While it’s great to have a new arcade-inspired sports game to look forward to, anime adaptation Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions doesn’t look like a title contender in this first PlayStation 4 gameplay footage. While the artstyle – inspired by the classic 1981 manga – appears to be on point, the actual action seems cumbersome, with a jerky camera and some tedious dribbling animations.
We do like the little flourishes on display: taking shots triggers mini-cut-scenes, as the striker shapes up and the goalkeeper attempts to get his fingertips to the ball. But the overall match flow in this IGN video seems unexciting, and it honestly makes for quite a drab watch. Fortunately, the title’s not due out until later this year, so there’s plenty of time for tweaks and improvements.