Virtua Striker 2002 GameCube

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: May 20, 2002
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
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  1. Game Informer
    68
    Most irritating is that when you try to steal the ball, your defender will be automatically repositioned in front of the guy dribbling. [June 2002, p.81]
  2. Poor control with one camera angle does not make a great game. You can have all the features in the world but if you don’t enjoy the gameplay then it was all for not.
  3. The rigid and debilitating controls work very much against the game. While it may be the prettiest soccer game on the Gamecube, it's not the best.
  4. Nintendo Power
    62
    I found the actual play control sloppy, especially playing headers and shooting off a cross. [May 2002, p.132]
  5. VS3 is all mouth and no trousers.
  6. The entire control scheme hampers any fun that this game would have been, and is very disappointing!
  7. Has come up just a little short of the goal once again.
  8. 60
    It plays fine in very brief bursts if you’re accustomed to the arcade, but for anyone else it’ll prove to be source of much anger.
  9. More of a self-running soccer simulator than a soccer game. The computer takes care of the majority of the controls.
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    55
    It's just too bad the menus and team customization options require more intensity and concentration than the actual game. [July 2002, p.122]
  11. The close camera makes the game less of a sim in that passing is hit or miss. The AI tends to show hints of brilliance followed by complete idiocy.
  12. 51
    Just isn't for me in part due to its mere two-player support, but mostly because of the frustrating controls. You just don't feel in control, and that's a major issue for a soccer game.
  13. The game plays okay, but the controls seem to be just a half step behind, as if lag was occurring.

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