Foosball 2012 PS Vita and PS3 Review
Who knew table football is actually called Foosball ?
Before I heard about this game I never even realised that “table football” actually has another name, “foosball.” Now after hours of gaming I’m a foosball fan and slightly addicted to this game.
The game features 3 modes, world tour, quick play and online multiplayer.
World tour is the main single player mode which sees you play through over 20 games of foosball to unlock new game modes, players, balls, difficulties, regions and tables for use in the other modes of the game.
You control the players using the two analogue sticks, the left stick moves your players side to side on the table and when you have the ball flicking the right stick shoots the ball in the direction you point it.
You can unlock skill moves using stars you earn from winning matches in the world tour. Stars are awarded based on how you performed so if you scrape a 10-9 victory don’t expect to be awarded the same amount of stars a 10-0 victory would earn you. If you’re too lazy to earn these stars you could just buy the skill moves for real money from the store.
The skill moves include things such as a flick shot, which puts more power behind your shot and a drag shot which allows you to drag the ball sideways across the table to line it up with the goal more accurately. More advanced (and costly) skills allow you to do things like stop the ball and line it up on goal before striking it into the net.
You are allowed to use the skills moves in game when you have built up enough power in a bar that charges based on how well you are doing in the game.
The great thing about foosball is it never gets boring, the game is fast and furious so your always moving and thinking combine this with constantly changing players, balls, tables and game modes every level and the game becomes incredibly addictive. It’s been a long time since I played a game this simple but addictive.
My only complaint about world tour is that it never really challenged me; a few matches took me a while to score enough goals to progress but I have never been in danger due to the AI scoring too many goals against me.
Graphically the game is very pretty; the wide varieties of players look very pretty, there are lots of table types each beautifully styled and the fire ball looks great streaking along the table.
The game also features an online mode where you can player against other humans on the PlayStation network. It has private and public matches, (with the private matches supporting invites) and headset support.
PS Vita and PS3 players can play against each other but cross platform invites are not supported.
Due to the speed of the game online doesn’t work to well unfortunately. The game isn’t synchronised between the two players very well and there are frequent occasions where one player thinks they have scored but due to lag they never saw the other player block the shot.
Another great thing about the game is that when you pay once and get both the PS3 and PS Vita versions a great move by the developers. The PS3 and Vita versions also have independent trophies giving you a great reason to play through both of them.
The PS3 version supports the move controller but I don’t have one so wasn’t able to test it.
Overall this is an incredibly addictive game and for £5.49 it’s well worth picking up. (PS Plus owners currently get it for £4.39)
By Aaron Kalair
PSOnline kindly received two review copies of this game from the creators.
You can view the trailer for this game here: