Note: VR Soccer was originally released in Europe under the name of Actua
Soccer. In its US release, VR Soccer from Interplay Sports is essentially the
same game with a different title. The following tips are by Gremlin, the
producers of Actua/Virtual Soccer, work for VR Soccer. All references to Actua
Soccer hold for Virtual Soccer.
Gremlin's Guide to Better Soccer.
As Don Howe once said "There are four things that will make you a better
footballer; practice, practice, practice and more practice." But what does he
know? He thinks a Homburg hat looks rather stylish. Therefore we've put
together a guide to getting the most out of Actua Soccer without all the hard
GET IN THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND
Actua Soccer isn't some naff arcade game. You can't just keep pressing the
fire button until the ball flies in the back of the net. You have to develop
that most elusive of attributes, a footballer's brain. How else will you know
how to create space, when to hold, when to release and when to give their
winger a grass sandwich. To help you, here are a few points to bear in mind.
- Keep the opposition's shooting opportunities to an absolute minimum. Live by
the footballer's maxim "If in doubt boot it out". You may feel like a bit of a
donkey, but then Tony Adams earns a fortune so who are we to argue.
- Look out for rebounds from the keeper. Opposing teams will always maintain
an attack until the ball is in the keeper's hands.
- Turn the offside option on. This means that your defenders will always stand
a chance of blocking a shot.
- The key to successful passing is creating space. Don't be tempted to pass
when a player is right on top of you. Either release the ball quickly, or
twist and turn until you're clear.
- Aim for the gaps, and look for players in space. Remember that you don't
always have to be facing the player you want to pass to. If your player has
good vision he will pass to the man in the best position. If your team aren't
one of the best you will have to think for yourself.
- Try not to pull players out of position to make a tackle. If you do you may
be leaving an opposing player unmarked.
- Don't lunge at every player feet first. Sliding tackles should be used only
when you're sure of coming away with the ball or as a last resort.
- The most successful approach is to run into a player, shouldering him off
- Be aware of which referee is in charge of the game. One too many tackles
with a strict Ref and it's time for an early bath.
- One touch shots are very difficult to perform from short passes. Therefore
only attempt them when you have the time to set it up.
- Try and shoot with the one touch feature. Don't give the goalkeeper time to
get into position.
- If you have enough space, attempt the super shot.
- Always be on the look out for rebounds from their keeper. The best time to
score is when the goalie's still on the floor.
- Always put after touch on a shot if you can.
- When taking a penalty select the "wire" camera. Aim your player at a corner
of the goal and use the power shot to keep the ball hard and low.
- Don't panic!! The best players stay cool when the ball's in the area.
- "But I thought you said....." - Just shut up, of course you've got to do
some training. Select practice mode and you'll be able to master your
technique without the other team bothering you.
- You must practice the one touch passing and shooting moves.
- If you're having all the possession, but aren't scoring many goals. then
this is the part of the game you need to work on.
FORMATION AND TACTICS
- Know your squad and the strengths and weakness of the opposition. Plan your
game accordingly. For example, if you're playing weak team against Germany,
play with a packed defence, stick to a long ball game and use forwards with
good controlling skills rather than those with good pace or flair.
- A lot of problems can be sorted out by getting the formation right. For
example, if you're loosing out in midfield, try adopting a 4-4-2 or 4-5-1
formation. Remember that the default formation may not be the one that suits
your style of play.