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.
- "World League Soccer" -- SNES title
- "Pro Soccer" -- Japanese SNES title
- "KO2" -- Common abbreviation
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A wide range of shots - including aftertouch - are available, and fully accessible with a one-button joystick.
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).
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".
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- Amiga Joker
- Issue 01/1991 – Best Sports Game in 1990
- Retro Gamer
- September 2004 (Issue #8) – #54 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)