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International Superstar Soccer
Front cover
Developer(s) KCET
Publisher(s) Konami
Platform(s) Playstation
Release date(s) June, 1997
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ELSPA: 3+
Media CD

International Superstar Soccer Pro (also known as Winning Eleven '97 in Japan and Goal Storm '97 in USA) is a football simulation game released in June, 1997 by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Inc. It was the first from the ISS series to hit the Playstation platform. The game features 32 international teams, 4 different stadiums, 13 team formations along with 8 unique strategies and a choice of Exhibition Mode, International League, International Cup and a Penalty Kick mode. It can be played as a one or two player game. It gained very high reviews which consider ISS Pro as the most playable soccer video game on Playstation of that time.

The game was well-known for its comical commentary, voiced by Gavin Robertson. Some examples of this included

  • "Well, the goalkeeper had to save that one."
  • "He's got lead in his boots today."
  • "Rather him than me."
  • "That was a studs up challenge if ever I saw one."
  • "With not much cloud cover, they would probably play from the light of the moon!"
  • "What a poor example of poor officials."
  • "Already 20-seconds into the game and still no real action!"
  • "That boy's got a steel skull!"
  • "IT'S A THROW IN TO ... Italy."
  • "He must have double-vision to be shooting like that!"

Contents

Teams available

International Superstar Soccer Pro includes 35 different international teams based more likely on their real equivalents of season 1996/1997 with accurate home, away and goalkeeper kits featuring manufacturer logos and national emblems. The line-up of each team consists of 16 fictional players.

Prominent Players

Imitation of English player Paul Gascoigne.

Several players featured in the game bear a striking resemblance to prominent players of the time, reflected either in appearance or name (due to the fact that the game lacked FIFPro licence the use of real names was forbidden). Examples abound. Italy have player named 'Coliuto' with grey hair representing Fabrizio Ravanelli, player named 'Riggio' with characteristic ponytail representing Roberto Baggio or players named Pagani (Gianluca Pagliuca), Antonini (Demetrio Albertini), Passaro (Daniele Massaro) etc. Germany have the players Sieke, Stranz and Muller, representing Jürgen Klinsmann, Thomas Häßler and Matthias Sammer, respectively. The game's England team is almost entirely composed of such imitation players.However the player named 'Duckham' represents David Beckham. The other star players that can be easily recognized are: Claudio Caniggia, Gabriel Batistuta, Fernando Redondo (Argentina), Ronaldo, Branco, Leonardo (Brazil), Patrik Berger (Czech Republic), Carlos Valderrama (Colombia), Bernard Lama, Marcel Desailly (France), Jorge Campos (Mexico), Dennis Bergkamp, Ed de Goey (Netherlands), Fernando Hierro (Spain), Thomas Ravelli, Martin Dahlin (Sweden) and many more.

Ingame screenshots

Isspro 01.jpg Isspro.jpg Isspro 02.jpg

International Superstar Soccer 64

International Superstar Soccer 64 was a game released for the Nintendo 64 that is essentially a Nintendo 64 version of International Superstar Soccer Pro. The game on the whole is similar to the PlayStation version (including the same player names) but with some teams having a more inaccurate home or away kit. As for its team lineup, it follows more closely the Super NES version of International Superstar Soccer Deluxe, only with South Africa (or, if this version is considered from the conversion, Romania) replacing Morocco.

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