One of my favorite sports is Soccer, and I used to love playing various soccer arcade games growing up on my computer system. I could never get into FIFA games because they were too complicated with controls and I didn't find them to be fun. Sociable Soccer, a new soccer game through Apple Arcade, is the type of soccer game I enjoy. Fun, easy to play, and FUN.
The premise of Sociable Soccer is simple. You manage a team through tournaments and various games in the app. I'm not going to get into the different types of games and modes you can play, because what I really want to get into is the gameplay. Gameplay in this soccer game is so simple. There is a virtual direction controller on the left and three buttons on the right. The buttons are for shooting, passing, and chipping the ball.The buttons for controlling the ball are also for defensive moves. That is it. There is a fantastic tutorial that runs you through the controls and how to use them.
For me the controls are simple to use with or without a controller. In fact, I find the game easier to play without a controller.
When it comes to gameplay, controlling the players is smooth and responsive. Kicking the ball or passing does what you would expect and works fine. The graphics look great and the game plays like I want a soccer game to play - for the most part. I did some some parts of the game lacking. When you take a free kick or a throw in you can't control where your players go to receive the ball. You can control the direction the ball is going, but you can't control someone to be there for the ball. This basically results in putting the ball in play and hoping you can get to it.
One other quirk of gameplay is the amount of red and yellow cards I receive. Maybe it is how I play, but it seems like every time I slide tackle a person I am getting carded.
However, with that being said this is still a really fun soccer game to play. The games themselves only last about three minutes (90 second halves). While I appreciate the short games, and believe me I do, it would be nice to be able to increase the game to five minutes or more if you choose.
Watch the short video of gameplay from 1/2 of a game below.
There is a level of managing that happens in the game with upgrading players, which are represented by cards. You can earn cards with rewards through the game too. I haven't quite grasped this part of the game yet, so I am not going to dive deep into that. I will say it doesn't seem that important for playing the game. I have no issues playing, scoring, or winning games. It is challenging, but like I keep saying it is fun. At the end of the day, that is what makes a good game over a bad one.
AArcade Review Rating 4 out of 5
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I enjoy playing baseball video games. However, I don't enjoy games where I have to manage the team and keep track of injured player and then there are different button combinations to push to certain hits and pitches and you have to memorize an entire manual to play the game. If you feel the same way, then Ballistic Baseball is the baseball game for you.
Ballistic Baseball, by Gameloft, brings baseball back to the basics. You play the pitcher on defense and the batter on offense. When you pitch you can easily choose the pitch you want to throw and where you want to throw it. There is an accuracy slider for when to through the ball similar to many golf video games. That is about it for pitching. The game takes care of fielding for you. The only other pitching option is changing pitchers when your pitcher gets too tired. I did find that pitchers tend to get tired very fast. In a one inning game I went through about a pitcher for every two batters.
When you hit you can move the batter away from the plate, or closer, and you swing the bat. Nothing more. The game chooses when you run and how far to run.
I don't think it can get too much simpler than that. In fact, it might be a little too simple for my taste. While I enjoy the game, I do wish there was the option to bunt and steal bases. If I had to choose between the two it would have to be bunting. I think a baseball game needs the option to bunt.
When you play there are three modes of play. Online, play with a friend locally and vs. an AI opponent. Online gives you a three inning game (which I like) and offline gives the option of choosing 1 to 9 innings and the stadium you want to play on. The stadium is chosen when you play online. The stadiums are a nice variety of scenes. One even has a pirate ship in the background.
I do appreciate the offline option here. I tried playing online once and there was no one else for me to play. I have played several games without an offline mode and when there is no one to play you eventually stop trying and delete the game. I did not try the local player option.
I played the game with and without a controller. I personally found hitting and getting the perfect pitch to be easier with the button on the controller. Your experience may vary.
My only other minor problem with the game, and it more of a patience thing on my part, is I would appreciate the ability to click through the cut scenes between innings. I know it is small, but those get boring and repetitive after a while.
Overall, Ballistic Baseball is a nice baseball game for iOS and AppleTV. It is fun and great for those, like me, who want a game you can just pick up and play.
Arcade Reviews Rating 4.5 out of 5
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