Football games have come a long way over the years to try to add to the content they offer to players. No longer is simply playing football matches enough to keep players interested. We need management modes. Ultimate team style modes. Elimination football. So what happens when you strip all that back to basics and it’s just about picking a team and trying to win a cup?
This is what Legendary Eleven tries to do. Attempting to strip the game back to a more arcade orientated style of play and adding over the top elements like super shots and tackles you won’t get booked for (these are used on a limited basis so you don’t need to worry about them spoiling play too much).
The game stays away from licensing issues by only representing national teams. The do use classic player names but none of the players look like their real life counterparts or anything like that.
While playing you have the option of tackling classic national cup competitions and i guess the aim is to Win them all. You also have multi player as you would expect from a football title.
The only issue is, the game isn’t very good. First, off the speed, it’s way too slow. Some people find Pro Evo a little slow to play, this game makes it look like sonic. There is also the ball physics, there doesn’t feel like there is any. When your players run with the ball you don’t really feel connected to the ball. That may sound stupid and possibly just how it feels to me but when I play games like FIFA or Pro Evo I feel like I’m in control of the ball, in this game however I was more hoping the ball would do what I want. Regardless of anything else the pace of the game just kills it for me.
I was actually with my dad when I got the review code and I asked him to play it and tell me his thoughts. After the game, i asked what he thought and all he could say good about the game was “I like the strips”. Now my dad loves football and he is as casual a gamer as they come and he didn’t like it. Hardcore football fans are not going to like it as if you are used to playing good football games you are just going to find this crap, to put it bluntly.
I really never enjoyed playing Legendary Eleven at all and I really struggle to see why anyone would buy this. If you really need a football fix go and spend a fiver on previous years Pro Evolution or Fifa, they will still offer far more enjoyment than this.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*