In 1996, Konami took the plunge onto the first Playstation. However, as today so back then, not every fan was happy about Konami’s decision to develop for a new system, as today’s article will show.
Goal Storm (1996)
In September 1996, Konami decided to conquer the PlayStation with the game Goal Storm (World Soccer Winning Eleven). Unfortunately, despite the success of the ISS games on the SNES, Konami failed to deliver. Goal Storm did not only take one step backwards, but ten. In ISS Deluxe, the player models looked really good by the standards of the time. In Goal Storm, however, the player models were rough, pixelated polygons. All the game modes from ISS were gone and the only two modes left were exhibition match and Hyper Cup, something that I can´t understand. All the good things from previous titles had been removed. From the game modes to the available teams right through to the formation changes you could apply to the selected team. As if this wasn’t enough, the football simulation from the ISS series had been replaced with an arcade-heavy kickabout. If the referee didn’t blow his whistle from time to time, you wouldn’t even realise that there was a ref on the pitch. The controls changed as well, attributable to the PlayStation system, and they were already similar to today’s controls, as you can see in the video. But there were also positive things about the game that are noteworthy such as emblems, that were shown on the kits, and the bigger teams like England that had real player names. But most of the teams didn’t, so you had to be content with fake player names.
To be continued next Thursday with International Superstar Soccer Pro from 1997!