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.