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					Everything you wanted to know about World Cup 98 but were afraid to ask

Keep getting hammered by your mates playing World Cup 98? Our expert
guide will help you bring the trophy back home with style and finesse

WORDS Jeremy Wells

It has to be said that World Cup 98 is not your average arcade football
game. To get good you're going to need to practice. The first thing to
remember is not to smash the buttons! Being cool and deliberate always
yields results - think Bergkamp, not Beckham. Most cool moves require
holding down either the SKILLMODE1 or SKILLMODE2 buttons or a SHIFT key
on the keyboard. Once you've mastered this the game can be played at a
really fast pace! You may want to turn the speed down at first until you
become better at pulling off the special moves.

Tactically Speaking
As someone once said, it's a game of two halves. Tactics are important.
Don't be fooled into thinking that skill alone will enable you to master
this game. In order to duel tactically you'll have to plan ahead
somewhat. Before starting a game, go into 'Team Management' and take a
look at your team's formations and strategy settings. You should reset
your three IGM settings to be IGM1 - super offensive; IGM2 - neutral;
IGM3 - super defensive. For example, IGM1 is 3-4-3 or 3-3-4 with all-out
offense, IGM2 is 4-4-2 with attack, and IGM3 is 5-3-2 with all-out
defense.
Your CPU opponent will try several strategies to crack your defense, so
you should adapt your formation and strategy accordingly. Keep a close
eye on what the opposing team is doing. You can quickly adapt your team's
posture using the IGM toggle. Depending on how much risk you are willing
to take, you can outnumber your opponent in midfield or up front using
IGM1 for a period of time then quickly reverting back to IGM2. If you are
feeling lots of pressure from the CPU you should toggle to IGM3, which
moves players back to support, and play a counter-attack. If he's backing
off, you should move players up front and try to play the ball in with
IGM1 again. Note: be aware of his star players, as they are likely to be
the ones to do damage

When attacking...
If you are having problems moving up the middle of the park, try using a
wing-back run to get the ball into the danger area. Hold
SKILLMODE1+SKILLMODE2 and press SPRINT. Look for the player with tactic
indicator streaking up the wing. Move the ball away from that side to
draw players away. You should hit that player with a through pass or a
lob before he goes offside.
If this fails, then try using the through run. You can channel players
through the middle of the park with simple short passes that will
hopefully catch the defense unawares. Hold SKILLMODE1+SKILLMODE2 and
press PASS. Look for the player with tactic indicator making a diagonal
run to the back of the opposing defense. You should hit that player with
a through pass or a lob before he goes offside.

When defending...
Keep up the defensive pressure - almost one third of goals result from
turnovers in the opponent's end. If you can catch your opponent off guard
you may be able to steal an easy goal. Think Gary Lineker. Use the
attacking press tactic to force him to move the ball upfield more
hastily. Hold SKILLMODE1 + SKILLMODE2 and press SHOOT. You'll notice your
forwards charging down the ball carrier trying to force a mistake. You
may intercept a bad pass or catch him holding onto the ball for too long.
Beware: using this tactic will fatigue your forward players, making them
less effective in the long run.
If all else fails think Arse - Arsenal, that is - and try the offside
trap. It ain't pretty, but it can be effective. Holding
SKILLMODE1+SKILLMODE2 and pressing LOB will activate an offside trap.
Beware though: professional players aren't easily fooled.

Basic strategies
There are certain tactics that you can adopt to create more chances for
your team. Mix it up a bit and the goals will come.
Try probing the wings and the center channel to see where the areas of
least resistance are. Unless you're France and don't have any real target
men, the easiest way to score is by crossing the ball into the box and
letting your forwards do the business. Bear in mind though that although
the wings are generally easier to penetrate, the goalie and defense will
be waiting for your cross. To make headers, hold down the LOB button
while the ball is in the air - you must keep it held until the player
makes contact. You can head the ball back across the net to teammates
this way. Pressing PASS heads to a teammate's feet, and SHOOT tries a
header on goal. Time it right to get a diving header with the SHOOT
button (harder to do) for extra power. Use the D-pad to direct your
header - always try and head the ball down to fool the keeper. You can
also do volleys, flying volleys and bicycle kicks to finish your goals
with style and flair. These are much more likely to hit the back of the
net, but require more time and space. But who cares? They look great!
To impress your mates (and even some clued-up girls) tap-hold SHOOT while
the ball is in the air. It's easy, but you must do it properly. As soon
as the ball is in the air, tap SHOOT and as fast as you can press and
hold SHOOT again until the ball reaches the player. It takes practice to
do it right, as the timing of the button presses needs to be quick. This
is an essential skill if you are going to master the game, so it pays to
practice heading and volleying in training mode.
Keeping possession is important and will help frustrate and break down
your opponent. After you've pulled off a double-figure midfield
exhibition of your one-touch pass-to-feet skills, try to work the ball up
the middle into the danger area. Using one-time passes will make it
difficult for opponents to chase you down. Press PASS while the ball is
in transit and use the D-pad for choosing the direction you want to send
the one-timer. These require more skill and a little thinking ahead. If
you want to get more advanced then you can use pass back to get one-twos
going. While holding SKILLMODE1+SKILLMODE2, press THROUGH PASS to pass
the ball and reposition for a return pass. While holding
SKILLMODE1+SKILLMODE2, press JUMP to gain control of another player and
ask for a pass.

It's all about pressure, not fouling
Defending is an art, and you'll need to keep a cool head to avoid being
sent off. Remember, clever players will always try and use their forwards
to pull you out of shape and then lay the ball back to a waiting player.
Stand your ground and wait for the right moment. You don't always have to
commit to big slide tackles to gain possession back. By keeping your
shape and letting the opponent come at you, you can force bad turnovers
from passes. He'll then be forced to run through areas of concentrated
defense which will make it more difficult for him to get into a good
scoring position. If your opponent does make it close to your box you are
better off to using standing tackles, as these are less likely to give
away dangerous free kicks or penalties.
As a last resort you can always pull down players who have an obvious
chance on goal. Press JUMP and your player will foul the opponent. There
are some cool reactions and falls. Try turning referee strictness down or
doing it in training mode. Remember that players can dive as well, so be
careful - especially when playing against Argentina.

Beating the last line of defense
If you want to get by that last line of defense there is always a cool
move you can use to pull off something spectacular. Paul Scholes is
pretty good at it, but he is a ginger. Yep, it's the flick move. This is
great for beating a player who's rushing at you with hatred in his eyes.
To make him look like a dick, simply hold SKILLMODE2 and press LOB and
he'll watch as the ball sails over his head onto your waiting foot.
Think that's flash? Then try the 360-degree spin move. This is the best
way to shield off standing challenges and keep your momentum. Simply hold
SKILLMODE1 or SKILLMODE2 and press SHOOT and you'll look like Denilson in
that Nike airport ad. A well-timed 360 at the top of the 18 yard box will
give you a great chance on net. Beware though: this move may look pretty,
but you can get hit really hard with a slide tackle. Don't get too cocky
or you'll spoil the effect.
Lastly, there's the lateral, which is excellent for fooling those
impatient defenders who tend to slide right at you, as this move will
pull you right out of the way and into space. There are two ways to do
it: tap a SKILLMODE1 or SKILLMODE2 once, or hold SKILLMODE1 or SKILLMODE2
and press PASS. This move won't work against a standing tackle though. To
jump over an impending slide tackle, simply press JUMP. You can also hop
over the goalie if you're good enough. Think Michael Owen, or Ian Wright
when he was good.

Other things
Use your star players. If you have a star player on your team you should
use him as a target man. Taking shots with players who have a good shot
accuracy/power combination means that you will have a better chance of
smacking one in from outside the area. Be sure to use the sprint button
selectively and not use it all the time. If you sprint a player until he
can no longer keep up with the pace, he will take twice as long to
recover than if you'd sprinted twice but for only half the time. The key
is letting your players recover, or going to the options menu and turning
fatigue off.
At the end of halves, check the fatigue levels of your players. Tired
players are often the reason you are beaten in a foot race. Turn the
aggression all the way up if you like the CPU team-mates to do slide
tackles more often. If you see an injury, be sure to substitute as soon
as possible. It is often advantageous to kick the ball off yourself so
the player can be replaced. If your opponent is a gent, he may even do it
for you. Unless, that is, he plays for Brazil or you're playing against
Chris Sutton.
Use the visual indicators and radar to keep track of where your players
are, as often with close-in cameras your teammates are off-screen. Check
the direction of the off-screen indicator, as this is a signal one of
your players is available to pass to. Finally, playing the game with a
gamepad is obviously a lot easier than with a keyboard. We recommend the
Microsoft pads, as you can daisy-chain them and they don't give you Fifa-
thumb.


If at first you don't succeed...cheat!
Go to Customize Player and enter these names. If entered correctly there
will be a confirmation noise.

Cartman     TAKE A DIVE
Gonzo HOTPOTATO
Gabo BIG HEADS
Kyle SKELETON
Mr Hat      CRAZYBALL
Powder      SILLYMOVES
Neila ALIEN - THIS IS COOL!
Zico Opens up first Classic Game
Hurst Opens up first four Classics Games
Kenny Flaming ball

Go back to Match Select and press Scroll Lock. Up comes the Cheats menu.
You tick off the Cheats you want to activate - many of them can be
combined for pretty bizarre effects.

				
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