With the World Cup around the corner there’s not a better time to try out a new football game. Sure, FIFA 18 has had you covered with its World Cup update, but can you really have enough football in your life? Not this Summer, that’s for sure. But like England of old, will Legendary Eleven get our hopes up, only to crush them? Let’s find out…
Legendary Eleven is an arcade football game inspired by the golden age of football spanning the 70’s to the 90’s. Arcade vibes? Check. Cheesy voiceover? Check. All good so far. And whilst the visuals are nothing to blow you away, they more than do the job. The gameplay is very much the same. I won’t bore you with the rules of football, but everything you’d expect is here – Shooting, passing, slide tackles, offsides and so on. But perhaps Legendary Eleven’s coolest feature is a Super Shot. When the option becomes available, you can hit one of these bad boys and defenders are rendered motionless, in total awe of your skills. Watch as you then will score a ludicrously over the top bicycle kick. 20 yards out? No worries – you could shoot from a different postcode, no keeper is keeping this out. Whilst nothing groundbreaking, it’s still undeniably fun. So far, it’s a good first half performance from Legendary Eleven.
Content wise there are 36 countries to choose from and 5 cups. I went for the Europe Cup playing as England, and whilst the group stage was a breeze, the difficulty ramped up nicely by the time I was in the Semi-Finals. I also had some genuinely good matches. There wasn’t a 0-0 in sight here. When I was crowned Champions I then unlocked a sticker. There are 32 of these to unlock, and they serve as a boost to your team stats. Again, nothing groundbreaking, but a nice little touch. It reminded me of collecting football cards when I was a kid.
If I had any complaints, I think some additional game modes would have been cool. Who knows, maybe some added elements might be patched in at a later date. That’s the beauty of gaming at the moment. I also had a couple of occasions where the ball went out of play but the game didn’t register it. No big deal, as this only happened twice in a good few hours of gameplay, but it’s still worth mentioning. Other than these minor injuries though, Legendary Eleven is fit for the weekend.
Legendary Eleven is akin to a fun kickabout with your mates. It may not be the Real Madrid of football games, but it’s a fun game all the same that won’t break your transfer budget. Back of the net!
Punk rating: 7/10