RetroCollect FM - Retro Gaming Podcast - Issue 07: 90 Minutes Of The Beautiful Game

RetroCollect-FM-Issue-07-Footbal-Video-Games-EpisodeWith the World Cup about to get under way, we decided to up our podcast game and slide tackle the topic of classic football video games. Starting out in the lowly 8-bit league, listen to our rise to the top as we thrash the big boys - FIFA, Pro Evo and Sensible Soccer - and every other mid-table player in between.

Somehow managing to keep club rivalries at bay, RetroCollect FM hosts Chris, Tom and Adam cast aside their colours to discuss the highs and lows of the beautiful game. Our memories detail our first few outings on the pitch with the likes of 81's Football Manager, 83's Kick Off and the lacklustre Gazza's Super Soccer.

Needless to say we end up putting in a full 110% performance once we arrive in the 16 and 32-bit leagues, discussing our undying love for Sensible World of Soccer, the early entries in the FIFA series, and of course International Superstar Soccer.

But with so many big players to beat, which football video game will take the title? Find out in our 90 minute special now, as it's time to kick off!

And as usual, be sure to substitute in and listen to our brand new podcast intro theme put together by the legendary chiptune artist Shirobon.

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Last Updated ( 04 June 2014 )  


Better known as Adam offline, Cauterize is one of RetroCollect's final bosses with an unhealthy addiction to pixels. When he's not out searching the web for the latest retro gaming news or creating content for RetroCollect, he'll will most likely be found working on his Sensible Soccer skills.

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(Link to this comment) nakamura 2014-06-04 19:39
There are no paid review scores. Fifa is better than PES and has been since 2008. This is from someone who bought three Winning Eleven games a year from 1997 to 2007.
(Link to this comment) Tomleecee 2014-06-05 07:57
FIFA. Isometric. First. XD
(Link to this comment) ian8bit 2014-06-05 18:58
Surprised Mario Strikers didn't get a mention, it's great fun.
As I've told Adam before, the SMS version of Sensible Soccer is the best :lol:
I've always preferred Pro Evo over FIFA. I'm still playing Pro Evo 2008 to this day!
Here's a fun one you night not have played before, Red Card 2003.
(Link to this comment) jayslim 2014-06-06 09:59
I agree that PES fell off as soon as the last gen version was released and as soon as they went to the full year in their title :lol: .
Main reasons - Online play was awful on PES 2008 and it didn't play or look like a next gen game (players had this plastic sheen to them).
I am not a major FIFA fan though but thave bought a couple like FIFA 12 and 14 and ave only bought PES 2012 in recent years which resolved some of the issues of the previous games.
PES 5 is still my fave footie game!
+2 (Link to this comment) Retroboy83 2014-06-06 14:54
World Cup Italia '90 does actually have player names when you select your squad just after team selection (using the players from the '86 roster!) Never actually see the names ingame however until displaying the goalscorers at the end result.

Also the original Fifa did have a referee. It used to be amusing to run away from getting carded as the ref would infinitely take chase until he got within reaching distance. (Cue Yakety Sax)

Best football game ever in my opinion was Gremlins Footballer of the Year for the Speccy. Any game in which you could get your alarm clock stolen or had to open Supermarkets rates highly in my book!
(Link to this comment) knsl 2014-11-25 22:08
Hey, guys!
Great stuff as usual! I'm hooked, ever since I've heard the early years of Mega Drive episode. About this one, though.. I was so pleasently surprised when heard that Captain Tsubasa music in the intermission. This is definitely my favorite 8 bit soccer game. I remember how, as a child, I explored every option in the menu to understand how to play the game.. and when I've got comfortable with the japanese commands, it became amazing cinematic/rpg experience..
Also, the ISS Deluxe on the MD was light years ahead of fifa in the 16 bit days, in my opinion, at least. ISS have super tight controls, scenario mode, and you can do kick ups and various tricks while it is still very playable even today. FIFA is just like one of you said - like playing on an ice pitch.. and I feel like I barely have any control over the game.. I don't know, maybe the fault is in me.
Anyway, keep up the great work, and sorry for the bad english, but I had to share my thoughts.

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