Kick Off 2

aka: KO2, Pro Soccer, Pro Soccer 68, World League Soccer
Moby ID: 2790
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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.

Spellings

  • プロァッカー68 - Sharp X68000 Japanese spelling

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Kick Off 2 Program by

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Critics

Average score: 82% (based on 30 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.1 out of 5 (based on 45 ratings with 1 reviews)

The best soccer game ever created, bar none

The Good
The game features the best soccer gameplay of any similar games. Full control over the ball ( which doesn't 'stick' to the player ), difficult teams to challenge, aftertouch..

The Bad
It is hard for a new kick Off player to get used to the style and features of Kick Off, but thats just a slight problem.

The Bottom Line
Get an Amiga emulator ( like UAE ) and try it out. You won't be able to stop playing it.

DOS · by Mark Papadakis (35) · 2002

Discussion

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Celebrating 20 Years Of Kick Off 2 !!!! gdh82 Apr 5, 2010
NEW Edition of Kick Off 2 Fanzine out now! gdh82 Nov 7, 2008
Kick Off 2 | Kick Off Association | Latest News!!! gdh82 May 9, 2008

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
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Sports (Check 'em out)* 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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Game added by Andrew Hartnett.

Commodore 64 added by Quapil. Sharp X68000 added by Rik Hideto. Antstream added by firefang9212. SNES added by Alaka. Amiga, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: Alaka, Kabushi, Martin Smith, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto, Jo ST, FatherJack.

Game added December 27, 2000. Last modified February 13, 2024.