• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Mar 14, 2005
Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. An addicting, impressive, and most importantly fun game. The graphics are very nice, the sounds are equally impressive, and the gameplay of the soccer and the amount of modes available make for a tremendous gaming experience.
  2. It's so good you'll probably forget you're playing a soccer game. European players will be thrilled, but American gamers would be foolish to think they won't be just as excited.
  3. It has it's shortcomings, like a lack of any real type of Wireless play outside of "ad-hoc" mode, and some light game modes. But it is made up for with some excellent gameplay.
  4. A good contender for the PSP football crown.
  5. The camera angle makes it a bit tough to judge the visual aspects of the game.
  6. Thanks to the easy-to-use controls and smooth action, it has set a high benchmark for others to try to reach. [PSM2]
  7. The game's biggest asset? The A.I. [May 2005, p.71]
  8. World Tour Soccer’s gameplay is well-defined, and the different modes spice things up considerably. The presentation is solid, as well.
  9. A looser and slightly more free-wheeling soccer experience than the so-sim-oriented-it-hurts "FIFA Soccer" PSP game.
  10. The PSPs widescreen presentation makes for some spectacular moments during gameplay and replays, and it’ll be pretty tough to go back to a less powerful handheld after seeing this game in motion.
  11. Boasts more than enough fast-paced gameplay and depth to justify its asking price.
  12. Although there could be more features such as a career mode, World Tour Soccer is an adequate first step onto the handheld soccer field.
  13. 75
    There’s plenty to unlock, the multiplayer is good and the soccer is rock-solid. Not to mention that the quick load-times make for the most faithful on the road console experience to date, though the lack of depth will not appease everyone.
  14. 74
    On its own, WTS has the charm of old school arcade soccer games, a flair of simulation soccer and enough unlockables to keep you busy for a long time.
  15. It's realistic but not overly, as having fun is emphasized over all, something you don't see much of anymore in sports games.
  16. It's not really simulating football; it's emulating football spectacle, and with the addition of Challenge mode and a clever reward structure on top of an accessible and plainly enjoyable arcade experience it does that effectively enough to be a worthy purchase for footy lovers who want to, as the yanks would have it, punch a hole in the score bag.
  17. If you’re looking for something to play in short bursts then World Tour Soccer: Challenge Edition can prove to be entertaining, but if you prefer your game to have an inkling of skill it’s probably better to wait for the debut of Konami’s mighty Pro Evolution series.
  18. A credible, even attractive option for any fan not demanding too mcuh in the realism stakes. [June 2005, p.85]
  19. 70
    Two things I really dig about World Tour Soccer are that the matches feature generally realistic scoring (on a couple goals per match), and the game buffers your button presses a bit, which means jamming on the pass or shoot button will normally result in multiple, wild passes or shots fired off into the middle of nowhere. You have to remain calm and play the game correctly in order to be successful.
  20. 70
    It is a decent soccer game, but with its unbalanced gameplay, the field may be a bit greener somewhere else.
  21. Another problem is the AI. More than other games, it seems that players on my team do things other than I would expect.
  22. Animation is generally poor, facial modeling is bland, and the AI manages to feel artificial but without the intelligence. [May 2005, p.136]
  23. It's madly entertaining, and seems well proportioned to the demands of the portable gaming lifestyle.
  24. Comparable to the PS2 version, except with much longer loading times.
  25. WTS has its shortcomings, but in the long run it ends up trumping its big PS2 brother. [June 2005, p.98]
  26. 60
    Disappointingly, the game sorely lacks a career or league mode, but tries to make up for it with an innovative challenge mode that tests your ability to play flawless football (you know, real football) during a match.
  27. 60
    Lacks a career mode, offers laggy multiplayer, and is fairly unpolished.
  28. World Tour Soccer is a good all-around handheld soccer game with nice wireless multiplayer features. It’s most prominent fault is in the speed of the gameplay. Players zoom around the field like on fast forward, making playing a bit surreal. Even the camera doesn’t always keep up with the fast moving action. The only way to play the game is to keep the camera angle as far from the field as possible. [Sept 2005, p.64]
  29. Though the gameplay is decent fun and it’s cool seeing visuals from a time after the 1980's in your sweaty palms, World Tour Soccer’s limited offer is akin to a marginally implemented infomercial product - it’s more impressive in someone else’s hands.

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