May 27, 2011First Touch Soccer is a significant step forward for X2 Games. The previous offering, X2 Football, was already one of the better iOS soccer games available, but had some real shortcomings in terms of graphics quality, the level of challenge (i.e. it was too easy) and Dream Team mode. First Touch shows improvement in all three of those areas.
Gameplay in First Touch is intuitive, engaging and challenging. The enjoyment factor starts high, and stays high over time as there are a wide variety of competitions to beat, and a multiplayer mode that allows you to play against friends and strangers.
The game does have some ragged edges though. First and foremost are stability problems. Simply put, the game crashes a lot. Usually at the beginning of a game, but also sometimes at half-time, or during the action. This is a very frustrating experience. Additionally, Dream Team mode, which allows you to start with a relatively weak team and earn tokens with which you can buy players and gradually improve the quality of your team, has gone from far too easy in the X2 version, to too difficult in the First Touch version. Maybe this strategy is intended to extend the length of time it takes to "beat" the Dream Team portion of the game, but at the outset, it is again very frustrating.
Overall, with the expectation that future updates will address the stability/crash issues, I think this is a great game, and recommend it highly.… Expand
Jun 25, 2011brilliant game overall, easy to pick up, a bit too easy. game-play is absolute top notch! you have complete freedom of passing and dribbling, I would like better skill control (as its random).
BUT there are a few flaws that didn't impact me much until i mastered them, such as half way line goals, one on one goals, which are nearly impossible to miss. I'll explain: when the opponent scores, the goalie is out/on the edge on the penalty box and so when you kick off you can run to the edge of the centre circle, full power shot and the goalie is helpless, works almost every time, and one on one goals, just max out the pass button and he cant save it : fix em and ill be happy.
as for modes, dream team is by far the best as its token system is perfect, but once you've completed all tournaments and got Messi, Villa and other class players on your team, there is not much replay value as you know your going to win every game, and its a bit to easy and quick to get to that stage.
multi-player has improved with updates but ive failed to have one complete match in multiplayer for loss of connection errors, maybe they can fix that in the future?
while its good gameplay wise, some features that i think are essential to a good footy game, although I don't think any game has done it yet is the inclusion of a manager mode, complete with transfer windows, but i guess that's what championship manager is for? I would just like a game that does it all, maybe that's asking for too much.
so i gave it a 9/10 because it is by FAR the best football game on iOS, especially retina display enabled devices, but there are just a few things that need clearing up such as goalkeeper AI and multiplayer.… Expand
Jun 24, 2011Simply put this is one of the best games period on the IPad, and is the single best soccer game on any mobile format. I typically despise games where you pay extra for items (teams, players, balls etc). Honestly if you bypass all of that you still end up with a very good game. This is one of my favorite games period.