Forget your 3D graphics and accurate
representations of however Beckham has his hair this week - this is the best
football game in existence. The Mega-CD version looks and plays the same
as the cart did, with an FMV intro and cut scenes and CD quality sound recorded
at a football match instead of the static hiss of the "crowd" from the cart.
The more realistic sound is good, if sometimes inaccurate - the crowd will start
chanting "One-Nil!" when neither team has yet scored, and there is a delay
between scoring and the cheer going up while the Mega-CD hunts the clip down. Team selection is limited to European Nations and clubs along with the "custom"
section featuring the Sensible XI, At The Chippy and Pizza
Toppings, and team and player names are tweaked (Devid Siaman is
Highbury's goalkeeper) as the game wasn't licensed by any clubs. The
fully editable squads and strips make any match possible, but doing so eats
big chunks of the Mega-CD's built-in memory storage. The loading times
don't cripple the gameplay but, like all CD titles, if you've played the cart
version it can be annoying.