John Barnes European Football (CD32)

Title           John Barnes European Football (CD32)
Game Type       Sport
Players         1 or 2
Company 	Krisalis Software Ltd
Compatibility   CD32
Submission      Courtesy of sean Caszatt

Sports games are important to a videogame system.  If you look at the Sega
Genesis or Super Nintendo, you'll see a load of sports games.  Some are
good and some are not so good.  There are a lot of them, though.

Right now, sports games are few-and-far-between on the CD남.  That's what
makes this game so glaringly bad.  It's got no competition, but yet it does.
If that makes no sense to you, let me explain:  The CD남's first sports
game is the one that people will initially point fingers at.  Since there
are few sports games on the CD남 right now, the consumer will compare
it to what is available on other systems.  "The CD남 stinks at sports games"
is the comment one will expect to hear after playing this game.

I don't profess to know anything about soccer.  I know the basic rules and
that's about it.  One thing I do know is that soccer games have always
been a lot of fun to play.  I've played soccer on videogame systems since
I owned an Atari 2600 in the early 1980's.  From that, I graduated to
INTERNATIONAL SOCCER on the Commodore 64 and then moved on to SENSIBLE
SOCCER for the Amiga.   However, I don't watch soccer on television and I'm
not particularly excited about the World Cup coming to the United States
this year.

This game is an exercise in frustration from the time you boot up, to the
time you turn it off.  (And for me, there was not a lot of time in
between.) Passing to your teammates is nearly impossible.  Scoring is even
harder. The computer didn't seem to have any trouble doing both.

The graphics and sound are adequate.  They're not bad, but I was shocked
when I saw the Amiga version of the game.  There is no difference between
the two versions.  The CD남 version should have something extra.  The
game doesn't cost as much as other CD남쟴itles, so it's not like they're
trying to sell this as a top-of-the-line release.  That's honest enough.

I hate to trash the game, but it asked for it.  I'm not familiar enough
with the soccer scene to know who John Barnes is, but I don't think he'd
want to play this game.

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