Video arcade followers, we’ve obtained a brand new launch so that you can be on the look out for, as Common House (UNIS) has begun delivery their newest amusement title, Fantasy Soccer, to arcades in North America.
First revealed in September of final 12 months, Fantasy Soccer piqued curiosity amongst many locally for a couple of causes. First, that it was an arcade soccer recreation within the vein of titles like World Kicks or Virtua Striker, one thing that hasn’t been seen in fairly some time in our enterprise. It was additionally notable in it’s cupboard design, which mimicked some options from the aforementioned World Kicks (giant joysticks, kickable soccer balls on the ft), whereas constructing on that with newer tech (linking cupboards for as much as eight gamers, a participant digicam, two HD screens, LED lighting). Third in that it’s a sports activities online game that doesn’t contain bowling or golf and at last in that it was one thing authentic – there is no such thing as a official soccer group licensing, so it’s trying to stand on it’s personal.
I obtained an opportunity to play it on the IAAPA 2018 commerce present and got here away with a positive impression. I’ve by no means been enormous on sports activities video games, in that I’ll play them, however they aren’t my first picks. I’ve by no means performed World Kicks or Virtua Striker…I’ve performed Final 11 and some soccer video games on console, though sufficient to be well-versed within the variations. From that perspective, I appreciated what I performed and had enjoyable. Having enjoyable is likely one of the extra vital elements for me in terms of gaming as of late. I don’t imply to downplay leading edge graphics, though when you possibly can have a recreation that appears prefer it got here from 1980 be entertaining, it’s not the first guiding issue for judging a recreation to me. That stated, I nonetheless prefer to see arcades pushing the boundaries…or on the very least ensuring that regardless of the graphics appear to be, they’re pushing 60FPS or larger.
On the graphics facet, Fantasy Soccer isn’t a tour-de-force there, nevertheless it will get the job executed and the IAAPA model performed easily. It’s unknown how or what might need modified within the recreation between final November and now, however hopefully this recreation will probably be at Amusement Expo 2019 in lower than two weeks, the place we will play and examine.
I additionally hope that UNIS considers doing a typical model of the sport (possibly with out the “dwell commentator” monitor) like they’ve executed with Lane Grasp and the Lane Grasp Professional fashions; simply as one thing for us smaller operators who might need a clientele that may take pleasure in one thing contemporary like this.
In case you are an operator, you possibly can order Fantasy Soccer out of your most popular UNIS distributor now. I’m unsure of the worth – I’ve heard a couple of totally different numbers above $11ok, however you possibly can all the time store round and see.
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I am a lifelong fan of video video games and I’ve been working my very own arcade, The Sport Grid Arcade in West Valley Metropolis, Utah since 2008.