Foosball 2012 will be better known as table-football in many countries, and as a fan of both football and this incarnation I was very excited to review this PSN title. To keep the game as real as possible I used a Move controller, and had a friend over who also used a Move controller. And, to make the game even more realistic we had a few beers, just to add to the atmosphere of this classic game. For those who have never seen or heard of the game before, a quick description would be a virtual football pitch, with bars across it with virtual players attached. To move the players you have to grab the bar with the players attach and swing it back and forth to make the players spin and kick the ball. All very simple, but how does it work on the PS3?
With a Move controller, Foosball 2012 is as close to a simulator as you can get a game to be. You will be pushing, pulling and rotating your Move controller, just as you would in the real game. What’s more, the Move controller is so accurate that it actually feels as if you are playing the game. When played with two people, as the game should be, the entertainment factor is huge! You’ll both be swinging the controller and trying to hit the ball, no doubt perspiration pouring from your fore-head as the whole game reaches an intense climax. The use of a Move controller cannot be understated, as the game really is a whole new ball-game without it (using Dual-Shock controllers, the game uses an automated system and simplifies the game to a point where it becomes simple beyond belief).
Graphically Foosball 2012 does the original game justice. The graphics are bold and bright and everything is rendered nicely. There is a varied selection of tables and players, and the whole presentation is impressive without being over-stated, the only downside is that you have to unlock the tables and players as you play through the game. The animations of the players and the table is smooth and accurate, and the ball flows just as a ball should on a Foosball table. During the game, you can unlock various features such as trick shots, and this adds to the game in little ways, and as they say, every little helps.
Game Modes include a multi-player online and offline mode, along with single player versus the computer mode, multi-player versus computer. Multi-player versus the computer is pretty good fun, we had two of us operating our team against the computer and it’s just a blast as you both try and get the ball to shoot into the computers goal. Not all modes of play or even shooting styles are available from the outset of the game, and these have to be unlocked as you progress through the game.
As mentioned at the beginning, this game is best played with a friend with a huge sense of humour. It’s the arcade game in your home, and as such also has some of the annoying features of arcade games. Simply moving your Move controller randomly will get you results, if tire you out very quickly (just as moving the bars of players gets results in the arcades), and if one of you is playing with the Move controller and one is playing with a Dual-Shock, then the Dual-Shock controller has an instant advantage with assists on.
Overall Foosball 2012 is a fun game, but it is a completely different game when played with either a Move controller or a Dual-Shock. I really cannot under-state the difference in the game between the two control systems. Move controllers are extreme fun and a bit more difficult while Dual-Shock is fun but a lot easier. For those purchasing the game on the PS3, you can also use the game on your PS Vita, meaning the low cost of the game has added value. You can play the game online and across platforms, so it is great value for money. Should you purchase the game? If you have friends and Move controllers then definitely, if you don’t have friends or a Move controller, then it’s not so much a definite purchase.