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First insight into New Star Soccer 5
Written by Kily - Monday, 15 August 2011 10:53  |  Skomentuj artykuÅ‚

NSS511th August 201 is a date that all fans of New Star Soccer series were waiting for eagerly. On that day the fifth edition of New Star Game was released. Another good message for all game fans is that the match engine comes back to 2D graphics. Everyone surely remembers the fantastic playability in NSS3, I have to admit that I was also “washing my hands with invisible soap” after publishing the first announcements of NSS5 game developed by Simon Read, talented programmer. New Star Soccer has lots of fans around the world, however some people may hear about this game for the first time. What exactly is New Star Soccer? First of all it’s an independent production which is included in Indie Games genre. That kind of games are created by people who are developing their games taking care of every single detail. They are not under any pressure of publishing plans, that’s why they are able to work out their games in every respect before they release them. Playing such games gives lots of pleasure and satisfaction, Indie Games usually doesn’t have excellent graphics, but they have one big advantage – their offers fantastic playability. This playability compensate for lack of graphics effects which are completely unnecessary in such productions. New Star Soccer 5 is a very interesting game addressed to all football fans. Starting the game you play a role of football player and your task is to improve your skills and play the best you can in your club and national team. However it’s not the ordinary football game, during the development of your football career, you experience a footballer life. Besides the training sessions and matches, you may spend your free time in a way you want to. Not only the football counts in a life, sometimes you simply have to give vent to your sports emotions and enjoy your social life. The money you earned on the pitch, may be spent on some kind of valuables, vehicles, properties and so on. Your leisure time you may spend with your friends in casino. After a match you may spend your free time with team-mates, which will surely have a positive influence on relationships. NSS5 is a simulation of footballer life dealing not only with sports matters but personal life as well.


Game menu

Let’s inspect the game closely and find out what kind of features did Simon Read implemented in the game. So let’s start form the beginning. After launching the game you can notice completely overhauled game menu and interface. It’s visible to the naked eye that the game is integrated with Internet. Clicking on respective icons you are redirected rapidly to the game official website, forum and also to the game’s profiles on Facebook and Twitter. It’s in order to provide the fans with all necessary information regarding the game in one place, without the need of combing the Internet in search of respective links.

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Account registration


Before you start your adventure in NSS5 you have to register your account here: http://newstarsoccer.newstargames.com/register.php. In registration process you have to enter the player name, which will be used in the game. Registration is free and thanks to that you will gain a special Web Profile with your stats updated on a current basis.
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Starting your career


Firstly you have to customize your player choosing the appearance and nationality. The player name should be the same as given in account registration process. The first serious decision you have to make on this stage is choosing the club and position you’ll be playing on. I know from my own experience that it’s better to start in one of the lowest leagues and from the bottom level try to reach a top. If you manage that it will give you lots of satisfactions.

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Before you sign for a chosen club, you have to present your football skills during a special training sessions. It depends only from you if you get a contract proposal, so it’s worth to give the best from you and show yourself to advantage.

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If your training performance receives a positive opinion you will be offered the first professional contract in your career. Having you contract signed in your hands, there is no obstacle to begin developing you own football career.

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Help screens


There is a help system implemented in the game, it will surely be very helpful especially to newbie who haven’t deal with NSS so far. Each game feature, each screen is precisely explained, thanks to that you will quickly become acquainted with all in-game rules. Just enter the respective game section and click on green question mark located on the upper right corner of a menu.

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Player stats


During your career you will be improving your skills and other stats deciding about player values as well. Thanks to integrating the game with Internet by registering an account you may compare your own stats with other players from all over the world. There are lots of people to compare, NSS5 has currently over 8000 registered players! There are four groups of statistics to view: Status (stats presented on the Web Profile), Season Stats, Career Stats and International Stats.

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Each stats group can be filtered. We can look at top 16 or just order to show own position in the rank. We can also compare ourselves with other players in the same age or with all the players regardless of the age. The next option allow you to compare only with your team-mates. The last one is a comparison in respect of nationality. On the other hand clicking on “My Stats” you get the following screen:

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This screen provides you with next pack of detailed match stats. You will find out here e.g. what is your average rating, number of goals, assists, hat tricks, yellow and red cards, covered distance and much more info presenting your match performances.

Player finances

Earned money has to be spend somewhere. However it’s important to manage your finances rightly to avoid bankruptcy. That’s why “My Finances” screen is very helpful. You will find there simplified list of revenues (wage, bonuses, sponsorship, shirt sales) and expenses (property costs, vehicles costs). Thanks to that you will know how much money you may spend weekly to make it rationally.

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Contract negotiations


The system of negotiating contract has been completely overhauled in NSS5. If you find in a certain moment that you deserve the better finance conditions, you may try to renew your contract. Afterwards you will get a contract offer from the club:

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If the proposal doesn’t satisfy your expectations, you may start a negotiating phase. In order to get a rise you have to guess if the next shirt will have the higher or lower number. The more lucky hits, the bigger rise you will negotiate. However keep in mind that if you make a mistake, you will not get any rise. So it’s highly recommended to stop predicting in the right moment and keep what you have negotiated.

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You can notice on the screen below how negotiated 20% raise affects the final shape of negotiated contract:

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Achievements


Achievements section is a collection of all tasks that are waiting for you during your career. Accomplishing all of them will take lots of time, cause there are as many as 100 achievements. Score a club goal, make an assist, win a league game, celebrate a goal in front of the cameras or fans, keep a clean sheet – these are just some of challenges that you will be dealing with during your career. Achievements diversifies the game, only the best players will be able to accomplish all of them.

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Training


This is a very important game element. Training is a basis for player development, if you want to achieve anything on the pitch, you have to attach importance to training sessions. This is the only way to improve your football skills, thanks to that it will be easier for you to achieve good results on the pitch. You can develop 7 basic skills: pace, flair, tackling, dribbling, passing, shooting and heading.

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Training sessions are presented in a very interesting way. In order to improve particular skill, you have to sometimes go all-out, it’s not an easy task. Improving your player’s skills to the highest level gives lots of satisfaction, and above all, results in better performance during matches. Training sessions are very diversified and require good skills from you on the high levels.

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Personal life

This is seemingly trivial game element. It’s worth to keep good relationships with everyone, otherwise it will have negative impact on match performance. Spending your free time with friends, team-mates, girlfriend, meetings with fans, manager and sponsors will cost you a little bit of energy but it’s worth to live in harmony with everyone.

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You can spend your earned money in many ways. You may e.g. buy few luxury items to raise the standard of living. New car, electronic equipment, yacht, own property? You can have that all if you have sufficient fund on your account.

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Competitions

Obviously you can check at any time all the competitions available in the game. There are lots of league and cup competitions from all over the world. NSS 5 offers also national team competitions, all the leagues, cups and so on can be checked in “Competitions” section.

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Match preparations

Before you start to play a match, you may perform some useful actions. Hard training sessions, meetings with friends, long and exhausting journey – these all have negative impact on player’s energy level. Journey tiredness effect can be decreased by buying various gadgets making the journey pleasant such as video games, films and music CDs. However you have to do that before the trip.

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To increase your energy level you can also buy energy drinks just before the match. However keep in mind that you can buy only two such drinks before a game.

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Before you start to pay a match you may also spend your money on so called Kit Bags which temporarily improves your skills. In order to improve your pace buy Enhancers, however this is risky, cause you may be banned if someone find out about that after a match. Flair can be improved by drinking a Beer, but from time to time you may have some problems with keeping your balance during a game. Tackling skill can be improved by buying Shin Pads, whereas dribbling, passing and shooting will increase after buying high quality Boots.

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The match


All our decisions as regards training, social life or pre-match support will be verified on the pitch. If you want to achieve successes in your football career, you have to present high form during matches. The match engine is based on 2D graphics. The lack of stunning graphic effects is compensated by high playability. In such game beautiful graphics doesn’t count, the playability is much more important. NSS 5 isn’t an exception on this field. Controlling the player during the match gives a lot of fun. Controls are divided into two categories: simple and advanced. The first one is addressed to people who play NSS series for the very first time. Using only one button they may perform all basic actions. On the other hand, advanced controls give you more freedom when playing the match – shoots, passes and tackles can be performed by pressing individual buttons.

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After scoring a goal you may celebrate it in front of cameras, your fans and manager. That will have an impact on increasing the level of your fame, relationships with your fans and manager. Thus it’s worth to manifest your joy after scoring a goal.

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After a match, reading a newspaper you will find out how was your last performance rated.

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Before the next game you’ll get a Match Report from your boss, he will inform you about his own rating regarding your last performance, moreover he will present you his expectations concerning the forthcoming match.

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You will also find out how your last performance affected your relationships with boss, team, fans, sponsors and the level of your fame as well.

Summary

News Star Soccer 5 is an obligatory game for all the fans of this series, but not only. This game can be also recommended to all people who value high playability more than stunning graphics effects. NSS 5 gives lots of satisfaction and fun, you become addicted to this game with every consecutive played match. The game is an interesting simulating of footballer career including all the social matters affecting sports results to a certain degree. What is very important, you can play this game completely for free, although you will be limited to 3 matches daily (5 at the beginning) but all in-game features are available in free edition as well. If you decide to buy a paid edition, all the limitations will be of course lifted. The price of paid version is 20 dollars, you can use one of many available payment methods. Below you can find few useful links:

Official game website

Download link (PC and Mac)

Account registration

At the end of this text just take a look at NSS5 trailer:

 

 

 
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