Dream League Soccer Review- Free Soccer Game Scores Big
Dominated by Electronic Arts with the FIFA franchise and Konami with Pro Evolution Soccer (Previously known as, “Winning Eleven”), the space for new soccer games to maneuver is like playing against Manchester United with just 9-men. However, First Touch Game has found a winner with Dream League Soccer as they attempt to score a screamer!
After launching its latest release, Dream League Soccer embarked one of the greatest comebacks to the top free games chart in the iOS App store. Reigniting our love for this game with a series of matches, we found that Dream League Soccer is a game that is definitely worthy to talk about.
Players start off by selecting a captain for Dream FC, the club that players will be controlling throughout the game. The first thing players will notice is that as much as Dream FC is purely fictional, the players in the list of captains they get to shop are named after real players. Being very well attributed, players soon realize that their captains will be playing for a team made up of very mediocre players. In a sea of players rated between 55-67, your captain will definitely stand out. Suddenly, it dawn upon us the reason why the team is named, ” Dream FC”. How is it possible that a Ballon d’Or candidate will be willing to slug it out with a team of amateurs?
One of the key components in sports-oriented games is in the artificial intelligence. In Dream League Soccer, characters’ path finding capabilities matches on par with the other big titles mentioned above. Ironically, your players, who seemed to be technically handicapped, are actually gifted when it comes to reading intentions of their teammates. Coaches for telepathy training? Well, that is very possible in our case here.
Of course, to build the ultimate Dream team, players will need to dabble in the transfer market. Unlike the real soccer scene, player transfers were not governed by transfer windows. Best of all, there was no negotiation involved before procuring the player. In the world of Dream League Soccer, money talks. Speaking of money, players can also spend coins to upgrade the club’s stadium, which is a pre requisite to get promoted to more prestigious leagues. Mercenaries, to all soccer fans around the world, how familiar is that ya?
In order to contrast itself from their money-splurging competitors, Dream League Soccer’s biggest selling point is in the warp logic in placed within the game. Here are some fun facts:
1) There is no negotiation before procuring players. Somehow, rivalry among clubs is something unheard of in this dreamland.
2) Substitution within the match is pretty pointless. Your players, regardless of their attributes, are fully capable of sustaining match fitness throughout 90 minutes for every game. Depth of the team is only depending on your first XI. *Psst, drug check*
3) Long term injuries can only be treated if the player gets transferred out of the team. And since there is no governing rule in the transfer market, you can simply heal your players instantly by selling him away, and bringing him back instantly. Now that is why they say the best doctors are the most expensive doctors.
Like all control-intensive games, players are advised to play this game on an iPad, or at least the new iPad mini. The controls are intuitively well designed and the characters react as players would expect. The switch between offensive and defensive is sublime.
Being fully 3d, the game doesn’t seem totally optimized to for the older Apple devices. Playing on our own iPhone 4, the phones seemed to be struggling with rendering weather effects when the camera pans at 100% coverage. Hence, it remains a struggle for players to have to choose between smoother game play or viewing advantage.
Dream League Soccer is definitely among the best free soccer game around in the app store. The freemium play is good enough for players to be able to beat the game within 2 to 3 weeks, hence, monetizing might be an issue for the developers.
Playability - 4/5