Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    It plays a lightning-fast, ultra-competitive game, and the statistics are unbeatable in their completeness. [Oct 2007, p.96]
  2. One of those rare gems that stands the test of time, thanks to its near-flawless gameplay. And while the temptation must have been huge to overhaul the game for the next-gen release, it’s great to see that the SWOS developers didn’t cave to it. While the game may not be the prettiest game on the Marketplace, it’s certainly one of the most fun.
  3. 79
    Unlike most sports games that feel dated and tired years later, this one holds up quite well. It’s simple and fast, removing two of the hurdles many people find with the sport of soccer. The game also features an admirable amount of depth for a game that can be played with just a d-pad and the A button.
  4. It just remains for us to say, if you’re looking for a quality title to download, go with SWOS. It’s the sensible choice.
  5. All minor gripes aside though, SWOS remains a triumph of playability over tedium and proves the franchise is still a strong contender for the greatest football game of all time.
  6. Were it not for the online issues – and we pray Codemasters fix these sharpish – SWOS would be getting a 9/10 if not more. As it stands, we’re going to cop out and give it that annoying almost-amazing score.
  7. Sensible World of Soccer is a timeless classic that has not lost any of its magic through the times.
  8. Most retro titles on the arcade are basically nostalgia trips with horribly updated graphics. Luckily this isn’t one of those games because they haven’t messed with the formula, and anything they have added only improves on it.
  9. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    The best sports game on Xbox Live Arcade. [Feb 2008, p.103]
  10. Simple, down to earth footballing fun.
  11. Official Xbox Magazine
    The fast pace, aged artifacts, and new online multiplayer functionality might make Sensible worth a peek for the curious, but only the truly devoted will even consider purchasing it. [Feb 2008, p.80]
  12. X-ONE Magazine UK
    We can't think of a more complete package to spend our virtual pounds upon. [Issue#29, p.116]
  13. If you spent hours of your childhood playing SWOS, you won't be disappointed with this updated version. With all of its original features intact and the addition of online multiplayer, there's plenty of depth here for those who are willing to devote time and practice.
  14. The inclusion of online features add even more longevity to the game.
  15. People may turn their back on this thanks to its 2D visuals and oddball soundtrack, but not sampling this small nugget of gold for yourself, for those reasons alone, would be not be sensible at all.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. GaryW.
    Jan 9, 2008
    This games is fundamentally broken when playing on Xbox live. The headers and tackles dont work properly. We have already had to donwload the This games is fundamentally broken when playing on Xbox live. The headers and tackles dont work properly. We have already had to donwload the 'fixed' version, yet it is still tat. Connecting to game is almost impossible and the header and tackels STILL dont work correctly. That is the last time I will be paying to playtest a game for codemasters. Oh dont forget the garish adverts that appear which are being sent by a server which tracks advertising on your 360. Full Review »
  2. AndyM.
    Dec 27, 2007
    Fantastic game, a perfect recreation of the game I wasted my teens on!
  3. Rol
    Dec 21, 2007
    A great game that remains great. Hard at first but keep playing and it sticks on you.