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FIFA? Nah, give me more of Pixel Cup Soccer

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Need more Football in your life? Yes, I said Football, get over it. Pixel Cup Soccer - Ultimate Edition is officially out now along with Native Linux support. This game took over from Pixel Cup Soccer 17, which the developer unlisted on Steam, as this big new version is quite different as the developer said "the essence of the new game is the same, the technological differences are huge".

It recently left Early Access and it is also Steam Deck Verified, so could be a good one to look at for you sports fans, especially with the latest FIFA being unsupported (and it has a Mostly Negative rating). This definitely looks promising with a Very Positive user rating too.

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Game Features:

  • Simplified Controls For Casual Players.
  • Easy to pick up and enjoy, with clean and challenging gameplay.
  • Retro-style art resembling old games and evoking nostalgia.
  • Women’s Soccer.
  • Penalties, Free Kicks.
  • Fouls, injuries, yellow and red cards.
  • Tactical and Strategy panels, to manage player substitutions, team formation, and attitude.
  • Deep gameplay mechanics: short pass, through pass, lob pass, aiming when shooting, controlled shots, player skills, super shots, etc.
  • Lots of Animations (overhead kick, scorpion kick, scissor kick, diving header, etc.)
  • Challenging AI. Teams with very different playing styles (ie: Catenaccio like Italy or Tiki-Taka like Brasil).
  • Many game settings, including Zoom Level, VSync, Slow motion, Assisted mode, Language Selection, etc.

Growing up playing the likes of Sensible World of Soccer on the Amiga, this game definitely ticks a lot of nostalgia boxes for me.

Available to buy on Steam. There is also a demo available too!

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hardpenguin Oct 19, 2022
From big football games, you can use Proton to play:

- older versions of eFootball / Pro Evolution Soccer (up to 21)
- older versions of FIFA (up to 22)

But in most cases you gotta get a Steam key from a third-party. Those old titles are unlisted from Steam.

Also, I wouldn't say no to a modern clone of Sensible Soccer...
syylk Oct 19, 2022
Bah, you mentioned Sensible. Not impressed. If you said Kick Off, however... I still have nightmares at how easily ref Screech would distribute reds, as if they were flyers for a charity lottery.
Eike Oct 19, 2022
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I find it makes a big difference when a game has a demo, and it absolutely should be mentioned in the article.

So, here you go: The game has got a Linux demo!
Pendragon Oct 19, 2022
I don't even like soccer videogames (yes, I said soccer, deal with it), but this actually looks really good!
Kimyrielle Oct 19, 2022
We need more replacements for EA games. :)
fnordianslip Oct 19, 2022
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Cup Soccer, eh? Gotta be careful saying that ...
TapocoL Oct 19, 2022
This game has been great on Steam Remote Play as well.

Last edited by TapocoL on 19 October 2022 at 5:36 pm UTC
whizse Oct 19, 2022
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I'm usually of the "go sports!" or "did you see that ludicrous display last night" part of the demographic but this one was quite fun.

Extra brownie points to the developers for displaying the correct button icons for my Dual Shock and not assuming everything is an Xbox controller.
StoneColdSpider Oct 19, 2022
Yeah! a non EA FIFA Soccer game is always welcome...... Though I do not play many Soccer games..... Its not a sport im interested in at all......

I still think Sensible Soccer is one of the best Soccer game series...... So I might be a bit out of touch

Quoting: KimyrielleWe need more replacements for EA games. :)
If you are looking for a EA Madden replacement I can highly recommend Sunday Rivals while it does not have a Linux port........ It works a-ok with Proton......
Craggles086 Oct 20, 2022
Nah, no need for any EA game replacements.

If I play any football game on PC then I go Retro all the time. No need to remember 8 different button combinations.

Old fan of Street Sports Basketball back in the C64 years.
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