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  • Summary: Do you have what it takes to be a superstar? Over 17,000 new motion captured animations! Team motivation, players and teams react to real game situations. Vertical camera angle allows you to see more of the pitch. 52 International teams and 9 unique soccer stadiums. Create your own players and trade existing ones. Infinite team formations and customizable strategies. Expand
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  1. It has all the features you could ask for and more and the gameplay has been refined to near perfection. Then it seems, the only reason FIFA is consistently outselling ISS is the fact that EA have the FIFA license and Konami do not. Just don't let that put you off what is possibly the best soccer game on any system.
  2. 91
    If you already own ISS64, see if you find a trade-in deal to get your hands on the new one, otherwise, the amount of additions is not quite enough to warrant purchase of the sequel.
  3. Intelligence, control, and gameplay are all the best in the business. The only disappointments are the lack of real players and teams and the need for a better TV-style presentation.
  4. The extra touches, although subtle, are akin to the brushstrokes in a Leonardo Da' Vinci masterpiece. The touches on their own seem insignificant, but look at ISS'98 as a complete package, and it is an experience that can only be described as religious.
  5. Considering that Japan isn’t famous for its success in the sport, for some reason the developers at KCET have a canny knack of delivering almost every attribute of our beautiful game in precision detail, with realism so sharp you could almost take an eye out!
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  1. ScottC.
    Jul 10, 2006
    10
    One of the greatest soccer games in history, blessed with wonderful game play, easy controls, state-of-the-art graphics. it is made even better by not having a FIFA license, so you can play with Deonardo (Ronaldo) unless you edit the names. Expand
  2. Dec 10, 2013
    10
    I dont know what others say about this game, but to me is perfect I have played it for 15th years, have won all the tournaments in the highest level, with al the teams. It doesnt matter how long I play it, I allways love it, because of the wide range of moves, plays and the fact that you will always discover new ways and it doesnt matter if you master the game you will always have the joy of finally achieving that "almostimpossible" sombrerito to a level 5 goalkeeper in a World Cup Final, if that doesnt mean anything to you is because you havent played this game enought! It would always be a 10! Expand
  3. BarryP.
    Oct 24, 2008
    10
    This will go down in history as the game that started off the Pro Evolution domination. The game was epic for it's time and was unmatched by Fifa. It set the benchmark for all football games up to this day. The best football game ever made, imo. Collapse
  4. Oct 23, 2011
    10
    simply the most enjoyable fun easy to play accesible soccer game ever plus superb animation(1998) and great mplayer also
    masterpiece that
    doesnt get old Expand
  5. KevinF.
    Dec 12, 2003
    9
    At the time this was the best football game ever, its now been overshadowed by we6, 5 years ago, i'd have given this a ten.