I have a love hate relationship with the sport of soccer. When I was a child around age six I begged my parents to let me play soccer in the local league. When I received my jersey and shin guards I was incredibly excited. My team's name was the Mavericks and our colors were dark blue and gold. My coach assigned me to play goalie and I had been practicing hard. I knew that practice would pay off, so while I was riding in the car to my very first soccer game I had no doubt that this was going to be a day of personal glory. Sadly, I was wrong.
It was the end of the last quarter. The score was 0-0. The end of the game and my oranges and juice box were just moments away. Down the field ran this kid on the other team, tripping over the ball and generally looking clumsy. I knew he was no match for my goalie skills. I deftly stopped the ball when he took his shot. My team had only one minute to return the ball to the other end of the field and score.
I held the ball in my hands. I dropped the ball to kick it. I kicked the ball as hard as I possibly could. And instead of flying down the field towards the other team's goal it flew backwards... Over my head... Directly into my team's goal, he goal that I was meant to protect. I was baffled! Bewildered! And sad beyond words. The score was now 1-0, them. I stood there in shock and embarrassment. I had just handed the game over the other team.
The next week at practice the coach taught me how to throw the ball down the field instead of kicking it. That wasn't quite as much fun, so I decided to sign up for tee-ball instead. This ended my love for playing soccer in real life and began my new love of playing soccer in video games!
I've always loved soccer video games, so I was super excited when we decided to add soccer in Free Realms. The soccer field outside of Snowhill has been part of the game since far before launch, taunting me with prospect of slide tackles and super kicks. Now, all the soccer fans out there won’t have to wait much longer, they can soon jump right in and start a match, when our next update, GOAL TIME goes live!
We've added an all new job, the Soccer Star, complete with 20 levels of progression. In the quest line you will defeat rival teams with your superior skills. You can earn new gear that makes you a better player as you level up. You can enhance your kick power, speed and various other stats.
Charging your shots is definitely what sets apart the pro's from the amateurs. When you shoot the ball, hold down the spacebar and watch your kick meter charge. When it's full, shoot the ball and watch your awesome super kicks overwhelm the opponent's goalie. Soccer also features 3 players vs. 3 players lobbies. Join up and challenge your friends to a game for bragging rights and leaderboards.
Soccer is a really fun addition to Free Realms and I think it all soccer lovers out there will have a great time reaching their GOOOALLLLL!!!!! of being a level 20 Soccer Star.
Systems Design Lead