STAFF REVIEW of Legendary Eleven (Xbox One)

Saturday, January 26, 2019.
by Adam Dileva

Legendary Eleven Box art I don’t play sports games. Well, that’s not totally true, I do love me some arcade style gameplay, like NBA Jam, Mutant Football League, and other not-so-true-to-real-life types of sports games. You’ll never see me play a full on FIFA game either, so I was a little apprehensive to try Legendary Eleven, even though I knew it wasn’t attempting to be a true simulation of the sport. I’m glad I dove in though, as I ended up enjoying the basicness and fun gameplay that’s simple to learn.

Touted as being inspired by classic football (referred to as soccer from here on, sorry) from the 70’s to 90’s, Legendary Eleven won’t have actual player names or anything, but it does have huge hair and very short shorts, from the golden age of soccer.

The bulk of gameplay will come from its Championship Mode and Legendary Matches. Championship Mode is very self-explanatory, where you pick which cup you want to win, from the Asia Cup, Africa Cup and all the way up to the World Cup should you want to put your skills to the test. Certain cups are lengthier than others and it plays out in a typical tournament bracket style.

Legendary Matches on the other hand are specific matches that played a huge part in soccer’s history, but you must win with specific conditions, like not letting in a goal, or winning by a certain amount of points. These are a bit more challenging with these added objectives, but should add some replayability for those wanting to get the most out of the $14.99 CAD price tag with about a dozen scenarios to play through.

With dozens of national teams to choose from, you’re sure to find your favorite, each with their own stats for offence, defense and more. Gameplay is as simple as it comes as well, with only need for a few buttons, unless you want to try some fancy passes and shots. ‘A’ allows you to pass and ‘B’ is to shoot, but you do have other options to pass-through, sprint, steal, slide and switch characters. It’s very simple to get the hang of, but the best part is that you’ll look stylish doing it, performing some super shots, complete with bicycle kick.

What is a super shot you ask? You have a meter that fills when you have ball possession, and once full, allows you to unleash a virtually unstoppable shot for a nearly guaranteed goal. It’s not 100% a sure thing, but I can count the times it was actually blocked. These are how you do the most stylish moves, and even after dozens of games, they still put a smile on my face. My only real complaint about this feature is that there’s no real counter to the opposing team performing one, aside from frantically trying to steal or dive before it goes off.

If you want a somewhat more realistic game, you have the option to turn off super shots should you desire, but the gameplay here is all about the arcade style. Winning matches in Championship will also grant you special stickers that can then be equipped before a match. These stickers gives your teams special bonuses to your offence, defense, stamina and more, so this is how you can improve your team to your liking, or help counter the opposing team’s strengths.

While there is an online multiplayer component, it appears it’s only by friend invites only, and not general matchmaking, so needless to say, I was unable to test this portion of gameplay unfortunately. Some will think that Legendary Eleven is far too basic, which is true, but it’s not trying to compete with FIFA or PES titles. Instead, this is meant for casual fans like myself that don’t care about ultra-realism and simply want to score some flashy goals with huge afro’d players.

Legendary Eleven is basic, and that’s what makes it work. Newcomers and casual soccer fans can simply jump in and enjoy themselves, and there’s just enough content to make the purchase worthwhile, more so if you have a friend to play online with.

Overall: 6.5 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 6.0 / 10
Sound: 5.0 / 10


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