‘Active Soccer 2 DX is an exciting top-down arcade football game providing a fast-paced arcade experience, implementing amazing playability and responsive easy-to-learn/hard-to-master controls.With Active Soccer 2 DX you have full control of the game, no scripted goals, no CPU-driven decisions!Active Soccer 2 DX provides a complete career mode, implementing many international leagues, cups and championships. Imagine being the manager of a 5th division English team – you have a budget and your goal is to be promoted to higher divisions, by purchasing players, creating tactics, managing the team and playing real matches.’
‘Active Soccer 2 DX’ takes football games back to their more arcade roots, providing players with an experience that doesn’t have the seriousness or strategy required as much as more modern football games such as ‘FIFA.’ The gameplay will be a bit weird and hard to get to grips with at first due to its much faster pace and the lack of player ability due to the arcade feel means you have to be a lot more precise with your movements and passing to pull of any goals.
Players have multiple game modes to choose from. Quick Match, allows you to quickly set up a match to play against friends. Tournament Mode, in which you can either build a tournament or play preset ones. Career, which is your usual main game mode where you manage a team and play their matches to win the league and also a practice mode which contains the tutorial and penalty practice etc. The main game modes also support up to 8 players local co-op.
The best thing to compare the gameplay to is Sensible Soccer. With an arcade style that’s easy to learn, yet difficult. Active Soccer is also great for older gamers looking for a bit of nostalgia on their current consoles since they might not be able to dig out their old stuff. There is plenty of customisation for players to change their game up. With 850 teams (National and International) as well as 22,000 individual players there is definitely a lot more variety than what I expected although the players and teams won’t use real names due to licensing the dev has made some very clever names to replace the real ones.
When it comes to team prep there is a lot of depth also. You have the basic changing of team line up and positions etc. And but you have a lot more control over positioning and the movement of the players for their advancement and where you want them to go. For example, if I wanted to I could have a 4-5-1 formation but have a CM further forward on the pitch, not due to the formation but being able to position the players more effectively pre-game.
There are also multiple difficulty settings and things to change around to make the game easier, harder, longer or shorter etc. depending on how you want to experience your matches. There are also multiple camera angles, which even though I personally only use horizontal there is also a vertical option for an experience more like Sensible Soccer and a diagonal camera which is more reminiscent of the old FIFA days.
With more than enough customisation and ways to play there is quite a bit to do in the game and with the amount of players and teams you can get a different game every time if you mix it up a bit. The only real downsides to the game are the multiplayer being local only which was a bit disappointing since it has potential as an online game. That, and the game seems a bit quite at times since the crowd sometimes will just be silent, and there is no commentary which is understandable due to the game being a one-man job, but it does feel a bit too quite at times. Get past this though and you have a nice little arcade game to play.