplay.
73 (Mar 29, 2005)
When matched up against FIFA, World Tour Soccer may not stack up as number one, but it does prove to be a fun game. If a few kinks had been ironed out along with some extra modes, World Tour Soccer could really make a run for the number one soccer game on the PSP this year. However with FIFA releasing in just a few weeks you may want to save your money and wait to see how 989 Sports does in its 2006 version.
Gaming Target (Jun 28, 2005)
It's not FIFA or Winning Eleven, but World Tour Soccer is a pretty fun soccer game that is worth spending some time with. It's realistic but not overly, as having fun is emphasized over all, something you don't see much of anymore in sports games. Though it needs improvement to handle its competition, that can't be too far off as the franchise improves over the next few years on PSP. Aside from MLB, World Tour Soccer is the best of the 989 games released in the PSP launch window, as it mixes fun with solid action, graphics, and controls. It's a little lacking in the replay department and desperately needs 'season' modes along with inevitable online play, but for a first try on PSP it's not bad at all.
72 (Oct 07, 2005)
All in all, World Tour Soccer is a fairly good game to keep you busy until FIFA 06 and PES 5 arrive in stores. The game is basically pick up & play, which makes it excellent for newbies. The only real downside is the technical side of the game. Let's say it's a David Beckham who looks like Shrek and sounds as bad as Janet Jackson...
70 (Aug 31, 2005)
Hey, das spielt sich ja wie PES auf Speed! Rasant, schnörkellos, ansehnlich. Lohnt sich der Kauf? Nur für heißhungrige Fußballfans, die nicht länger auf PES5 warten wollen. Schon TIF fristete ein mittelmäßiges Schattendasein auf der PS2. Und World Tour Soccer wird es trotz wirklich guter Ansätze auf der PSP nicht anders ergehen. Die Technik ist sauber, die Herausforderungen samt Highscores interessant, aber der Funke der Begeisterung springt auf dem Platz nur kurzfristig über: zu viele gleiche Tore, kaum vorhandene KI, seltsame Fünfmeterraum-Szenen. Wer einen unkomplizierten Kick für zwischendurch sucht, könnte vielleicht auf seine Kosten kommen. Aber auf Dauer vermisst man einfach all das, was die Konkurrenz aus dem Hause Konami schon im Oktober bieten wird: eine Liga inklusive Karriere und variantenreiche Spieltiefe. World Tour Soccer ist ein befriedigendes Fußballspiel für zwischendurch.
Pocket Gamer UK (Aug 01, 2005)
So overall this is an impressive performance. But, of course, as every true fan knows, winning the league is a marathon not a sprint and with the likes of Pro Evolution on the way World Tour Soccer is going to have to tighten up its defence if it wants to stay top of the heap longterm.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Aug 26, 2005)
World Tour Soccer: Challenge Edition certainly isnât a bad game and in light of any competition weâre sure there will be lots of footie fans wanting a football game on the PSP. If youâre looking for something to play in short bursts then World Tour Soccer: Challenge Edition can prove to be entertaining, but if you prefer your game to have an inkling of skill itâs probably better to wait for the debut of Konamiâs mighty Pro Evolution series.
70 (Sep 15, 2005)
World Tour Soccer Challenge Edition is an entertaining arcade styled game to play however the lack of game modes does hurt the longevity greatly. If you can't wait for EA's or Konami's soccer titles due in a couple of months then this game will tie you over nicely.
GamingExcellence (Nov 22, 2005)
In the end, what was initially a game to fill a certain void in the PSP’s launch-day line-up still turns out to be a valid choice a few months later (and among meaty competition). Each soccer game released on the PSP really has its own feel and cache and WTS’s greatest asset is really that it’s easy to pick it up, play it intensely for a few minutes and then put it back down until you have a few more moments. The Challenge and Cup modes are an excellent addition, the gameplay is intuitive and the Ad-Hoc multiplayer is serviceable (though there are a few framerate issues). Discerning soccer fans looking for something a little different on the PSP should definitely check it out.
70 (UK) (May 03, 2005)
The player likenesses, too, are convincing enough. They're not distinctive in terms of the way they play as they are in PES, but then that's the whole thing about World Tour Soccer, really: it's not really simulating football; it's emulating football spectacle, and with the addition of Challenge mode and a clever reward structure on top of an accessible and plainly enjoyable arcade experience it does that effectively enough to be a worthy purchase for footy lovers who want to, as the yanks would have it, punch a hole in the score bag. So then. Jose Reyes hits the side netting out of ten. Breathe.
Armchair Empire, The (Sep 06, 2005)
I’ve yet to play the other PSP soccer game, so I can’t compare the two, but if WTS were the only product available, I’d say skip it unless you were a huge soccer fan and couldn’t resist the urge to play a modern soccer game on the morning commute.
1UP (Mar 21, 2005)
Studio London attempted to add a bit of longevity to World Tour as well, by including various unlockable cups and stadiums. Honestly, though, World Tour Soccer probably won't last you much longer than the launch window, just until something better comes along. Still, it manages to do what all portable games should -- offer up respectable action in bite-sized chunks. Of the three 989 Sports games available at launch, World Tour Soccer is my pick of the bunch.
Gaming Age (Apr 27, 2005)
All in all, this is a good, but not great game. It has some issues but at the same time is very fun. It doesn?t break any new ground, but is very acceptable. If you are the type that is very picky about your soccer games, I would at least wait until FIFA comes out for the PSP to compare it. If you really want a soccer game for your PSP now though, you won?t be disappointed with World Tour Soccer.
Obviously, this was an attempt to make it exciting and quick for the handheld market, but the result backfires and makes the experience feel disingenuous.
GameSpy (Mar 23, 2005)
In direct competition with FIFA Soccer, World Tour Soccer may have a hard time taking home the trophy as your best soccer option, but it's a well-equipped runner up only a few improvements away from making a serious run at the champion.
At the end of the day Brian, this is a game which is based on the desperately average This Is Football series, but on its newest platform, World Tour Soccer: Challenge Edition scores as the first footy game on PSP and actually, perhaps a little surprisingly, plays a more than decent game.
60 (Sep 01, 2005)
The intelligence of your computer-controlled teammates also leaves a lot to be desired – occasionally they’ll just stand and stare at the crowd when the ball rolls to their feet – but WTS still has an old-school charm that will keep most gamers happy until FIFA 2006 shoots for PSP glory in November.
60 (Sep 09, 2005)
In conclusion - if you really need a soccer game for your handheld, go with the SLIGHTLY better Fifa. It’s the lesser of two evils. If you don’t like soccer, bad games, or sports that don’t involve someone being knocked unconscious now and again, stay away from World Tour Soccer.
Operation Sports (Apr 28, 2008)
I’m not sure if it’s the publisher or the platform, but once again we have a PSP sports game that straddles the line between sim and arcade. In the case of World Tour Soccer, though, I think that balancing act works well. It's madly entertaining, and seems well proportioned to the demands of the portable gaming lifestyle. While keeping scores realistic, the game is slanted towards offense, so that the average gamer on the go has enough time to play a match, and get some shots on goal. While it's a good distance away from a true sim experience like Winning Eleven, it's pace and play mechanics give it that "just one more game" feeling that separates it from many of the PSP's sports titles so far.
55 (Sep 09, 2005)
Mucho trabajo le queda por delante a Sony si quiere que futuras entregas de esta franquicia puedan competir dignamente en un género que siempre tiene muchas y muy cualificadas novias.