Simulated football games
Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000
The world is full of enthusiasts who love the game of soccer. When the World Cup comes around, fans become excited and cheer for their favorite teams. To keep the game alive and to stop the fun from stopping, KickOff was created. KickOff is designed for people who love playing online soccer.
Individuals can get started with KickOff by downloading the free client. Registering for the game is also required and can be done at the game's website. Gameplay for KickOff is a little different than most fans might expect as it is not a typical scene that includes big stadiums and a ton of roaring fans. Instead, KickOff matches up players in an environment that looks like a street scene. The game is based on playing soccer in a neighborhood with friends. In reality, users can even play the game with friends residing in other countries around the world.
The game is quite simple to control and is set up so that players can move around with just three of the arrow keys. Players have the ability to pass and shoot. Users should not expect superb graphics and the characters in the game look more like manga characters than real people.
KickOff has three modes for gameplay. The first mode is a practicing area where players can work on their favorite moves. A second mode allows users to play for free against people from all over the world. The third mode is a league play option and requires a license to participate.
Extra abilities can be acquired after playing the game for a period. Users also have full customization over their player characters.
Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of KickOff is that it has periodic server problems and disconnects that interrupt gameplay. In addition, it suffers from minor lag issues that often slow down the action.
On the bright side, KickOff is tons of fun to play when the servers are running smooth. It's enjoyable playing against other enthusiasts from around the world and matching up skills against them.