Video arcade followers, we’ve obtained a brand new launch so that you can be on the look out for, as Common Area (UNIS) has begun transport their newest amusement title, Fantasy Soccer, to arcades in North America.
First revealed in September of final yr, Fantasy Soccer piqued curiosity amongst many in the neighborhood for just a few 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 toes), whereas constructing on that with newer tech (linking cupboards for as much as eight gamers, a participant digital camera, 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 seeking 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 good 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 preferred what I performed and had enjoyable. Having enjoyable is likely one of the extra vital components for me on the subject of gaming as of late. I don’t imply to downplay innovative 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 mentioned, I nonetheless prefer to see arcades pushing the boundaries…or on the very least ensuring that regardless of the graphics seem like, they’re pushing 60FPS or greater.
On the graphics aspect, Fantasy Soccer isn’t a tour-de-force there, however it will get the job carried out 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 might be at Amusement Expo 2019 in lower than two weeks, the place we are able to play and evaluate.
I additionally hope that UNIS considers doing a normal model of the sport (perhaps with out the “dwell commentator” monitor) like they’ve carried out with Lane Grasp and the Lane Grasp Professional fashions; simply as one thing for us smaller operators who might need a clientele that might take pleasure in one thing contemporary like this.
If you’re an operator, you possibly can order Fantasy Soccer out of your most popular UNIS distributor now. I’m unsure of the value – I’ve heard just a few completely different numbers above $11ok, however you possibly can all the time store round and see.
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