Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival
Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival can't be recommended. It doesn't even feel barebones; instead, it feels like basic gameplay elements stacked on top of one another. Everything is messy, incomplete and generally broken, and it's hard to tell if it is supposed to be this way, or if everything is just poorly designed. When all is said and done, though, this is just a bad game, and there's no other way to put it.
Dino Dinis's Kick Off Revival is clearly a title designed to draw in fans of the original series and gameplay styles. Its downfall is more in its lack of effort in attracting new players and relying on the "git gud" philosophy of investing a lot of time for what is ultimately little payoff. Fans of the series will love the new audio and visuals, but anyone else should seriously consider any other soccer simulation game before this.
Despite its drawbacks and lack of game modes, there’s something to Kick Off Revival that makes me smile and wince at the same time. With friends, its fast paced gameplay and chaotic nature can be a blast in small bursts, but for some, the intricate controls with just one button may prove to be an issue. Kick Off Revival fills a void that football fans that are bored of FIFA and Pro Evo need, but right now it feels unfinished, and will need a few more updates and tweaks to satisfy players for longer than just a few hours. There’s potential in a different type of football game, but we’re not quite there yet.
If there ever was a game that could use the definition of “Nostalgia Glasses” then its Kick-Off Revival. Its screams nostalgia, but practically offers no evolution to the revived series.