If you like the millions of others around the world love football and love video games, you may feel a little cheated. Although it is the most official of virtual football outings, the FIFA franchise has been churning out the same thing since 1996 which, even to the most dedicated of players, is starting to feel emaciated. Football games don’t end there though, you will be glad to know they aren’t all straight up simulations like the FIFA titles. If you are itching for something a little more exciting check out these fine footy alternatives.
You may remember this rough and tumble football title from 2002 which serves as a halfway house between the standard and out-there football games. From the outset this game appears very similar to its competition, but you will quickly find that the rules are heavily bent here. Published by Midway who brought us Mortal Kombat it makes sense that there is a little violence here that come in the form of harsh tackles and contact evasions. Redcard gets especially eccentric once you unlock the fantasy teams which let you play as Samurai Warriors, Aliens and oddly dolphins.
Mario Strikers Charged
This gem that was released on the Wii is the second instalment of the series and is a treat to play. In the beloved style of Nintendo, the team over at Japan have augmented football in the same way they have kart racing – with lots of power ups. Firstly, the ball itself powers up as you make passes and consecutive hits (there is no area out of play here to keep the pace going), second each character has their own unique attack and defence moves. The captain is the main event here, as you pick from Nintendo’s roster of elite characters for a game changing finisher that can result in multiple balls heading to the net. This game is fast, frantic, unpredictable and overall a joy to play.
Sega Soccer Slam
In a mad interpretation of the world cup this game shook up football on home consoles. The game features larger than life characters that command teams of colour coded allies that storm the pitch to score powerful goals. One big difference here is that many small rules don’t apply so you won’t be seeing any throw ins or hear the whistle blown for anyone offside. A big change on the game is that you can hit other players, turning this into a fun brawl on a pitch that builds up to players unleashing their killer kicks.
You’ve probably heard of this mad title that combines driving with football. In Rocket League you get behind the wheel of a super boosted car and join up with teams to whack an oversized ball into the net. The pros will make this look seamless but getting used to the controls alone has a learning curve, once you get the hag of it though you will not want to put this thing down. The memorable moments that come from playing this hilarious team game are endless, and if the sheer fun isn’t enough the guys at Psyonix draw you in with licensed customisations and cars that have tied in with Batman, Ghostbusters, Stranger Things and more.