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Microsoft International Soccer 2000 (Windows)

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After the universally panned Microsoft Soccer, Microsoft went with an experienced software house in football videogames, and Rage Software of Ultimate Soccer and the Striker series fame was chosen to develop a sports titled aimed at the European market.

Featuring 73 international teams (all unlicensed, but with unique kits and an editor allows to customize each player's name and appearance) plus seven custom teams. Each team is rated out of five values in defense, attack and midfield, and players are rated in five attributes plus two variables (fitness and injury). There are several competitions at the disposal of the player, including continental cups, customized leagues and a scenario mode, inspired by several World Cup games such as the 1990 World Cup semi-finals between England and Germany or the 1974 second round match between the Netherlands and Brazil.

Between the four lines the player can choose between 6 stadiums, three weather conditions (clear, rain or snow), disabling offsides and game length. As for gameplay, the game is a typical action game of the period, with the twist of having two modifier keys for high and low balls and some keys change in effect depending on the context. A typical cross-header play goes with a player running through the flank, hitting the shoot button (holding for a tense cross with lower arc) and then connect with the ball using the "low ball" button for a finesse header or the "high ball" for a powerful header. Dead balls are played using the usual "arrow" method where the player starts by setting the height, depth and aim of the ball, then add spin as the player holds the shooting button.

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Microsoft International Soccer 2000 Windows You can move the camera around during replays for a better view of the action.
Microsoft International Soccer 2000 Windows The ref books Argentina for a tackle.
Microsoft International Soccer 2000 Windows Main menu
Microsoft International Soccer 2000 Windows Australia does a lap of honor as the credits roll.

Alternate Titles

  • "Microsoft International Football 2000" -- European Title
  • "Microsoft Fußball International 2000" -- German Title
  • "Futebol Internacional 2000" -- Brazilian Title

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The Press Says

IGN Feb 28, 2000 7.6 out of 10 76
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 1999 76 out of 100 76
Power Unlimited Dec, 1999 7.6 out of 10 76
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1999 74 out of 100 74
Gamer's Pulse 1999 73 out of 100 73
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1999 71 out of 100 71
Gamesmania 1999 70 out of 100 70
Spel för Alla Oct, 1999 6 out of 10 60
Spel för Alla Feb, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Kartanym (10772) added Microsoft International Soccer 2000 (Windows) on Feb 17, 2001