ActiveSoccer.pngFootball (okay, soccer to some) is above all a game of pace. An elegant and at times brutal game of pace and it seems to me that, Sensible Soccer and its '90s sequels aside, no video game has really managed to capture said pace. Interestingly Active Soccer comes really close. Really, really close. It is thus easily the best sports related game I have played on my iPad and, I believe, the football game I've enjoyed the most this past decade; and all that despite having to use a perfectly designed albeit virtual d-pad. Can't really imagine how well the thing plays on that iCade. Or how cool a PC port would be...

Obviously not everything is perfect with Active Soccer; the menus could be better, the graphics could be more polished and the players could sport their real names. Then again, this is not FIFA. This a game that is actually good and should only focus on further evolving and refining its core mechanics. Everything else is window-dressing.