We had been just lately invited to Bandai Namco Leisure America’s New 12 months Showcase in San Francisco and obtained to take a look at a handful of the writer’s upcoming titles. The primary recreation I performed (and the primary recreation to have its embargo lifted) was the just lately introduced Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions; An action-packed, fast-paced, and arcade-style footy that pitted two center college groups towards one another, every having their very own tremendous captain.
Captain Tsubasa Returns
The Captain Tsubasa manga collection first debuted again in 1981 by Yōichi Takahashi. It has had fairly few video video games created to go together with hundreds of thousands of volumes of manga bought within the collection. Whereas the collection will not be tremendous standard right here within the West, this can be very standard in Japan, with over 70 million volumes of manga bought there. That’s lots of manga. The final console recreation launched for the PlayStation 2 again in 2006 however was by no means launched within the US. You may simply discover low priced import copies of that recreation on eBay when you nonetheless have a functioning PS2 or a backward appropriate PS3.
The PS4 demo for the most recent recreation within the collection, Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions, had two groups to select from, every with one captain whose abilities had been maxed out. The Nankatsu Center Faculty was led by Tsubasa Ozoro, the sport’s namesake, and the Toho Academy was led by Kojiro Hyuga, Tsubasa’s primary rival. No matter which group I selected—and I attempted them each a number of occasions—the opposing captain was a beast to cease.
Manga Model Graphics and Arcade Gameplay
In case you are searching for a sensible, FIFA-style soccer recreation, you’re within the improper place. Manga and anime followers will immediately acknowledge the graphics type. This doesn’t imply the sport is tough on the eyes, because the graphics are very easy and polished, with animations which are entertaining to see, albeit irritating when the opposite captain is utilizing certainly one of his tremendous strikes to drive your goalie deep into the web. Character artwork can be very detailed and appears to remain true to the collection.
Gameplay is quick and fluid and requires you to concentrate to a participant’s stamina. After getting the ball in your possession, you solely want to maneuver the analog stick the course you need to dribble it, but when your stamina drains down, your passing means may be very restricted. Technically the sport may be very easy and simple to play, with easy passing, stealing, and blocking mechanics. Shoulder fees and slide kicks are very efficient if timed good, however stopping these towards the CPU can be simple sufficient with good timing.
The extra I performed the sport, the higher I grew to become. My first match I misplaced 5 – nil, and couldn’t cease Captain Hyuga to avoid wasting my life. Once I switched sides, it was Captain Tsubasa who was too exhausting to deal with however his group solely beat me three – nil. After switching again, I lastly began to maneuver the ball efficiently downfield by passing proper earlier than an opponent had the possibility to steal, and I scored my first aim on a superkick by Tsubasa. I nonetheless misplaced the match Four-2, however I used to be bettering and slowly studying the correct timing. In time, I’d truly have the ability to win a match or two.
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions doesn’t have a launch date but, however is earmarked for 2020. It’s potential that the demo I performed could get a launch previous to the sport’s launch, however the rep wasn’t positive if that was within the playing cards. Maintain your fingers crossed as a result of the demo was fairly a little bit of footy enjoyable.